Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Need Dinner Ideas? Check Out "Siriously Delicious: 100 Nutritious (and Not So Nutritious) Simple Recipes for the Real Home Cook" Cookbook from Siri Daly (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


Popular food blogger and TODAY food contributor Siri Daly shares her collection of cooking triumphs and mistakes, and delicious recipes for people who love food.

(Also available in Kindle format)

Now that the kids are back in school, have you gotten down a routine for weeknight dinners?  Or, are yous till struggling to find meals the whole family will eat, and that will not leave you in the kitchen forever prepping and cooking.  Or, if you are sports family and find yourselves at practice right after school, how are your evening meals looking?...are you stopping by a fast food window on the way home, or reaching for cereal when you walk through the door?  Well, if you have found yourself struggling with ideas for nutritious meals that are not only delicious, but also simple to make, then you will want to check out "Siriously Delicious" by Siri Daly, a TODAY Food Contributor and popular food blogger. 

I first was introduced to Siri Daly when I saw her on the TODAY show, and then started to follow her social media.  I found myself pinning and printing out her recipes and trying them out with my family. And, when I heard this summer she had a cookbook out, I had to get my hands on a copy, so that I can have handy in the kitchen when I found myself wondering to make for dinner, or to pull out when I would sit down each Sunday night and put together  a shopping list and meal plan for the week.

In this cookbook, you will find 100 simple recipes that the whole family will love.  There are six sections to the paperback cookbook, and they offer up an assortment of recipes for the following:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Drinks
  • Dinner
  • Side dishes
  • Desserts
I have been using this cookbook for the past couple months and love it.  I think we have already almost half of the recipes thus far, many of which we have repeated as they became instant hits with everyone. Just tonight, I pulled out the cookbook to make Siri's BBQ Chicken Nacho Bites.  We came home late from a homeschool class and I didn't want to be in the kitchen too long as we still have school to catch up on.  Also, it has been cold here in the Northeast, so I was looking for a recipe that used the oven, so that the house would warm up, and I could keep the oven door open after cooking was done.  My girls love this recipe, and love helping me prepare it.  As the name suggests, these are nacho bites, but you fill muffin tin sections with the flour tortilla, shredded chicken, BBQ sauce, Mexican shredded cheese and tomatoes.  You can add olives if you like, as well as cilantro, but my girls prefer just cheese and tomatoes.  I have also gone ahead and added black beans to the tortillas for a tasty finger food dinner, that never leaves leftovers.

Another favorite dish from this cookbook is Spaghetti Primavera Pie.  We usually do two pasta dishes a week -- Wednesday and Sunday nights.  I will make homemade meatballs and sauce for Sunday dinner, but mid-week I always looking for new spaghetti dishes to try.  With this recipe, you cook up the spaghetti and then add it to a deep dish pie pan to cook.   Once it is done you get crispy pieces of pasta, which I just love, and a cheesy pasta (both Parmesan and mozzarella are used) that will have your family asking for seconds.

I could go on and on about all the different recipes we have tried and loved, but I would be here all night typing. And, my belly is already growling just thinking about these two recipes I just mentioned.  Here is more about this great cookbook that will make meal time a breeze.  You don't have to be a master chef to put these delicious tasting meals on the table for your family to enjoy.

About this Book:

"Like many of us trying to feed our families, Siri Daly is a very busy cook. As a mother of three under the age of 10, TODAY food contributor, and wife of a bicoastal traveling man, Carson Daly ("The Voice" host and TODAY show co-host), Siri often doesn’t know which end is up. Siri is not a serious cook, but she is serious about her food—and what she serves her family, friends and loved ones. Siriously Delicious is organized by how a busy mom gets through her day—breakfast, lunch, happy hour (her favorite!), dinner with sides, and dessert. Siri’s recipes are created with three goals in mind: to create food that is delicious and satisfying for both kids and adults, to prepare dishes packed with traditionally comforting flavors and ingredients (think cheese, avocado, chocolate!), and to make each recipe approachable for even a novice cook—no trips to specialty food stores are required.

Whether you’re looking for easy-to-cook recipes your kids will devour, such as mouth-watering Bacon Pizzadillas, or you’re dying to relax with a Spicy Grapefruit Cocktail when the days feel too long, this cookbook has a recipe for every occasion. Siri also includes extra tips to make your time in the kitchen easier: Siriously Simple offers a hack or time-saving tip, Siriously Sinful details how to make something even more indulgent, Siriously Nutritious explains how to make something healthier, and Siriously Mini advises how to satisfy the kiddos. Filled with Siri’s often hilarious anecdotes, Siriously Delicious will not only feed your family’s bellies but hopefully deliver a belly laugh along the way."

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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