I enjoy cooking for my family and friends. Of course there are times that I do not feel like cooking or cleaning up the mess but when I have time or a recipe I want to try or a family favorite. Now adays its easy to find thousands of great recipes online, but I still love opening a beautifully done cookbook on ocassion and cookbooks with great recipes and amazing photos are still great and special gifts for family members, and friends.
I've put together a few cookbooks that some top picks, whether you need make ahead meals, Paleo and Gluten-Free or Vegetarian. Even Kid-Friendly recipes your kids will enjoy. One of my all-time favorite cooks is Ina Garten also known as the Barefoot Contessa. She makes real food, offers great entertaining ideas and does not go overboard. Its delicious and straight-forward.
Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten, "The Barefoot Contessa"
What a great book for families. Families are continuously going from activity to activity in the evenings and this book has great and tasty recipes you can make ahead of time for your family or the day before a dinner party.
Make-Ahead Paleo: Healthy Gluten-, Grain- & Dairy-Free Recipes Ready When & Where You Are by Tammy Credicott
I know many people who go on Paleo diets throughout the year and others who are gluten free for health reasons. I try to incoporate Paleo and gluten-free recipes when I can. What I know is for my whole family to eat the meals they have to taste just as good as any other recipe and these are fantastic recipes.
Make-Ahead Meals Made Healthy: Exceptionally Delicious and Nutritious Freezer-Friendly Recipes You Can Prepare in Advance and Enjoy at a Moment's Notice by Michele Borboa
Another great idea for busy families is making extra food and freezing it so you can just put it in the oven and its ready on busy nights. Another challenge for many of us is how to eat healthy meals, this cookbook gives great recipes and ideas for Make-Ahead meal that keep it healthy and delicious.
Better Than Peanut Butter & Jelly: Quick Vegetarian Meals Your Kids Will Love!- Marty Mattare
I try to serve vegetarian meals or non-meal meals most nights of the week (ex. soups, salads, etc) as its fast, easy and healthy. Of course the challenge can be that something my husband and I might enjoy our kids may not. This book if chalk full of kid-tested vegetarian recipes your family will love.
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