Saving Dinner

June 23, 2010

Yesterday, I shared 5 Sofia’s Ideas on Simple Meal Planning. Within that, I introduced you to *Saving Dinner: The Menus, Recipes, and Shopping Lists to Bring Your Family Back to the Table written by the “Dinner Diva” Leanne Ely. Whenever someone asks for a recommendation on how to improve their family’s diet, this is one of the things I share. Like I said, it’s not the healthiest cookbook I own, but it is the best tool I have found to help people transition from where they are, to where they want to be. Besides, you can easily omit or substitute items to make the recipes suit your (vegan, vegetarian, kosher, gluten-free, etc.) needs.

What makes this cookbook stand apart?

Simplicity that goes into every single point in the process. Leanne didn’t just think about the recipes when she wrote this book. She thought about ways to make it easier for families to get back into the tradition of gathering around the dinner table for a home cooked meal. She provides you with the grocery lists, serving suggestions, and make-ahead tips (like “soak beans for tomorrow”).

Also, the recipes are all uncomplicated by way of quick prep and cooking times, and number of ingredients required. Plus, I love that each week includes a crock pot recipe for our busiest day of the week! And although pictures would be nice, it’s not necessary with these easy recipes.

  • Click here to learn more about Saving Dinner.
  • Click here to hear what others have to say.
  • Click here to request your FREE sample of a weekly menu-mailer. This is a great way to get an idea of how the whole thing works. This is what I did before I bought the book; I fell in love with its simplicity!
  • Click here to browse the online menu-mailer and e-book options. This is another great option that helps you get started today. One that I love is 5 for the Freezer Crock Cooker Volume 1 because you put all the meals together ahead of time and freeze them. Pull it out when its a crock-pot kinda day and voila!
  • If you are ready to order…

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

With this cookbook, the whole meal planning process takes a total of 15 minutes and I know that I have everything I need for every meal, for the entire week! I just print the list, add what I need from our running grocery list, get my coupons and go! No more dinner-hour madness, no more daily trips to the store, no more take-out, drive-thrus, or emergency restaurant dining. We are saving our health, our money, and our sanity!

Saving Dinner completely fits into Sofia’s Ideas on Simplicity and Frugality (and if you go with the e-options, or borrow the book from the library, or purchase it second-hand, AND choose organic & locally-grown produce, it even fits in with my ideas on an Eco-Mentality!)

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Tamara Belinc

Hi, I love your blog. I am now following you. I hope you’ll do the same.

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Sofia's Ideas

Thanks, Tamara!



Following back! =)



This sounds like a great book. I love menu planning.. just fall off the wagon too many times lately..

Thanks for following me. I’m now following back and look forward to your new posts.
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Sofia's Ideas

Me too, hun, me too.


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