Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Simplified Dinners Review

I've had the pleasure to review Simplified Dinners, a meal plan that uses basic ingredients and easy-to-follow steps in food categories.  With just buying what is on sale, and keeping your pantry stocked with the basic ingredients, you can have so much flexibility and ease in making dinners without thinking or planning!

Mystie is a homeschooling mom of 5 children who has taken 4 years to perfect this dinner system for her family.  This cookbook is intended to provide the home cook with plenty of options for simple but delicious home-cooked meals that require little preparation time and can be made out of a simply, frugally stocked pantry.

Rather than sharing recipes for various meal ideas, Mystie includes what she calls “processes”.  For example, the first process is for Slow-Cooker Roasts.  A simple 4-step process is listed.  Then, underneath the process has 8 variations to prepare your slow-cooker roast, for different tastes/meals.  Unlike the average cookbook that lists out a lengthy amount of steps for each suggested dish, Simplified Dinners has grouped similar meals together.  Each group begins with 3-6 simple steps to prepping and cooking all of the dishes included in that section.  For the most part, once the main steps are accomplished, you only need to complete a few more instructions to create each individual menu.

There is a SAMPLE of the Plan that you can download HERE to see exactly what I mean, it shows how easy this is, and how simple it can be to get a great dinner on the table every night.

There are no packets, boxes, or pre-prepared foods on the master pantry list, but from it you can make a wide variety of dinners, breakfasts, lunches, and snacks. It truly is a sufficient list. And it’s basic. You don’t need to shop at fancy grocery boutiques to eat good, natural, normal food. You can make it with the stuff any standard discount grocery store sells. This is real-food cooking for normal people on a budget.

I love how everything is organized, no preparation or complicated measured ingredients.  Just buy what's on sale, have the basic pantry items, and then you can choose whatever meal you want from this plan!  It's an awesome idea! 

Here’s a list of meals that are included:
  • Slow-Cooker Roasts
  • Slow-Cooker, No-Defrost Chicken Pieces
  • Chicken-in-a-Pot
  • Skillet Cutlets with Pan Sauces
  • Marinades for Grilling or Broiling
  • Foil-Packet Fish
  • Stovetop Pasta
  • Bean Pots
  • Fajitas
  • Quesadillas
  • Taco Bar
  • Burritos or Enchiladas
  • Taquitos
  • Frittata
  • Oven Omelette
  • Pizza
  • Simple Stir-fry
  • Potato Hash
  • Baked Potato Bar
  • Bean Soups
  • Stews
  • Blended Vegetable Soups
  • Quick Soups
  • Main Dish Salads
  • Vegetable Side Dishes
  • Side-Dish Salads
  • Starchy Side Dishes

There's even a Simplified Dinner Plan for Gluten-free and Dairy-free diets!!
 Simplified Dinners eBook

Mystie is giving all of Rockabye Butterfly's Readers $3 off either edition!!
Just Enter the Coupon Code "ROCKABYE" at checkout.

If you want both the Simplified Dinners and Simplified Dinners Gluten-Free Dairy-Free plans, there's a current special, where entering the Coupon Code "BUNDLE" will get you both of these copies for $8 off!

 Mystie is giving a Rockabye Reader a chance to own a copy of their choice for FREE!!
Place your entries in the Rafflecopter Giveaway form below for your chance to WIN Simplified Dinners plan  OR  Simplified Dinners Gluten-Free Dairy-Free plan.

You won't have to think too much anymore about making dinners!

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Good Luck!

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. I hereby release Facebook of any liability.  I received this product for free for reviewing, and in no way did the company influence my review, the opinions in this post and in my social media are strictly my own. I really do like this product! otherwise I would not be promoting it.  Winner will be contacted by email shortly after the giveaway ends.


  1. I could seriously use simplified dinners. Dinnertime is the most stressful time of my day. With one picky eater that never eats what the family eats and never a planned meal. I cook the same 5 meals over and over it seems. I need help...dinnertime needs to be simplified in my house.

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  3. I would love to win the Simplified Dinners Gluten-Free Dairy-Free plan! =D

  4. This sounds great! Just the kind of menu planning I like.

  5. Forgot to say that I'd love the Simplified Dinners e-book :)

  6. I'd love the Simplified Dinners e-book

  7. I'd love the Simplified Dinners e-book

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  9. We would use the simplified dinners plan.

  10. Simplified Dinners is exactly what I need!

  11. Sounds fabulous! Thanks for sharing the giveaway with us! Mari

  12. I would love to try the Gluten/Dairy-free plan. My daughter's pediatrician said we should limit her dairy so this would be SO helpful!

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  14. I'd love the simplified dinners! Thanks for the offer!

  15. I would love to win the Simplified Dinners!

  16. I'd love the gluten-free version.

  17. I would love to win the gluten-free, dairy free version. Thanks so much for your review and the opportunity to win a copy!

  18. I'd love to win Simplified Dinners.
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  19. I would love Simplified Dinnes. Thanks! hstorm799{at}gmail{dot}com

  20. This sounds like a "Simple" way to plan meals and a great cookbook.


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