The Ultimate Meal-Prep Cookbook

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Learn to meal prep like a pro.

The secret to meal planning is simple. You just need a plan. But for many home cooks making “the plan” isn’t easy. There are so many factors to consider, such as curating your meals days in advance, getting all the ingredients you need in a single grocery run (while saving money), avoiding food waste, and having the time to prep the ingredients. There’s also the issue of having good recipes to begin with. Some recipes claim they can be made ahead but fall short of your expectations once prepared. 

The Complete Meal-Prep Cookbook is the solution to all your meal-planning worries! Featuring 25 sample menu plans that include a menu, grocery list, pantry list, ingredient prep lists, and recipe make-ahead lists, this invaluable collection of 130+ foolproof recipes and resources gives you the tools to succeed. Plans cross-utilize ingredients to ensure that you’ll use up what you have, and each plan includes a pantry-friendly recipe you can prepare without adding any new ingredients to your grocery list. The meal plans are meant to serve as guides, but you’ll enjoy the flexibility to prepare individual recipes based on your tastes (and schedule). If you’ve given up on meal planning, it’s time to give it a try again. You’ll have the kitchen experts at your side every step of the way. 

What You'll Find Inside:

A pan of Roasted Chicken Thighs with Potatoes next to fennel and figs
Roasted Chicken Thighs with Potatoes, Fennel, and Figs

Chock-full of flavorful ingredients such as bacon, fresh herbs, fennel, and figs, this quick-cooking chicken dish is anything but basic. We tailored this recipe to allow for a variety of ingredient substitutions. Pitted dates can be used in place of the figs, and dry sherry can be used instead of Madeira. To ensure that the vegetables were fully cooked, we roasted them ahead of time before adding the chicken to the pan to roast. We made our savory fig sauce with reserved fat from the chicken, shallot, fresh herbs, and Madeira.

An overhead view of a pan of Kimchi Fried Rice with ShrimpAn overhead view of a pan of Kimchi Fried Rice with Shrimp
Kimchi Fried Rice with Shrimp

Ten ingredients and 30 minutes are all you need to whip up this delicious pantry recipe. We prepared our rice pilaf in advance to ensure that the grains would stay intact when we stir-fried them. (The rice can be prepared up to five days in advance.) We started by cooking the shrimp with the onion and then cooked the rice with kimchi, edamame, the shrimp, and other ingredients. Frozen peas can be substituted for the edamame.

A plate of Flank Steak with Pinto Bean SaladA plate of Flank Steak with Pinto Bean Salad
Flank Steak with Pinto Bean Salad

This hearty one-pan dish makes for a satisfying meal any night of the week. The best part? It can be cooked in about 20 minutes. You can make the bean salad a few days in advance and refrigerate the rubbed steak (seasoned with a blend of paprika, salt, and pepper) the day before. All you’ll have to do is cook the steak until it’s well browned.

Meat-and-a-side meal plan
  • Skillet Turkey Burgers with Tomato and Arugula Salad
  • Roasted Chicken Breasts with Green Pearl Couscous
  • Pork Milanese with Arugula and Parmesan Salad
  • Bucatini with Eggplant and Tomatoes
  • Bulgur Salad with Spinach, Chickpeas, and Apples
Globally inspired meal plan
  • Chicken Curry with Tomatoes and Ginger
  • Ground Beef Tacos
  • Honey-Mustard Pork Tenderloin with Egg Noodles
  • Spicy Corn and Tomato Soup
  • Vindaloo-Style Potatoes
Family-friendly comfort foods meal plan
  • Steak, Mushroom, and Spinach Rice Bowl
  • Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Asparagus Salad
  • Tortellini and Vegetable Soup with Pesto
  • Shrimp Burgers
  • Lentil Salad with Oranges, Celery, and Feta

Recipes: 130+
Format: Softcover
Pages: 320
Item Number: CQ36
Item Weight: 3.0 pounds

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Meal Planning Made Easy

Ingredient prep school

Find out the best ways to prepare your ingredients in advance with our detailed handling and storing instructions (with pictures) for common ingredients. Your ingredients will be good to go when you’re ready to cook!

Substitution guide

Missing that one ingredient for a recipe? Use our handy substitution chart to learn the next best thing.

Notes from the test kitchen

Recipes are accompanied by supplemental tips and tricks that help you navigate common issues you may encounter while prepping meals.