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Cook Once a Week, Eat Well Every Day: Make-Ahead Meals that Transform Your Suppertime Circus into Relaxing Family Time Paperback – 1709


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (1709)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569243395
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569243398
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 18 x 1.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c90d24c) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
121 of 131 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c7fef54) out of 5 stars To its credit, it's very healthy Feb. 27 2006
By Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It does contain many very healthy recipes (which, I know some others do not, so this may be just what you're looking for), however, they're simply NOT things I could get my family to eat.

Spaghetti sauce with mashed winter squash and flaxseed? Besides, I already know how to freeze spaghetti sauce. Then nachos and burritos made from the same spaghetti sauce? Mexican and Italian foods have *very* different flavors in this household, there's no sneaking that past my pre-schooler.

A recipe for a veggie platter "to munch on all week?" I already know how to cut up veggies and offer them as snacks. And, how this is *so* different from the crudites 'recipe' elsewhere as to justify it's own 'recipe' I don't know.

Quinoa and Carrots? Sesame Fish Cakes with Baby Bok Choy? Lentil Quesadillas with Smoked Almond Apple Salad? They don't save me any time if my family has no interest in eating them.

Lots of menu charts and a good work schedule, as well as shopping lists - IF all the recipes pre-choosen for that week work for you. I suppose if you're *really* time crunched (and eat *very* healthfully!) this could be helpful. Since there are few recipes I can pick and choose from in this one, they really don't help me out at all.

It was the Lemony Baked Shrimp recipe that 'lured' me in, and while I still think it sounds great, I wouldn't have bought the book just for that.

I have found Don't Panic - Dinner's in the Freezer to be FAR more family (read: child!) friendly, with MANY more options that appeal to all of us.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c8345b8) out of 5 stars interesting food made easy Jan. 7 2007
By cranteach - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am a working mom married to a man who ate too much Americana growing up. Meaning -- I don't have much time to cook, but my husband really doesn't enjoy the typical cream of mushroom soup and hamburger fare that easy cookbooks typically contain. This book saved me! I just finished the first week's cooking. I have five dinners ready for the week, and my husband begged me not to freeze all of the chili so he could eat some for lunch. (And my two year old ate it, too, and loved it. So no worries, there.) If, like me, the thing you hate about cooking dinner is trying to figure out what to shop for each week and what to make each evening, this book is lovely.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d126b6c) out of 5 stars the complete package Sept. 24 2006
By readerwriter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a Dad who cooks I found variety, nutrition and speed in the plans set out in this well written excellently communicated cookbook. Concepts which before were alien to me became crystal clear and I created my own weekly meal plans to go along with the series that are outlined in the book. The kids actually joined in on the making of some of the plans and true to her word (the author) they actually relished those meals more than the others. Most meals they tried and liked, some a lot and some so so but that's kids and that was miles ahead of where I was three months ago.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d126554) out of 5 stars I hope Theresa Albert writes another! Feb. 6 2008
By Kristin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book specifically because one reviewer mentioned that it was a little too healthy for her. After looking over dozens of once-a-month cooking books, I decided on this one because 1)I only have to have room in my fridge and freezer for a week's worth of food, not a month and 2)all the other books I skimmed through had a lot of high fat, high carb, and processed foods. I was definitely looking for something much different than a traditional OMAC book, but with all the conveniences that OMAC has to offer.

The only reason I'm giving this book 4 stars instead of 5 is that I've found several gliches in it as far as the shopping list matching the recipes and mistakes in the work order. As long as you read through the week before shopping and cooking, you should be able to find the mistakes easily and save yourself a little hassle.

As far as the recipes go, my husband says that this book is the best thing to happen in our marriage, besides our kids! As a mom of an infant and a toddler, I don't have the time to plan dinner for that night, let alone a whole week. If meal planning was all this book had to offer, I would still purchase it. This book has given me my time, my sanity and my health back. Everyone in my family loves the recipes and I love that it often includes some lunches. We save at least $150 a month in eating out costs because there's always food in the house!

I love that it takes nutrition into consideration. I feel that I'm always eating a well-rounded meal and because I'm getting the vitamins and nutrients I need in the whole foods, I'm not getting cravings anymore. Because of that, I lost 4 pounds after the first week.

The desserts at the end of the book are wonderful. We especially love the Q-Bix for breakfast and the Quick & Delicious Peanut Butter Cookies for dessert.

Overall, this book has been a godsend for us. We're eating healthier as well as eating more things I normally would be too intimidated to try and make. With Theresa's help, my life has become so much less stressful and mealtime is a delight! I hope that Theresa writes another book!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c82ded0) out of 5 stars Not a book I want to keep. Aug. 29 2007
By MagnoliaSouth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Reviewer's review above pretty much sums up just about everything I would say about it. They are indeed healthy (it's only plus), but it's the book itself that I have a problem with. When I read the title, I thought a week was a week. It's not though, a week to Albert is only Monday through Friday; to me that's only part of the week. It's only planning meals for five days and quite frankly, I can do that kind of planning in about five minutes so I don't see why this book would be helpful to anyone, except for the healthy recipes for the health nuts out there.

This book isn't one that I would recommend to anyone, except for the reason mentioned already. Thankfully I checked it out from the library and never made it as a purchase. It's going back today without me ever looking at it again.

I would recommend "The Everything Meals for a Month Cookbook," by Linda Larsen instead. Though be warned, the meals aren't as healthy as this book is. However it's better planning (worth the purchase for that alone), has better tips and so forth.

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