Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms by Jane Doiron

Make Ahead MealsSo, why exactly are we featuring a cookbook at The Kids Book Connection?  Well, kids like to eat, right?  🙂

As soon as I heard this book was going on a virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion, I knew I had to review it.  Here is what supper time is like around my house.

Me:  Okay, what does everyone want to eat?

Daughter 1:  I don’t know.  What have we got?

I proceed to rattle off the list of possibilities and sometimes get an immediate response, then turn to Daughter 2 and ask the same question.

Daughter 2:  What do we have?

Me:  (blood pressure now rising) I just told you what we have.

Daughter 2: I don’t remember what you said.

I go through the list again, with a lot less patience than the first time.  After about ten minutes–which really seems more like ten hours–I usually know what both girls want.  Then I wander into my husband’s office and ask, “What do you want for dinner?”

Husband:  I don’t know, what do you want?

By this time I am ready to leave home; but I don’t, and I hope the dinner fairy pays a visit to my house overnight so that tomorrow the same thing won’t happen again.

Well, Jane Doiron may not be the dinner fairy, but she’s just made my life a whole lot easier.  Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms is perfect for those moms who constantly find themselves answering the dreaded what’s for supper question or for those whose family’s schedules make it impossible to whip up a meal quick enough before running off to the next practice or meeting.  Moms will find themselves enjoying cooking again because these are meals that can be: made a day ahead, partially made a day in advance, or made and then frozen. 

The Taco Dip can be made a day ahead and then heated.  It’s great to take along to potlucks or church fellowship time and would also be an easy dish for a youth group meeting.  Banana bread is a big hit here.  I didn’t know you could freeze unpeeled bananas, but I sure do now!   Thanks Jane!  The Seafood Quiche sounds wonderful, and I can’t wait to try the “easy make-ahead” recipe for a Flaky Pie Crust because the church is talking about taking pie orders this year. 

Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms starts off with an introduction from the author and also provides helpful tips on freezer storage, items that are easy to prepare a day ahead and how to save money by purchasing alternate volumes and versions of ingredients you don’t often use.  The recipes are broken down into sections:  Appetizers, Breakfast and Brunch, Dessert, Main Dishes, Side Dishes, and Soup.  There are also measurement equivalents and a weight conversion chart, along with an index of the recipes by section to make finding your favorites a quick and easy task.

Don’t let the title fool you, however; all families, no matter what size will enjoy the quick and easy way to prepare food found in this book.  It should also simplify holiday menu  planning and preparation

 Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms by Jane Doiron might just become my all-time favorite cookbook!

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Outskirts Press
  • ISBN-10: 1432720864
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432720865
  • SRP:  $17.95
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    One thought on “Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms by Jane Doiron

    1. Great post, but I would never ask my kids what they want for dinner. I just tell them we’re eating food and they if would like to show up it will be served at this time.

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