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Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms [Paperback]

Jane Doiron
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Aug. 17 2009
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!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Foundational recipes, a variety of techniques Oct. 28 2009
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Whether or not you enjoy cooking ' if you're a mom you no doubt echo the universal sentiment that there doesn't seem enough time in the day to fulfill the myriad of responsibilities allotted you, as well as preparing healthy meals for your family. As a busy mother of two and a schoolteacher, author Jane Doiron can relate.

Drawing from her hands-on cooking experiences and time-tested recipes, Doiron has compiled a versatile collection of recipes spanning the traditional groupings: Appetizers, Breakfast and Brunch, Dessert, Main Dishes, Side Dishes, and Soup. While there are a few other books on the market dedicated to making the task of meal preparation simpler and less time-consuming for mothers, Doiron's is unique in that it focuses not upon a single strategy ' freezer cooking, slow cooker, frozen dough, preparing in advance, and so on ' instead, she explores a wide variety of techniques and suggestions for making meals in advance. Sometimes these are complete meals, other times parts of meals, and in some cases are only preparatory steps that can be completed the day before to hasten the assembly of the desired dish.

Unlike most cookbooks however, Make-Ahead Meals is sadly lacking in photographic presentations of the completed dishes. While the front and back cover of the book feature absolutely scrumptious pictures of meals prepared from Doiron's collection of recipes, the interior is bereft of interior adornment, and relies upon a straight-forward text-only layout to convey the recipes contained within.

The recipes are grouped according to major category, but are sadly not sub-categorized into technique: freezing, make the day ahead, etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Picking Up Jan. 2 2010
I received a copy of the cookbook, Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms for review. I already own a large collection of cookbooks, but this one was set apart from the rest since it's focus was on how to save time in the kitchen and how to make a meal that you can prepare ahead of time and have some leftover to freeze for future meals.

When I received the cookbook, I perused through the recipes to see which ones that my family would enjoy. I was impressed by the number of dessert recipes. These will be perfect for Christmas baking. I have already bought the ingredients to make the Peanut Butter Fudge- yum!

My boyfriend, John, is a big eater and loves a home cooked meal. I have to admit that I haven't been cooking that much for him lately. The main reason is that my kitchen is in a state of demolition and is completely gutted! I was pleased to see that there were a number of recipes for main dishes that I could whip up without making a special trip to the grocery store. I really appreciated the author's use of ingredients that were handy around the house. I live in a small town in Nova Scotia where it is impossible to find specialty items.

Of course I had to try out a recipe to be able to review the book, so I choose Taco Pie. I liked that it was simple to make and could be made ahead if I was short for time. I made it all at once and it tasted phenomenal!! It has a bottom layer of ground beef seasoned with taco mix and is topped with cornbread. It was soooooo good and I couldn't believe I actually made something that tasted that mouthwatering. I am not the best cook and have ruined many a pot in my time! John really enjoyed it too and said it was one of the better dishes that I have made. We will definitely be having it again!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Buy another book instead Dec 29 2009
By Robin McKinley - Published on
Perhaps "Don't Panic, dinners in the freezer" would be a better selection. This book is a misnomer- it doesn't help you plan ahead for more than 24 hours. Anyone can figure out to do their prep work in advance then store the food in the fridge. Other negative aspects
1. no photos
2. recipes include things like "Cheese Whiz"
3. directions are for one meal at a time, (to save time- I like to make more than one meal)
4. very large type (could be a plus for some people- it make me dizzy)
5. baking instructions are for odd sized pans

I will donate this book to the library- not worth the shelf space.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not What I need! June 21 2010
By Samille Jordan - Published on
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This book is not what I need. It gives you recipes that are partially made a day ahead. I am looking for recipes that come out of the freezer. If I have time a day ahead, I'll just make the recipe. The recipes themselves are the usual ones that we have had forever and if you cook, you know what you can do ahead of time. There is not one recipe in this book that I am glad I have.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Cookbook with Easy recipes Jan. 17 2010
By Briann88 - Published on
I love this cookbook! My problem isn't that I work or don't have enough time, its that I have an 18 month old (who is a job in and of herself) and a picky husband. I was excited to open up this cookbook and find some recipes that my husband will actually eat.

We tried the Mini Cheesecakes and the Baked Manicotti, both of which we loved! This cookbook has such simple and yummy recipes for the cooking impaired like me.

The writer Jane Doiron also includes tips on things that you can do ahead of time or even the day before. One of the suggestions was to cut all the vegetables and to combine different ingredients them put them in the fridge. I also love that she includes ways on how to freeze and reheat the meal, which is perfect for us because we don't eat very much so we aren't wasting any food. I would recomend this to anyone!
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow recipes that taste great! Jan. 16 2010
By Stephanie - Published on
When Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms first arrived in the mail I sat down and marked all the recipes that I knew my family would like. I marked quiet a few pages! With everything from Bacon Tomato Mini Cups, Hawaiian Cole Slaw, Chicken Cannelloni and Lemonade Cake Jane has recipes that everyone in your house will love! I never would have thought I could make something like Chicken Piccata but with Jane's easy to follow directions I did, and it was yummy. I have also made the Honey Mustard Chicken Fingers which are a great family friendly meal. You can make a large batch and take out however many you want from the freezer and cook them. When my Moms group said we would be having a cookie swap over the holidays I was delighted to find a Snickerdoodle recipe in the Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms cookbook. I doubled the recipe and was able to freeze some of them to take to my parents for Christmas.

This book is perfect for busy Moms (which is all of us!). I sure wish I had learned about this cookbook before baby number 2 was born, I would have had my freezer stocked with delicious meals. I can't wait to try out some more of the recipes and provide my family with great food that doesn't break the bank or take all day to make.
5.0 out of 5 stars Make-Ahead Meals Makes for Fast Meals Jan. 15 2010
By Shawn Ann - Published on
I have all kinds of cookbooks that we use for our meals, but this one is by far the best because you cam make your meals ahead of time and freeze them until you are ready to make them. Makes it much easier and faster to make your meals.

We loved the Chicken Parmesan, the Panko Breaded Pork Medallions among many of the other recipes in the book. Jane went through each recipe with great instructions that are easy to follow. She also uses ingredients that most people already have in their house and nothing really out of the ordinary that you'd have to really go out of your way to purchase for a special dish.
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