inside: 10 cookbooks with super easy recipes so you can put supper on the table while homeschooling
I looked around the kitchen in despair. We had nothing to eat. Sure I could spend the next hour cooking for my six kids and husband, but I was exhausted. I needed a quick solution.
“I’ll be back in a minute with pizza for dinner again,” I told my family.
I think we’ve all run out of the house for pizza for an easy quick meal. But when we’re eating pizza several times a week, well it just isn’t healthy. My family needed a better answer.
Crock Pot Cookbooks
I’m certain you’ve heard of the crockpot! Start a meal in the morning. Then walk in the door to the delicious smell of a bubbling rosemary beef stew waiting for you to serve to hungry kids.
Now that’s the ticket!
If you’re a busy homeschooling family and want a well-run homeschool, you need a crock pot. Toss a few ingredients into the crockpot while you’re tidying the kitchen after breakfast. Then enjoy a home-cooked meal in the evening.
But not all cookbooks are equal. I’ve tested quite a few over the years, and these are the cookbooks that fed my family. Even the picky eaters!
I love this cookbook and use it at least once or twice a week. We’ve enjoyed every recipe I’ve tried, and many are regular family meals here.
Some of our favorites are the Beef Goulash, Clam Chowder, and Sweet Chili recipes.
This is a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. Like the America’s Best Slow Cooker Recipes, my family has enjoyed every recipe we’ve tried. A few are ones the children ask for again and again and again.
A few of our favorites are the Smashed Potato Soup, the Sweet-Sour Pork Stew, and the North African Beef Stew.
This cookbook doesn’t just include wonderful crock pot meals, but also skillet dishes and casseroles. The book even tells you which meals are great for company and which ones are favorites with kids.
A few of my family’s favorite meals are the Beef ‘n Noodle Skillet. I actually make it doubled using sausage instead of ground beef for more flavor. Other recipes we love are the Barbecued Beef Sandwiches and the Easy Italian Sausage-Vegetable Soup.
But crock pot meals don’t always cut it. Sometimes you need an easy answer for the days kids are begging to help you cook dinner in the kitchen. After all, you need to teach your kids lifeskills such as cooking!
Here are some of my favorite general cookbooks. The ones with dishes which had my kids begging for second.
4. Simplified Dinners by Mystie Winkler
This book is an absolute delight. The recipes are simple, basic, and delicious. When I say simple, my 12 year old son has claimed it. He’s cooked several meals for the family using it.
I must admit the pizza recipe was an absolute hit since my son loved making pizza. And his siblings loved eating it!
This cookbook is one I gave my sister when she was heading over seas. It teaches you the principles of cooking pasta or soup, or making a salad. Once you’ve memorized the jingles, you’re able to walk into a kitchen, look in the pantry, and put a delicious meal on the table.
Unlike most American cookbooks, it doesn’t depend upon specific ingredients. Instead you look for meat, cheese, vegetables, or nuts.
I’m a fan of the Better Homes and Gardens cookbooks, especially the plaid ones. They cover the basics of cooking all sorts of meals, easy to keep on the shelf, and the recipes are delicious.
These are the books I’ve grown up using and keep on my kitchen shelves. Right now I have two!
You need a few specialized cookbooks on your shelves. Cookbooks that specialize in pancakes, cookies, and bread!
Breakfast gets old after a time. We repeat pancakes, muffins, waffles, and oatmeal again and again and again. Then we have bored kids roaming the house. All About Breakfast and Brunch solves this problem with wonderful recipes for breakfast.
There are unique pancakes, muffins, and waffles. Different ways of serving eggs than just regular scrambled and boiled eggs. You even get fresh ideas for serving vegetables. As a result this cookbook has turned into our go-to book for new breakfast ideas.
I use a bread machine which allows me to toss ingredients for soup in the crock pot and bread in the bread machine. Then I’m able to come home from a cold day at the park to a freshly cooked meal.
The recipes are varied and delicious. Since bread machines can be fickle I’ve found, I’m thrilled these recipes tend to work in my bread machine!
This bread book teaches you how to make 100% whole wheat bread that’s not heavy as a brick.
Since we try to keep to 100% whole wheat bread, this book has been invaluable. Especially since I’ve had some colossal failures over the years. Let’s just say the birds never would have eaten my bread if Hansel had dropped crumbs along the path!
I don’t try to use these techniques in the bread machine. Sometimes baking bread by hand is the best way to go.
We love this cookbook and it’s starting to fall apart. The recipes are delicious. The book includes the standard cookies: chocolate chip, sugar, molasses, etc. But let’s not forget holidays cookies, and a bunch of cookies that don’t believe regular cookies have enough sugar in them. These cookies add candy to the recipes!
Needless to say, my kids adore this cookbook.
Feeding the homeschool family doesn’t have to be a nightmare or expensive. And you don’t need to eat pizza every night!
Instead check out these cookbooks and put an easy home-cooked meal on the table every night.
What is your favorite cookbook?