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If you're like me, you struggle to figure out what to cook for dinner too many nights during the week. I feel like I'm always struggling to come up with ideas and then to find the time to pull off the prep and cooking. I feel like I'm letting us down when it comes to dinner. So I was so excited to find Fix, Freeze, Feast. This is an updated edition of the original, with over 150 recipes and ideas for dinner that can be made in advance and defrosted when needed. 

Authors Kati Neville and Lindsay Ahrens are former owners of a meal preparation business, so they have tested all these recipes over and over. They're big batches, so you can make a recipe in a weekend and freeze batches so you can eat it over months. Or if you'd rather, you can invite some friends over and all cook up a bunch of food to put into containers and divide up so each family freezer gets some easy, tasty meals. 

Cooking in large batches can save time and money, and these recipes offer a huge assortment of mains as well as some sides to fill your freezer. There are over 35 chicken recipes, from Mini Chicken Pot Pies to Chicken Cordon Bleu. Mariachi Chicken Rolls, Sweet Asian Chicken, Tequila-Lime Chicken, Sun-Dried Pesto Chicken, Chicken Wings, and (my favorite recipe name) Urban Garlic Chicken--all these recipes and more are here, ready to be prepped and stored into your freezer for one of those Tuesday nights. (Urban Garlic Chicken? It's actually Herb and Garlic Chicken, misheard and renamed forever, just for fun. I would have done the exact same thing, myself.)

There are 24 recipes each for beef and pork, including Beef and Bean Burritos, Classic Lasagna, Moroccan Meatballs, Sesame-Soy Sirloin, Ginger Beef, Cheese Steaks, Pork Loin Ragout, Sticky Ribs, Firehouse Pork Skewers, Caribbean Pork Tenderloin, and Chile Verde. There are also seafood and veggie mains like Shrimp Curry and Feta and Spinach Lasagna as well as soups like Cream of Asparagus, Black Bean, and Mulligatawny. Sides include Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Rice Pilaf. And if that's not enough, there are also chapters on sauces, breakfast, snacks, and sweets. 

Some recipes also include a Feast Tonight option, so that you can make Dave's Swamp Blues Barbecued Chicken for your freezer and make Dave's Barbecued Chicken Pizza to eat tonight. And there are lots of tips and tricks to make the most of your ingredients. Fix, Freeze, Feast takes you from prepping your kitchen through to thawing and cooking your finished dish. These women know these recipes, they know this style of cooking, they can help you create and store meals that can help make your weeknights simple and tasty. And they can even help your correct mistakes as you go, so you won't have to start over on a recipe or give up and call for a pizza. This cookbook gives you everything you need to know to get started prepping and storing meals in your freezer for a happy, healthy, hungry life. 


Galleys for Fix, Freeze, Feast, 2nd Edition, were provided by Storey Publishing through NetGalley, with many thanks.