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Make It Easy

120 Mix-and-Match Recipes to Cook from Scratch--with Smart Store-Bought Shortcuts When You Need Them

By Stacie Billis

Cooking doesn't have to be a chore. Why make it difficult—when it can be easy?

When you're juggling a job, kids, pet, house, spouse, you-name-it—it can be tough to resist the urge to toss a frozen meal in the oven and call it a day. Stacie Billis knows the challenge of feeding your family well, without stress. Make It Easy's 120 recipes prove that you don't have to be only a scratch cook or convenience cook. You can be both, and there's no shame in using store-bought ingredients when you're in a pinch. Stacie's got a guide to the healthiest shortcuts in the supermarket and three big tips for making it easy:

1. Go between scratch and homemade with her handy shopping guide.
2. Mix and match recipes that build on the same ingredients.
3. Break any rule that makes you want to bolt from your kitchen.

With recipes for: Blueberry Almond Polenta, Country-Style Greek Salad, Slow Cooker Hoisin Pulled Pork, No-Fuss Roasted Paprika Chicken, Chili-Rubbed Steak Tacos, Salmon Rice Bowl, Parmesan Roasted Broccoli, Easy Food Processor Pizza Dough, Gingered Peach Crisp, Hummingbird Muffins, Bacon Cheddar Waffles...and many more!
Stacie Billis is the founder of OneHungryMama.com, which receives over 40,000 unique visitors/month. A Food Editor at Cool Mom Picks, a site with 850k monthly page views and an estimated half million unique visitors/month (444k twitter followers), Stacie is now the Managing Editor of a new site, Cool Mom Eats. Tentatively set to soft launch in 2015, Cool Mom Eats is poised to be the only stand-alone food destination site with content, recipes and reviews created and curated specifically for parents.


"There are some nights where you might be able to make your own enchilada sauce, and others when reaching for the can is what allows you to get dinner on the table. Stacie's delicious recipes walk the sought-after line between sophisticated and kid-friendly, and her useful tips will help you to be a happier, smarter cook."—Katie Workman, author of Dinner Solved! and The Mom 100 Cookbook

Parents.com, 6/9/16
Make It Easy will help you get an appealing and relatively healthy dinner on the table without breaking a sweat.”

Library Journal, 7/1/16, starred review
“[An] intelligent guide….The book will enable every aspiring cook to create healthy meals from scratch and provides advice on how to best stock your pantry with quality shortcuts that can make a cook's life easier…The recipes are practical, easy to follow, and delicious…Thoughtful, forthright prose and creative cooking ideas that will appeal to a range of cooks makes this ideal for the beginner who seeks inspiration and confidence.”


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