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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Pr (Aug. 17 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432720864
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432720865
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 1.2 x 19.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
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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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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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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f50a4d4) out of 5 stars Buy another book instead Dec 29 2009
By Robin McKinley - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f50a780) out of 5 stars Not What I need! June 21 2010
By Samille Jordan - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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.
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HASH(0x9f525a5c) out of 5 stars Easy to Follow, Great Tasting Recipes! Nov. 22 2009
By NY Book Cafe - Published on
Format: Paperback
Title: Make-Ahead Meals For Busy Moms
Author: Jane Doiron
ISBN: 978-1-4327-2086-5
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
List Price: $17.95

Make-Ahead Meals For Busy Moms is a short, but concise cookbook of several recipes that can be prepared in advance. These make-ahead meals are truly a blessing and time saver for busy mothers. As a new mother myself, I found it very helpful as I made some of these meals. I work part-time, so preparing meals in advance and freeing up some time is definitely a tremendous help.

The recipes cover everything...appetizers, breakfast and brunch, main dishes, sides dishes, desserts and even soups. Also included is a chapter of helpful tips as well as measurement equivalents. The recipes are truly delicious and very easy to follow. The ingredients are not extensive either. It is a pleasure to prepare these meals, and they taste oh so good!!

Jane Doiron, is an elementary school teacher and a mom of two boys herself. Her years of experience raising her boys and experimenting with different recipes and advanced meal prepping led her to write this helpful little cookbook to assist other busy mothers as well. My favorite was the Chicken Marsala with a Twist; and for dessert - Brown Cookies and Tiramisu.

Hope you enjoy Jane Doiron's recipes as much as I have. Preparing make-ahead meals frees up my time on very busy days, and definitely has had an impact on my life. These recipes allow my day to run a little smoother. Anything that can simplify things in my busy life is worthwhile! Also, there will always be something in the house in case you get unexpected guests. Thanks Jane!

-written by Jennifer Ochs
HASH(0x9f5215b8) out of 5 stars Make meal times easier and healthier with Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms! Dec 27 2009
By D. Speese - Published on
Format: Paperback
For a majority of the past 12 years, we have eaten out almost every day. Oh not always at a restaurant, but it was either that or take out. Of course things have changed over the years as nice trendy restaurants gave way to family friendly spots. An then over the past year or so, the budget crunch forced us to choose price and convenience over healthy and nutritious. The result was weight gain - a lot of it!

Over the past three plus months I have almost exclusively cooked our meals at home and aside from the occasional Kashi meal for lunch, we have eliminated preprocessed foods from our daily diet. While this has helped us lose the weight we gained over the past year, it is often hard to fit cooking into my schedule. In Make-Ahead Meals For Busy Moms, Jane Doiron has come up with a solution to this common problem. Her book is full of recipes that can be partially or fully made ahead the night before. This is perfect for fitting meal preparation into your schedule after the children are in bed for the night. Planning and preparing your meals this way eliminates the problem I always have which is that at about 5:30 each evening I am suddenly thinking "what are we going to have for dinner?". This is quite often the first time all day I have thought about this, so have not taken anything out of the freezer or planned ahead. Making use of some of the recipes in Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms, I now have several things on hand in the refrigerator or freezer that will make finishing a meal for my family quick and easy!

Some of the recipes we have tried are the Mini Meatloaves (we made them with ground turkey), Panko Breaded Pork Medallions, Thai Chicken Thighs - on the grill YUM!, Big Ginger Cookies and the kids personal favorite: Mexican Dip! I'd like to say thank you to Jane Doiron for the opportunity to review your great cookbook. I love that it is packed full of classic family favorites and presented in a way that will help organize meal planning!

If you are looking for a way to help organize meal planning using classic and family friendly recipes you will love this book!
HASH(0x9f521588) out of 5 stars Makes my life easier! Nov. 2 2009
By Cherise Kachelmuss - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have wrote about my barely there cooking skills, but with money being tight now especially with the holidays coming up, I am trying to cook more. My problem though is with two kids who are the most active in the afternoon; it is hard to prepare a nice dinner. So dinnertime for us is usually me piecing together a meal as my husband walks through the door or having him pick something up. We also have about the same 10 meals constantly, so we definitely need a change in our meal selection.

Well thanks to the book "Make-Ahead Meals For Busy Moms" by Jane Doiron, dinnertime has come to be something that I no longer dread. In Jane's book she breaks it down in to Appetizers, Breakfast & Brunch, Dessert, Main Dishes, Side Dishes, and Soup. She also includes a Helpful Tips and Measurement Equivalents section. The book even includes a recipe index so you can quickly find your favorites.

What I love about Make-Ahead Meals is that all the recipes include instructions to make the meals a day ahead and freeze if possible. Her recipes are all easy and use normal ingredients. By normal ingredients I mean some of the items I actually have. I hate when recipes call for ingredients that I don't even know what they are, let alone where to find them!

I am super impressed with the recipe selection too in the book. As a picky eater, I am not usually open to trying new things, and this book contains so many meal ideas that I would actually eat. I haven't yet made a meal ahead, but I have made a few for dinner (yes I found the time) and our favorite is her Chicken and Spinach Stuffed Shells recipe. I love the idea though of making meals ahead to save time and money. The author also words it best by saying "Imagine opening your freezer to pick our a family favorite appetizer, main dish or dessert, and all you have to do is thaw and heat it!" The only drawback to the book is there are no pictures, which I usually rely on, but the quality of the recipes makes up for it!

Overall, this book is a new favorite of mine and I highly recommend checking it out. Oh and did I mention the author is of course a mom who also leads a busy life! It would also make a great gift for Christmas!

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