I am totally convinced that menu planning is beneficial for our busy family. I’m equally convinced that I don’t enjoy planning a menu. Not at all.
No wonder, then, that I was so excited when Mystie offered me a copy of her new ebook, Simplified Dinners, to review. Try out a new method to simplify menu planning? Save time and mental energy? Definitely interested!
Simplified Dinners begins with a master pantry list that contains every single ingredient needed to prepare every meal in the ebook. By stocking your pantry according to the master pantry list, you will always have the ingredients on hand for a variety of meals, all without needing to plan a detailed menu.
Next the ebook lists dozens of meal ideas, arranged by category:
- Slow Cooker Roasts
- Skillet Cutlets with Pan Sauces
- Stovetop Pasta Dishes
- Simple Stir-Fry
- Quick and Easy Soups
- Main Dish Salads
- and many more
Each category begins with basic cooking process for all meals in that category, followed by several meal variations with specific ingredients listed. These meal ideas are not exact recipes; rather, they are helpful guidelines with plenty of room for personalization.
Finally, Mystie shows you how to make a general menu plan based on meal types. Each week the same category of meal is served on the same day of the week; you’ll only need to choose a different variation each week. And remember, with a well-stocked pantry, you’ll always have all the ingredients on hand to make any variation that appeals to you on a given day!
Would you like to try this method for yourself? Mystie has offered to give away a copy of her Simplified Dinners ebook to one of my readers! I’ve offered several different ways to enter the giveaway below.
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