As busy schedules cut into the food preparation time of families with active teenagers, takeout pizzas and Pop-Tart breakfasts become the norm. But Pop-Tarts fall pretty short in the nutrition category. Fresh fruit smoothies, yogurt parfaits, homemade granola, and breakfast sandwiches all provide a better start to the day, but how to fit more nutritious choices into hectic daily routines? Author Kathleen Cannata Hanna responds to the challenge of keeping teenagers healthy, fit, and full with 300 economical recipes that are both easy to make and fun to eat. She offers 15-minute dinners and satisfying pastas for the busiest evenings and 30-minute dinners and family suppers for slightly more relaxed weeknights and weekends. Hanna knows that feeding teenagers involves more than serving dinnertime meals. There are grab-and-go breakfasts to be eaten on the bus, brown-bag lunches, after-school snacks, soccer game pick-me-ups, and after-dinner treats for the kids and any friends that might be in the house too. The appealing recipes in The Good-to-Go Cookbook steer teens away from junk food and toward good-for-you alternatives. Quick Quesadillas, Easy Pizza Squares, Stuffed Chicken Crescents, and Ham Pockets satisfy between-meal hunger pangs. There are soups, sandwiches, and hearty salads for lunch and Baked Pasta with Peas and Cheese, BLT Pie, Tortilla Casserole, and Barbecued Turkey Burgers for simple suppers. When their friends are sleeping over, treat your teens to Sweet Treat Cookie Sandwiches or a Peanut Butter Pie. With The Good-to-Go Cookbook in the kitchen it's possible to feed the entire family quickly and well and still arrive at every track meet and ballet recital on time.read more
Kathleen Cannata Hanna is an architect and public speaker. She has also run a successful baking and catering business. Hanna is the mother of two busy teenagers, who were enthusiastic testers for The Good-to-Go Cookbook.read more
Reviews for The Good-to-Go Cookbook by Kathleen Cannata Hanna
Are you always on the run? That's the question in capital letters on the back cover of this cookbook. In this day and age I would guess that many people answer that with YES in capital letters. The best solution is to slow down but since that isn't always possible, this has some tasty solutions to that dilemma.Inside the 327 pages are more than 300 family friendly recipes. The contents are divided into categories of meals, snacks at home and on the go, 15 and 30 minute dishes, one-pot meals, pastas, side dishes and desserts. The pages are marked by colored tabs on the side so it's easy to find each section.The recipes are laid out very clearly and simply on the page. Each step is numbered and there are also helpful tips at the bottom of the page. They include ingredients that can be added or altered and optional ways to serve the meals.Along with the recipes there are also helpful tips on organizing your kitchen, cooking tips and a metric conversion chart. There is a wealth of information that will allow you to eat well in less time. You and your family may not have to make that mad dash through the take-out window quite as often. With three busy teens in our house we do that more than we'd like to. I haven't made my first meal from this book yet but I have plans! Now I just have to decide which dessert to make first - Peanut Butter Pie or Picket Fence Apple Pie. Yum!read more
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