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Quick & Easy Cookbooks For Busy Lifestyles

These cookbooks offer relief to those tired of eating restaurant fare or expensive, overpackaged convenience foods at the end of a hard day, but don't have the time or patience to dedicate too much effort into preparing meals. Also be sure to check out the Cookbooks by Rachel Ray page for a large selection of cookbooks dedicated to quick and easy meals in 30 minutes.

One Pot: 120+ Easy Meals from Your Skillet, Slow Cooker, Stockpot, and More by Editors of Martha Stewart Living — At the end of a busy day, you want to serve a delicious home-cooked dinner, a complete, all-in-one meal that can be prepared with little effort and few pans to wash. The editors of Martha Stewart Living present a brand-new collection of 120 recipes — organized by vessel—to help you do just that, all while adding savory new dishes to your weekly rotation.

One Pot is an exciting new way to approach everyday cooking: Imagine perfect pasta dishes for which everything goes in the pot at once (yes, that’s pasta, tomato, garlic, basil, and water all cooked together), dinner-party ready roasts with tender vegetables, and down-home casseroles, along with wholesome fish, chicken, and vegetarian dishes. You’ll get incredible flavor payoff from dishes such as comforting Chicken and Dumplings, easy Baked Risotto with Carrots and Squash, healthy Broiled Striped Bass with Tomatoes, hearty Pork Chops with Bacon and Cabbage, and the delectable Skillet Chocolate-Chip Cookie—each of which takes less than an hour from start to finish. Here, too, are a dozen outstanding recipes for surprising and simple desserts that can be ready when you are.

Wheat Belly 30-Minute (Or Less!) Cookbook: 200 Quick and Simple Recipes to Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health by William Davis — Wheat Belly shook the foundations of the diet world when author and renowned cardiologist William Davis revealed that an epidemic of adverse health effects—from mysterious rashes and high blood sugar to stubborn belly fat (so-called "wheat bellies") — could be banished forever with one simple step: Saying goodbye to wheat. The Wheat Belly 30-Minute (Or Less!) Cookbook is built on that foundation with hundreds of delicious, family favorite recipes with a wheat-free makeover. Now, with the Wheat Belly 30-Minute (Or Less!) Cookbook, it’s easier than ever with this collection of yummy recipes that are quick enough for busy weekdays—and good enough for company. Readers will find an introduction to the ABCs of wheat-free cooking, plus a guide to prepping the kitchen, stocking the pantry, and getting started on a healthy new path. Beautifully illustrated with full-color photo inserts, readers will enjoy these delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, side dishes, snacks, desserts—and even special occasions.

15-Minute Low-Carb Recipes: Instant Recipes for Dinners, Desserts, and More by Dana Carpender — Studies prove that low-carbohydrate dieting works to take weight off and improve cholesterol. As more and more people switch to the Atkins diet or variations of it, they will need recipes! 15 Minute Low-Carb Recipes offers over 200 recipes that can be made in 15 minutes or less. This book offers all-new quick and easy recipes that will be a godsend to low-carbers everywhere.

Madhur Jaffrey's Quick & Easy Indian Cooking — With more than ten reprints, it's clear cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey wins the popular vote for delicious Indian recipes that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less. Now with a beautiful new design and all-new photographs, Madhur Jaffrey's Quick & Easy Indian Cooking is ready to wow another generation of home cooks. Written by the world's foremost authority on Indian cooking, this terrific volume boasts a tantalizing array of appetizers, entres, beverages, and desserts for every occasion. From Silken Chicken and Pork Vindaloo to Fresh Red Chutney with Almonds and Sweet, Pale Orange, Mango Lassi, Quick & Easy Indian Cooking makes this exotic cuisine accessible and enjoyableas perfect for entertaining as it is for everyday cooking.

