I was recently at a conference and the speaker said the number one concern of American women was “more time”.
And, dude I can so relate.
Truth be told, most days I don’t know if I am coming or going.
But, I do find that when I take the time to get in the kitchen, I do feel better about my day and about what my family is eating.
Simple Shortcut Recipes
Well that and we all know that I am a uber-super fan of all things GP 😉
Don’t believe me? Check out our little song about it… (Email subscribers will need to visit the site to view the video)
Anyhoo, this book is chock-full of tons of recipes to save me time in the kitchen that leaves me feeling good with minutes to spare.
And, I so heart the quick tricks that help me prepare to save time later- like how to freeze my enormous basil harvest now that I can FINALLY grow it (post coming soon).
Beat the Clock Breakfasts
The book starts with a breakfast section that is just full of recipes that are perfect for helping me get Miss Add out the door for preschool in the morning.
We quickly found a family favorite that can be altered to fit our family’s different tastes: Smoked Sausage Breakfast Burritos…
We used the recipe to make a batch of smoked sausage soft shell tacos and a batch of turkey sausage soft shell tacos (recipes coming soon)…
I say it all the time, but that is just one of the reasons I heart GP’s cookbooks.
They totally get me. They use ingredients I am familiar with while giving me creative ideas.
I just love the flexibility to feed everyone in the family (and keep them happy).
Now, where was I… oh yeah… breakfast. From smoothies to pumpkin muffins (YUM!) to homemade granola bars, it has ya covered… with a breakfast bake or two for GOODe measure 😉
Simple Soups, Salads and Sandwiches
This section dives right in to simple and quick ways to whip up something yummy for the fam. We can’t wait to try recipes like Yummy Quick Taco Soup,Asian Slaw, Brenda’s Italian Rice Salad, Hawaiian Ham Sandwiches, Spinach Cheeseburgers and Creamy Crab and Shrimp Bisque… to name just a few 😉
Fast Fix Sides and Breads
The sides section runs the spectrum of about every yummy thing imaginable! We cannot wait to try dishes like: Easy Rice Pilaf, Broccoli Corn Casserole, Vickie’s Favorite Lima Beans, Slow Cooker Broasted Potatoes, Pinch-Me Bread and Sweet Sugar Rolls… Oh my word!
And, in case you are new to GP, the book also has tons of handy-dandy tips and charts…
My family’s favorite pizza (from my childhood) makes a debut in the Dinner Express chapter.
I remember the first time I made this deep dish delight for my best friend. She commented on how she couldn’t believe that something so good could be whipped up so fast 😉 I am tickled pink that I got the chance to share it with Gooseberry Patch fans in this cookbook!
Other dinner dishes I am looking forward to?
How about Easy Slow Cooker Burritos made with lean pork loin or Lazy Lasagna, Glorious Pork Chops, Homemade Barbecue Chicken Pizza, Busy Day Beef or Easy Chicken and Couscous.
Oh and we also have already whipped up the Refried Bean Burritos (recipe coming soon) which were super easy to substitute in low fat and high fiber ingredients if we wanted.
The appetizer section is filled with treats that come together in a flash and leave your guests with a wow. We have already whipped up some Easy Texas Caviar and all I can say is we didn’t even need the chips because it was so good on it’s own.
We added a little avocado and made it the perfect side to our burritos. (Recipe coming soon)
Can you tell we have been on a Mexican food kick lately? 😉
Other dishes that are currently candidates for my small group gathering at church this Sunday are: White Pizza Dip, Fruit Cheese Ball, Amazing Cheese Dip, Jezebel Sauce (TeeHee… get it… Jezebel Sauce to a church group… a little OT humor for ya 😉 )
Oh and Add’s next preschool snack day may see an appearance of Pool Party Crunch… just sayin’
Piece of Cake Desserts
Last but NOT least is the dessert section. My Heavenly Pumpkin Cake makes an appearance in this chapter too.
Other sweets I’d love to try?
Sunshine State Citrus Cupcakes… Banana Pudding Shortcakes… Cookies and Cream Delights, Taffy Apple Bars, Peaches and Cream Cheese Crustless Pie.
Enter to Win
So… enough tempting you with yummy treats before the book is even available… How about a chance to win it BEFORE you can buy it in stores?
Ya see, I have the GREAT privileged as serving as one of GP’s Early Bird Reviewers and THAT means that I get an advanced copy for me and one of you too 😉
See, I told you they were swell…