Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The "What's For Dinner?" Solution: A Book Review

About The Book:

It’s four o’clock. Do you know where your dinner is? For many women, dread turns to panic around 4:00 in the afternoon. That’s when they have to answer that age-old question, “What’s for dinner?” Many women resort to another supermarket rotisserie chicken or—worse yet—ordering dinner through a speaker. In The “What’s for Dinner” Solution, popular author and speaker Kathi Lipp provides a full-kitchen approach for getting dinner on the table every night. After putting her plan into action, women will
  • save time—with bulk shopping and cooking
  • save money—no more last-minute phone calls to the delivery pizza place
  • save their sanity—forget the last-minute scramble every night and know what they’re having for dinner
The book includes real recipes from real women, a quick guide to planning meals for a month, the best shopping strategies for saving time and money, and tips on the best ways to use a slow cooker, freezer, and pantry. With Kathi’s book in hand, there’s no more need to hit the panic button.

About The Author:

Kathi Lipp is a busy speaker who shares her cheerful humor and biblical insights across the U.S. at conferences and retreats. She is also the author of The Husband Project, The Marriage Project, and The Me Project. In addition, her articles have appeared in MOPS' MomSense and Connections magazines, Bay Area Parent, and Focus on the Family. She is also a food writer for Nickelodeon TV's Parents Connect. Kathi and her husband, Roger, are the parents of four young adults and live in San Joe, California.

My Review:

Last year, I had the opportunity to review Kathi's three other books and have loved incorporating them into my daily life. They have been a huge benefit in my life, and I was very excited to when the chance to review her most recent release, The "What's for Dinner?" Solution. 

You will learn a lot of fantastic tips regarding meal planning, freezer cooking and saving money, and also learn some amazing new recipes. Much of the book are ideas I also do incorporate, like meal planning and freezer cooking, but it was great to get a few new ideas like:

***Get Ready Resources - a list of tools that are must have in your kitchen (p.68-69)
***What Do You Keep In Your Pantry? - fantastic list of what  are must-haves for your pantry (p. 80-81)
***Left Overs On Purpose Meals (LOOPS) - chapter 14, p. 153-167)

Kathi Lipp has included a ton of fantastic sounding (and I am sure, tasting) recipes. I had the opportunity to test out a couple, including this one:

Italian Chicken Stew:

1lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium zucchini, chopped
4 medium carrots, sliced
4.5 cups chicken broth
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
2 14oz cans diced tomatoes, undrained
Shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired

In  a 3.5 or 4 quart slow cooker, mix onion, zucchini, carrots, broth, tomatoes, mushrooms, garlic, salt, and pepper. Add chicken. Cover and cook on low heat for 5-6 hours. Remove chicken and garlic from slow cooker. Mash garlic with a fork. Shred chicken. Return garlic and chicken to slow cooker to keep warm.

To serve, place in soup bowls and top with a slice of French baguette toasted with Parmesan cheese.

This was one of the best chicken slow cooker recipes I have used in a very long time. And I use my slow cooker at least once or twice a week, so I have tried a lot of chicken recipes. Very tasty, moist and easy to freeze. In fact I made two meals the first time I made it (I own two crockpots) and my kids (five and three) LOVED it, so you know its a keeper:)

If you are looking for a great resource that will help you with meal planning and freezer cooking, so that you have more time and money, you need to read The "What's for Dinner?" Solution.  This would be the perfect gift idea for a wedding gift, as well as a gift for a growing family.

I highly recommend this book, and give it a HUGE thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The "What's for Dinner?" Solution online here, for $13

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of the author and NetGalley, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

1 comment:

  1. Oh Shirley - thanks so much for the review- and you picked one of my FAVE recipes to share! Love it!!!