Feast in 15

School is starting soon and evenings will soon be filled with homework, after school activities, and errands! I’ve found that the first few weeks of school are always hard on our dinner routine. In my house there is always a child who has trouble getting into a school routine and we end up schooling until dinner for the first few weeks.

If you struggle with busy evenings you’ll want to grab a copy of my friend Tiffany’s new book Feast in 15. The book is filled with tips for getting on meals on the table fast!  Feast in 15 contains ideas for naturally fast foods, quick, healthy and easy to prepare sides, and over thirty recipes that take 15 minutes or less to prepare! In the back of the book you’ll find grocery lists and menu plans for an two weeks of dinners.

This book is available on Amazon in Kindle or you can purchase it directly from the Feast in 15 website as a pdf download.

I have two copies of Feast in 15 to give away to my readers. If you buy the book and then win the giveaway the purchase price will be refunded, no need to wait until the end of the giveaway! To enter leave a comment letting me know your dinnertime challenge. Giveaway ends August 4, 2011.

Comments

  1. My biggest challenge is when the baby wakes early or has to go down for a nap when I am preparing dinner. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. My biggest challenge is deciding what to cook before we have to be at 3 different places with our kids activities.

  3. Stephanie says:

    I always struggle with getting dinner on the table early enough on the nights we have an activity starting at 6:30!

  4. My biggest challenge is making sure dinner is ready and hot when my husband gets home which sometimes is as late as 9 or 9:30! It changes every night.

  5. I’m a full time student and SAHM. When I have classes all day then have to come home and make dinner it’s a challenge. This would be perfect!

  6. beth goudreau says:

    My biggest challenge is when everyone gets home at different times or different activities at night. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  7. 4:00 starts “whiney” time at our house. So, the challenge is keeping the kids happy while I cook!

  8. My dinnertime challenge is my husband’s constantly erratic schedule. He is a 24 hr / 7 day a week on-call pilot and at 8 in the morning he can be home and by suppertime gone for a week, with no more notice than that. We have two small children, so one less adult really makes a big difference when it comes to supper plans! 🙂 Looks like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. My challenge is when I work in the morning I end up trying to fix dinner while helping with homework, dealing with a toddler and a baby. I must plan ahead or have some kind of quick fix available.

  10. My challenge is coming up with an idea. If someone will just tell me an idea, I will happily make it.

  11. I would love to win this book! My husband works until well after 8pm, so I have to feed both my 17 month old son and myself and I don’t have a lot of time since he is quite the explorer! So anything quick would be awesome!

  12. Biggest challenge would be when neither my Husband or I have any idea what we’re hungry for!

  13. My biggest challenge is starting to plan early enough and not making a disastrous mess!

  14. My challenge is needing to use what I already have on hand, but wanting something else!

  15. I think that my biggest challenge is having two separate schedules. I get home and want to cook but have to wait for the call that he is on his way home then I cook something quickly so we can eat together.

  16. There is about an hour window in which dh comes home (5:45-6. He is very good at calling giving me a 5-10 minute window before he walks in the door but it is hard to get everything warm on the table with balancing what can and cannot be done ahead vs needs that last 15 minutes with the unknown start time . . . He never complains if dinner is later but the whole evening goes smoother for the rest of us when we eat on the earlier side

  17. rachael c says:

    Everyday I vow to prep dinner early in the day, but time gets away and before I know its already past dinner time and my kids are starving. What I had planned to make I no longer have time for, and I find myself scrambling to think of something, ANYTHING, that’s fast.

  18. My biggest challenge is getting school done with my 9-yr. old before time to prepare dinner while managing 3 other children ages 5 and under with a new baby coming in September!

  19. Trying to cook dinner while tired (due to pregnancy) and a toddler hanging on my leg.

  20. My biggest challenge is evening sports. We home school in the morning and then start running. The swimmer (17) has practice 6-7:30, 6 x a week, the gymnast (14) 3:45-8:00 ( a 20 minute on way drive) 6 x a week, then baseball, year around, 6-8 at night 2 or 3 x a night, different teams so not always on the same days or in the same places, for the 2 older boys (12 and 9). Not to mention games and meets. When we finally roll in at home in the evening, dinner is around 9 pm, and I need to have it served and cleaned up fast, so they can down time and get to bed. Or something quick the oldest can start when she beats us home in the evening.

