As our family grows, it’s become quite challenging for me to stay on top of kitchen organization and meal planning. We have frozen pizza more often than I’d like to admit! That’s why I jumped at the chance to review Conquering Your Kitchen, a wonderful new e-book from The Untrained Housewife collection.
Not only does the book give valuable tips for organizing the kitchen, menu planning, and organizing shopping, it provides eighty real food recipes that don’t require hours of kitchen time or unusual ingredients. They’re perfect for busy moms who want to get real food on the table… real fast.
(Disclosure: I received a free e-version of this book to review. All opinions are mine!)
If you’re like me, you’ve got quite a few things on your plate. I’m trying to balance caring for my five kids (7,5,4,2, and 6 months), spending time with my husband, taking care of myself, and managing this blog. Since I began this site a year and a half ago, the biggest thing that has suffered is meal planning. (If you don’t count ironing.)
You know that saying, “Failing to plan is planning to fail”? It’s definitely true for me in the kitchen. If I start the day with no clue what’s on the menu, it usually means pancakes or frozen pizza (again) or a call to the local Chinese take-out. I strive to feed my family healthy, real food.
I just need a little help.
Conquering Your Kitchen is a guide to help busy mothers stop feeling overwhelmed in the kitchen.
My mom is a fabulous cook, but I wasn’t the best cooking student. Growing up, I was happy to let my brother brown the hamburger and fry the potatoes. In exchange, I’d set the table and do the clean up.
As a single teacher, I did very little actual cooking. When I married my husband eight years ago, he knew more about food preparation than I did. Since then I’ve learned a great deal by trial and error. This book would have been extremely helpful when I was just starting out!
Annemarie Rossi’s friendly, supportive voice covers these topics:
- how to organize the kitchen
- useful kitchen equipment
- what staples to keep on hand
- how to meal plan
- setting a food budget
- organizing grocery shopping
Now my challenge is finding simple, real food recipes that my children will appreciate… that I actually have time to make. I love that these recipes are easy and fast.
Here are some real food recipes I can’t wait to try:
- maple granola
- yogurt parfait
- protein bars
- baked granola bars
- carrot muffins
- broccoli salad
- pan-fried potatoes
- fresh basil pesto
- potato leek soup
- marinara sauce
- sloppy joes
- Asian chicken salad
- fudge popsicles
- chocolate chips cookies
- ranch dressing
- taco seasoning
- enchilada sauce
- barbecue sauce
- pizza crust
These (and many more!) recipes use all natural ingredients, whole wheat flour, and little to no sugar. Plus, many of the ingredients are things I keep on hand already; none are things that will require an expensive trip to the local health food store.
I’ve already filled this week’s menu plan with recipes from Conquering Your Kitchen. To get your own copy of this valuable guide, click on the image below!
Don’t forget to check out some of the real food recipes on this blog:
- homemade graham crackers
- honey whole wheat banana bread
- healthy corn muffins
- black and brown burritos
- hearty chicken wild rice soup
Looking for more healthy recipes? These are our favorites!
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