Sunday, November 13, 2022

Make Weeknight Cooking and Clean Up a Breeze with the One Pan, Whole Family Cookbook -- Meals Cook Up in 45 Minutes or Less! (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.

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While I wish I could spend my day baking and serving up delectable treats to my family, I know they also need to eat a well balanced meal and not live off of sweets. :-)  But, with a busy on the go schedule, it is hard some nights to figure out what to make for dinner, when I have limited time to shop and cook up a meal for the family.  Thanks to the "One Pan, Whole Family" cookbook by Carla Snyder, those crazy weeknights are made less hectic when it comes to getting a home-cooked meal on the table for all to enjoy. 

What I love about this cookbook, which contains 70+ complete recipes, is that each and every recipe can be made using one pan, which makes cleanup a breeze. Also, all recipes take only 45 minutes or less to make, so even on the busiest of week night's you can have a meal cooked and served in under an hour, and not having to rush out and grab fast food yet again.  It is usually hard to find recipes that my girls will eat, as they are picky eaters.  But, so far all the recipes we have made with this cookbook they have enjoyed, and asked me to make again.  

Just last night I whipped up vegetable soup with vegetables we picked up at the local farmer's market.  The soup tasted like it had simmered on the stove all day, as it was full of flavor, and the vegetables were so tender, and melted in your mouth.  I was able to make a quick focaccia bread to serve on the side for dipping into the soup, as it was quick to prep the soup and then let simmer in the pot for 20 minutes.  I will definitely be making this again, especially during the cold winter months, as this soup really does warm your bones up.

Another favorite recipe from this cookbook is the chicken thighs with sausage, red beans and rice.  We have had this a few times, and are lucky if we have leftovers the next day, as everyone goes back for seconds and thirds.  It reminds me of Southern chicken and sausage gumbo.  The chicken pot pie recipe is another great recipe, and super easy to make.  I like that is uses frozen puff pastry for the crust, so I don't have to worry about making a fresh crust to lay over the top.  If you like kielbasa, then you will love the Butter Bean Stew recipe that is included in this cookbook.  My girls loved dipping the grilled cheese sandwiches I served on the side into the stew.

There are so many great weeknight one pan recipes in this book, and are easy to prepare and cook up.  This cookbook is for all cooking levels, including novice cooks.  It has become my go-to cookbook most weeknight's, and has made meal prep and clean up a breeze.

More about this cookbook:

"Fast, deliciously nutritious family meals—minus the cleanup! Carla Snyder, author of the go-to One Pan, Two Plates cookbooks, takes her tried-and-true cooking methods and delivers 70 incredible, reliable recipes that everyone—including the kids—will love. And to top it off, they're all made in one pan and ready to eat in 45 minutes or less! Each one is perfect for a family that might have little time to cook but big appetites after busy days at work, school, soccer practice, dance lessons, and more. Recipes range from vegetables and chicken to beef and pork (not to mention some delectable seafood dishes) and include beverage pairings both for the grown-ups and the under-twenty-ones, which makes preparing an enticing dinner every night a whole lot easier."

 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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