I stood in front of the open freezer door, letting the chilly air escape as I wracked my brain for a meal that used either chicken, beef or tilapia fillets. You see, it wasn’t that I didn’t have any food in the house, I just didn’t know what to make with it!
This is a typical 5 pm scenario in many busy households. And honestly, despite my efforts to meal plan lately, I’ve found myself frustrated, a myriad of thoughts running through my head as a ponder what’s for supper. My kids won’t like this. We had that last week. Oops, we’re missing one ingredient and I can’t substitute anything. We live 30 miles from the nearest Super Target and I refuse to pay 8 dollars for bacon at the local grocery store! And similar statements.
SO….I was super excited to get an email from Mystie from Simplified Dinners. She offered to let me try her method of meal planning, which she said would give me both variety and simplicity in my quest to serve my family a healthy and flexible menu, without worrying so much about creating a different detailed grocery list every week.
Simplified Dinners is a 30-page book of guideline-style recipes that all rely on very basic, real-food, normal-food pantry staples. This takes the thinking out of not only menu planning, but also grocery shopping and dinner making. The book shows you how to cook whole foods like our grandmothers did, without complicated recipes, and with items from a normal discount grocer.
At this point in my life, I really didn’t need another recipe book and I was pleased to discover that this really isn’t one!
I found Simplified Dinners to be a much more streamlined process than pulling out recipe books, grocery ads and coupons. While I don’t use it every day, this eBook allows me to see at a glance what type of meal I can make with any type of meat, beans and eggs that I have in my fridge or freezer while incorporating a variety of vegetables and side dishes that are completely interchangeable. The steps are simple and foolproof. The eBook provides a huge variety of recipes for slow cooker meats, stovetop and oven dishes, soups, stews, sides and foods made with tortillas.
You can download a sample of Simplified Dinners to see exactly what the process looks like!
In the five weeks that I’ve had this eBook, I’ve gone back to it over and over. One of our favorite recipes has been the Oven Omelette. I honestly never thought to make an omelette in the oven, but it’s much less messy than doing it on the stove!!
Overall, I have been incredibly pleased with Simplified Dinners! A couple of the steps that are provided as “prep” for some of the meats I actually omitted (mostly because I’m lazy), so that simplified the process even more! Mystie even provides a gluten-free/dairy-free edition of her book!
If you’re a busy momma, you’ll most definitely save yourself mental energy, time and stress by purchasing Simplified Dinners. For $12.99, it’s well worth it.
Plus, one of my readers will win a copy! Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. Giveaway is open until 11:59 pm on October 28. There are two additional entry options, but only the first is mandatory.
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