cover image Good Housekeeping Easy Meal Prep: The Ultimate Playbook for Make-Ahead Meals

Good Housekeeping Easy Meal Prep: The Ultimate Playbook for Make-Ahead Meals

Editors of Good Houskeeping. Hearst Home, $25 (224p) ISBN 978-1-95078-522-3

The editors of Good Housekeeping, share the secrets of making meal prep easy and offer more than 100 recipes for delicious meals in this savvy cookbook. Meal prep, they argue, shouldn’t be a stressful endeavor, and to that end, they shares three tips for doing so: cooking in large batches, splitting dishes into individual portions for grab and go meals, and chopping, peeling, and slicing ingredients early in the week so that weeknight meals come together quickly. Tasty dishes like minestrone (“This produce-packed soup lasts up to five days in the fridge”), pork ragu rigatoni (the ragu can be frozen for three months), and a make-ahead egg and cheese sandwich (“assemble as many sandwiches as you will eat in a month—they’ll keep in the freezer for up to 30 days”) are on offer. The writing is breezy (“ ‘What’s for dinner?’ Do these three words strike dread in your heart?”) and the authors pepper the recipes with fun facts, such as that frozen fruit is often fresher than off-the-shelf, since it’s picked, frozen, and packaged at peak ripeness. They also include a useful weekly meal planning chart and a list of substitutions for those wanting to experiment with flavors. This is great for anyone looking to take the stress out of getting food on the table. (Mar.)

Correction: An earlier version of this review incorrectly credited Good Housekeeping editor-in-chief Jane Francisco as the book's author. She provided a foreword.