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The Ultimate Meal-Prep Cookbook: One Grocery List. A Week of Meals. No Waste.

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Turn meal prep aspirations into dinnertime reality 1 short shopping list gets you 5 weeknight meals Meal prep no longer means filling your freezer with boring casseroles, dipping into the same pot of beans every day for a week, or spending all day Sunday cooking. Instead, use these smart meal plans to customize fast, fresh dinners that fit your ever-changing schedule. We've Turn meal prep aspirations into dinnertime reality 1 short shopping list gets you 5 weeknight meals Meal prep no longer means filling your freezer with boring casseroles, dipping into the same pot of beans every day for a week, or spending all day Sunday cooking. Instead, use these smart meal plans to customize fast, fresh dinners that fit your ever-changing schedule. We've done the work of building 25 weekly plans that minimize shopping and kitchen time and guide you through prep-ahead options, make-ahead options, and ingredient substitutions. So now you can reap the benefits to make your life easier, your grocery bill lower, and your dinners better. ATK's meal plan strategies are easy to put into practice: * Prep your vegetables and grains for the week in a weekend "power hour." * Prep bulk pantry ingredients ahead in a "pantry power hour" so they're ready to go in a flash. * Cross-utilize fresh ingredients creatively to prevent food waste and dinner boredom. * Make, store, and reheat full meals with no loss of flavor. * Double meals or meal components to freeze half for later. Let's-get-real features streamline your cooking: * Weekly grocery lists max out at a dozen items. * Active cooking time for recipes maxes out at 45 minutes. * Loads of pantry substitution suggestions let you adapt recipes according to what you have on hand. * To make planning even more flexible, we've added a chapter with 30 pantry meals that don't add anything to your weekly shopping list, making them perfect to prepare any night. With a grocery list of just 11 items and some on-hand pantry staples, you can enjoy a week of Crispy Chicken with Carrot, Orange, and Chickpea Salad; Meatballs and Lemon Orzo with Mint and Dill; Teriyaki Stir-Fried Beef with Green Beans; Herb-Poached Salmon with Cucumber-Dill Salad; and Sun-Dried Tomato and White Bean Soup with Parmesan Crisps. A thorough introduction explains how to build a strong, diverse pantry (and make the most of it), how to store prepped ingredients to keep them fresh, how to store cooked food safely, the smartest ways to reheat food, essential meal-prep equipment, and more.


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Turn meal prep aspirations into dinnertime reality 1 short shopping list gets you 5 weeknight meals Meal prep no longer means filling your freezer with boring casseroles, dipping into the same pot of beans every day for a week, or spending all day Sunday cooking. Instead, use these smart meal plans to customize fast, fresh dinners that fit your ever-changing schedule. We've Turn meal prep aspirations into dinnertime reality 1 short shopping list gets you 5 weeknight meals Meal prep no longer means filling your freezer with boring casseroles, dipping into the same pot of beans every day for a week, or spending all day Sunday cooking. Instead, use these smart meal plans to customize fast, fresh dinners that fit your ever-changing schedule. We've done the work of building 25 weekly plans that minimize shopping and kitchen time and guide you through prep-ahead options, make-ahead options, and ingredient substitutions. So now you can reap the benefits to make your life easier, your grocery bill lower, and your dinners better. ATK's meal plan strategies are easy to put into practice: * Prep your vegetables and grains for the week in a weekend "power hour." * Prep bulk pantry ingredients ahead in a "pantry power hour" so they're ready to go in a flash. * Cross-utilize fresh ingredients creatively to prevent food waste and dinner boredom. * Make, store, and reheat full meals with no loss of flavor. * Double meals or meal components to freeze half for later. Let's-get-real features streamline your cooking: * Weekly grocery lists max out at a dozen items. * Active cooking time for recipes maxes out at 45 minutes. * Loads of pantry substitution suggestions let you adapt recipes according to what you have on hand. * To make planning even more flexible, we've added a chapter with 30 pantry meals that don't add anything to your weekly shopping list, making them perfect to prepare any night. With a grocery list of just 11 items and some on-hand pantry staples, you can enjoy a week of Crispy Chicken with Carrot, Orange, and Chickpea Salad; Meatballs and Lemon Orzo with Mint and Dill; Teriyaki Stir-Fried Beef with Green Beans; Herb-Poached Salmon with Cucumber-Dill Salad; and Sun-Dried Tomato and White Bean Soup with Parmesan Crisps. A thorough introduction explains how to build a strong, diverse pantry (and make the most of it), how to store prepped ingredients to keep them fresh, how to store cooked food safely, the smartest ways to reheat food, essential meal-prep equipment, and more.