  21. I have 3 children under 3yrs. Need I say more? Time is not usually on my side.

  22. My kids come to work with me, but I don’t get off until 2:15 at the earliest. After misc errands most days they don’t go down for naps until 3:00. So at 6:00 my son is still sleeping and any noise in my kitchen carries to his room. He’s a bear if he gets woken up before he’s ready, so then trying to start dinner silently because my hubby is starving…it’s just hard.

  23. My biggest problem with getting dinner ready is keeping my 2 year old entertained while I fix it. Sometimes she can “help” me, but most of the time, I need her out of the cooking area! The quicker the better!

  24. Coming up with new ideas is my biggest challenge

  25. Last year I started to work full time. So now with both me and my husband working full time meal times have become a time consuming chore that I just feel as though I lose too much family time. This means that I end up doing fast food. Knowing meals that I can do with speed would be great.

  26. my biggest challenge is trying to feed my two boys who are picky!!!!!! they are 1 and 5 then i have to feed my husband who comes in during or after that i never know! and after all this i eat probley at 8 pm after starting this at 6p

  27. so many challenges, but the biggest is probably being organized enough to have dinner on the table by 5:30 = hubby works nights and has to be out the door by 6:15. With 7 young kiddos at home all day (we homeschool) this should not be such a challenge. I’m hoping that this year I’ll be able to get the kids more involved in meal planning and helping cook.

  28. My challenge is keeping my five kids from coming home from school/summer camp and loading up on snacks before dinner. So I usually try to find something quick to beat them to the punch, but doesn’t always work.

  29. I always have a hard time finding recipes that are quick, and healthy. Thanks for the recommendation!

  30. At this time of year,football practice for my boys is from 6 to 8.My challenge is having dinner ready as soon as possible after we arrive home for the night.

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  31. I think my biggest mealtime challenge is probably remembering to pull things out of the freezer to thaw ahead of time- guess that falls under the “plan ahead” umbrella… 😉

  32. This year I will be working so anything that can help me keep the kids Happy and make the evening go by smoothly I will try. Cooking, cleaning, packing, bathing etc.

  33. My biggest challenge is that we have activities 4 out of 5 week nights during the fall and spring. It makes getting dinner on the table hard.

  34. I work full time and have two kids, 11 months and 12 years old, my challenges are finding the time to cook a full meal and usually can not come up with interesting recipes!

  35. Nicki Beyale says:

    I never remember to defrost the meat in time either! i hate coming home exhausted only to realize I’ve done it again!

  36. Jayne Nagy says:

    Simply deciding on a meal most nights is my biggest challenges. I hate food at times. 🙂

  37. My challenge is getting my kids to eat whatever I make. The 4 year old does a decent job but the 2 year old is driving me crazy. I will not become a short order cook. I will not become a short order cook. I will not become a short order cook!

  38. Jodie in MN says:

    Even if i have a menu plan for the week I am always in a frenzie trying to get things done at the right time and all foods hot and ready at the same time.

  39. My biggest challenge is exactly what this book seems geared for. I just don’t enjoy spending time in the kitchen. I spend more time preparing food and cleaning up than we do eating. So having some 15 minute meal ideas would be awesome!

  40. Geraldine Erikson says:

    I can’t wait to get this book.

  41. I struggle with consistently making a nice meal for supper and serving it at a decent time. It seems that our dinner hour has gotten later over the past few years and runs right up to bedtime which is not what I want. It gets even harder when we start school back up (homeschool) because I barely get school work and chores done before I need to start supper and some days I just simply don’t want to so procrastinate until all I have time to make is sandwiches:)
    This ebook sounds intriguing and could probably be used well for lunch meals as well.

  42. We always start school 2 weeks before fall sports practice to get into a school routine. With three tween kids, getting out the house is crazy, but if we wait till after practice, they are starving! it’s lovely havoc but it would be nice to get it done easier and quicker!

