Back to school is around the corner (or for some of you, it’s already started)! This is the time of year where our schedule is always insane and without a plan, I end up at the drive-thru WAY more than I want or than is necessary!
Thankfully, there are some other mamas out there who feel my pain and have put together amazing cookbooks that make getting dinner on the table a whole lot easier! Here are my 5 favorite cookbooks that will make back-to-school easier for your family!
- Prep-Ahead Meals from Scratch:Quick & Easy Batch Cooking Techniques and Recipes That Save You Time and Money by Alea Milham This is the twin’s favorite cookbook! They love looking through it and picking out recipes. I love the time-saving tricks at the beginning of each section.There are also tips to make the recipes gluten-free…a must for our family. Our favorite recipes from Prep-Ahead Meals from Scratch are the Chicken Cordon Bleu Rice Bake, the Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake, and the Barbecue Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potatoes! There are also tips to make the recipes gluten-free!
- Trim Healthy Mama by Peal P. Barrett and Serena C. Allison After hearing about the THM diet from multiple people, I picked up this book to learn more. While we didn’t adopt this eating plan, we did find a whole lot of recipes that regularly make our menu plan. There are so many great gluten-free recipes in here as well! Our favorite recipes from Trim Healthy Mama are Cheeseburger Pie and Pizza Casserole.
- Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook: Eat Up and Slim Down with More Than 350 Healthy Recipes by Peal P. Barrett and Serena C. Allison Since we enjoyed so many recipes from the original Trim Healthy Mama book I figured I’d pick up this cookbook when it came out. I wasn’t disappointed and neither was my family. There are over 350 recipes in the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook, but our faves are the soup recipes. They have single serving soups as well as family soups! Make sure to check out the Tomato Chicken Bisque and the Cream of Broccoli and Cheese soup.
- Once-A-Month Cooking Family Favorites: More Great Recipes That Save You Time and Money from the Inventors of the Ultimate Do-Ahead Dinnertime Method by Mary Beth Lagerborg and Mimi Wilson I first heard about Freezer Cooking when I picked up The Freezer Cooking Manual from the library over 10 years ago. Freezer cooking has worked better in some phases of life than others, but if you’re trying to come up with a great back-to-school meal plan, this just might work for you! Once-A-Month Cooking Family Favorites even includes gluten-free recipes.
- A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart & Home to Others by Karen Ehman This book isn’t a cookbook, but it does have recipes in it. This book has had a profound impact on me and my desire to be hospitable. And even if the only recipe you ever make from this cookbook is the crescent rolls, it will be well worth it!
And if you’re looking for a way to share your menu plan with your family, I absolutely LOVE this menu plan magnet! It’s what I use at my house and it works so well for our family! I used to use printable menu plan sheets, but I love that this one allows me to just wet it and wipe it clean each week! It’s awesome…and it even comes with the markers!
Hopefully these tools will help you get dinner on the table! If you have a cookbook you love, leave a comment! I’d love to hear about it!