Make Ahead Meals For Busy Moms Cookbook Review


This cookbook had me at the title. It is something we can all relate to as we all want to feed our families nutritious and delicious meals, but some days don’t allow us the time to do so. By making things a day or a month ahead of time, when we have some time, this problem is solved. I loved that the cookbook had a mix of great classic recipes and some fun, new ones I am still eager to try. Some of the recipes have directions for what you can make a day ahead, the morning of or even months ahead of time!


My most recent Make Ahead Meal  opportunity was at Thanksgiving. I had originally planned on making a small Thanksgiving dinner for just my family, but we opted to go to a friend’s house when we were invited and all I had to bring was dessert! I got the whole family involved in making pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie from this cookbook. I was excited, because I froze a loaf of the pumpkin bread to eat later, since it’s just as easy to make a big batch than a small one. The pumpkin pie recipe in her book gives you directions on how to freeze and thaw out a pumpkin pie (unbaked) so it’s ready to go in the oven a month or two down the road if you choose.


The recipes are clear, straight forward and full of ideas I would have never thought to do. I think we all get overwhelmed from time to time making dinner for our families or friends, and this has tons of tricks to spread out the pressure so you’re not an exhausted wreck by the time you sit down to eat. The only thing I would like to see in the next version of this cookbook would be some pictures. The titles and ingredients lured me in, but there something about a picture or illustration that makes recipes come that much more alive. She does have some lovely picture on her website and blog if you’d like to take a peek. 


The cookbook is divided in to sections according to the type of dish (dessert, main dish, side) and I have post-it noted at least a dozen pages of recipes I’d like to try in the next couple of months. I think that this is a great cookbook for any growing family and for anyone who wants to keep their sanity in the kitchen. It made for a stress-free Thanksgiving for my family, that’s for sure.

My delectable pumpkin pie. 



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A copy of the cookbook was provided by Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms for this review.
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