“Make-Ahead Meals For Busy Moms” Cookbook Review & Giveaway

By Shannon Gosney
In Cookbook Review
October 7, 2009
292 Comments
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I was excited to review the new cookbook by Jane Doiron called Make-Ahead Meals For Busy Moms.  This is right up my alley.  I love to cook, but sometimes it’s hard, especially when I am a busy mom.  There are great recipes in this cookbook.  Some that sound great include Bruschetta, Stuffed Mushrooms, Pumpkin Bread, Quiche Lorraine, Gingerbread, Mini Cheesecakes, and more!!  The cookbook includes recipes for Appetizers, Breakfast and Brunch, Dessert, Main Dishes, Side Dishes, and Soups.  Plus there is a section that talks about Measurement Equivalents and Weight Conversions.

1 lucky reader on The Mommy-Files will win a copy of this fabulous Make-Ahead Meals For Busy Moms Cookbook!!

WIN IT!! (MANDATORY ENTRY)

– Tell me in a comment why you want to win this cookbook.

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RULES!!

– Contest will close at 11:59 p.m. PST on October 20th, 2009! Any entries after this time will be deleted!

– Contest open to U.S. residents only.

I received a copy of “Make-Ahead Meals For Busy Rooms” so that I could write an honest review.

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Shannon Gosney is the author of The Mommy-Files, a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. With 3 active boys, Shannon loves living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

292 Responses to ““Make-Ahead Meals For Busy Moms” Cookbook Review & Giveaway”

  1. hollowsins says:

    I like to have a variety of cookbooks and this is great for busy days

  2. hollowsins says:

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  3. franticmommy says:

    I’m in! I NEED to win because my family is tsuck in a rut. We eat the same things all the time and we are sick of it. This cookbook would be great!

  4. Amanda says:

    I like cookbooks that have meals that are quick and easy.

  5. Amanda says:

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  6. Amanda says:

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  7. Susan West says:

    Well I LOVE cookbooks and I never seem to have enough time or ideas for meals sometimes,wonder why we all fall into the rut of cooking the same meals over and over,so this would help me break my habit of the sameness!

  8. A Kruse says:

    I definitely qualify as a busy mom! I currently have two under 2 and barely a free moment to put dinner together. We make all our meals to save money & I would love some new tips & ideas. I am crossing my fingers!

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  12. I’d love to win it because I feel like I spend so much time cooking dinner each night…it would be nice to be a little ahead of the game.

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  16. Ellen C. says:

    We take a lot of day trips to go fishing and metal detecting so this book could definitely help me save time making dinner on those days. Thansk for the chance.

  17. Lin says:

    I would love to have this cookbook! I’m constantly on the go & by the time I get home (after a 2 hour commute) I’m so hungry I end up eating a hot dog instead of making something nutritious.

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  23. Heather M says:

    Usually when Dinner time rolls around I find other stuff to do, so My daughter ends up getting a sandwich and we end up fending for ourself. I’m always busy (even Staying Home) and Usually slack and am tired by the time 7 rolls around! So I would like this so I can cook dinner ON TIME every night!

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  26. marge mckoen says:

    I would love this book betwenn taking care om mom with alzheimers and the grandkids i need make ahead meals

  27. Linda Kish says:

    I want to win because my cooking needs creative input and inspiration.

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  29. The Gosfam says:

    I need this!! I am always wondering what meals are good to freeze or things like that. I need to be able to make meals ahead of time like on the weekends so I am all ready for my busy work week.

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  37. I am a single mom and by the time I work a full day at Social Services and go home, I am to tired to cook.
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  38. Adrienne Gordon says:

    because i need to make ahead some meals.

  39. Margaret says:

    This looks like just what I need. I always want to cook at home but I just don’t have the time when I get home. I hope I win!

  40. Margaret says:

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  42. Meredith says:

    I would like to win this book because I just got married 3 weeks ago and I am absolutely, hands-down the worst cook in the world… we both have a ton going on now and barely spend any time at home. This would be perfect for my situation (my husband would be thrilled)!

