BOOK REVIEW: 101One-Dish Dinners by Andrea Chesman

Title: 101 One-Dish Dinners
Author: Andrea Chesman
Publication: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC
Genre: Cookbooks, Food
Pages: 192

101 One-Dish Dinners


SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

One-dish is a winning formula for today’s busy families. In 101 One-Dish Dinners, Andrea Chesman shows off the versatility of Dutch ovens, skillets, and casserole pans. Classic baked dishes like ham and potato gratin, chicken potpie, and vegetable lasagne go head-to-head with diverse stovetop suppers like jambalaya, seafood paella, and pad Thai. For those looking for something a little lighter but still filling, there are plenty of meal-in-a-bowl salads and timeless soups. Serve up a nourishing meal tonight with little fuss and fewer dishes!


**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

As a single mom, I am a super fan of easy meals. I usually have a million things going on or I’m exhausted so the easier the better. But I also want good food and a balanced meal to serve my daughter. I also love leftovers. So even though I am a smaller family size, I definitely want to cook for more. Plus I have company regularly. This cookbook is my new favorite. “101 One-Dish Dinners is my kind of cooking. Imagine a world where cleanup takes less than 15 minutes. That is what this cookbook brings to the table. Andrea Chesman has put together an array of recipes that allow families of all sizes and backgrounds to come together, try great new dishes, eat a healthy balanced diet, and not have to spend the rest of the night doing dishes and cleaning up.

One of my favorite dishes in this cookbook was the Macaroni and Cheese with Ham and Peas. Sounds super simple, but with an eight year old who is obsessed with macaroni and cheese, I am always looking for an alternative to the processed cheeses that come in the packaged canned mac n’ cheese or the boxed ones. This dish was upscale enough for the adults and tasty enough for the kids. On top of that it had vegetables and protein. Win for mom! My daughter devoured two bowls the first time I made it. You can play with the ingredients and use whatever kind of sharp cheddar you like. I used Sargento because I like the lack of chemicals and such that we find in a lot of foods.

I also love all the dishes that involve proteins as the main focus of the dish with a large display of colorful veggies on the side and a slew of salads that can be a main course or a side dish. This cookbook is jam packed with great recipes that range from super easy and quick to a little more finesse. I’m definitely going to keep trying new ones until I’ve tried them all. And just think of the few dishes I’ll have doing it! Five out of five stars. My favorite cookbook so far!

Pick up your copy of 101 One-Dish Dinners on October 4 when it releases. You can get a digital copy on Amazon or Barnes and Noble or find it at your local bookstore. I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Also make sure to show your friends on Goodreads what you thought after you try a few recipes out!

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