Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms – Book Review

make ahead meals for busy momsMake-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,

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