  43. Meredith says:

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  48. Maggie M says:

    I want to win this cookbook for my busy son and daughter-in-law, who have a three year girl and a five year old girl. Both of them work and have long commutes. Mom owns and operates a pre-school in one city and lives in another city, Daddy has been dropping the five year old off at kindergarten every day; both of them get home late and rush to make dinner for their family. I know how long and busy their days are and I think this cookbook would help them out with their meal planning:)

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  52. I would love to win this cookbook – I have a cooking group that we gather and make meals ahead of time for our families. There are 10 ladies in our group. So cooking can take a bit when we make all those meals for our families. We are always looking for new recipes! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  53. Carol says:

    I want to win because I read cookbooks like novels, I love them! I also like to cook ahead!

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  59. I love to collect cookbooks! This one would be great because I am always running short on time and rushing to make dinner at the last minute! I would love to learn more about making meals ahead of time. Thanks!

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  63. Tasha says:

    I would love to win this because I never seem to have enough recipes! And cooking ahead is brilliant!! Thanks!

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  65. I love the idea of having meals prepared ahead of time so that when dinnertime rolls around after a long busy day, you just have to pull the meal out of the fridge/freezer and cook it! Easy enough even my husband can do it!

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  66. Dotti says:

    My schedule is so busy, a cookbook like this would be the perfect solution. I love the idea of making meals ahead.

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  69. Shannon Baas says:

    Always looking for easy recipes.

  70. Bekki Orr says:

    I am not very good at making meal decisions last minute…and I really don’t take a lot of time during the week or even the day to think about what to make for dinner: so this would really help me out a lot! Thanks for the chance! bekki1820cb@gmail.com

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    I just realized that my comments before this have the wrong email address in the field where you type your email…i hope that is doesn’t make a difference seeing as i usually post my email in each entry!!! sorry! it is probably like that in all the other giveaways i entered!

  74. James Coyne says:

    I love to cook and i love new recipies

  75. Crystal Allen says:

    i would love to win this because i am a busy mom of a 9 yr old and a 5 yr old. they are both in school and on a tight schedule. i would love to be able to have a hot and healthy meal for them. it needs to be quick to cook so that i can prepare it after homework and before ball practice. thanks clallen at ntin dot net

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  79. Wendi P says:

    I have two tween girls and that leaves no time to cook. Need I say more?

  80. Wendi P says:

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  81. etirv says:

    This will help me save time and also give me more time to do other things!

  82. etirv says:

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  84. Tari Lawson says:

    I sometimes work in the evening leaving my husband and boys without a good homecooked meal. It would be great to make several meals ahead of time so they would eat right when I am not there to cook for them.

  85. Leanne says:

    With my kids as busy as they are, I am always looking for quick and easy meals for during the week. This sounds like it would help!!
    Thanks for the chance!!

  86. Leanne says:

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  87. Bonnie W says:

    I need to learn how to make meals ahead of time for quick warming after work.

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  90. angela m says:

    i want to win this cookbook because i love to cook and i am getting tired of making the same stuff
    thanks

  91. Mya Brooks says:

    I am always on the lookout for easy recipes and I collect cookbooks!!!

  92. Deborah Wellenstein says:

    I need fast and easy because I work full time, and the last thing I want to do when I get home is cook! Thanks!

  93. Venus M. says:

    With this cookbook not only will I be able to get ahead of the meals but it will also give me more time to spend with my kids

  94. Kerrie Mayans says:

    I want to win this cookbook because as the mom of four kids it seems I am always running one or another from place to place and never have time to make real meals.

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  97. jeanine says:

    i’d like to win this book because i am a homeschooling mom of 4 who enjoys bulk cooking.

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  100. Brittany says:

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  106. Marie says:

    This would be great since I am learning how to cook more now to save money!

