Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Being a stay-at-home-mom means that  the majority (i.e. ALL) of the household chores fall to me, most days I don’t mind vacuuming,mopping, doing dishes, and sorting laundry, but there is one chore that I detest and dread every day of the week--making dinner.  Now I used to love cooking, I really wanted to be a chef, but once you cook 3 meals a day for years and years and years it just becomes repetitive, boring and a major pain in the butt.  I do however, love finding new cookbooks and trying out new recipes to try to break up the monotony and I was recently introduced to a cookbook that I think all of you busy moms and dads may just want to check out…4 INGREDIENTS!




The name pretty much says it all, and if you’re like me the thought of cooking with only 4 ingredients is one that induces excitement!  4 INGREDIENTS:  More Than 400 Quick, Easy, and Delicious Recipes Using 4 or Fewer Ingredients is a must-have cookbook for moms and dads everywhere. 




Life-long friends, Kim and Rachel are ordinary mothers (with six boys between them) but they are also accomplished career women.  Together they dreamed up the idea of 4 INGREDIENTS one night over a glass of wine to make their lives easier, and it grew into a thriving multi-million dollar empire.  (You can even get it on iTunes).  4 INGREDIENTS is already a breakout bestseller in Australia and the UK with more than 2 million copies sold!  Now Atria books is bringing 4 INGREDIENTS to the US! 


Kim and Rachel’s mantra is “Keep it Simple” and they’ve come up with simple, yet stringent, guidelines for 4 INGRIENTS.


*  All of the recipes can be made with just 4 or fewer ingredients

*  All of the recipes are explained on average in only 4 sentences

*  All of the recipes can be prepared with just 1 cup, 1 Tablespoon, & 1 teaspoon

*  All of the recipes have been repeatedly tried and tested…and are delicious!


I received a copy of 4 INGREDIENTS to review and I have to admit that it took a minute to get used to the differences in some of the European recipes and ingredients, but it didn’t take long to find a recipe that I just had to try—Baked Ravioli

Bakes Ravioli


1 container )20-28 oz.) fresh ravioli (cheese or meat)

2 1/2 cups of your favorite pasta sauce

2 cups grated Parmesan cheese

3 sprigs parsley chopped


Preheat oven to 180C.  Cook ravioli according to packet instructions, then drain.  Line a casserole dish with a thin layer of pasta sauce, add a layer of ravioli, sprinkle a layer of cheese and a touch of parsley.  Repeat layering process finishing with a layer of ravioli, top with remaining pasta sauce, and cheese. Bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese is golden. Cool slightly, before cutting into squares as you would lasagna.


Though I’ve never heard of some of the ingredients there are a ton of recipes that are super simple, quick, and oh so easy to prepare.  And the best part?  Oh that’s easy, being able to put something amazing on the dinner table and not having to break the bank buying ingredients!


You can find out more about the   4 INGREDIENTS cookbook as well as information on how to order on their website!


*I received the above product from the company or PR agency in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced by monetary or other gain.*

1 comment :

  1. Love this book, my niece has it and I had a chance to try out a few recipes that I copied.. Thanks for the review.


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