30 review for The Ultimate Meal-Prep Cookbook: One Grocery List. A Week of Meals. No Waste.

  1. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This book seemed to be the holy grail: thorough weekly meal plans with an included shopping list for the week, designed to maximize the use of ingredients to minimize waste. I like cooking and spend quite a bit of time meal planning and developing the shopping list. Lately, I've found myself somewhat burned out on the process, likely from the complicated process of planning during the pandemic when we only got a grocery order every three weeks and were apt to then discover that we hadn't gotten This book seemed to be the holy grail: thorough weekly meal plans with an included shopping list for the week, designed to maximize the use of ingredients to minimize waste. I like cooking and spend quite a bit of time meal planning and developing the shopping list. Lately, I've found myself somewhat burned out on the process, likely from the complicated process of planning during the pandemic when we only got a grocery order every three weeks and were apt to then discover that we hadn't gotten key ingredients for some of the recipes I'd planned. But I digress. This cookbook had the added benefit of having been published by America's Test Kitchen, one of my trusted sources for solid recipes. The cookbook includes a plan for prepping ingredients and steps that can be made ahead, a huge benefit for those who want to get ahead over the weekend. The recipes themselves are good choices for weeknights, ranging from average active cooking times of 15-45 minutes. Each recipe also includes optional substitutions (gosh, where was this cookbook during the early pandemic when the supply chain began to break down??). I wish the recipes also included total cooking time. For instance, I'm looking at Chicken with Spring Vegetables, Capers, and Lemon. The active cooking time is listed as 20 minutes, but the chicken needs to be baked for 45 minutes. I'd have to read through the recipe to discover that, though. Another aspect of the cookbook that I love is that it includes a full chapter of pantry recipes. The weekly meal plans have four recipes with a recommended fifth recipe from the pantry recipe section. Honestly, I would have paid a lot of money for a pantry recipe cookbook alone during the pandemic! Ultimately, though, I don't think I would purchase this cookbook. The price is steep - $30 - but I could justify that as comparable to the price of what I'd pay for Hello Fresh or other subscription box to get me through a week. But the focus of nearly every meal is on meat as the main protein, and most weeks have a beef meal - strip steaks, herbed steaks, beef lettuce wraps, and, in one week, both meatballs and stir-fried beef. We only eat beef once a month or so and don't desire to increase the amount that we eat, and if we begin subbing out all of those recipes, we're losing a lot of the benefit of the design of the meal plans. I think, instead, that I might check out the cookbook a couple of times a year when I'm feeling like I'm in a planning rut and seek out the weeks that lean more towards fish/chicken/pork/vegetarian like weeks 21 and 24. I'll be trying these recipes before I return the cookbook to the library: - Flank steak with barley (subbing for farro, if I remember correctly) and mango - Shrimp and white bean salad - Chicken breast with artichokes and spinach - Chicken curry - Honey-mustard pork tenderloin - Skillet tortellini I'll report back and rate the cookbook after we've tried these.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Awwwtrouble

