Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Meals in Minutes Cookbook Giveaway with Gooseberry Patch

Yes, it is time for another Gooseberry Patch Cookbook giveaway! I was so excited to get the chance to be an early reviewer for this book, Meals in Minutes. This is the 10th anniversary edition with new recipes that are fast and fun to make with batches of time saving tips.

Gooseberry Patch

Peanut Butter Pan Cake
3 c. all purpose flour
2 c. sugar
2 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
1/4 c. baking cocoa
2 t. vanilla extract
3/4 c. oil
2 T. vinegar
2 c. water
Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and baking cocoa in a large bowl; mix well. Add vanilla, oil and vinegar; stir in water, mixing well. Spread into a lightly greased 13"x9" baking pan; bake at 350 degrees for 35 min. Spread Peanut Butter Frosting on cake when cool. Makes 15.

Peanut Butter Frosting
2 c. powdered sugar
1 c. shortening
1 1/2 t. vanilla extract
1/2-3/4 c. milk
1 c. creamy peanut butter (WE USED CRUNCHY)
Combine sugar, shortening and vanilla until smooth and creamy, adding enough milk to reach desired spreading consistency. Stir in peanut butter; mix well. 
Gooseberry Patch
I'm going to jump right in and share with you the chapters and some of my favorite recipes that I have cooked or plan on cooking. I have a house full of 3 teen girls. We eat together almost every night. Some nights we might be missing a teen due to college classes or work schedule but I still plan dinner. I love cookbooks like this one to give me new and exciting meals to try out on my girls. We are always looking for new family favorites. Quick and easy Meals in Minutes is just the right book to help me get a nutritious dinner on the table. (As for hubby, he'll eat anything but cooked carrots)

Market Fresh & Fast-Cauliflower Soup, Taco Salad & Spicy Salsa Shrimp (having both next week for Cinco De Mayo)
Oodles of Noodles-Chicken & Bowties, Cajun Chicken Pasta (having this on Thursday), Zippy Ziti, Pizza Pasta Salad, Garlic-Angel Hair Pasta, Thai Peanut Noodle
Hearty in a Hurry-Easy Mini Meatloaves (making soon and recipe by Jen at Gooseberry Patch), Deli Stromboli, Veggie Pizza Casserole, Zesty Pizza Casserole
Quick as a Wink-Coconut Chicken, Baby Hot Browns, Coffee-Braised Chicken, Macadamia Nut Chicken
Treats in a Twinkle-Pecan Chippers, Butterscotch Brownies, Peanut Butter Pan Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting, No-Fry Fried Ice Cream (Cinco De Mayo), Best-Ever Cupcakes, Homemade Lemonade Syrup
Perfectly Prepared Pantry-Wonderful chapter that of ingredients that are essential to have on hand for speedy suppers. Market Math breaks down measurements from what you need to what you actually need to buy at the store.
Thai Peanut Noodles
Thai Peanut Noodles

1 lb shrimp (WE also USED 1 lb chicken breast cut into small pieces)
1 c. light Italian salad dressing, divided
8 oz pkg. angel hair pasta
2 T. crunchy peanut butter
1 T. soy sauce
1 T. honey
1 t. ground ginger (WE also USED 2 t. fresh, chopped ginger)
1/2 t. red pepper flakes
1 carrot, peeled and shredded
1 c. green onions, chopped
1 T. sesame oil 
2 T. fresh cilantro, chopped
optional: 2/3 c. chopped peanuts

Coat shrimp and chicken with 1/2 cup salad dressing; refrigerate for 30 min. Meanwhile, prepare pasta according to pkg. directions; drain. In a bowl, whisk peanut butter with remaining salad dressing, soy sauce, honey, ginger and red pepper flakes until smooth; set aside. In a skillet over med. heat, sauté carrot, onions, chicken & shrimp in sesame oil until  chicken is cooked, about 5 min. Toss pasta, peanut butter mixture and meat together in a large serving bowl; sprinkle with cilantro and peanuts. Serves 4. 
 (WE doubled the ingredients for the peanut sauce-it needed it!) 

The cookbook is for new chefs, newlyweds, seasoned cooks, Gooseberry Patch cookbook collectors, busy mom's, dad's looking for a date night meal and more! The book is also for teen girls! The two desserts, were made by my 13 year old all by herself. Each page in this 222 page cookbook is chocked full of recipes and hand-dandy tips to make meal time prep look easy. Check it out, today!
Meals in Minutes Gooseberry Patch
(Click here to get the Best-Ever Cupcakes recipe)

(OVER) Enter to win a copy of this cookbook with the super easy Rafflecopter entry form. There are entries for everyone. Do as many as you want. Giveaway ends April 8th, 2012.

a Rafflecopter giveaway I'm an early reviewer for Gooseberry Patch and was sent the cookbook to review. My own tasty opinions are used here.


eclairre said...