The Can Opener Gourmet: More Than 200 Quick and Delicious Recipes Using Ingredients Already in Your Pantry by Laura Karr — In the tradition of the bestselling Cake Mix Doctor, Laura Karr turns your routine dinners into delicious, nutritious, and easy-to-prepare gourmet meals. How many times have we thought to ourselves, "I'd love to cook a great meal, but who has the time?" Laura Karr understands this universal dilemma and has discovered a great way to cook up our favorite dishes in half the time, and often for half the price, using the convenience of foods from cans and jars. Reminding us that canned food is nutritious, preservative-free, and available year round, Karr shares over 175 of her coveted family recipes, including Curried Chicken and Artichoke Salad, Fettuccine with Pumpkin Cream Sauce, and Turkey Tetrazzini — all delicious and all prepared quickly, with the flip of a lid!

New Food Fast by Donna Hay — This book delivers what it promises — New Food Fast. Whether you've got 10, 20 or 30 minutes to make a meal, Donna Hay gives you the ideas, recipes and inspiration to create great dishes using fresh and interesting ingredients in next to no time. With busy people like herself in mind, Donna has solved the daily what's-for-dinner dilemma with a book full of fast, simple, tempting and satisfying answers. Keep this copy of New Food Fast on the kitchen bench and, even in your busiest moments, you'll never be left wondering what's for dinner.

Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten — If you’ve ever found yourself stuck in front of the stove at your own party, scrambling to get everything to the table at just the right moment, Ina is here to let you in on her secrets! Thanks to twenty years of running a specialty food store and fifteen years writing cookbooks, she has learned exactly which dishes you can prep, assemble, or cook ahead of time. Whether you're hosting a party or simply making dinner on a hectic weeknight, Ina gives you lots of amazing recipes that taste just as good — or even better! — when they’re made in advance.

In Make It Ahead, each recipe includes clear instructions for what you can do ahead of time, and how far in advance, so you can cook with confidence and eliminate last-minute surprises. Make a pitcher of Summer Rosé Sangria filled with red berries, let it chill overnight for the flavors to develop, and you have a delicious drink to offer your friends the minute they arrive. Simmer a pot of Wild Mushroom & Farro Soup, enjoy a bowl for lunch, and freeze the rest for a chilly evening. You can prep the kale, Brussels sprouts, and lemon vinaigrette for Winter Slaw ahead of time and simply toss them together before serving. Assemble French Chicken Pot Pies filled with artichokes and fresh tarragon a day in advance and then pop them in the oven half an hour before dinner. And for dessert, everyone needs the recipe for Ina’s Decadent (gluten-free!) Chocolate Cake topped with Make-Ahead Whipped Cream. Ina also includes recipes for the biggest cooking day of the year—Thanksgiving! Her Ultimate Make-Ahead Roast Turkey and Gravy with Onions & Sage may just change your life. With beautiful photographs and hundreds of invaluable make-ahead tips, this is your new go-to guide for preparing meals that are stress-free yet filled with those fabulously satisfying flavors that you have come to expect from the Barefoot Contessa.

One-Dish Vegan: More than 150 Soul-Satisfying Recipes for Easy and Delicious One-Bowl and One-Plate Dinners by Robin Robertson — Vegan books have risen to a dominant sales position in the vegetarian category. One-dish meals are perennially popular on American tables, and books devoted to one-dish cooking perform well. Robin Robertson’s One-Dish Vegan is the first book at the intersection of these two powerful cookbook categories.

Robin Robertson has built a publishing record of very successful titles in the vegetarian category. She is known for her creativity in the kitchen, for the breadth of enticing ingredients and flavors with which she works, and for her expertise in vegetarian nutrition—with a special focus lately on how vegans still can get enough protein in their diets. Typically, it takes two or three courses or dishes to make a well-rounded vegan meal. To meet this criterion in one dish takes the kind of ingenuity and expert knowledge that Robertson possesses.

One-Dish Vegan contains more than 150 recipes. They range from the most popular categories of one-dish dining like stews, chilis, and casseroles (and other baked dishes) to a host of stovetop sautés and stir-fries as well as substantial salads and dishes that feature pasta as well as other noodles, such as Asian noodles. The recipes are at once homey and adventuresome, comforting and surprising. Above all, they demonstrate that it really is possible to get a complete vegan meal into one dish, full of good-for-you nutrients and bright, satisfying flavors.

