So Easy by Ellie Krieger

I love cookbooks. I love looking through them, talking about all the delicious sounding recipes, drooling aver the pictures. Actually, sometimes it drives my husband crazy. He’s not a big fan of talking about food if there isn’t any actually being cooked.

And I especially love cookbooks like this, with dishes that I can actually manage in the time I have. I really like how this is divided up, two sections of recipes for each meal. There’s quick breakfasts and ones to linger over, lunch to go and lunch at home, dinners for when you’re short on time and dinners for when you have a little extra time. That set up is perfect for families like ours, where some morning getting ready for school and work are rushed, especially because I hate waking up, but Saturdays we can relax some. And evenings when I’m done with work at 5, there’s not a lot of time to cook if we want to eat before 7.

I test drove this book from the library, but definitely want to pick up my own copy. We had the Garlic-Basil Shrimp (pg. 151) the other day, which we all liked and it was “so easy,” shrimp, garlic, fresh basil, grape tomatoes, a little white wine and red pepper flakes over orzo. Yummy! Alright, Amber’s (10) was not exactly the same. She had the shrimp, tomatoes and orzo all in separate piles on her plate, but David and I had it as pictured.

There are so many more recipes I want to try. We’ll be having the Ham & Cheese Panini (pg. 94) for dinner this evening. At the side of each recipe it lists the nutrition information, including calories, protein, fat and carbs, and, more interesting to me, what vitamins and minerals the dish is a good source of.  For example, the shrimp dish was an excellent source of iron and niacin, among others, and tonight’s sandwiches are an excellent source of vitamin K.

I think once I buy it this will end up being a well-used cookbook in my collection. Easy, delicious and recipes that all three of us will eat. Perfect. So far, it looks like I’ll be able to find most of the ingredients in my local stores, a task that can sometimes be an issue around here.

Published October 26, 2009 by Wiley
271 pages

My copy was borrowed from the library and the above is my honest opinion. I am an Amazon associate.