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by KJ (subscribe)
Published July 13th 2016
A fantastic book packed with over 150 quick and easy recipes

It was only very recently that I found out about the popular Australian blog, Cooking for Busy Mums, but I wish I had've discovered it earlier.

The blog was created by mother-of-two, Amanda Voisey, who started posting her recipes to a Facebook page, and developed a huge following. The blog followed, and in June 2016, Allen & Unwin published Amanda's Cooking for Busy Mums cookbook.

Cooking for busy Mums book, Amanda Voisey, Review
The blurb on the back of the book explains how the Facebook page evolved into a blog (which has now evolved into a book)

The book contains over 150 recipes and covers a huge range of recipes, including breakfasts, snacks, dinners and more.

Following the introduction, there is a 'Getting Started' chapter, which consists of short sections with some information about healthy eating, cooking and meal preparation, and more:

Following this section, it's straight into the recipes, and the main section of the book is broken down into the following chapters:

The range of savoury recipes is extensive, with dinner options for both meat-eaters and vegetarians.

Recipes include: Korean Beef (p. 149), Hidden Vegetable Bolognese (p. 132), One-Pan Mango Chicken (p. 189), Homemade Apricot Chicken (p. 197) and Vegetable and Cottage Cheese Rolls (p. 226).

Cooking for busy Mums book, Amanda Voisey, Review, chicken filo pillows
Dinner recipes include Chicken Filo Pillows, which contain only 6 ingredients and can be prepared in the morning and refrigerated until dinnertime.

Sweet recipes include classics such as Jam Drops (p. 273), Choc-Chip Muffins (p. 285) and Lemonade Scones (p. 319).

Cooking for busy Mums book, Amanda Voisey, Review, three Ingredient Banana Pancakes
All of the recipes have easy-to-follow instructions and include simple ingredients

There are also healthy variations of classics, including Chocolate and Zucchini Muffins (p. 283), Apricot and Chia Seed Bliss Balls (p. 321) and Orange, Choc-Chip and Black Chia Seed Biscuits (p. 266).

Super-quick recipes include the 3-ingredient Cherry Cheesecake Balls (p. 236), Fantastic Fudge (p. 240) and One-Minute Chocolate Mug Cake (p. 242).

The Bits 'N' Pieces Chapter is full of handy recipes too, and lists recipes such as Food Processor Stuffing for Chicken (p. 330), Taco Seasoning (p. 331) and Hidden Vegetable Tomato Sauce (p. 332).

One of the things I loved about the book was that the recipes are really simple and most of them use ingredients that you're likely to already have in your fridge or pantry. Another thing that I found useful was the the inclusion of symbols to advise readers on how to store each meal. For example, there is a snowflake symbol for food that can be frozen, a pantry symbol for food such as biscuits which can be stored in a container in the pantry etc.

One thing I probably should mention is that the book doesn't have any illustrations, however many of the recipes (including photos) can be found on Amanda's blog.

Overall, it's a great book and highly recommended for anyone who is after quick, easy and tasty recipes.

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