Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms by Jane Doiron
When I had the opportunity to review “Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms” I jumped at it. After all, my mom and I were planning to make some meals to freeze while she was here over Thanksgiving. We made three recipes from a book she brought that solely concentrates on recipes to freeze and one recipe from this book. “Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms” does not focus on meals to freeze, but has a variety of make-ahead options, from freezing, to things you can prepare the day before or the morning of to make dinner preparation go much smoother.
I really liked that Doiron included a variety of recipes for different types of meals that moms might need to make: breakfasts, soups, main and side dishes, and desserts. I thought the number of desserts was a bit excessive, though. Nearly 50 pages of a book that is just over 200 pages long! I don’t know about anyone else, but I don’t need that many dessert recipes in a cookbook that is meant to be a day-to-day sort of thing. That being said, the stuffed shells were SO GOOD. I really didn’t think I’d like them that well, not that it wasn’t a good recipe, but because I usually only sort of like this sort of thing, but I LOVED them. They might be a little involved to do regularly – after all, you have to stuff the shells – they they weren’t difficult and they were very easy to make once unfrozen. A great dish to take to a potluck or serve when you have people over, make it ahead at your leisure and look awesome when you serve it!
So yes, I would have liked to see more main dishes, but the one I made so far was delicious! I’m looking forward to using this cookbook more,