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Food Nanny Rescues Dinner: Easy Family Meals for Every Day of the Week

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  • Posted March 9, 2012

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    Even I can't ruin these recipes

    I'm not much of a cook and a lot of the recipes look like they'd be hard. However, after watching a few episodes of her television program on BYU-TV, I realized I know a lot more about cooking than most of the people she helps and they were making the recipes. I bought the book and have yet to ruin one of these recipes. Her instructions are very clear and detailed and the recipes are much easier than I expected. Meal quality is improving around here!

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  • Posted May 1, 2009

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    Great cookbook for the cooking challenged

    "Wow, Mom! Great dinner!" That's a phrase every home cook loves to hear and one I heard often as I tested recipes from The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner. This new cookbook professes to be a lifesaver for the stressed, rushed parent in need of a quick and tasty meal and it does not disappoint.

    Liz Edmunds states that her cookbook is ".more than a cookbook! This book is about making dinnertime a priority, putting it into your family culture where it belongs." A quick flip through the pages of this book will show that Edmunds is correct as there is far more here than simple recipes. The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner opens with over fifteen pages of Edmunds philosophy toward the dinner hour, how to get organized, plan your meals, proper portion size, table talk topics and even the most common excuses for not cooking. In order to make meals work, Edmunds suggests mapping out two weeks of meals at a time and there's even a sample calendar to illustrate exactly what she means. To avoid the common, "I don't know what to make" dilemma that so many parents face, Edmunds advises using theme nights - Italian night, fish and meatless night, pizza night, grill night, Mexican night, etc. Each day of the week is designated with a different theme. Thus, every Tuesday is Italian night so no more excuses - simply flip to the Italian section of the cookbook and get to work.

    The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner is replete with helpful suggestions and plenty of recipes. I found the recipes in this book extremely easy to follow, quick to prepare, plus my family was quite excited to get something different on the table each night. Plates were scrapped clean and enthusiasm ran high. The favorites for my children were the Sweet and Sour Baked Chicken, Chicken Burritos with Salsa Verde and Lime, and any of the pizza variations, while my husband enjoyed the Almond-Topped Chicken Casserole, the Pot Roast Dinner as well as several of the grill night meals.

    The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner is the perfect cookbook for those who rarely cook, but know they should be preparing a hearty meal for their family as well as those who simply don't know how to cook. One cautionary note: these recipes are not meant as low calorie meals, but Edmunds does make a point of watching portion size as a means of weight control. Also, although the "Conversation Starters" are well intentioned, the only thing they did in my household was elicit giggles and eye rolls.

    Quill says: A great book for the cooking challenged, harried parent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2008

    IT GREATS

    I just recieved my copy of this book. Its Fantasic. I have already been cooking all of her recipes this week and every night my husband has felt like he was at a five star restuarant. All of the recipes are so easy that I'am able to come home from work and still make a hot meal for me and my husband. Its great everyone needs to get this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2008

    ¿A real plan for real families who like real food¿

    Liz Edmunds raised 7 children on home-cooked meals. That makes her an expert on what children like. There are facts thrown in to reinforce what we all should already know¿dinner matters. Dinner time involves four of the five senses of your children¿sight, touch, smell, and taste. While those senses are on overdrive, utilize the time to talk with them. Maybe then they can use their last sense, then sense of hearing. Edmunds instructs the reader to have a two week menu planned before heading to the grocery store. She emphasizes ¿theme nights¿. This does not involve party hats and tablescapes as some television hosts would have you believe. You simply divide each night into a type of food, such as Italian food, seafood, and Mexican food. This keeps variety in dinner. Her recipes are simple, quick, and healthy. I want to also add that they are a pleasure to eat. Many of the quick food gurus make food that is not appetizing to look at, much less eat. This is not the case with Edmunds¿ recipes. This is a real plan for real families who like real food.

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