When I came across Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms by Jane Doiron, I wondered if this was a cookbook for me. If you have been around my blog for even a minute, you know that I am not the chef nor cook in our family. My approach to the kitchen is that I use it when I have to and when I want to. That being said, I do try to help out at meal times and two nights a week dinner is on me for the family when my husband is at work. The problem I have those nights is that I get home from work to attacked at the door by three kids without time to even put my bags down. They demand my time (I am more than willing to give it!) If dinner those nights isn’t staged, started by husband, or planned, then it becomes the classic dinner of a bowl of cereal but now I have Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms!
Book description …
Make Ahead meals are not just for Moms who work outside of the home. It’s a way of cooking that helps all families, big and small. It all comes down to a little planning. Make a meal or two in advance when you have some extra time. Then you’ll be rewarded with quick, delicious home-cooked meals when you really need them!
When I opened Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms, I was impressed by how simple it was. The font size is large which is great for referencing while you cook. It is so easy to read through the recipes. I will admit I got stuck in the dessert section for some time. You see baking desserts is the one thing I truly love to do in the kitchen. The brownie cookies (the dough can be frozen!) is one of the recipes on the top of my list to try. As I kept reading, it was great to see what could be frozen and how long to cook it when you need it. Some of the recipes are freezer recipes and other suggest that you can make part of the recipe the day before and then finish it the night you need it.
I have to say this is one of the few cookbooks I haven’t handed over to my husband and said “here ya go”. This is one that I will be using. It is just a matter of settling my brain down a little and figuring out what I will make first instead of wanting to make it all at once! I am thinking the Brownie Cookies are still at the top of my list though!;)
Tip: The budget savings from planning ahead using the recipes in Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms is great. The real bonus is the time savings you will have on those nights when just don’t have the time … or energy to get dinner together for your family!
So would I recommend this book? Simply put … Yes! You will want to keep it for yourself so buy an extra copy for your mom, sister, best friend, or neighbor for the holidays!
NOTE: I received a copy of Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms from Jane Doinor to support writing this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.