The Ultimate Meal-Prep Cookbook
One Grocery List. A Week of Meals. No Waste.
COOKING / Methods / Quick & Easy
Mar 02, 2021
7.88 x 9.63 x 0.76 in | 2.1 lb
America''s Test Kitchen
America's Test Kitchen
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.
ATK makes meal planning really work: Other meal-prep plans often have a narrow focus like weight loss or one-dish dinners; or they require you to follow the plan for every meal for the week or conversely offer only three days’ worth of food. This book takes it to the next level with a path for everybody to follow.
Features a prescriptive but flexible organization: The weekly plans contain complete prep-ahead and make-ahead information. But every recipe also includes its own prep-ahead and make-ahead instructions so that it can stand alone if you don’t follow the plan. Even if you don’t do anything ahead, you can still get dinner on the table fast.
These meal plans minimize food waste: The weekly plans are structured around short shopping lists and on-hand pantry items and are designed to creatively use up all the fresh ingredients so that you don’t throw food away at the end of the week.
Gets home cooks in and out of the kitchen fast: Prep-ahead time for recipes is less than 20 minutes and active cooking time is less than 45 minutes.
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