Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Busy People's Fast & Frugal Cookbook

by Dawn Hall

Who doesn’t need a cookbook that has recipes that can be ready in 30 minutes or less? In this day an age, anything that can be done well in less time is a bonus. This cookbook is laid out very well. The chapters target specific parts of a meal (i.e.: Appetizer, Salad, Soup/Chowder, Main Meals, Side Dishes, etc.). Each chapter has its own mini index at the beginning of it breaking down the meals based on the time they take to make. This is great if you are looking for super quick meals on the busier nights of the week.

The recipes are broken down with separate instructions for preparation of the meal and the actual cooking of the meal. Also, the recipes tell you the important nutritional info including calories, total fat, cholesterol, fiber, etc.

My favorite part of this recipe book is that it also has suggestions for what to pair up with certain main dishes to make a total meal. I always struggle with this part of meal planning so it makes planning well balanced meals MUCH simpler.

Another great feature of the recipes is that they have both a supplies list and a grocery list. Also, it categorizes the ingredients that should be in your pantry to make it easier to do that quick check for those items before heading out for your groceries.

My favorite recipes are in the breakfast/brunch, breads and biscuits, desserts, and beverages sections. I didn’t find many recipes that appealed to my tastes in the other sections, which was a little disconcerting. However, every person enjoys different flavors and it could be your gold mine!

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