    I've been on a cookbook run lately and I decided I could count them was read if I 1) actually read them, and 2) made something from them. I'm definitely into thinking about a full week of menus and having them coordinate and doing meal prep to make each night easier. I like this has the week as 4 recipes, plus one "pantry meal." First, I love pantry meals - it's nice to know you have things stocked that will make a meal. And second, with all the kid activities and various commitments we often do I've been on a cookbook run lately and I decided I could count them was read if I 1) actually read them, and 2) made something from them. I'm definitely into thinking about a full week of menus and having them coordinate and doing meal prep to make each night easier. I like this has the week as 4 recipes, plus one "pantry meal." First, I love pantry meals - it's nice to know you have things stocked that will make a meal. And second, with all the kid activities and various commitments we often don't need to make more than 4 recipes a week. We made the second set of recipes over about a week and a half - and they were each surprising - easy to make and better than expected. (well, the farro didn't go over well with the kids but it was still good). Three of the 4 we will 100% repeat. This week we're making 2 from one set and a third recipe from another set, and from a shopping and prep perspective it was easy to mix and match. And last night's meal was 5 stars - a definite keeper. There's a lot of pork, which doesn't work for us right now but it generally works to sub in chicken. I've got to return this to the library and am buying it to have a copy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    I like how the book is organized and describes the different kinds of meal prep you can do to make those weeknights easier. ATK does not generally include nutritional breakdowns in their recipes or books. This one has them in the back of the book. Many of the recipes had so much sodium and fat that they really aren't appropriate for me. It was nice to know I was already doing many of the tips and tricks they gave in the book. There are 25 menu plans with 5 recipes each. That is a lot of leftover I like how the book is organized and describes the different kinds of meal prep you can do to make those weeknights easier. ATK does not generally include nutritional breakdowns in their recipes or books. This one has them in the back of the book. Many of the recipes had so much sodium and fat that they really aren't appropriate for me. It was nice to know I was already doing many of the tips and tricks they gave in the book. There are 25 menu plans with 5 recipes each. That is a lot of leftovers for most. I think they could do meal plans with 3-4 recipes for a more realistic economic reality. Leftovers for dinners and lunches are king in my house.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This is more a weekly menu with grocery list for 5 nightly meals. You can do some prep in advance such as chopping onions, grating cheese and cooking rice. All of the recipes are simple to prepare with a dozen or less ingredients. The recipes all look good and photos are included. There is variety from shrimp burgers to a fast chicken noodle soup. If you are regimented in your meals, like variety and quickly cooked meals - this might be for you.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Disappointing....many of the meals couldn't be made ahead, or weren't recommended to be reheated, so what's the point? The "meal prep" in ATK's case means washing and cutting veggies, herbs and greens and planning, but most of the dishes take so long to cook, they're not really feasible for week-night dinners. Glad I could get this one from the library, and didn't have to buy it. Disappointing....many of the meals couldn't be made ahead, or weren't recommended to be reheated, so what's the point? The "meal prep" in ATK's case means washing and cutting veggies, herbs and greens and planning, but most of the dishes take so long to cook, they're not really feasible for week-night dinners. Glad I could get this one from the library, and didn't have to buy it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Viviana

    While I was expecting to find new ideas to prep ahead, I found that most of the suggestions were not feasible to prep ahead. I try to cook one day and then have food ready to be consumed for the next 5, sometimes 6 days, so... it wasn't what I expected. For me, this wasn't a meal prep book. Chopping doesn't count as prep... While I was expecting to find new ideas to prep ahead, I found that most of the suggestions were not feasible to prep ahead. I try to cook one day and then have food ready to be consumed for the next 5, sometimes 6 days, so... it wasn't what I expected. For me, this wasn't a meal prep book. Chopping doesn't count as prep...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Miriam

    I love the setup of the book! This gives 25 weeks of meals with the week’s grocery list and recipes. Plus they are meals my family will eat (not weird stuff with crazy ingredients). They also have a pantry section of prep meals that you probably already have all the stuff to make.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brianna Sowinski

    I like the idea of this but between dietary restrictions and just being picky not many of the weekly meals work for us in entirety which is the whole point. I found the pantry meals to be the most useful section of the entire book. These are the recipes I needed this time last year!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Really good Meal Prep book and ideas for the future.

  10. 5 out of 5

    cheryl

    One of the best cookbooks that I have read in some time. Great recipes!!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    A very useful cookbook

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jenn.

    Really like how this cookbook is played out and I really like the idea of this cookbook but I didn't find any recipes within it that I felt my family would actually eat or that were budget friendly. Really like how this cookbook is played out and I really like the idea of this cookbook but I didn't find any recipes within it that I felt my family would actually eat or that were budget friendly.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mskychick

    Glad I could check this out via the library- I figured out I don’t need to own this one

  14. 4 out of 5

    Estella Sam Purdie

    I initially borrowed this from our Library. My husband went out the next day and bought it for my birthday. We both think it will be well used in our kitchen!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Darci

    + format, pictures, organization, information - recipes that 2/3 of family won't eat + format, pictures, organization, information - recipes that 2/3 of family won't eat

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I read cookbooks regularly. This is the best one I've picked up in years. That sounds kinda dramatic, but I would make 80%+ of these recipes and I don't know if ever said that. I read cookbooks regularly. This is the best one I've picked up in years. That sounds kinda dramatic, but I would make 80%+ of these recipes and I don't know if ever said that.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I’d recommend purchasing this book so you can truly enjoy the pantry lists, repping etc. However, you can copy from the library copy. There are some tasty recipes.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lauren White

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sue

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cecily

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Dunger

  22. 4 out of 5

    Susie Ochs

  23. 4 out of 5

    Pam

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jane

  25. 5 out of 5

    Natalee

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carmelinda Stieber

  27. 5 out of 5

    Martha

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kelley Montz

  30. 5 out of 5

    Paula

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