on Weeknight Dinners: a Gooseberry Patch review & giveaway!

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I am a horrible meal planner. Awful. I get totally overwhelmed by the schedule, grocery list, non-flexibility, and coupons. Oh, the matching of coupons to meal ingredients to days… I get totally overwhelmed, don’t plan meals and we eat scrambled eggs for dinner.

Leave it to Gooseberry Patch to help a girl (and her family) out! Their latest cookbook, Weeknight Dinners, has five chapters that are super helpful in simplifying meal planning:

  • Meatless Monday
  • Tuesday is Tex-Mex Night
  • Wednesday is Italian Night
  • Comfort Food Thursday
  • Just for Fun Friday
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They each include soups, sandwiches, mains, sides and desserts. Honestly? It’s like five mini-cookbooks in one. I’ve tried several recipes from each chapter, and they haven’t let me down. I’ll be sharing a few of them with you, and the sweet ladies from Gooseberry Patch have provided a copy of Weeknight Dinners to give to one of YOU!! Giveaway details are below. So far my family’s favorites are (links go to recipe posts): Rigatoni Bake, Cheddar-Dill Bread, Parmesan Pullaparts, Busy Night Taco Bake, White Chicken Chili, Herbed Parmesan Squash, Slow-Cooked Minestrone, Biscuit-Topped Chicken Pot Pie, and Buttery Scalloped Potatoes.

Tonight was Thursday, but we tried a Wednesday Italian Night recipe anyway, and good thing, because it is a winner!! Simple to prepare, ready in about 40 minutes from start to plate, and super tasty.

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Linda’s Rigatoni Bake
from Weeknight Dinners
Gooseberry Patch

16oz- rigatoni pasta, uncooked
1lb ground beef or ground Italian sausage
26oz jar pasta sauce, divided
1 c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
garnish: grated Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, brown meat in a skillet over medium heat; drain. Add pasta sauce, reserving 1/2 c. sauce. Simmer for 10 minutes. Spread reserved sauce in a 13×9 baking pan coated with non-stick vegetable spray. Layer with half each of pasta, meat sauce and shredded cheeses (I used a bag of Colby Jack instead of the separate two kinds); repeat layers. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over top. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Serves 4 to 6.

I’d love to give you a copy of this brand spankin’ new cookbook!! Just use the Rafflecopter form below to enter (click thru if you’re in a reader). Good luck! And if you don’t win, no worries – I’m giving away another Gooseberry Patch cookbook in a couple weeks!! Aren’t those ladies so good to us? =)

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-anna
{girl with blog}

*DISCLOSURE: I was provided a copy of Weeknight Dinners for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17303683333028066002 alyssa zech

    Easily parmesan pull aparts!.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16598379132557699798 Jen

    White Chicken Chili, I have had this when others have made it but have yet to master making it myself.

    Jen

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17303683333028066002 alyssa zech

    Easily parmesan pull aparts!.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16173920845727816914 Kristen

    The Parmesan pull aparts…or cheddar dill bread sounds interesting!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11512538110236411673 Emily

    Any and all. After our conversation about meal planning Sunday, I know I can benefit from whatever you post :-)

  • Laura

    Would love to see the recipe for Busy Night Taco Bake. A) Because we have a lot of busy nights, and B) because we love Mexican food!

  • Rachel R

    White chicken chili. With our busy schedules spaghetti is our standard weeknight meal because it is so quick.

  • Leah Rassmussen

    Lasagne… It takes a fair amount of prep time… But I make it in 2 disposable 8×8′s. We eat one in the first few days, and freeze one so, the next time we are craving lasagne, all we have to do is pull it out of the freezer! Easy!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15262332968121331112 Vicki

    Parmesan pull aparts sound wonderful, and I’ve always wanted to try a white chicken chili recipe.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03602302424826290006 Jessica @ The Thought Garden

    That Rigatoni Bake looks amazing! All of it sounds yummy, busy night Taco Bake, seriously need to check that out.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11258654374779514034 BrendaS78

    White chicken chili. It is easy to throw together in a crock pot. Which is fantastic for me, because I can get it ready in the morning and have dinner waiting for me when I come home.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02234906108613106461 Lora Turner

    rigatoni sounds good

  • Lisa Boyer

    Slow-cooked Minestrone…Sounds so good on a cold winter’s day!

  • http://catholicmomof2.blogspot.com/ Lisa D

    Rigatoni Bake sounds great! I like the switch up with the different cheese instead of just mozzarella!

    • http://catholicmomof2.blogspot.com/ Lisa D

      It is one of my go to dinners already and can’t wait to try it with the different cheeses.

  • Anonymous

    I would like the Busy Night Taco Bake. It sounds good

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05032390880104206549 Joan

    Busy Night Taco Bake sounds delicious.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13647587383680159584 susanlulu

    Parmesan pull aparts sounds good to me. Thanks for this offer.
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03566321938955059922 apple blossom

    busy night taco bake

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00760253766538479208 Teresa Young

    Biscuit-Top Chicken Pot Pie sounds like great comfort food.
    tmyoung at rochester dot rr dot com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10761043272463831526 Sharroyn DeVore

    Linda’s Rigatoni Bake recipe looks and sounds Yummy!
    sharroyn@aol.com

  • Anonymous

    Oh this Rigatoni Bake is on my list to make this week….Yummmm!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11049295531310801285 Amy L

    I’d like to see the recipe for Slow-Cooked Minestrone

  • Anonymous

    The recipe for Buttery Scalloped Potatoes would be nice to see

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06546468231755990507 Lynne

    I would like to see the recipe for biscuit topped chicken pot pie!
    vwmazlady@yahoo.com

  • Anonymous

    My go to week night meal is chicken breasts. It’s quick and easy! I need more options clearly!

