Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Easy Cooking with Holly Cleggs Kitchen 101 Cookbook (& Giveaway)

Between raising 2 children, home schooling, dance classes, and the housework, it is hard finding time to cook quality meals.  Not to mention the fact that I loathe cooking, the mere thought of it makes me want to order out.  Trying to decide what’s for dinner, looking for the ingredients and only finding half of what I need, then trying to piece them all together to create something good…my head is spinning, just thinking about it.  Cookbooks are nice, but most of them have really hard recipes that take forever to prepare.  What about the busy mom who does not have 5 hours to dedicate to cooking?   OK, rant over!

I recently came across a “cooking for beginners” type of cookbook and have never looked back.  The Kitchen 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence by Holly Clegg is a very well organized cookbook complete with measurement equivalents, a shopping list including must have kitchen staples, a culinary glossary, and over a 150 deliciously easy AND healthy recipes.  With this book you can create restaurant quality meals without having to sacrifice your whole day. 
When the book arrived my husband immediately opened it and started drooling on the pages.  After we perused the book for a bit, we picked a recipe for dinner that night.  We chose the Spicy Glazed Chicken from the Start Simple section of the book.  It called for chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, chicken breasts, honey, and vinegar.
All of which I already had in my kitchen. Throw in a side of broccoli and brown rice and voila the prefect meal.  It took maybe 30 minutes from start to finish.  Unfortunately, I did not have any brown rice, so I decided to make mashed potatoes instead.   
I love that each recipe page includes nutritional info, cooking tips, the ingredients needed, baking directions, and a colorful photo.  It also shows if the recipe is freezer, diabetic, or vegetarian friendly.  I appreciate that this book includes fast  simple dishes, Crockpot recipes, easy to make desserts, plus much more!

Holly Clegg’s The Kitchen 101: Secret to Cooking Confidence is an awesome cookbook for those busy days, lazy days, or any day.  After the guilt of making macaroni and cheese with hot dogs every other day (ok, slight exaggeration there), it was nice to finally be able cook a quick yet healthy meal for my family.  Hats off to the Chef!

Want to win a copy?  Here's your chance!

Holly Clegg has generously offered to giveaway a copy of her, 

 trim&TERRIFIC KITCHEN 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence: Cooking Basics Plus 150 Easy Healthy Recipes,

here on Party of Four!


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