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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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.
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!
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.