Meal Prep Like a Pro With This Genius Cookbook
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Anyone else need help with weekly meal planning and meal prep?
Getting healthy, fresh meals on the table each night is a struggle for me and can get very overwhelming. Juggling a busy work schedule and my kids after school activities has me overloaded most week days, and I’ll admit I’m bad at meal planning. I do have great intentions of prepping on weekends, yet often fail to, and then the week gets chaotic fast.
That’s why I was so excited to stumble upon this popular meal prep cookbook – Cook Once, Eat all Week: 26 Weeks of Gluten-Free, Affordable Meal Prep to Preserve Your Time & Sanity.
I first heard about this cookbook through my cousin, who started sharing her positive experience and meal prep on social media. I was instantly drawn to the idea of prepping once with a handy shopping list, and then quickly compiling fresh homemade meals during the week.
Side note – this post is not sponsored. I just wanted to share a book that really inspired me! Hopefully you’ll find this cookbook as helpful as I have when it comes to meal prep and making the most of your time in the kitchen.
How Cook Once, Eat All Week Works:
- The book includes 26 weeks of easy, affordable, family-friendly meals that are also gluten-free.
- Each week there is a meal plan featuring unique recipes around the same protein, veggies, and starch. You’ll get a detailed weekly grocery list to make 3 full meals, and suggestions for 2 additional bonus meals.
- On your meal prep day, there are detailed instructions on how to cook, steam, roast or prep ahead all the ingredients. You’ll then store all the items in separate containers, so they’ll be ready to use when compiling meals during the week.
- Each recipe will include items from the food you have prepared or cooked ahead of time, so you’ll be getting a fresh meal very quickly on the table.
Reasons to Love Cook Once, Eat All Week:
- The recipes are gluten-free, and there are suggestions to help make things Paleo and dairy-free as well.
- Recipes are easy to follow. There’s nothing worse than a recipe with a zillion steps and odd ingredients. These are simple, like the recipes I typically enjoy cooking.
- More importantly everything has been great tasting so far! I get in a recipe rut, and this is such an efficient way to try new ones.
- Anyone else have family members not a fan of leftovers? This is not the type of plan that has you precooking everything, and warming it up in the microwave, although you probably could. Your prep day will have you compiling super quick fresh meals during the week!
- There’s even instructions on how to prep using your Instant Pot or Slow cooker on prep day. Yippee, I love using those methods for cooking!
What does a typical week look like?
Below I’ll highlight a few of the meals from week number 4. The main ingredients in these recipes are ground beef, gold potatoes, and broccoli. The prep day really only took me maybe an hour or two, and it made compiling the meals super fast during the week.
1.) Bacon Burgers with Fries, Roasted Broccoli, and Twice Baked Fries
Who doesn’t love a flavorful burger? These were tasty with bacon, white cheddar, tomato, and avocado! I loved the roasted broccoli, and fries so much! Yum!
2.) Cottage Pie
Meat and potato fans will love this easy ground beef and mashed potatoes recipe! Since I had steamed the potatoes and roasted the broccoli, I was able to just spread everything in the pan, and bake to warm up and melt together. This was very comforting and delicious! We loved it, and had some yummy leftovers to enjoy, too.
3.) Picadillo Tacos
This was my very favorite meal! The diced potatoes and picadillo sauce was so awesome in these tacos! I’ll be making this idea again for sure! We aren’t following a gluten-free diet and prefer flour tortillas, but you can use corn instead- yum!
I’m not the only fan of this book – it has 5 stars on amazon with amazing reviews, too.
See what my fellow Hip2Save recipe developer Ashley had to say:
Cook Once, Eat All Week has been a wonderful tool for helping our family eat healthy because I don’t have time daily to create a meal that may take 2-3 hours to prepare. My husband and I actually do the prep day together, and we haven’t had a bad meal yet. Our favorite so far is Week 16, because the flavors are over the top delish! I love how all the recipes are so different, you don’t realize you’re eating the same 3 main ingredients all week long!
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