Salad Samurai: 100 Cutting-Edge, Ultra-Hearty, Easy-to-Make Salads You Don't Have to Be Vegan to Love by Terry Hope Romero — Award-winning chef and Veganomicon coauthor Terry Hope Romero knows her veggies. In Salad Samurai, she teaches you the way of the veggie warrior, rescuing salads from their bland, boring reputation and "side" status with more than 100 vibrant, filling entrees. This is your guide to real salad bushido: a hearty base, a zesty dressing, and loads of seriously tasty toppings. Based on whole food ingredients and seasonal produce, these versatile meatless, dairy-free dishes are organized by season for a full year of memorable meals (yes, salad can rock even the coldest days of winter). Dig in to • Spring Herb Salad with Maple Orange Tempeh • Deviled Kale Caesar Salad • Seared Garlic Chickpeas, Spinach, and Farro • Seitan Steak Salad with Green Peppercorn Dressing • Herbed Pea Ricotta, Tomatoes, and Basil • Mushroom, Barley, and Brussels Harvest Bowl • Tempeh Rubenesque Salad • Pomegranate Quinoa Holiday Tabouli • Seitan Bacon Wedge Salad • and many more! With designations for gluten-free and raw-ready options and recipes that are work-friendly, weeknight-ready, high-protein, and loaded with superfoods, Salad Samurai shows you the way of the salad: killer dishes that are satisfying, healthy, and scrumptious.

Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast: Weeknight Meals: Over 280 Incredible Supper Solutions by Editors of Cooking Light Magazine — Dinnertime stress is over! Enjoy over 280 all-new 5-ingredient, 5-minute recipes guaranteed to come together easily from start to finish-fast. With options for 2, 4, or 6 servings, households of all sizes can share a home-cooked meal. These Test Kitchen approved recipes are tailor-made for hectic lifestyles and health-conscious families.

More than recipes ... this must-have collection offers over 160 full-color photographs, detailed nutritional analyses, ways to streamline prep so dinner is ready even faster, easy make-ahead options, assorted 10-minute side dishes, and suggestions for turning leftovers into tasty lunches-to-go.

Helpful shortcut kitchen techniques show you how to shave minutes off your prep time, while simple ingredient pairing tips teach you to effortlessly craft a variety of mouthwatering meals from just a few flavor-boosting items.

Serving wholesome, homecooked meals on busy evenings just got easier thanks to Cooking Light® Fresh Food Fast Weeknight Meals. Family meals return with these ready-in-minutes recipes for healthy, delicious, satisfying dishes.

American Heart Association Quick & Easy Cookbook, 2nd Edition: More Than 200 Healthy Recipes You Can Make in Minutes — Convenience and eating healthfully can go hand in hand, and with the 2nd Edition of this cookbook, you can spend less time in the kitchen and still achieve great results at the table.

This revised and expanded edition of the classic cookbook includes more than 200 speedy dishes, of which 60 are brand new. Prep and cooking times are provided for all recipes, so you’ll know how much time you’ll need in the kitchen. And rest assured, no dish takes longer than 20 minutes to prepare, and many recipes can be made in 30 minutes from start to finish. In fewer than 10 minutes, you can start your day with Confetti Scrambler or Mandarin Breakfast Parfaits. No one will guess you whipped up dinner in 20 minutes when you serve Chicken with Tarragon Oil, Baked Tilapia with Pineapple Reduction, or Beef Tenderloin on Herbed White Beans. When meals are this simple and good for you, even appetizers, snacks, sides, and desserts can be on the docket. You’ll find recipes for Homemade Corn Tortilla Chips, Edamame Salsa, Warm Chicken and Papaya Salad, Citrus Kale with Dried Cranberries, Chocolate-Banana Mini Cupcakes, Grilled Peaches with Almond Liqueur, and much more!



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