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  109. I am a busy mom and I need some new recipes and would especially like to have “make-ahead” meals! Would love to win this!

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  112. MMW says:

    I want to win!!! I am a single mom who works full time and has the kids full time. I need all the help I can get. I am desperate to freeze some good comfort food for winter months. The table of contents of this book sounds so delicious!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  114. angie says:

    I love cookbooks and anything to make life easier is so welcome.

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  117. Kristi says:

    I would love to win this – it always seems the busiest time of the day is that hour right before dinner – kids need to go here and there – youngest is getting antsy – would love to have the meals made ahead of time!

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  120. Tarah says:

    I would love to win this because it would be great to know that dinner is already “done” before I get home from work and have to figure it out and then take the time to make it. By that time everyone has snacked and filled up!

  121. Jason says:

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  122. Rachel says:

    I would love to win this since I’m always wondering what to make and it would be fabulous to have something ready to go when my son is hungry- instead of making it when he’s hungry!

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  126. LT says:

    I would love to win this because I like feeding my family home cooked meals, but some days during the week it seams like I just don’t have enough time to do that! This way I could make them on weekends when I am not working!

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  133. brittney says:

    I want to win because it seems like when it’s time to make dinner, there isn’t enough time.

  134. sarah says:

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  135. christopher h says:

    i’d love to win because i usually don’t have enough time to cook on weeknights

  136. Shawnee H says:

    I have a collection of make-ahead and freezer cooking cookbooks that is DYING for a new addition. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  137. Alicia says:

    Because I suck at figuring out how to cook on the weekends for the upcoming week.

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  138. Rosey says:

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  140. Thao says:

    I don’t have any recipes like what is in this book. I work and come home to care for my babies and don’t have time to fiddle with meals with a long list of ingredients and that take to much prep time.

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  149. Amy B says:

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  153. Kimberly L says:

    I need all the help that I can get. I am way too busy

  154. Marjorie Whitney says:

    I’m a busy mom, and so is my daughter. Between us we go to school full time, work one part time job, one full time job and single parent. Sure would help our household to run smoothly.

  155. Lanie says:

    Because I am a busy mom and am always looking for great new recipes! 🙂

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  157. Jen V says:

    I would love to win this because our household is in definite need of coming up with a better system for meals. I am currently recovering from a fall which injured my back, and meals have been left up to chance lately. My husband is not used to having to do the cooking after putting a full day in at work. A book like that would be great for our current situation. We could get a weeks worth of meals made on the weekend.

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  159. Melissa N. says:

    I love making meals in advance so I can spend time with my husband. And since we’re talking “baby” now, it’ll com ein handy.

  160. shawna says:

    I need all the help I can get when it comes to cooking.

  161. Ed Nemmers says:

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  178. Tina H. says:

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  179. Jennifer M says:

    With a new baby and a toddler, I’m having a tough time making dinner every night and the recipes in here sound delicious. It’d be a great help.

  180. Cristi says:

    With two kids and my husband deployed overseas anything helps!

  181. Ms. Cindy says:

    I’d love to win this cookbook to make cooking easier and get some good recipes! Thanks!

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  186. susan smoaks says:

    i want to win this cookbook for my sister she’s a busy mom

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  190. Pamela S says:

    I’m one of those people who never plans ahead and is looking in the fridge at 5PM wondering what to make for dinner. This could help me plan ahead and even have things I could quickly whip together that and still tasty and healthy. Thanks.

  191. Pamela S says:

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  192. My mother-in-law loves cookbooks and convenience..this book seems to combine the two and would make a great gift.

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  212. Veronica Garrett says:

    I want this book because I’m a mom and I work fulltime. Sometimes I don’t feel like cooking. My fanily gets frozen dinners that arn’t healthy.

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  214. Michelle H. says:

    First of all, I love cookbooks. Secondly, I have a large family and love the idea of make ahead meals.

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  216. Lily Kwan says:

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