  43. My biggest challenge is getting dinner on the table with outside-the-home commitments….and after school activiities, and a spouse that works an erratic schedule. IT’s tough to get dinner done, on top of those things, and of course during the school year, the homework monster to slay nightly as well.

  44. Kim Hanners says:

    My challenge is I work 3rd shift and my husband works 24/48. I am going to try the crockpot more often this year .

  45. My biggest challenge is planning ahead so I know what I am making for dinner. That compounded by 4 kids, catechism, sports, homework, an in-home daycare, DH who works long hours and just exhaustion and a lot of nights, I find it easier to pick up something at a take-out than to struggle to put something together. It seems that when I do cook, I end up cooking late (after struggling to find something to make, thawing the meat, and cooking it), so we end up eating 30 minutes before the kids have to be in bed. On days with sports, it seems that everyone has to be somewhere different at different times, so those days it is hard to have a set dinner time.

  46. Dinnertime Challenge? I have a toddler and a nursing 6 month old. Need I say more?

  47. Dona Perkins says:

    My biggest challenge is trying to cook “kid-friendly” dinners that everyone will eat. My hubby and I like spicy, foreign foods like Thai and Vietnamese, whereas the kids are stuck in a hamburger/hot dog/sandwich rut. Sigh. Someday after they are grown we’ll be able to go out to dinner and eat sushi instead of burgers and fries! 😉

  48. My challenge is finding something that everyone will eat!

  49. NW Homesteader says:

    By the time dinner time rolls around, I am tired and all out of ideas!!! Would love quick, easy, and delicious!!! Thanks for the great giveaway!!!

  50. My challenge is that my hubbers and I work opposite shifts so I have to find the patience to make good wholesome meals while watching a 2.5 yr old toddler (who has been hyped up by the kids at daycare) solo and then hoping what I make will heat up well when daddy gets home 3-4 hrs later…..

  51. Would love this book! My biggest challenge I call ‘chaos hour’. It’s 5 o’clock and my husband is on his way home from work so we often talk on the phone while he travels. My 3 year old is whiny for daddy and my baby needs a nap but often doesn’t fall asleep for his 3rd one all while trying to get dinner on the table.

  52. Marla F. says:

    I work days and my husband works nights. He has to leave the house before my daughter and I get home. I would try to use the slow cooker but he doesn’t like many meals in the slow cooker. He used to try to cook something for us but it tended to be mostly hamburger helper and we really got tired of it. He usually just makes a couple of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and takes them with him and I try to come up with something quick and simple for our daughter and me but it is harder to just cook for the two of us. My husband and I both love using cookbooks. I know this would be a great way for both of us to come up with better nutritious meals. Thanks for the giveaway!

  53. My husband and I were both raised in meat centric homes. We’re trying to be more vegetable focused. That’s been a challenge.

  54. Renae Feathers says:

    My biggest challenge is gaining the confidence to succesfully pull off preparing & cooking a meal everyone in my family will love! No small feat when my husband is a chef & has cooked the evening meal for the last 16 yrs! But now that I have quit my job to.homeschool our 2nd grader & care for our 2 year old…..I have taken this task over. And I am not confident or comfortable enough in the kitchen to plan, then prepare a meal with a 2 yr old pulling on my leg for attention while my 7 yr old needs directions to finish math. Not to mention trying to have the meal live up to the standards we have all become accustomed. I need help!

  55. Emily Sears says:

    My biggest challenge is too much clean up. I wind up using too many dishes and have quite a mess by the time dinner is ready…

  56. making something that everyone will eat that is still somewhat healthy!

  57. My biggest challenge is dishing up and cutting up food for my 4 small children quickly enough that I can eat while it’s still hot!

  58. My biggest challenge is knowing *what* to cook every night. And even when I do know, getting it all done at the same time is the next challenge!

  59. Libby Owens says:

    What’s for dinner? That’s my biggest challenge. I think through the options but end up with just a few meals . So, we tend to eat the same things over & over. I could use this book to get more mealtime ideas & not have to spend all evening in the kitchen. Thanks for the giveaway!

