Thursday, April 26, 2012

Don't Panic Quick, Easy and Delicious Meals for Your Family - REVIEWED

About the book: (from Revell publishing)
Great meals for your busy family!

We're all busy, but that doesn't mean we have to eat like we are. You don't have to settle for feeding your family commercially packaged meals full of sodium and preservatives or fat-laced fast food. Quick and healthy meals from your very own kitchen are easy with delicious recipes like:

Southwestern Baked Cheese Dip

Thai Chicken Wraps

Walnut Spinach Salad

Homestyle Mac & Cheese

Slow Cooker Pork Chops

Oven Roasted Orange Chicken

Grilled Flat Iron Steak Sandwiches

Spicy Shrimp and Asparagus Stir-Fry

Fruit Pizza

Mexican Chocolate Mousse

and many more

From quick meals made on the grill or in the sauté pan to crockpot dishes that require little prep and cook while you're out for the day, the recipes in this cookbook are tasty and nutritious--and require less hands-on preparation than traditional meals. Easy appetizers and desserts; one-dish casseroles and pastas; simple soups, salads, and side dishes; and even fast breakfasts round out the selections. Meals that are freezer-friendly are marked for those who want to make ahead.

Give your family the best--the easy way!
My Thoughts:
I love to cook, and thus I am drawn to investigate cookbooks! Don't Panic is a cookbook that contains a huge variety of delicious meals.  It's a cookbook I would use mainly on special occasions though, because I'd have to make a specific grocery list in advance of cooking most of the meals.  That's not to say that the recipes are exotic, but I don't normally have at least one of the ingredients in my pantry...thus a special shopping list to be prepared in advance. (and it said ingredient is eaten by teen son before I have time to prepare the dish...) And that is a bit of a deterrant. Not a big one, mind you.  I probably need to expand the content of my pantry.
That said, I'm the mom of two very social teens, and I work full-time, so cooking time is at a bare minimum.  So my favorite part of the book was the crock-pot section! My second favorite is the Easy Bake Oven Dishes. Any one dish meal rates with me!  Like I stated earlier, my cooking time is severely limited right now, so I haven't had a chance to try many recipes yet.  But the Chicken Brunswick Stew and the Flank Steak in Mushroom Sauce in Mushroom Sauce are especially delicious. (both crock pot meals that I can set and forget)
I'm glad to recommend this cookbook!
About the Authors: (from Revell)
Bonnie Garcia is a busy mother of three sons. She works as a part-time pediatric nurse, where she enjoys working with newborns and their parents. In her free time, she enjoys downhill skiing and reading. An Iowa native, Bonnie has been married to her husband, Steve, for twenty-six years. She is active in her local church, where her husband is the senior pastor. After recent trips to Greece and Israel, Bonnie has discovered that she is hooked on international travel.

Vanda Howell is a busy mom who works part-time as a kitchen design consultant. Vanda is a Denver native and has been married to her husband, Mike, for twenty-seven years. She is absolutely in love with (a.k.a. addicted to) dark chocolate, espresso lattés, and going to movies. In her free time, she enjoys gourmet cooking, gardening, and wakeboarding with her husband and teenage son.

Susie Martinez is a professional counselor with a private counseling practice in Colorado. She has been married to her husband, Joe, for twenty-two years and has two teenage children. Susie adores her family, her Kitchen Aid mixer, and her purple PT Cruiser. In her free time, she enjoys shopping with her daughter, taking long walks, and home decorating. Susie also struggles with a particular weakness for palm trees and white sandy beaches

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