We’ve all had that moment during the day when we ask with a pit in our stomach, “What am I going to make for dinner?” We stand in our kitchens having a conversation with ourselves (hopefully silently), “I don’t have anything to make.... What I planned doesn't sound good.... I don’t have any time to cook let alone get to the store.”
Families across the country are continually searching for a way to make the process easier. Many get discouraged into pre-packaged complacency, which doesn’t satisfy any real cravings. Bookstores contain myriad cookbooks toting catch phrases like “Quick and Simple” or “Cheap and Easy.” The recipes may be quick, but they often require readers to purchase random ingredients they'll never use again. As a result, home cooks find themselves burdened with cluttered pantries, refrigerators, and cupboards filled with hundreds of dollars of cookbooks and specialty items like “red pepper paste” and are still left without an easy to use, versatile, and effective system for getting dinner on the table. That's where Sarah Kallio, Stacey Krastins, and The Stocked Kitchen comes in!
The Stocked Kitchen™ is the first complete meal creation system with only one standard list of groceries. If your kitchen is "Stocked" with these ingredients you will always have what you need to create any of the 300 delicious recipes found in this book. These recipes have been used for all of the authors' own dining needs, including meals for drop-in guests, special occasions, and every-night family dinners. The Stocked Kitchen encompasses all parts of the meal creation process from shopping, to storing, to cooking, to serving. The results are delicious, “guest worthy” meals made from real, basic ingredients.
Sarah and Stacey have proven The Stocked Kitchen™ system works. It has reduced their grocery bills, stress levels, trips to the market, and food waste. Create more delicious meals while removing the handcuffs of pre-planning. One grocery list, endless recipes!
Basing their recipes on their blog, TheStockedKitchen.com, Kallio and Krastins present a collection of 300 recipes that can be created using the ingredients from one standard grocery list; several copies of the list can be torn out from the back of the book. There are no specialty items, which the authors determined were a waste of shelf space and money; rather, the list consists of standard pantry fare like bread crumbs, chicken broth, cream cheese, peanut butter, ham, and marinated artichoke hearts, which can be found in any grocery store. Recipes veer toward throwback; appetizers consist of various things (artichoke hearts, pineapple, chicken, shrimp) wrapped in bacon, layered dips, cheese balls, and rollups. Salads are customized via homemade dressings like honey apricot, BBQ vinaigrette, and salsa ranch. Main dishes include pasta bakes, pizzas, and various meat-centric entrees like blue cheese and pear chicken, flank steak rollups, burgers, tacos, and seafood nachos. Many of the desserts rely on either boxed brownie mix or yellow cake mix. This book may be helpful for people who just want to get dinner on the table, but overall, it's a limiting cooking strategy that feels especially dated in an age when there's more access to more exciting quality ingredients than ever before.
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I have been a menu planner for 17 years and had my own master shopping list but this book has really put it together all one place and I am always looking for new recipes to try out I bought a copy for me and my mother she is not a planner so she is gonna love it.