Item description for Don't Panic -- Dinner's in the Freezer: Great-Tasting Meals You Can Make Ahead by Susie Martinez, Vanda Howell & Bonnie Garcia...
Overview This excellent source for busy households provides tips on getting the most out of the family freezer and offers suggestions on portion size and cooking in bulk.
Publishers Description Hectic lifestyles and over-full schedules make traditional cooking methods nearly obsolete in many families. The results are poor nutrition and budgets strained by the high cost of fast food or commercially prepared meals. Don't Panic-Dinner's in the Freezer offers a simple and economical alternative, featuring dozens of recipes designed to be prepared and frozen for future use. With 100,000 copies sold, this book gives practical tips for planning, organizing, and shopping for meals, as well as unique ways to freeze and reheat prepared foods. Every recipe includes measurements for cooking alone or as a joint venture with one or two friends. Families, singles, retirees-everyone who needs to eat-will find fast and easy answers to the question, "What's for dinner?"
Dimensions: 7 x 9
Number of Pages: 224
Publication Date: Sep. 05
Description: "I'm hungry. What's for dinner?"
How do you respond to this question after a long, busy day? Head for the nearest fast-food restaurant? Pop a commercially prepared meal into the oven?
Or you could have . . .
Apricot-Glazed Chicken Tenders and Cashew Fudge Tarts
Colorado White Chili and Chocolate-Orange Crumb Cake
Turkey Picante Pie and Tomato and Leek Bisque
Beef Chimichangas and Gooey Caramel Cinnamon Rolls
You're probably thinking, Yeah, right! But delicious recipes like these are just minutes away!
Don't Panic--Dinner's in the Freezer offers a simple and economical alternative to take-out and prepackaged foods, featuring dozens of quick and easy home-tested recipes designed to be prepared in quantity and frozen ahead. Whether you cook for one or for a large family, this unique method will simplify your life with healthy, money- and time-saving recipes. Once you try the Don't Panic method, you may never again go back to your old ways of cooking.
Author Information: Susie Martinez is the elementary director of Southern Gables Church in Littleton, Colorado. She graduated from Taylor University with a degree in social work. The mother of two, Susie, her family live in Lakewood, Colorado.
Bonnie Garcia is a graduate of Grace College. A pediatric nurse, she is also the busy mother of three sons. Bonnie, her husband, Steve, and their family live in Denver, Colorado.
Vanda Howell attended Colorado State University and now serves as the administrator for the performing arts ministry at her church and sings on the praise team. A real estate appraiser, Vanda, her husband, Mike, and their son live in Lakewood, Colorado.
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Citations And Professional Reviews Don't Panic -- Dinner's in the Freezer: Great-Tasting Meals You Can Make Ahead by Susie Martinez, Vanda Howell & Bonnie Garcia has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Ingram Advance - 09/01/2005 page 51
Christian Advance - 09/01/2005 page 55
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 7" Height: 9" Weight: 1.02 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2005
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 0800730550 ISBN13 9780800730550
Availability 0 units.
More About Susie Martinez, Vanda Howell & Bonnie Garcia
Susie Martinez is the elementary director of Southern Gables Church in Littleton, Colorado. She graduated from Taylor University with a degree in social work. The mother of two, Susie, her family live in Lakewood, Colorado. Bonnie Garcia is a graduate of Grace College. A pediatric nurse, she is also the busy mother of three sons. Bonnie, her husband, Steve, and their family live in Denver, Colorado. Vanda Howell attended Colorado State University and now serves as the administrator for the performing arts ministry at her church and sings on the praise team. A real estate appraiser, Vanda, her husband, Mike, and their son live in Lakewood, Colorado.
Reviews - What do customers think about Don't Panic Dinners In The Freezer?
Super cookbook! Mar 28, 2007
After trying two sessions with Dream Dinners, I decided to try a similar method "on my own." I have already made at least five of the recipes...all are really good! Clear directions and the books and suggestions really help with meal planning!
Good and simple recipes Mar 8, 2007
I like this book because it is laid out clearly, the recipes included are simple but good, and their is a good amount of diversity in the recipes offered. I do wish the author had included nutritional information for the recipes, though, as I follow Weight Watchers and this information is a necessity for me. This is a "Must" in any collection of assemble-and-freeze cookbooks.
wonderful cookbook! Mar 8, 2007
This cookbook lives up to its name! A must have for busy families....
A Great Time Saver!! Mar 5, 2007
This weekend I spent a few hours making 15 dinners from four recipes (I will try a few more recipes next weekend. The Very Best Meatloaf recipe is GREAT, and I will try the rest this week.
What I love about this book are the meat entrees. Like others have mentioned, a lot of the recipes are simply meats and chicken in different sauces and marinades, but this works for this book because these meals are meant to be frozen - being frozen in a sauce means no freezer-burned meat!
A big plus to this book is the first section before the recipes. The informational chapters are very helpful. In particular, "The Don't Panic Method of Cooking", "Cooking Day Suggestions", "Packaging and Freezing the Goods", and "How Long Will it Keep?"
I LOVE the recipe size conversions that are given for all of the freezer recipes. The original recipes make either 4, 6, or 8 servings (depending on the recipe), and most of the conversions are for 3x, 6x, or 9x the recipe.
Some recipes that I thought looked great include: Rocky Mountain Brisket & BBQ Sauce, Rio Rancho Taco Meat, Pork Chops a la Orange, Pinwheel Flank Steak, Dijon Pork Loin Roast, Oriental Sesame CHicken Strips, Lemon Glazed Chicken Breasts, Italian Stuffed Chicken Breasts, Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Pesto Butter, Buttermilk Herb Chicken, Lemon Bread, Orange Sour Cream Loaf (bread), crumb cake, and much more! (hey! no canned soups in any of these recipes!!)
I held back a star only because I would have liked to have seen more freezable side recipes (most of the sides can only be prepared on the day of the meal, but honestly, I usually just cook an easy Lipton/Knorr pasta package and heat some frozen veggies to accompany dinner.
I really think that you can't go wrong with this cook book, unless you have a special dietary need. If you are looking for low-fat recipes, be prepared to make recipe substitutions.
4 and a half stars overall; 5 stars for flavor! Jan 30, 2007
I cook in bulk and freeze on a regular basis, keep an inventory list on top of my freezer, decide what we are eating the next day and defrost in the fridge the night before. This particular book gives a nice organization to how to purchase in bulk for cooking. The dinners are very tasty and quite simple to prepare. Most freezer cookbooks have a lot of cream of mushroom soup type ingredients and the entrees are largely casseroles. Not this book! This book has a great variety of recipes with higher quality ingredients. The recipes from this book taste fresher than many have made from other freezer cookbooks. I prefer to do prep work (chopping veggies, shredding cheese, etc the night before) and then it's easy to follow these recipes and make several recipes in one day. I spent 4 hours on Sat. and froze 23 meals for my family of 4. Though the format is generally for a family of 4, I have smaller Pyrex casserole dishes with plastic lids and freeze each recipe in half - for 2, and then I can take out more when needed. It's easy to figure out how to make healthier choices in ingredients (fat free salad dressing or less cheese). Complaints? The binding broke on first use. A spiral bound book would be so much better. Also, it would be nice if nutritional information was included. Lastly, there could more side dishes to freeze (most are "make on the day you serve") since it is a freezer cookbook and most of the meals are entrees which would almost require a side dish or two.