Thursday, August 24, 2017

Everyday Cooking Review

Sometimes, the thought of trying to get food on the table three times a day for my family can be daunting. With our busy schedules, we seem to always be heading in different directions. I was really excited to review Everyday Cooking from Everyday Homemaking so that I could get some new perspective, tips, and recipes to use with my crew.

Everyday Cooking

For this review, we received the Everyday Cooking e-book by Vicki Bentley. This is a downloadable 198-page pdf  file.

Like I mentioned, I was very excited to see the tips in this book. Mrs. Bentley shares a ton of time-saving tips to help meal prep go quicker so that making dinner each night doesn't become a time consuming chore. I know that we are much more likely to eat together on our busy evenings if I don't have to spend a lot of time prepping and cooking.

One of my favorite tips is to go ahead and chop an entire bag of nuts or several onions and peppers all at one time while I already have out my food chopper. Then I can put the extra in baggies to pull out for the next time. It saves me a lot of time in the long run!

In addition to Timesaving Tips, she also has sections for:
  • Breakfast ideas
  • Appetizers and Dressings
  • Bread and Grains
  • Main Dishes & Soups & Sides
  • Desserts & Snacks
There are also instructions for making homemade vanilla extract! 

Some of the other tip sections include:
  • Basic Measurements and Helps
  • Meal Planning and Shopping Hints
  • Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Pantry Helpers
I also plan to have Soccer Girl use this book as part of a Home Economics high school credit. One of my favorite helps in the book is the Basic Cooking Skills checklist. This is a list of food items that she should be learning to make, with columns for writing in the source of where she learned it and the date.

We have a new favorite recipe from the book - Chicken and Noodle Casserole. She has instructions for how to make it in the oven, but she also includes instructions for making this in the slow cooker. I've mentioned how chaotic our evenings can be, so the slow cooker is usually my go-to when we'll be getting home later in the evening from sports practices.

This dish was absolutely delicious! Even my one child who normally doesn't eat meat liked this because the chicken turned out so juicy.


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