    Kayla Nordstrom

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13265566859816012910 Sarah

    that rigatoni bake looks delish- the taco one sounds good too!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05566890536970770193 Lauren H.

    Biscuit-top chicken pot pie sounds yummy, would love to hear that recipe!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09340628591583822164 Audrey Lynn

    My go to week night meal is either pizza or tacos. I’d love to win this cookbook!

  • Joanna Van Sickle

    My quick weeknight meal is pork chops or boneless, skinless chicken breast & oven fries with a tossed salad.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00360808936150184730 rachelle pare

    love tex-mex but it all sounds good to me

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15181211528869450106 bbbbutler

    I would love all the recipes but the busy night taco bake would be the first one I know my kids would love!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12231205718558481570 Linda Nutting

    Love the White Chicken Chili. That’s the only way I make Chili anymore

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10349649916339411466 kimeric kreations

    all of them….too yummy!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11558100414370338076 Donette Hunt

    I would LOVE to see Busy Night Taco Bake!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11052693738415371146 zoie

    My go to weeknight meal is tacos, they are cheap and you can switch up so many ingredients to make them different.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t wait to try this recipe it looks delicious!
    tsdalton816@yahoo.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13284802175119406009 David & Diane

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07061582402213780885 Sonia

    the slow cooker minestrone sounds good

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13284802175119406009 Diane R.

    Ooh, love rigatoni! Thank you so much for the recipe. I also love the biscuit-topped pot pie recipe, it’s one of my favorites.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02762289184518680927 haileysmeme

    I’d like to see the Herb Parmesan Squash. Sounds like a cookbook for me! I hope I win!

  • tahoegrandma

    Homemade pizzas, tacos or quesadillas. Easy, and you can use up your bits and pieces–PLUS everyone gets to choose their own toppings or fillings
    noldjulia@netscape.net

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02762289184518680927 haileysmeme

    forgot my email address. I’m haileysmeme! danield90@msn.com

    Thanks again for the recipe and giveaway!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01494696540457455546 Irish Orchid

    Thank you, I didn’t know they had this one in the collect, it is one I will have to pick up. I could really use some help coming up with ideas

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02317474488925519331 June

    I don’t like to plan meals, either! Thus, I’m drawn to 5 ingredient cookbooks! Our favorite quick picker-upper? Tuna casserole — made with sour cream (not soup), and into which I toss any and all leftover veggies.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16354806283746614854 Felicia Ferrigno

    absolutely any and all. Love GB recipes and books! Love the parm bread! We have 2 kids at home, both in different boy scout troops, different youth groups, , and one about to give us our first grand baby any day now. We have busy week nights!!! This would sure help!

  • Anonymous

    The Cheddar Rigatoni Bake looks awesome! I’m going to make that next week.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05441136055651873239 sle53

    That Rigatoni looks really good. I just might have to fix that next week.
    I have loved Gooseberry Patch for quite a few years. Even had one of my recipes published in one of their books. I was buying from them when they had their catalogs. I still cook mys soup in one of their pots. And I kept one of the last catalogs just because.

  • Maggie62

    This looks delicious!! Ready to get this book!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07716949476744525224 robinns

    I would like to see the Biscuit-top Chicken Pot Pie. My go-to dinner is One-Pot Spaghetti, so I’m anxious to try the Cheddar Rigatoni Bake! Just love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks, they are AWESOME!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17767093003498814027 TifLyn

    We love Mexican food! Tex-Mex Tuesdays sound great… And busy night taco bake sound delish!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18269333367345085344 Joan

    Tuesday TeX Mex Night

  • http://thebooklookery.com/ kathy

    oooh!! I love Gooseberry Patch and your blog!

  • Anonymous

    Herbed Parmesan Squash sounds delish!!

  • Wendy S

    The Cheddar-Dill Bread sound good!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13171920255384342249 Coppin Crew

    The Rigatoni bake looks good. Pasta is always my one weeknight foods because it’s fast, easy, and the kids will eat it.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10387276038182583209 Vicki

    The biscuit top chicken pot pie sounds fantastic. Any ideas for meals sounds even better.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14807874359232833035 Unknown

    I love how quick and easy the rigatoni bake looks! Yummy!!

  • Anonymous

    The Biscuit-Topped Chicken Pot Pie sounds wonderful.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12513844598559496214 Sharon Garrett

    The Buttery Scalloped-Potatoes

  • Angela S.

    I would love to see the slow cooker minestrone

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08721637036481590374 Teresa McDonnel

    I would love to see the buscuit topped chicken pot pie. That sounds yummy!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17245615515099551736 Rebecca Whitson

    The Scalloped Potatoes, love potatoes.

  • Anonymous

    Any new recipe will do for me.

  • http://www.illtaketea.com/ traci

    I love cookbooks! I’m game to try anything new!

    ~traci
    xoxo