What do these dishes all have in common?
They all came from The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner: Easy Family Meals for Every Day of the Week, which I borrowed from our library. I’ve shared a couple of recipes here the last few days, including Macaroni and Cheese and Fish Tacos.
I liked the book so much I wrote to the publisher and asked about doing a giveaway here. It’s a great menu planning system plus has tasty and easy to follow recipes.
The Food Nanny (Liz Edmunds) has a fun take on menu planning, which is the key to saving money on your food bill, and that is to have theme nights. Her themes are comfort foods, Italian, Mexican, Meatless/Breakfast for dinner/Fish, pizza, grill night, and traditional Sunday dinners. The book has a nice selection of recipes for each of these themes. You can, of course, make your own themes. I would add an Asian night or an Indian night and maybe a soup and sandwich night (or salad and sandwich in the summer), etc. On Liz’s web site you can print out blank two-week menus or drag and drop themes and recipes onto the menus and then print them.
To enter the book giveaway contest, just enter a comment. I’d love to hear about your menu planning challenges or systems that work for you, but all you really need to do is make sure you enter a comment with a valid email address before Thursday December 16 at midnight Pacific Time. I’ll select a winner after that and the nice folks at the publishing house will send out the book to the winner.