Saturday, July 21, 2018

Review: Real Life Dinners - Rachel Hollis

Real Life Dinners: Fun, Fresh, Fast Dinners from the Creator of the Chic Site
by Rachel Hollis
Published: June 5, 2018 by St. Martin's Griffin

From the founder of The Chic Site, a lifestyle website, and the author of Upscale Downhome, fun, fresh, and fast recipes for family dinners.

Real life isn't a series of stylized air-brushed photos. It's crazy, chaotic, beautiful, and funny, and it can knock you right off balance. But cooking and eating as a family has always been at real life's core. Making sure your family is fed makes a day a success, and truly taking the time to give them something wholesome and delicious is the ultimate pleasure.

Basedon meals Hollis makes for her hungry husband, three sons, and baby daughter, Real Life Dinners bursts with over 80 photos and recipes including:

Breakfast Quesadillas
Toast Nine Ways
Freeze-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches
Taco Tuesday
Crispy Sweet Potato Bake
Lemon-Pesto Chicken
Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup
Rach's Spice Blends

Rachel Hollis' Real Life Dinners is a cookbook that fits into your real daily life.

5 Stars

I don't have children, but I do have a boyfriend who can eat more than I can imagine and a job that keeps me out of the house well over 10 hours a day. In short, SIMPLE and FAST is what we are always looking for in food. We also want to be healthy and finding things that are healthy and take a short amount of time to make is difficult. Real Life Dinners: Fun, Fresh, Fast Dinners from the Creator of the Chic Site was exactly what we needed. It's filled with recipes that you can easily make from most ingredients you already have at home or give new life to a tried-and-true meal you eat all the time. Plus, it comes with Rachel's special way of sharing her life. There's dinner table manners, great stories about what the food brings to mind for her, and simple recipes that don't require you go buy something you've never heard of.

No, it's not a cookbook that'll meet every person's diet, but it is great for ideas for a quick meal. I'm Gluten Free and Lactose Intolerant and I actually think every recipe can be prepared to suit my needs, which is pretty rare when it comes to cookbooks and meeting the described taste. We loved the meatloaf meatballs, those are going to be a staple for us, and just last night I had the Grilled Zucchini Spears, adding spaghetti sauce to mine while my partner ate his with noodles. I can absolutely see needing to cook for a family of four and wanting something easy, especially after a long day, so this book will be something we grab for a long time.

Cooking the Grilled Zucchini Spears was so easy I couldn't believe it. I never use our grill, but we had so much cooking that I decided this was the perfect thing to practice with. Prepping these took no time at all, I had everything in the recipe laying around my house and they really did cook in just 10 minutes. Plus, while I was cooking a deer just trotted by and it was so cool. *Photo on Instagram if you'd like to see!* I shared them on my Instagram and Snapchat and had so many comments saying they looked delicious. I would've never thought to cook zucchini this way, but I will be doing it for every spaghetti night going forward.

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