A Better Way to Cook Ahead
Families are busier now more than ever, and nobody understands that better than busy mom and food blogger Alea Milham. With "Prep-Ahead Meals from Scratch," she brings a unique batch cooking concept that will streamline weeknight family meals like never before.Read more...
A Better Way to Cook Ahead
Families are busier now more than ever, and nobody understands that better than busy mom and food blogger Alea Milham. With "Prep-Ahead Meals from Scratch," she brings a unique batch cooking concept that will streamline weeknight family meals like never before. She shows you how to use simple prep-ahead techniques to stock your refrigerator with precooked ingredients that can be combined with fresh produce to easily create wholesome meals. Leave prepackaged foods and take-out behind as you learn the many easy ways to cook ahead from scratch to save time and money during the busy week.
Alea breaks down the classics into convenient weeknight dinners using fewer ingredients and smarter techniques. Batch-cooked chicken and homemade spaghetti sauce are combined to create a hearty Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake that comes together quickly. Batch-cooked beef strips and precooked peppers and onions are used to make Philly Cheesesteak Quesadillas. Batch-cooked meatballs are coated in a Mongolian Beef sauce and served over precooked rice for a delicious dinner in minutes.
Learn multiple methods for batch cooking your favorite meats, beans and rice to use in simple-to-assemble recipes your whole family will enjoy. By prepping ahead, dinner was never so easy
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-12-07
- Reviewer: Staff
Premeditated Leftovers blog creator Milham introduces her batch cooking principle for home cooks on a budget. This collection of over 100 comforting and classic dishes for frugal cooks offers make-ahead techniques for meals that come together quickly. Redefining convenience food, Milham shows how to plan, prepare, and properly store batches of fresh ingredients in usable portions. Organizing the recipes by focal proteins (chicken, beef, pork, rice and beans), she explains six key preparation techniques for stocking up. Recipes contain easy-to-find ingredients and there are gluten-free options. The offerings include a hearty Tuscan white bean and squash soup, sloppy joes with a southwestern flair, quick skillet stroganoff, and a sweet potato stuffed with barbecued pulled pork. Basic broths, seasoning mixes, and sauces help cooks gain control of mealtime prep. Pantry lists, shortcuts, and a look at time-saving kitchen tools are included. While Milhams approach is original, the dishes are not unique, and there are no desserts. These kid-friendly, penny-wise, and time-saving mains help rescue the busy home cook and prove that Dinner doesnt need to be complicated or time-consuming to be nutritious. (Jan.)