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Monday, May 10, 2010

BOOK GIVEAWAY: Dinner for Busy Moms

CONGRATULATIONS to thecoolmom, the winner of our Dinner for Busy Moms giveaway!

Thanks to everyone who entered. We'll have more fun giveaways every month, so be sure to visit often.


Win a copy of Dinner for Busy Moms, by Jeanne Muchnick!

Study after study proves time spent gathered at the kitchen table is a significant way to strengthen family bonds. Yet, in our time crunched world, how do we fit the “goal” of what we know we should do into our crazy, busy reality? This is not a cookbook but a strategy guide filled with expert advice from moms, just like you. You'll also see some Wicked Good Tips in there from mom and food writer, Dawn Viola!

Dinner for Busy Moms will show you how to:
  • Turn off the TV and get back to the table (without a revolt)
  • “Shop” your pantry
  • Buy smarter – and save money
  • Nourish kids of all ages
  • “Feed” your soul (aka eat in peace)
  • Foolproof recipes to get you started
  • Hundreds of ways to answer the question “What’s for Dinner?”
To enter:
Post a comment below, between now and May 17th, with your best quick dinner tip -- be sure to include your email address, or sign in using your blog so we can find you if you win. The winner will be selected at random and announced May 18th on the Wicked Good Dinner giveaway page. Winner will also be notified by email. U.S. residents only, please. Good luck to all!


  1. Planned leftovers! Use the roast from Sunday's dinner to make hot beef sandwiches or something like that, corned beef leftovers become reuben soup or sandwiches, etc. It's not really leftovers if it's a completely different meal!

  2. my best quick dinner tip, i prepare ground beef when i get home from the store. one pan i fry the ground beef with taco seasoning, 2nd pan i fry the g.beef with italian seasoning. cool, and put into ziplock bags and freeze. when we come home late from baseball games, etc. i throw it in the microwave and we have tacos in minutes!!

  3. I love having precooked chicken breast ready in the freezer to make quick and tasty meals after work!!

  4. Having a Sunday cooking day. About once every other month I'll spend one day cooking things like a big Italian gravy with meatballs, Chicken soup from scratch, marinades for chicken/meat, etc., then I freeze everything in small portions. Then we have quick to heat up homemade dinners for many nights.

  5. On sunday evening I cut up salad greens & as many veggies as I can. I put them in separate containers. We use them during the work week for salads, omelettes, burritos or nachos & sandwich roll ups. It makes it easy for my kids because they can choose the veg they like. For my husband and I, we get what we like too, usually more than the kids do! And it encourages everyone to put some sort of vegetable on their food every time.

  6. When I am in dire need of a menu for dinner I usually will get a roasted chicken at the grocery and then cut it up and put in in a salad. I will add cheese to it so the dinner does consist of veggies, protein and dairy. The individual can then decide if they want to add salad dressing ( as I do not care for it).

  7. Chickpea curry: I saute onions and hot curry paste together, add a can of diced tomatoes and a can of chickpeas, simmer for 5 minutes, then add in a box of defrosted frozen chopped spinach and simmer 5-10 minutes. Serve with leftover rice.

  8. breakfast for dinner. nothing is quicker than pancakes or eggs, sausage and toast!

  9. For me, the best way to make dinner quick is to plan all my meals ahead and create my shopping list from that. I find that if I plan simple meals so I know what I'll be cooking on what night and have all the ingredients on hand, dinner is a breeze. (I can also plan the quickest, easiest dinners for nights I know we'll be pressed for time).

  10. Mix 1 envelope of dry onion soup mix with 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup and pour over a uncooked roast in the crock pot. Cook on high all day while your at work and serve with a salad and crusty loaf of bread. Voila!!!


  11. On Sunday, I prep most of my veggies for the week's meals. It saves alot of time. The veggies stay nice and fresh if stored properly. bugzna2000@gmail.com.

  12. Spray crock-pot with cooking spray, or line with appropriate liner. Season a whole raw chicken inside and out with season salt and pepper, (sometimes I use lemon pepper) make a "ring" with foil (about 5 inches diameter, 2 inches tall). Place ring in bottom of crock-pot. Place chicken legs up, “head” down, in crock pot. Cook on low 6 to 8 hours. Tastes very similar to purchased rotisserie chicken. Broth is very salty, if you use it cut with low sodium chicken broth.

  13. Always cook a double batch! Using the containers saved from take out, I am able to put "mini-heat-and eats" in the freezer for those hectic busy days during the week. WhaLa! Dinner is served!


  14. Nothing is quicker than a glob of Peanut Butter on a playing card!

  15. This recipe is delicious, refreshing, and SOO fast...giving me both the ability to feed the family and then quickly gel into the couch for the rest of the night.

    Total prep and cook time:15-20 minutes


    Coarse salt and ground pepper
    12 ounces penne pasta

    1 pound asparagus, trimmed, cut into 1-inch lengths
    1 pound peeled and deveined frozen shrimp, thawed
    8 ounces snow peas, trimmed and halved on the diagonal (I used green beans instead)

    3 tablespoons olive oil (preferably extra-virgin)
    2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    1 cup crumbled fat free feta (4 ounces) (Martha calls for 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh mint leaves, but I left these out completely)

    In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook penne 5 minutes less than al dente. Add asparagus; cook 3 minutes. Add shrimp and snow peas (or green beans); cook 2 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water; drain pasta mixture, and return to pot.
    To pasta mixture, add oil, lemon juice, garlic, and cup reserved pasta water. Season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Gently mix in feta; adjust to desired consistency with some pasta water as needed. Serve immediately.

  16. About once a month, I cook a huge pot of spaghetti sauce, and make several Italian dishes such as baked ziti, lasagna, manicotti, etc., that I freeze along with containers of sauce alone. Then, I have at least one entree a week ready to go, just by defrosting the sauce for spaghetti or an entree to bake.

  17. With our crazy schedule I love the slow cooker! I love to make pulled pork, creamy chicken, pasta & meatballs, even slow cooked apple crumbles. For busy working moms, the slow cooker is a lifesaver!

  18. Drip Beef Sandwiches and all sorts of fun things for football parties in the fall!

  19. Black beans and rice. It is very good, flavorful, and best of all, quick.

  20. I make a big batch of taco meat and freeze it so I can take it out in the morning of a busy day and when I get home its defrosted I mix that with a can of black beans, a can of corn and place in the bottom of a baking dish spoon on some salsa and top with tater tots. Bake in the oven for 20- 25 minutes until heated thru. Sprinkle some shredded cheese and bake another few minutes until melted. Sooooo yummy!!!!!

  21. I love having a few pantry meals that I keep all the ingredients always on hand to make. Refried bean soup is one of my quick and easy favorites.

  22. @thecoolmom Send me your contact and shipping info when you have a chance :-)

  23. I buy boneless pork shoulder at Costco. Shake a good amount of Monterey Seasoning on it. Add 28oz can of crushed tomatoes & set it on low for the day. We come home to the most delicious pulled pork!