Veggie lasagna!

Cindy B. said...

My go to meals within minutes meal is pizza pasta salad.

Susan said...

By keeping cooked ground beef in the freezer I can make some dirty rice pretty quick.

Susan said...

I'm not sure if 'm supposed to comment here or on the Rafflecopter form...but I checked out the cupcakes post.

Susan said...

My favorite holiday food is baked ham.

agatewood1 said...

My go to meal is spaghetti!

Stacie said...

My go to meal is tater tot casserole

shopannies said...

hamburger and potato casserole

apple blossom said...

spaghetti is quick meal

apple blossom said...

entered simply short cuts giveaway

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Anonymous said...

spaghetti is mine

Bianca said...

My go to meal is homemade pizza :)

Shari Langham said...

I don't really have a go to meal, that's why I need the book to give me some ideas!!

J M said...

Following you on GFC!

J M said...

My go to meal is quiche! With whatever I have in the fright. If I have time or company it has to be enchiladas!

A Nest in the Rocks said...

Quesadillas. I can throw together whatever I find and it makes everybody happy.

Elena said...

Pasta with tomato sauce


A Nest in the Rocks said...

One of our favorite holiday foods is Guilty Good Green Beans. I posted the recipe here: http://anestintherocks.blogspot.com/2011/06/guilty-good-green-beans.html.

April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears said...

Spaghetti is our minute meal!

Rhonda said...

I absolutely love your blog and am a huge fan of Gooseberry Patch! I would love to win a copy of this recipe book!

Rhonda said...

My go to fast meals come out of the freezer as I precook for the week on the weekend.

Thankful Tiffany said...

Something from the crockpot....usually a chicken dish with cream of musroom soup, dry onion soup mix, and sour cream.

ShineyAim said...

Our go to meal is either pasta (cheese ravioli or spaghetti) or Tacos (beef or chicken). :)

M.j. said...

Go to fast is always pasta with red sauce or a cold pasta salad and some garlic bread.....ciao4now64@yahoo.com

Teri said...

The Peanut Butter Pan cake and Thai Peanut Noodles look fabulous! See a pattern hear? :) I like your blog. Thanks for the entries. Teri

Teri said...

* here? I hate mispelling. :) Teri

Cory said...

iamladycupcake at gmail dot com

Bee W Bedard said...

frozen pizzas

Bee W Bedard said...

we have mushroom hor'dorvous (sp?)

carpediem5790 said...

My go to meal in minutes is homemade pizza! arlene Marie Pitts email carpediem5790@yahoo.com

Teri said...

I'm following you on GFC. :) Teri

carpediem5790 said...

I always enjoy your blog when i come here, esp the home school ideas. arlene Marie Pitts email carpediem5790@yahoo.com

carpediem5790 said...

I checked out the GBP cupcake book, wow, its one i will certainly buy! arlene Marie Pitts email: carpediem5790@yahoo.com

carpediem5790 said...

My favorite holiday food for Easter is the puffed rice lamb my mom used to make! arlene Marie Pitts email: carpediem5790@yahoo.com

mrsshukra said...

Pasta with pesto!

mrsshukra said...

I like fruit cake during the holidays!

Lorraine said...

i love to make beef enchiladas! me and my two daughters make an assembly line and get to filling and rolling. we freeze a lot of them for individual use too! i get people asking me to make them all the time. we love them. easy to make too!!

Anonymous said...

I love mac and cheese from scratch!

maryc said...

My go to meal is chicken casserole.
Thank you for the Peanut Butter Pan Cake recipe. I plan t serve it tomorrow.

Teslaca said...

Salads are my go-to meal. I try to wash greens when I bring them home, then I just chop up other veggies and toss it all together. It's quick if the greens are already cleaned.

StillyBee said...

I love ALL of it!!

patti keil said...

My "go-to" meal is a smoked sausage, peppers and pasta dish we all love!

Susie @Bowdabra said...

YUMMY RECIPES!!! Thank you for linking up in our Crafty Showcase last week.

Thanks for sharing!

xoxo Susie @Bowdabra

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Miz Helen said...

What a great recipes! Have a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

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