Review - Better Homes and Gardens Dinner in a Bowl Cookbook

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John Wiley & Sons, Inc.Getting a healthy meal on the table night after night in a busy household isn't always easy.  During my family's most hectic times, it helps to utilize the one bowl method of cooking so that I can still serve up a hearty, delicious meal that's easier on me.

Better Homes and Gardens is a brand that's synonymous with inventive, time-saving tips, so I was thrilled to learn that they had recently created a cookbook chock full of one bowl recipes to keep everyone happy during dinnertime.  Keep reading to learn more!

I reviewed the Better Homes and Gardens Dinner in a Bowl Cookbook from John Wiley & Sons, Inc., which retails for $17.99, but is currently on sale for $12.10 with FREE SHIPPING.

Better Homes and Gardens Dinner in a Bowl CookbookSome of the world's best food is served in a bowl!

Everyone loves a delicious home-cooked meal, especially those as satisfying as the recipes featured in Better Homes and Gardens One-Bowl Dinners.  This globetrotting collection of flavorful recipes ranges from the exotic (such as Southeast Asian Curry) to the familiar (such as the best savory Beef Stew) to the downright comforting (Chicken and Dumplings).

Within the selection are dozens of weeknight-worthy meals—from the ever-so-easy ramen noodle bowl to quick clever pasta tosses—and plenty of recipes to share with friends such as Beef Burgundy, Paella, and Jambalaya.

With recipes arranged by world region, you'll find just what you're in the mood for, whether it's an Asian stir fry or an Italian spaghetti and meatball dinner. To round out the book, a chapter dedicated to main-dish salads offers a fresh spin on the one bowl meal.

  • Features more than 160 recipes and 100 luscious full-color photos that will fire any appetite
  • At-a-glance icons identify 30-minute meals, kid-friendly dishes, healthy recipes, and meals that are great for entertaining friends
  • Chapters include a "Make-It-Mine" recipe, letting you customize based on you and your family's tastes, or what you have in the pantry
  • Full nutrition information with every recipe
  • Italian and Asian Noodle charts for quick identification

For today's home cooks these delicious recipes make it easier than ever to serve bold, international flavors in a single bowl any night of the week.  In browsing through this yummy cookbook, I found a ton of recipes that I know my family will enjoy.  Of course, the Southern girl in me can't wait to give this recipe a try:

Shrimp and Cheddar Grits

(Start to finish: 35 minutes)


  • 1 pound medium shrimp in shells
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup stone-ground grits
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Few dashes bottled hot pepper sauce
  • 4 slices bacon, crisp-cooked, drained and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallions (2)
  • 3 tablespoons snipped fresh parsley


1. Peel and devein shrimp.  Rinse shrimp; pat dry with paper towels.  Cut shrimp in half lengthwise.  Set aside.

2. In a large saucepan, bring the water and salt to boiling.  Gradually stir in grits.  Reduce heat to low.  Cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until thick, stirring frequently.  Add cheese and butter, stirring until melted; set aside.

3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet cook mushrooms and garlic in hot oil over medium heat for 3 minutes.  Increase heat to medium-high.  Add shrimp; cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes more or until shrimp turn opaque.  Stir in pepper and hot pepper sauce until combined.

4. Transfer grits to a serving dish.  Top with shrimp mixture.  Sprinkle with bacon, scallions and parsley.

Makes 6 servings.

What do you think of the Shrimp and Cheddar Grits recipe?  Do you like using the "one-bowl" method of cooking when you're in a hurry?
Product Review 4 Stars
Disclosure: I received the Better Homes and Gardens Dinner in a Bowl Cookbook from John Wiley & Sons, Inc. in order to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. This product review is based on my own personal experiences with this item and is completely honest and objective.
I'm a former 7th grade Science teacher turned stay-at-home mom that lives in Houston, Texas. I am married to my college sweetheart and have a beautiful daughter named Riley, who definitely keeps me on my toes! I am also involved in starting a small business which would both manufacture and sell an invention that I've patented, called Toothpaste 2 Go. I love interacting with my readers and hope to learn as much about you as you learn about me!

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