Saving Dinner: The Menus, Recipes, and Shopping Lists to Bring Your Family Back to the Table

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Ballantine Books, 2003 - Cooking - 301 pages
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Certified nutritionist Leanne Ely has a simple philosophy: “Make it and they will come.” Dinner, that is. Take-out, opening a can, or microwave fare shouldn’t pass for a nice, healthy meal–and nothing can replace a family’s time together. Believe it or not, preparing dinner can be a stress-free endeavor. Even your time in the supermarket can be cut in half!

Full of practical tips on simple, healthy meal planning, Saving Dinner is the ideal solution for today’s busy parents who would love to have their family sitting around the dinner table once again–sharing stories along with a nutritious meal. Efficiently divided by season, each section features six weeks of menus with delicious recipes, side dish suggestions, and an itemized grocery list that is organized by product (dairy, meat, produce) to make one-stop shopping a snap. Plus the book is packed with helpful hints and short cuts in the kitchen that make cooking easier and more fun.

From Big Basil Burgers and Salmon Carbonara to Crockpot Chili and Spicy Apricot Chicken, Saving Dinner will have your family coming back to the table–and back again for seconds!
Leanne Ely is considered the expert on family cooking and healthy eating. Between her popular “Heart of a Woman” radio show in Southern California and her weekly “Food for Thought” column on the ever-popular Web site, thousands of fans have already discovered Leanne’s secrets to easily prepared, well-balanced meals.

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Half the recipes I tried simply didn't work. - Goodreads
The recipes were pretty bland and just plain not good. - Goodreads
I made a couple recipes from this and we all liked it. - Goodreads
Very easy and practical recipes for every day eating!! - Goodreads
All the recipes I've tried so far are excellent. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Keri West - Goodreads

Love the idea. It's not just a cookbook; it's a flight plan. If you've ever wanted to start meal planning for convenience and budgetary reasons, this is a good start. An even better start would be ... Read full review

Review: Saving Dinner: The Menus, Recipes, and Shopping Lists to Bring Your Family Back to the Table

User Review  - Julie - Goodreads

My new favorite cookbook...although it has a LOT of recipes with fish or beans. Very easy, very healthy, very yummy. Read full review



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Leanne Ely is a certified nutritionist and the host of Her syndicated column, “The Dinner Diva,” appears in 250 newspapers nationwide. She writes a popular “Food for Thought” column on the ever-popular website, and hosts “The Dinner Diva” radio show on Blog Talk Radio. Ely also writes her own e-zine, Healthy Foods and is the author of several books, including the recent Body Clutter, which was a New York Times bestseller. She lives in North Carolina with her two teenage children.

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