Today I wanted to share with you some tasty cookbooks for spring I have been
reading drooling over! As a food blogger, I will receive cookbooks to review from time to time and the most recent books I received have been really different and helpful!
Hello friends! With many of us cooking at home now more than ever, I want to share this post from a while back. These cookbooks can be especially helpful if you are looking to meal plan, maximize grocery spending and do a little freezer meal prep. These are not only perfect for right now, but they are also perfect for any time and you can find then all online today.
Great Cookbooks for Spring
Prep Ahead Meals from Scratch by Alea Milham
This book is by a fellow blogger that is freaking amazing! I met Alea last year at a blog conference and she was so sweet, generous and organized that she immediately became one of the most memorable people I have ever met. In Prep Ahead Meals from Scratch, Alea shares how to batch cook dinners, so that when you are ready to prepare dinner, you have saved time with these prepared dishes.
I also love how she uses fewer ingredients to streamline these recipes which is another great way to save time. In the book there are sections on soups, salads, skillets, casseroles and there is even a chapter on salad dressing and seasonings. I am a huge fan of making your own salad dressings and seasonings because you know what goes in them and they save you money.
From the publisher: Families are busier now more than ever, and nobody understands that better than busy mom and food blogger Alea Milham. With Prep-Ahead Meals from Scratch, she brings a unique batch cooking concept that will streamline weeknight family meals like never before. She shows you how to use simple prep-ahead techniques to stock your refrigerator with precooked ingredients that can be combined with fresh produce to easily create wholesome meals. Leave prepackaged foods and take-out behind as you learn the many easy ways to cook ahead from scratch to save time and money during the busy week.
Alea breaks down the classics into convenient weeknight dinners using fewer ingredients and smarter techniques. Batch-cooked chicken and homemade spaghetti sauce are combined to create a hearty Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake that comes together quickly. Batch-cooked beef strips and precooked peppers and onions are used to make Philly Cheesesteak Quesadillas. Batch-cooked meatballs are coated in a Mongolian Beef sauce and served over precooked rice for a delicious dinner in minutes.
There are so many great dishes here and with a little grocery store planning, you can really make a difference in your budget while saving precious time!
Meal Planning in Minutes by Raquel Pineira
This is a book for all the people that want to be better at planning their grocery shopping and meal preparation. I just published it this year and it is available on my site or via paperback and Kindle on Amazon. It is a beginner’s guide to creating a meal planning system that works for them —with practical tips on plan creation, theme suggestions, recipe ideas and maximizing grocery spending.
Topics include ways to plan, how to support healthy habits, cost considerations, meal preparation, and shopping the plan. Meal plan templates and examples of plan styles are also included.
See how seasonal considerations and batch cooking can also help save money at the grocery store. This book provides you with inspiration to get you started meal planning.
100 Creative Ways to Use Rotisserie Chicken
I first met Trish Rosenquist from Mom on Timeout blog at a blogging conference a few years ago. We were in an online blogging group together and we also both went to Bloggy Boot Camp in Las Vegas. She has always impressed me with her wonderful mouth-watering recipes. Seriously, they are epic! If you have not been by her blog, Mom on Timeout, you need to check it out.So recently, I was so excited to hear that she authored her first cookbook, 100 Creative Ways to Use Rotisserie Chicken in Everyday Meals! Talk about a great way to streamline dinner!
100 Creative Ways to Use Rotisserie Chicken is so helpful for busy families that want to save some time in the kitchen. There are sections on where to buy, when to buy and how to store rotisserie chicken.
There is a section on Handheld Favorites which include recipes for Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza, Spicy Sausage and Chicken Stromboli, (the title alone makes my mouth water), and the Southwest Chicken Caesar Salad. All with beautiful color photos.
I am so happy for Trish and the success of her new book, which by the way, makes a great gift idea for the holidays for any busy parent or person! I also think it makes a great bridal shower gift too!
150 Best Spiralizer Recipes by Marilyn Haugen & Jennifer Williams
I was so happy to receive a spiralizer for Christmas this year! I have been wanting one for a while so that I could incorporate additional healthy dinner options into my menu options. 150 Best Spiralizer Recipes offers not only recipes for meat and poultry fans like me, but also a ton for vegetarians, vegans and those on low carbohydrate diets.
Some of the offerings in the cookbook include Thai Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing, Chicken Tetrazzini and Lentils with Zucchini Pasta.The book is organized into chapters for Gluten-Free, Paleo and Vegetarian/Vegan so that if you are looking for a recipe in those categories, they are really easy to find. I have not yet tried a recipe from this book, but I love how many there are and how tasty they look!
Best of Bridge Home Cooking by Best of Bridge
The Best of Bridge is a group of women from Canada that started as a women’s group in 1975 at a girls weekend getaway. They decided start a recipe book business that shares recipes for comfort food and classic family dishes and 40 years later, are still going strong.
With recipes like Spinach Tortellini Bake and Turkey Mushroom Meatloaf, these are classic dishes that always convey a feeling of comfort and satisfaction. The recipes in Best of Bridge Home Cooking are written in Architect Font as if a friend just wrote it down for you, which I find refreshing. There are cooking tips in the book and make ahead selections are noted, which I love because if I can prepare a meal in advance while making other things, it saves me time in the long run.
I hope you have a chance to check out these books. They not only help you make the most of your time, they also make great Mother’s Day gifts! Have you read any good cookbooks lately?