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?”
From the Back Cover
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 TartsColorado White Chili and Chocolate-Orange Crumb CakeTurkey Picante Pie and Tomato and Leek BisqueBeef Chimichangas and Gooey Caramel Cinnamon RollsYou’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.
I have six kids ages 1 through 19 years old. Making dinner has always been the bane of my existence. I would get done with my work for the day only to find myself desperately thinking of something to make that no one would complain about (and trust me, someone always has something to say about what’s for dinner). A friend of mine told me about this book and at first I thought there was no way I had time during the weekends to shop for a month’s worth of groceries, or even a few weeks’ worth for that matter, let alone take a weekend day to prepare all of the meals for the days to come. Then I thought it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try as I was getting desperate. After all, what could it hurt to devote one Sunday afternoon and evening to this if it meant making my life easier throughout the rest of the month. I am so glad I did. The recipes are easy and many of the ones that are not already crock pot meals can be altered a bit to become crock pot meals, making cooking during the week that much easier. If your life is hectic and you need better time management and don’t like feeding your family fast food or rushing to make dinner every night, this very well could be your lifesaver.
I love this book and the recipes in it. This book IS NOT filled with crock-pot recipes but actually recipes that are full of flavor and best of all, most of them you do not have to precook. I often find myself with little time to cook because of an attention demanding toddler and this book has given me some sanity back (it is hard to cook with a kid hanging on your leg). I looked into freezer meals but almost everything that I’ve come across was a crock-pot recipes that looked like the same meal over and over again. Cut veggies, add meat and add a cream of this or that. We like to try different foods and after seeing a sea of recipes that require crockpot and creams of … almost made me give up hope that I can save time with freezer meals. That is until I came across a review of this book on Pintrest. You will find here teriyaki recipes, an AMAZING chicken pot pie as well picante turkey pie to name a few. The recipes are super easy and quick to make and the authors give you measurements for single and multiple servings so your favorite recipes you can make few servings of at the same time. I cannot express how much I LOVE THIS BOOK and how happy I am that I came across it.
This is a great book, and I gave it 5 stars. I would have given it more, but that was the max. You can’t go wrong with this book. It shows you how to cook a recipe, then double, triple, or make 6 times as much. You cook one recipe a week, and make it 6 times more quantity than you need. You have one recipe for dinner that night, and package and freeze the other 5 quantities of the same recipe for another dinner, another time. If you just cook one recipe a week, soon you will have your freezer full of preplanned, prepackaged and precooked meals. Then when you get off work and come home tired, dinner isn’t such a big deal. This type of cooking has been going on since 1990 says the book, and the basic method hasn’t changed in all that time. I think it is great, and am beginning to implement this way of cooking to make my life easier. I do have one complication, however, and that is I am gluten free, being off wheat for 3 years now, so I had to go through the recipes and mark the “GF” recipes and put a big “X” on all the other pages. I found quite a few chicken, fish, beef, and pork recipes, and lots of desserts that I could take advantage of. Now I have the confidence that all my recipes in the freezer are okay for me without having to check all ingredients again. The authors have done a great job of laying out this project, and the directions are simple to understand. I can even take a meal to church to share, give a dinner to an elderly friend or a new mom. The book does have one disadvantage that is a shame, but is minor. And, that is, there are no pictures of the recipes to show you if you are doing it right. I miss a nice picture to show me I’ve done everything right, however, I am getting over that because the book itself is so great. I highly recommend it.
- Title: Don’t Panic – Dinner’s in the Freezer: Great-Tasting Meals You Can Make Ahead
- Autor: Susie Martinez
- Publisher (Publication Date): Revell; Original edition (September 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: | 0800730550
- ISBN-13: | 978-0800730550
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