Friday, May 13, 2016

Recipe Weekend/ Cookbook Review: 200 Best Sheet Pan Meals by Camilla V. Saulsbury

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge,from Robert Rose Books, via Edelweiss, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own.


And now for a new cookbook that will make you rethink using your oven for dinner this Summer!

200 Best Sheet Pan Meals  cover


Synopsis:

We’re all looking for ways to make meals more convenient, and while one-pot meals are wonderful, sheet pan meals are the newest option. They allow you to cook several individual components of your meal all at once, and cleanup is an absolute breeze.

From cookbook author extraordinaire Camilla Saulsbury comes this collection of easy and delicious recipes created specifically for sheet pans and your oven.

Most of the recipes take very little time to prepare, but the results are nothing short of extraordinary. They take weeknight meals to a whole new level, and most are entertaining-worthy.

If you like homemade meals that are simple, satisfying, quick-to-the-table, and are healthy, and you have a sheet pan and an oven, you’re on your way to creating an abundance of satisfying meals — not to mention desserts. So lay it all out — on a sheet pan, that is. You’ll be so glad you did.

Review:

This book is made up of homemade meals that are simple, satisfying, quick-to-the-table, and are healthy,  uses readily available, affordable ingredients, Most of the recipes service 4-6 at minimum, with some serving 9-12, depending on serving size. But the main idea is EASE- one pan cooking, even if it is just for your family. The recipes are easy-to-prepare, and have detailed, easy-to-follow instructions, for even beginner cooks!

Not every recipe has a picture unfortunately. That would have been a huge help for beginner cooks! But there are 24 pages of photos to give you an idea of how some of the dishes look. Another note, though Camilia is a health conscious food wrter there are no calorie counts, or the like for any of the recipes. So if that is a concern, you'll have to determine them for yourself, based on the ingredient list

An additional aside is that many of the recipes call for baking in the pan, but some steps of the recipe will be made separately in another bowl, or pan, and then added to your baking sheet ingredients. but it is still much quicker than if you prepare everything on stove top, or in the traditional way!

The book Includes the following chapters:

- Simple Pantry Meals, from items you have in your pantry/feezer like Broccoli Cheese No Crust Quiche (we always have a pack of frozen brocolli on hand!) or Streamlined Stuff Peppers
- Breakfast and Brunch- likesheet pan rolled omelet, perfect for a crowd or stress free morning,raspberry dropped scones (perfecy for beach eating) or cinammon donut breakfast cookies, for thos ebusy summer mornings
Meatless Meals like Sheet Pan Rataouille which makes great use of those Sumemr veggies from your garden (and a fav of Miss Grace's), Sweet Potatoes Stuffed with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Olive and Feta for a quick and easy meal,or Vegetable Paella for al fresco dining
- Fish and Seafood- like oven friend fish and chips to impress the kids and their friends, Southeast Asian Burgers for Summer lunches, or Miso Roasted Salmon with Sesame Snap Peas for a light romantic dinner
= Chicken and Turkey Meals- like oven BBQ Chicken Thighs with Dijon Potato Salad for easy summer dining, Turkey Meatloaf Minis with Skinny Fries for the teen on another Summer diet or Seville Chicken Sausage and Onion Roast (a personal fav)
- Beef, Pork and Lamb Meals such as Black Pepper Tenderloin with Parmesan Roasted Potatoes that will leave hubby very happy, Sheet Pan Fajitas for Summer entertaining or Szechuan Pork Meatballs with Garlicky Green Beans, for a different take on Chinese
- and finally Desserts like Dried Fruit Tart that allows you to use what fruit you have on hand, Vanilla Sour Cream Pound Cake that is also perfect to be topped with fresh fruit, jam or ice cream, or even Chocolate Hazelnut Smores for campfire eating!

Each recipe also includes one or all of the following: Variations (how to use different ingredients), Tips (ingredient substitutions or how to best prepare different ingredients) and Storage Tips (for items like granola bars and cookies).

This would be a great book for gift giving to newlyweds with a great new sheet pan, as a thank you/hostess gift, or for the coed moving out on her own (but will be entertaining). It's also great to add to your arsenal of cooking, to give YOU more time OUT of the kitchen this Summer!


Huevos Rancheros Tortilla Tarts

Recipe:

How about a great Summer breakfast recipe from the book?

Huevos Rancheros Tortilla Tarts

Give your breakfast or brunch a kick-start with this so-simple, irresistible recipe for huevos rancheros. It makes a satisfying (and frugal!) dinner entrée, too.
Makes 4 tarts

Ingredients:
1 can (15 oz/) refried beans
1 1⁄4 cup chipotle salsa, divided
4 6-inch (15 cm) soft corn tortillas
1 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
4 large eggs
2 Hass avocados, sliced
1⁄2 cup crumbled queso fresco or mild feta cheese

Suggested Accompaniments: Fresh cilantro leaves, Thinly sliced green onions, Thinly sliced jalapeño peppers and/or Additional chipotle salsa

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C)
2. Line a 18- by 13-inch (45 by 33 cm) rimmed sheet pan with parchment paper or foil
3. In a small bowl, combine refried beans and salsa until blended.
4. Lightly brush both sides of tortillas with oil. Place on prepared pan, spacing evenly.
5. Divide bean mixture evenly among tortillas, spreading to 1⁄2 inch (1 cm) from the edges and using the back of a spoon to create a slight well in the center of each.
6. Break 1 egg into each well.
7. Bake in preheated oven, for 14 to 18 minutes, or until egg whites and yolks are firm, not runny.
8. Serve topped with avocados, queso fresco and any of the suggested accompaniments, as desired.



About the Author:

Camilla V. Saulsbury is a freelance food writer, recipe developer, cooking instructor and creator of the healthy cooking blog powerhungry.com. She has been featured on Today, Good Morning America and The Food Network, and in the New York Times. Camilla resides in Texas.

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