CookingLight Dinnertime Survival Guide: Book Review and Giveaway

by Maryann Tomovich Jacobsen, MS, RD on April 23, 2014

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I’ve been eagerly anticipating the arrival of CookingLight Dinnertime Survival Guide: Feed Your Family, Save Your Sanity written by dietitian, Sally Kuzemchak. If you don’t know who she is, Sally is the blogger behind Real Mom Nutrition.  She shares her own challenges feeding her family with humor and grace — and offers realistic solutions.

That’s what Dinnertime Survival Guide is all about. No matter where you are with cooking — novice or experienced — there’s something here for you.  Because as Sally points out, even people who love to cook aren’t always motivated to cook for their family every single night. The book has the same engaging, realistic and non-judgmental tone I so enjoy reading over at Real Mom Nutrition.

Dinnertime Survival Guide is divided into chapters to address different mealtime challenges such as “I have zero time,” “I can barely boil water,” and “Frankly, I just don’t feel like it.” The solutions come in easy tips, smart strategies and recipes that get the job done. The tips are from experts and busy moms who share secrets for pulling off dinner. These include making food ahead for easy access, simple ways to improve cooking skills, and my fave, meal ideas for those times you think you don’t have food in your fridge and cabinets (but you really do!).

Because this is a CookingLight book, Sally had expert help testing and making the recipes perfecto. I have to say, the meals look delicious and very doable with tons of options for a busy lifestyle including slow cooker meals and dinners you can make ahead. I haven’t tried one yet, but here are the recipes I plan to start with:

Pasta Primavera with Zucchini, Cherry Tomatoes and Ricotta

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Honey Glazed Pork Chops

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Salmon Cakes with Lemony Garlic Sauce

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Make Ahead Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pudding

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This is an awesome book that will go a long way helping anyone cooking for a family.  And I got two copies, with an extra for one of my readers! (Although I did receive a complimentary copy of this book, my opinions are all my own).

Here’s what to do to enter the giveaway:

1) Mandatory entry: Leave a comment with your biggest mealtime challenge or why you want to win this book.

2) For a second entry, Like Raise Healthy Eaters on Facebook and leave another comment saying what you did.

3) For a third entry, Like Real Mom Nutrition on Facebook and leave another comment.

4) And for a fourth entry, tweet or share this post leaving one final comment.

The giveaway ends Thursday, May 1st at midnight. The winner will be chosen by random.org

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Erin Miller April 24, 2014 at 6:26 pm

My biggest challenge is finding foods my children will eat consistently. And cooking within a tight budget.

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Erin Miller April 24, 2014 at 6:29 pm

I like Raise Healthy Eaters on Facebook!

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Erin Miller April 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm

I like Real mom nutrition on Facebook!

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Kelly April 24, 2014 at 6:42 pm

My biggest challenge is how to be more creative in preparing veggies so that my 2 year old will be interested. Thanks!

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Melissa April 24, 2014 at 8:08 pm

I have to cook during my son’s nap time and sometimes all I want to do is nap too!

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Melissa April 24, 2014 at 8:09 pm

I like Raise Healthy Eaters on Facebook

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Melissa April 24, 2014 at 8:10 pm

I like Real Mom Nutrition on Facebook

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Thea @ It's Me Vs. Me April 25, 2014 at 7:27 am

I liked Real Mom Nutrition on FB!

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Stephanie E April 25, 2014 at 8:09 am

Finding meals that fit in my small grocery budget.

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Stephanie E April 25, 2014 at 8:09 am

I like Raise Healthy Eaters on FB.

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Stephanie E April 25, 2014 at 8:10 am

I like Real Mom Nutrition on FB.

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Megan April 25, 2014 at 9:40 am

My biggest challenge is staying motivated. There is always someone at the table with a complaint. . .after the shopping, prepping, cooking and cleaning up . . . there is always someone disappointed I didn’t make a boxed mac & cheese. LOL

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Sandra April 25, 2014 at 10:06 am

I could use some side dish inspiration!

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Sandra April 25, 2014 at 10:07 am

I like Real Mom Nutrition on FB!

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Tawn April 25, 2014 at 11:17 am

Biggest challenge: dishes. oh the dishes.

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Dawn April 25, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Biggest challenge is planning. My husband usually cooks, but he wants me to come up with all the ideas, and I have a picky toddler. Second is exhaustion. When one of our kids isn’t sleeping at night, we’re not either and that makes it extra hard to cook dinner at home the next day.

I tweeted your review & Liked Real Mom Nutrition on Facebook. (I already Liked you.)

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Theresa April 25, 2014 at 8:04 pm

The biggest challenge I have with my 2 year old right now is getting him to eat a variety of foods.

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Morgan Tebeau April 25, 2014 at 8:32 pm

Biggest challenge for me is I work at an overnight camp and as the director I am always being pulled in different directions. The food at the camp is great for kids staying for a week but not for someone eating it day in and day out all the time. I need easy, quick, healthy options I can prepare for myself to have while camp is in session! Otherwise it’s mac & cheese, breaded chicken fingers, and potato chips on the side!!!

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Thea @ It's Me Vs. Me April 26, 2014 at 10:31 am
jenifer April 26, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Many good options to pick from for meals home made

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Julie April 26, 2014 at 7:45 pm

My biggest challenge is how time consuming it is to to cook healthy and natural, unprocessed foods.

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Julie April 26, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Liked on facebook

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Allison April 27, 2014 at 5:32 pm

I’m definitely in the ‘I don’t feel like it’ camp! I can usually muster up 4 nights, the other 3 are hit or miss!

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Allison April 27, 2014 at 5:33 pm

I liked real , mom nutrition!

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Jenny April 28, 2014 at 7:55 am

My biggest challenge is finding the time to make good food of a variety for my family.

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Maria G April 29, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Finding a meal my whole family can enjoy. Love to cook, but it’s discouraging when my son has a selective eating disorder and is so limited.

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Stacey April 30, 2014 at 6:09 am

I would love to figure out how to use the items in my pantry that don’t seem conducive to a quick dinner after I get home from work. Cooking ahead of time just doesn’t work for me … but neither does cooking in the evenings after work – I fall into the “I just don’t feel like it” group, but I love feeding my kids home-cooked meals!

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Stacey April 30, 2014 at 6:10 am

I liked ‘Raise Healthy Eaters’ on facebook long ago!

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Amy R May 1, 2014 at 3:44 pm

I get stuck in a rut…I would love some new ideas!

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