Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Quick-Fix Healthy Mix Book Review and Giveaway

Recently I was at church for a class on using mixes for cooking. Our teacher was a mother of 4 who has used mixes for years to save money, time, and have healthier food on hand than anything she could ever buy in a box. Laurie brought a multitude of resources for us to look at and the ingredients to put together mixes of our own to try at home. In the middle of this class she held up the book Quick-Fix Healthy Mix and said it was the best book on mixes she has ever found. Sold!

I have looked through several books on mixes before. When Krause Publications send me this book to review and giveaway I was excited to see the extensive number of mixes included. This book is awesome! There are fourteen chapters focused on "master mixes" in various food categories that will keep in your pantry for several weeks to months. Then there are recipes using the master mix as the staple and adding things to make a variety of meals, or storable "just add egg and water" mixes for cookies, cakes, waffles, muffins, and much more.

This was written by a mother and daughter team with years of experience combined in preparing healthy and affordable mix recipes. As I tried out some of the recipes I liked the fact with a mix I have more control over the content than buying a mix in the store. If I want to lower the salt or sugar in one of the mixes it is simple to do so, or add more of a certain ingredient according to the taste of my family. This book gives you all the nutrition information and is focused on ways to ensure that the mix is healthy.

The mix recipes in this book go beyond the normal baked goods, beans, rice, and gift mix ideas. The 225 mix recipes include some on dairy products, barbecue sauces, salad dressings, seasonings, beverages, and dried foods and jerky. I decided to give some of these mixes a try before the review. So far I have made:

Pancake & Waffle Mix
Muffin Mix
Master Baking Mix
Master Cake Mix
Master Cream Sauce Mix
Homemade Maple Syrup
Master Brownie Mix
Dry Creamy & Steamy Rice Mix

The only one I disliked as written was the Master Baking Mix. For my family I needed to modify the ingredients. If you are new to mixes I would recommend starting out with a few recipes. If a mix doesn’t turn out quite the taste you like don’t give up. Just go back and add or subtract ingredients like salt or sugar to get the taste you want. These mixes would make good gifts in mason jars, pretty containers, etc. that anyone would appreciate.

If you are concerned about making mixes and storing them just think about this. How many of you have boxed foods in your pantry? Just realize if you take some time to make your own mixes they will be replacing some of those boxed foods. You can use storage bags (Ziploc style), inexpensive plastic containers that can be reused, or clean out plastic containers like yogurt and cottage cheese when you are done and use for a mix. Save any glass mason type jars such as spaghetti sauce for mixes. If you think ahead, save, and are creative it won’t cost you much to be prepared for storing mixes.

I would highly recommend beginning to incorporate mixes into your cooking. You’ll save money while stocking your kitchen with healthy and quick cooking. If you begin with the Quick-Fix Healthy Mix book you can’t go wrong!

From Jennifer Allen

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