The last thing I want to do when I’m homeschooling is to cook an elaborate meal that takes hours to prepare. But my kids complain about the endless stream of stews, chilies, and soups that appear from my crock-pot. Seriously, they seem to want variety in their meals!!!!
Needless to say, we needed a change and an easy one at that!
Putting Dinner on the Table Every Night is Hard
But have you noticed how hard it is to pull dinner together? I don’t know about you, but it can take me hours!
First you have to gather all your cookbooks. Then you must browse through the cookbooks and choose your recipes.
Now comes the tedious process of writing down all the ingredients needed for those recipes. And often one or two require one tablespoon of something special that you know is going to cost $10 and sit in your fridge for MONTHS!
Finally you realize that your little people are probably not going to like any of the meals, so it’s back to the drawing board to start all over again.
And you’re not even using that pile of coupons sitting on the table next to you!
There has to be something easier.
And there is!
You Need Simplified Dinners for New Cooks
Simplified Dinners for New Cooks is a slender 30 page book that packs a wallop! The first couple pages teach you how to get dinner on the table and to give you a one-stop go-to resource that gives you everything you need to feed your family.
All right, I’ve been getting dinner on the table for over 20 years now. But when the kids are complaining, clearly I still have something to learn!
First Mystie explains how to get dinner on the table and then how to cook with simplified dinners. She suggests a few first meals to get started if you haven’t cooked before.
You’re even given a master pantry list! Since I loathe pulling together shopping lists, this is GOLD.
The final pages of the introduction cover the types of tools you need, basic skills to learn, and basic food safety.
When I first received Simplified Dinners for New Cooks, my 12yo son was interested in the recipes. I handed the book to him, gave some brief guidance, and enjoyed dinners I didn’t have to cook for a couple days. That’s the level of the guidance given here.
It’s so easy 12yo boy can follow the instructions to put dinner on the table!
Now the magic begins.
The Recipes in Simplified Dinners
This is where the magic begins. Mystie doesn’t give you a bunch of recipes like a cook book does. Rather she groups the recipe by recipe format. I love this about the book.
If I want to cook up a roast, I can flip to the page on slow-cooker roasts, browse through the variations and choose one to make. I can do a basic roast, a barbecue roast, a sweet and sour roast, or a balsamic roast. So easy to find one and choose!
The same methodology is in play for chicken, chicken in a pot, fish, pasta, bean dishes, quesadillas, omelettes, pizza, stews, soups, and side dishes
Mystie has even included 5 different types of easy breads to make in Simplified Dinners for New Cooks!
And the recipes are easy enough for a preteen boy to use. I have to admit that’s my favorite part of the book. The fact I could hand it off to him and enjoy a home-cooked meal I didn’t have to cook.
And his favorite recipe? The pizza recipe of course!
The homemade pizza recipe doesn’t require you to purchase pizza dough. No, it had my son mixing up the flour, yeast, salt, water, and olive oil to create the dough himself.
The younger kids ran into the kitchen to help of course. Kids adore putting their favorite toppings on the pizzas!
Simplified Dinners for New Cooks has a lot to offer children, new cooks, and experienced cooks alike. It simplifies the dinner making process to make it easy to put a home cooked meal on the table for your family every night.
Make dinner easy for yourself: