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A good selection of family friendly recipes,
This review is from: What's for Dinner?: Easy and delicious recipes for everyday cooking (Hardcover)
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This is a great selection of family friendly recipes, perfect for busy mums juggling after school clubs, kids homework etc. I've tried 8 recipes so far - they have all been straight forward and on the whole, quick to prepare. I am quite a good cook but don't have time, or the inclination, to cook fancy meals (that may go uneaten) and am fed up with variations on a theme of bland "nursery" food. These recipes have given me extra ideas to liven up mealtimes and make it interesting for us all without adding to food preparation time.
One of my kids is super fussy at the moment but I've been able to cook his meal in the same dish at the same time without any dressing/marinade etc, saving time and washing up. For example, the Tangy Chicken and Squash Tray Bake I cooked plain chicken and new potatoes for the kids and squash/chicken with dressing for the adults - a hit all round.
Some of the seasonings may need doubling for grown ups - we could barely taste the Quick Zingy Lamb Kebab seasoning but the kids rejected it immediately as "spicy" (yet they will eat a takeaway curry without hesitation so "spicy" clearly just means different)! They enjoyed assembling the wraps though so next time they'll have plain lamb. Ditto the Quick Rub Lamb Chops.
Once you've done a recipe once you may want to add your own touches to tailor the food. The Egg Fried Rice was a quick and easy hit. I livened it up with bowls of extra chopped ham and prawns for the kids to sprinkle on. We had requests for sweetcorn and cashews next time.
We rarely eat gluten and dairy due to intolerances. So many child friendly recipe books are based around pasta, pizza and cheese recipes, which I find very frustrating. The recipes we tried were either dairy and gluten free or easily adaptable. We had a lovely chicken roll up with ham and goats cheese filling (for the adults), the children just had the ham on top of the chicken. There are pasta/pizza/cheese recipes in there but they are not the mainstay of the book. The Roasted Tomato and Proscuitto Penne was delicious - a bit fussy for week nights but its a long time since I bothered to make my own sauce from scratch.
Overall, a good selection of recipes for young families. I didn't understand the organisation of the book (days of the week), its not helpful and I just refer to the back index to find a recipe.