Monday, November 16, 2009

Holiday Gift Idea: Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms


So how many of you out there are often too busy or too exhausted to make dinner? How many of you resort to frozen processed food that you just pop in the oven? Or, dare I say it, the DRIVE-THRU???!!!???

Well Jane Dorion has solved all of your dinner problems! Jane is the author of a fabulous cookbook called Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms.
Jane's goal was to seek out main dish, family-favorite recipes that could be make ahead meals without sacrificing the food’s taste and texture by freezing. After years of home-testing recipes, Jane has compiled this must-have cookbook with specific make-ahead directions. In addition, Jane includes her best recipes for clever side dishes, flavorful appetizers and luscious desserts. Imagine opening your freezer to pick out a family-favorite appetizer, main dish, or dessert, and all you have to do is thaw and heat it!

Make Ahead Meals are:
• Simple to prepare.
• Simple to assemble ahead of schedule.
• Simple to freeze ahead.
• Simple for the whole family to enjoy.



Thanks to Jane, I was provided with a copy of Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms to try out for myself. I tried out the recipe for the mini cheesecakes and the Chicken Cannelloni. DELICIOUS!!! Both items were fantastic even after being frozen and reheated. They definitely had dinner on the table earlier at my house and prevented me from resorting to something unhealthy.



And thanks to Jane, one of you very busy, and very lucky followers, will get a copy of Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms of their very own!

Mandatory Entry:

Tell me one tip or trick you use to get dinner on the table faster and more healthy, in your household. Simple, I know!

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Please leave me a comment and your email address for EACH entry that you complete above so I can accurately pick a winner. Winner will be selected at random and will be contacted via e-mail. If I do not receive a response from the winner within 48 hours I will chose a new winner. This contest ends on November 23rd at 8PM EST. Thanks everyone and good luck!

Disclosure: I received a copy of Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms to review for free. No monetary compensation has been offered or accepted. The opinions above are my own.

160 comments:

  1. One thing I do is as much advance prep as possible. I chop onions, peppers, carrots, etc. ahead of time (like right after I buy them) and freeze (some veggies I have to blanch before freezing). That saves a lot of time when putting dinner together. asthenight at gmail dot com

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  8. My biggest help is making and sticking to a weekly menu. When I know ahead of time what I'm making on a certain day, I tend to be less lazy with finding something to make!

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  13. Well, really, the only trick I use to get dinner on the table on time is to use the slow-cooker. But most days, when we don't use it, dinner is always late no matter how hard we try.

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  14. I love my slow cooker I always try to find a recipe for my slow cooker
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  15. I keep fruit around for snacking.
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  16. I precook chicken and freeze it in meal sized portions so I can just pull it out and use it in any recipe for a speedy dinner.

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  18. I get dinner on the table faster by keeping a good variety of seasoning mixes rather than having to meaasure out the right amount of each seasoning everytime. jennielee226(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. I have 5 kids so I plan my menus carefully & I try to get most of the cooking done before they get home from school
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  30. I love using the slow cooker! It does all the cooking while I'm at work!

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  32. For more healthy, I try to exclude butter or use lower fat butter like smart balance.

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  33. I don't really have a trick... I am slowly learning though! I want this book! =)

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  34. My best trick is to make simpler things

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  35. Rhubarb Streusel Bread sounds so yummy. Contact at LAupperlee@sheppardpratt.org

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  36. In our family, we have crock pot meals at least 2-3 times a week.....
    Thanks, Cindi
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  37. I follow your blog publicly via Google Reader Page!
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  38. I follow Jane's Blog!
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  39. Also, I am a subscriber to Jane's Newsletter.
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  40. I also follow you on Twitter!
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  43. I menu plan for the following week. That way, there's no hesitation when I get home. I know what we're going to have and get right to it.

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  50. I cook boneless, skinless chicken breast in bulk and then freeze in tupperware. When I'm in a rush for dinner, I can make a quick soup, casserole or stir fry.

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  53. Although I don't do OAMC, I do tend to double up meals from time to time. One meal we eat, the other I stick in the freezer for those night I just don't feel like cooking.
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  67. I try to do all my chopping at once. Sounds silly, but I try to make several dishes at once whenever possible.

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  68. When I cook casseroles or meats, I always cook enough for two meals - freeze then I only prepped one time

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  69. I love to get pre washed spinach ... good with everything
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  70. I pre-cook and freeze alot of things to make it quicker the day I use them

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  73. When we can be home for dinner, we have everything chopped ahead of time so it;s just a matter of putting everything together and prep and cooking time is cut down significantly.

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  77. My trick is to have someone else cook! Ha ha! No really, I love the slow cooker since it does all the cooking when I'm at work!

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  78. I use a slow cooker so it can cook on its own.

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  84. Would love to win this, some days I feel like cooking and some I just don't. With this, one the days I do feel like cooking I could
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  85. I prepare everything the night before and the next day just cook it.
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  86. I enlist help with whatever I can. Even if it is just someone stirring or setting the table. That also helps because if they're busy too, they are usually more patient about when the food is done!

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  90. I defrost all the meat the morning of before I go to work.

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  96. Two words.... STEAMED VEGETABLES... healthly and sooo quick...

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  97. i plan my meals for the month so we never have the whats for dinner rush and try to get as much done as i can before meal time

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  98. I menu plan each week using items I already have in the home so I don't have to run out at the last minute and grab a forgotten ingredient.

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  101. To make dinner faster, I try to plan out meals with ingredients already have on hand.
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  104. I try have most things cut, sliced, diced, mixed, all before hand, this saves alot of time :)

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  108. I try to cook meats in bulk and freeze in recipe size amounts. It is really helpful for me to just pull a bag out of the freezer for a casserole, soup or spaghetti.

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  111. I buy boxed or frozen organic meals and I add fresh vegetables and cooked meat

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  112. My trick is to plan ahead and have all the needed ingredients. Grill fresh vegetables when in season for healthy meals.

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  125. I use my slow cooker so that almost everything is done when I get home.

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  127. cook everything ahead of time, and heat it up the day of

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  128. i get my husband to cook, he can always come up with great healthy meals on the spot!

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  129. I do as much prep work as i can in the mornings.

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  131. i use lots of kits,hamburger helper, shake n bake etc.

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  132. I cook several meals ahead of time in one evening and reheat as needed during the week.

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  133. A trick I use to get dinner on the table faster and more healthy is to cook several meals ahead of time and freeze them.

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  135. preparing things in advance helps.
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  143. A lot of dishes with pasta, vegetables and parmesan cheese can be on the table in less than 15 minutes :)

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