Dream Dinners: Turn Dinnertime into Family Time with 100 Assemble-and-Freeze Meals
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"What's for dinner?"
If the sound of those three words sends you reeling or, worse, straight to the nearest fast-food chain or take-out joint, then relax. Dream Dinners will change all that forever.
With their new cookbook, Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna, founders of Dream Dinners, bring the successful philosophy behind their hundreds of assemble-and-freeze-meal stores across America into home kitchens. Dream Dinners offers up one hundred recipes for flavorful meals made with easy-to-find ingredients.
The premise is simple: Scoop or pour ingredients into baking pans or plastic bags, then store the uncooked dishes in the freezer. Later in the week or month, when dinnertime rolls around, just pop one of the frozen meals into the oven. Each recipe is provided two ways: One, prepare just one meal for the night, or two, prepare enough for three meals and freeze the other two. Dinner after sports practice, music lessons, and play rehearsals has never been easier!
In addition to recipes for hearty, family-pleasing classics such as Baked Pesto Ravioli with Chicken, Beef and Zucchini Casserole, and Cider-Braised Pork Loin Chops, Stephanie and Tina give a wealth of time-saving shopping tips and cooking pointers. More than for convenience, eating dinner together provides benefits for the whole family. Study after study shows that mealtime matters. Families who dine together form stronger bonds, and kids get better grades and develop lifelong healthful eating habits. Dream Dinners makes it easy for families to gather around the dinner table and share the ups and downs of the day.
With Dream Dinners, you will spend less time stressing in the kitchen and more time connecting with family and friends.
mealtimes the most comfortable time to engage in meaningful conversation. First and foremost, we use tactics other than raising our voices to get everyone to the dinner table. Once everyone is sitting around the table, there are further strategies for encouraging them to engage. Getting Organized the Dream Dinners Way The best cooks, whether they are making a single meal or many at one time, have a system or strategy for preparing breakfast, lunch, and dinner that is high on efﬁciency and low on
and by the time the song is over, everyone knows they should be at the table. • Whoever gets to the table first: • Sits in a special seat. • Asks the first question at the dinner table. • Gets to pick what to have for dinner the next night. • Gets a star on a chart. The family member with the most stars at the end of the month chooses what the family outing will be. Adults can be on the chart, too. Pasta 125 Baked Ziti This is an excellent dish to make for a crowd, especially during the
with Have a family meeting and look at the recipes together. Let each child choose one that sounds promising. Allow your children to help prepare the salad, vegetables, or bread. the provolone and mozzarella. For dinner tonight Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cover the dish with aluminum foil sprayed with nonstick cooking spray and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake until browned and bubbly, about 10 minutes more. To freeze Cover the dishes with plastic wrap and foil. Label, date, and
the dinner together Prepare the rice according to the package directions. In a large bowl, combine the pork, chicken broth, coconut milk, jerk seasoning, and orange zest and stir until incorporated. If you are preparing a triple batch, divide the mixture into three equal portions. Set aside one portion for tonight and divide the other two portions equally between two 1-gallon resealable freezer bags. For dinner tonight Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meat mixture and bring to a
4 dashes 12 dashes Tabasco sauce 3 9 scallions, chopped 1 cup (6 ounces) 3 cups (1 pound, 2 ounces) diced ham 1 teaspoon 1 tablespoon kosher salt 1 11⁄2 teaspoons black pepper 1 ⁄2 cup (2 ounces) 11⁄2 cups (6 ounces) grated Swiss cheese 11⁄2 cups 41⁄2 cups nonfat egg substitute ⁄2 teaspoon 36 DREAM DINNERS Spray one (three) 9-inch deep-dish pie plate(s) with nonstick cooking spray. Putting the breakfast together Spread the hash browns evenly on the bottom and up the