There is such a thing as a free dinner

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Shortly after breakfast each day, I try really hard to turn my mind to what we’ll have for dinner. That may sound terribly organised but it is actually quite the opposite. I find that if I don’t have an early plan of attack, the day gets away from me and I end up resorting to quick solutions that are invariably either expensive or not so healthy.

So when I discovered No Take Out, an online recipe site that promises ‘family dinners made easy’, I was interested. I was even more interested when I learnt that recipes are delivered daily to your email, which can be sent to your mobile phone (so are on hand as you dash madly about the supermarket).

No Take Out is no ordinary recipe site. Instead, it provides a complete menu, an express line -friendly shopping list and a ‘Game Plan’ to prepare a delicious, healthy and seasonal dinner suitable for the whole family. The recipes are interesting but not ‘too interesting’ for the average child’s tastes – Lamb Chops with Cherry Tomatoes and Herbed White Beans; Country Captain Chicken, Rice and Simple Spinach or Pan Fried Pork Chops with Green Pea and Asparagus Ragout.

I love the ‘Game Plan’. It’s great to know that by taking a few moments (as soon as you walk in the door) to get things started in the kitchen, dinner will be taking care of itself while you tackle other important things like school homework.

The recipes also include useful tips for preparing particular foods and kitchen handy hints. For example why you should always add pasta cooking water to pasta sauce instead of olive oil and the simplest way to peel ginger without a special gadget (visit the site for the answers!).

Now if I haven’t tempted you enough, like dessert, I’ve saved the best bit until last – it’s free to subscribe! Bon Appétit!

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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