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Don't Panic - - Dinner's In The Freezer: Great-Tasting Meals You Can Make Ahead [Paperback]

Bonnie Garcia , Vanda Howell , Susie Martinez
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Book Description

February 2013
Hectic lifestyles and over-full schedules make traditional cooking methods nearly obsolete in many families. The results are poor nutrition and budgets strained by the high cost of fast food or commercially prepared meals. Don't Panic-Dinner's in the Freezer offers a simple and economical alternative, featuring dozens of recipes designed to be prepared and frozen for future use.

With 100,000 copies sold, this book gives practical tips for planning, organizing, and shopping for meals, as well as unique ways to freeze and reheat prepared foods. Every recipe includes measurements for cooking alone or as a joint venture with one or two friends. Families, singles, retirees-everyone who needs to eat-will find fast and easy answers to the question, "What's for dinner?"

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100,000 copies sold!

"I'm hungry. What's for dinner?"

How do you respond to this question after a long, busy day? Head for the nearest fast-food restaurant? Pop a commercially prepared meal into the oven?

Or you could have . . .

Apricot-Glazed Chicken Tenders and Cashew Fudge Tarts
Colorado White Chili and Chocolate-Orange Crumb Cake
Turkey Picante Pie and Tomato and Leek Bisque
Beef Chimichangas and Gooey Caramel Cinnamon Rolls

You're probably thinking, Yeah, right! But delicious recipes like these are just minutes away!

Don't Panic-Dinner's in the Freezer offers a simple and economical alternative to take-out and prepackaged foods, featuring dozens of quick and easy home-tested recipes designed to be prepared in quantity and frozen ahead. Whether you cook for one or for a large family, this unique method will simplify your life with healthy, money- and time-saving recipes. Once you try the Don't Panic method, you may never again go back to your old ways of cooking.

"How great it is to know that at the end of a busy day, I do not need to think about dinner-it's in the freezer! You too will become a convert to the Don't Panic approach."-Marita Littauer, author and president, CLASServices, Inc.

About the Author

Susie Martinez is the elementary director of Southern Gables Church in Littleton, Colorado. She graduated from Taylor University with a degree in social work. The mother of two, Susie, her family live in Lakewood, Colorado.

Bonnie Garcia is a graduate of Grace College. A pediatric nurse, she is also the busy mother of three sons. Bonnie, her husband, Steve, and their family live in Denver, Colorado.

Vanda Howell attended Colorado State University and now serves as the administrator for the performing arts ministry at her church and sings on the praise team. A real estate appraiser, Vanda, her husband, Mike, and their son live in Lakewood, Colorado.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing- great recipes Nov. 5 2006
By L. Bean
So far I have made about 15-20 of the recipes in this book and not one has been anything less than great. I am a big-time foodie and was afraid this book would be nothing more than mid-western covered dish entrees. WRONG. The soups have been spectacular. The North Woods Wild Rice Soup recipe is well worth the cost of the book alone. The brownie recipe is the best one I've ever made. The entrees have all been great. After using this book for about a month, I coordinated with 3 other friends and we now have a monthly cooking party. It has saved us time and money. The recipes are very easy to modify for lower fat, lower carb, etc. In the three months that I've owned it, it's fast becoming one of my most used cook books. I'm not kidding- NOTHING has been even "average"- it's all been great. I've never had that experience with a cookbook. BUY IT. BUY IT. BUY IT. It takes the hassle out of dinner, so you can enjoy time with your family.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not everything is "make ahead" Dec 12 2006
Have tried a few recipes, and have been generally pleased. However, there are numerous recipes that specifically should not be frozen, or are "best made on the day it is to be served" like most of the vegetable side dishes -thereby missing the mark on the reason I bought this book! Then there are the cookies and squares which are not especially unique in their freezer ability - like sugar cookies, brownies... So, rather mixed feelings about this book - as it is a great concept, but mixed message.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious July 22 2011
I've been trying many recipes from this book, and have yet to be disappointed! I did a couple big cook days prior to our new baby arriving, and love that I can just pull things out in the morning, and have dinner ready to go when my husband gets home, even if the kiddos haven't cooperated that day.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid if you dislike processed foods or dairy. April 12 2013
By Ju
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You could use this book for concepts and freezing tips I suppose but the recipes are....well, they're obviously not for everyone. They are definitely not for me and my family! I am an experienced cook who loves to try new things...regular rotations in my kitchen include the occasional homemade baked treats, whole grains, a variety of vegetables (beets, squash, pumpkin, swiss chard, etc) and cuts of naturally raised meats. For example, last night we had slow cooked pork baby back ribs with braised cabbage, curried pumpkin and a raw kale salad with pinenuts, currants and parmesan.

To me, the point of home cooking is both to save money but also to eat healthier. I want to avoid buying processed, high sodium, high fat expensive take out!! So in my mind, healthy dinners don't rely on pre-packaged processed convenience foods, variations on heavy cream (cream, half and half, sour cream, packaged cream cheese, etc). I am lactose intolerant for one!! Almost all the recipes in this book are full of cream. That's a lazy way of adding flavour to food. And I couldn't feed my young child most of this food because she should not be consuming the amount of sodium most of these recipes would have. Is it any wonder they don't give the nutritional information per portion?!

I am really not opposed to bacon and butter and I usually use that stuff in moderation with a massive dose of veggies. These are veggie-deprived recipes (maybe because the author thinks veggies need to be done up on the day of...which is fine...but then I really didn't need this book).

Some examples of processed food/ rich additions (I am quickly flipping through the book right now):
- Elegant Mushroom Cups: 4 Tbsp of margarine (yuck) and 1 cup heavy cream.
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