  60. Shelia B. says:

    My biggest challenge: being a single mother of 3 (all in school) and working full time. By the time we all get home around 5:30 daily, finish up homework and the regular betime routine, who has time to fix a decent meal let alone anything remotely healthy… Try as I might, some nights are just fend for yourselves.

  61. Angie Walters says:

    My biggest challenge is getting a meal plan on paper and sticking to it!

  62. My biggest challenge is using what we have on hand, and not eating out. Tired of the same old same meals! Awesome giveaway!! thanks!!

  63. Heather Gordon says:

    My biggest challenge is that sometimes I feel to tired to make a dish from my weekly menu plan and so we end up ordering out. This is happening more than I would like!

  64. My main challenge is back pain — I have difficulty standing for more than 15-20 minutes at a time, and it’s hard to find recipes that are healthy, taste good, and can be made in that amount of time!

  65. Samantha R says:

    My challenge is deciding what to make and if the kids are being winey, then its a challenge just to be in the kitchen to make it!

  66. My biggest challenge is getting a healthy and fast dinner on the table. I have 4 children (8,6 (picky eater),2, and new (2 mo.)), I work part time during the school year and my husband is a pilot based out of town so he’s gone about 5 days a week. I like the kids to eat healthy food, but finding healthy and fast dinner choices can be a challenge, especially on the days that I’m on my own. This books looks like it may have some good ideas/recipes in it.

  67. Rheanon A says:

    I am a stay at home Mom of 4 kiddos that I get the privilege of homeschooling and being with them. My husband is currently working near Joplin, so he is only home on weekends, as we live in Texas. My biggest challenge is I rack my brain all week to have healthy meals on a budget that by the weekends when my husband gets home, I’m looking for quick and easy, so we can enjoy seeing him, the little that we do, and not spend my whole weekend when he is here in the kitchen. An added bonus to this cookbook is it would not just give me quick ideas for when he is here, but help me spend less time in the kitchen as school is beginning again for us. Thanks!

  68. Getting the food made without it taking 2 hours. It takes so long, every single day! The second hardest thing is coming up with a menu plan. I have the hardest time during the summer months, when I don’t want to have the oven on at all.

  69. My struggle is I watch other people’s kids so when they are late picking up their little ones it pushes everything else back. Add in a fussy nine month old and you have chaos on hand!

  70. Right now it feels like my biggest challenge is the afternoon just “getting away from me” and all of a sudden it is 4:45 and I gotta get moving!

  71. Nancy Michel says:

    My biggest challenge is that my husband works “second” shift, which can start anywhere from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. ; depending what machine they have him scheduled on. Our “main” meal is (has to be) around noon. It is quite a challenge to start cooking at 10 or 10:30 in the morning and have a full dinner on the table at noon. During the time I get up to the time I start working on dinner, I have the regular morning household chores, doctor/dentist appts, as well as make my husband’s lunch for work. I definately have to start my planning and at times, some preparation the night before; especially if I’m using a crockpot to cook in. I would love some new ideas and recipies that do not take half the morning to prepare.

  72. miltonmom says:

    I find my biggest challenge is finding something I can fix that will cover various eating schedules…The hubs currently leaves for work around noon so I try to feed him before he goes plus send extras in his lunch but also have enough left over to feed to teenage boys who run on completely different schedules,,,,,Need ideas!!!

  73. I would like to win this! Thanks for the opportunity.

  74. My biggest challenge is putting dinner together while my 20 month old is under foot. He isn’t much of a helper yet, but he sure likes to try!

  75. I recently broke my wrist and while my husband was a huge help during the summer (he’s a professor with the summer off) I’m worried about how things will work when we get back to school and he goes back to work.

  76. My biggest challenge is getting them to eat whatever I cook without offering/bribing with a dessert or other sweet item. Otherwise they might just not ever eat a vegetable.

  77. My biggest challenge for dinner is getting the food home from the store. We don’t have a car, so I either walk or take the bus and then have to carry all the food home. Beverages get VERY heavy. I do end up shopping every other day or so, and that helps.

