Enhance your quality “together” time with The Family Dinner Cookbook. . .featuring loads of easy-to-prepare, delicious dishes plus prayers and inspiration. Approximately 300 hand-picked recipes for simple meals, desserts, no-bake dishes, and more will delight the taste buds of even the choosiest eaters in your family; and a generous offering of smart, fun, creative tips and ideas will inspire you to spend quality time together with your loved ones. (-synopsis)
The Family Dinner Cookbook is a fabulous cookbook for busy families or families who have children that want to help cook. This cookbook is full of recipes and inspiration for quality time together with the family. The book is divided into 5 sections: Kid-Friendly Favorites, Favorite Classics, Try Something New!, Soups, Veggies, and Appetizer, and Desserts and Drinks.
I really liked how simple the recipes were. Many had only a handful of ingredients and most were able to be made in a short amount of time. In Kid Friendly Favorites there are recipes like English Muffin Pizzas, Family Barbecue Burgers, and Soda Pop Chicken. Each is super easy to make and has key ingredients kids love.
Throughout the cookbook there are simple Bible verses, tips for getting kids helping in the kitchen, and even conversation starters. There are a lot of color pictures in the book which would make it easy for a child to choose what looks good to them. I also like that the different sections are color coded.
Some of the other great recipes included in this book are: Feta Chicken and Rice, Braided Stromboli, Cheese Puffs, and Party Potatoes. On the dessert and drinks side I'd love to try the Confetti Cookies, Quick N Easy Cherry Cobbler, Lemonade Pie, and Snowy Cinnamon Cocoa.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. However, if I were a parent I think I'd give it 5 out of 5 stars.
After reviewing this cookbook I was most excited about making the BBQ Chicken Fajitas. Unlike traditional fajitas, these are cooked in the oven. That means that after all the chopping I can just put them in the oven and forget about them. On busy nights this makes a lot of difference.
I'd never had BBQ chicken fajitas before and I thought they sounded really good. With just 7 ingredients I figured I'd give it a try on one of my late nights. It took me about 10 minutes to prep this meal. I put it in the oven for 35 minutes, sat down on the couch to relax, and when the oven time rang dinner was ready!
I really liked the flavor in these fajitas. The chicken and vegetables are almost steamed in the oven which let's all the flavors mix together. I liked that I didn't have to cook the fajitas in oil so they were much healthier. To serve them I simply heated a few tortillas in the microwave and put out some cheese. That's it! Perfect for a weeknight meal. Plus, I really liked the addition of the BBQ sauce. It just added something a little special.
- 1 c. instant white rice
- 1 c. hot water
- 1 Tablespoon taco seasoning mix
- 4 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 4 Tablespoons prepared barbecue sauce
- 1 each green and red bell pepper, cut into strips
- ½ c. chunky salsa
- ½ c. Mexican-style finely shredded cheese
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Combine the rice, water, and taco seasoning and spoon onto greased heavy-duty foil or foil packet. (I divided the rice in between 4 packets)
- Top with remaining ingredients, spreading barbecue sauce on top of chicken.
- Seal each packet well, allowing room for heat to circulate.
- Bake for 35 minutes or until chicken is no longer pin in the center. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
- Serve with warm tortillas.
Recipe from : The Family Dinner Cookbook by MariLee Parrish, 2014, Barbour Publishing, Inc.