  78. My challenge is making sure I provide healthy meals, while at the same time sticking to a budget!

  79. Shannon H says:

    My biggest challenge is getting my kids to eat what I make for dinner.

  80. My biggest challenge is getting us together at the same time to eat.

  81. My biggest challenge is planning early enough so that the meat can be defrosted.

  82. The hardest thing at our house is planning ahead and then sticking to that plan. Also, making something easy but healthy & won’t heat up the house too much.

  83. I never learned how to menu plan, so when 5:30 rolls around, I’m usually panicked because I didn’t take any meat out of the freezer to thaw.

  84. I have 3 kids 7 and under, and I’m due in 4 weeks :). It’s going to be pretty hard to get things ready on time for dinner. For now my biggest challenge is getting everyone eat the same thing for dinner.

  85. I find it hard to get up the motivation to put a healthy meal on the table on the days that I work. I live an hour away from work and after working a 10-12 hour shift it’s hard to find the motivation to face cooking and five kids (6 and under) all trying to get my attention the second I step in the door. Way too often the (nasty) dollar menu wins out. I guess it’s a good thing I’m only in the office 2 days a week 🙂

  86. My husband and I are both teachers and are about to start back to work. We also have four amazing kids with additional after school activities we cater to as well. I need this book to get a full healthy meal in them! :)))

  87. Kelly McBride says:

    My biggest challenge is the size of my kitchen. We have five children and live in a townhouse. When I am trying to make dinner, I really need the kids to stay out.

  88. Twice a week we leave the house at 1:30 and get home at 6:30 so not much time to get things made.

  89. So thankful I came across your site! My biggest challenge is finding things that are actually healthy. I have been diabetic with all 7 of my pregnancies and try to follow that meal plan even when I’m not pregnant. Something quick and easy would sure help at the end of our very busy homeschooling days! Thanks!

  90. Right now, my biggest challenge is my almost 2-yr. old. She either wants to help when I’m rushing about trying to finish dinner, or she whines and hangs onto me. I know I need to do more prep ahead of time, but implementing it is my challenge!

  91. My biggest challenge is time! I’m at school from 7 to 8 or 9 usually, and so finding the time to pre-cook meals (usually on Sundays) is a challenge.

  92. My challenge is to make healthy dinners that everyone likes and that can be made in a hurry to accomodate our crazy schedule of ballet, football, school, work, marching band, church….etc.

  93. Thanks for this great tip! I’m a SAHM, both hubby and I are in school full-time and he works full-time as well. We have a 20 year old son and a 2 year old daughter. Right now the biggest challenge is our toddler who is serious about wanting to “help cook”! With homework and schedules, cooking something fast and healthy would be a breath of fresh air!

  94. thanks for the giveaway! My biggest challenge- accommodating my picky eater! I feel bad because she is so little and would rather not eat than eat something she doesn’t like- we joke that she eats good every third day- we call that her “eating day”. I’m really worried about upcoming first grade and school lunch…..

  95. My biggest dinner time challenge is trying to prepare dinner while the four little ones are wanting to go and play outside while I am trying to cook dinner or holding off the baby until Daddy is able to get home from work so we can all sit down together as a family.

  96. Fast food we need! We get home tired and ready to collapse, but I need healthy options for my family that take just a short amount of time from start to finish.

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  97. Meredith Glynn says:

    Would love this book. My husband and I Have 45 minutes between when I get home from work and when he leaves for work. We NEED quick!

  98. My biggest challenge is meal planning. If I have something planned in advance, things go a lot smoother at dinnertime. If I don’t plan ahead, we do too much take out!

  99. Hello!
    My dinner challenge is really what to prepare that is healthy and that my younger children can help with. I like to incorporate the kids into every meal prep time as part of our home schooling training. I have three at home and one in college, but living at home. Also, I have a small business, I need to prepare dinner for my elderly parents and my husband works 2 jobs, so dinner tends to be later. So, any time saving help is much appreciated! Thanks!

  100. I just realized that the giveaway was finished 2 days ago! I guess I need to read more carefully! 😀