18 Sep Get Dinner On the Table Quickly: Triple Cookbook Giveaway
Getting quick, healthy meals on the table isn’t easy. The school year is under way, yet many folks are still struggling with dinner (and other meals!). That is why I am giving away three cookbooks that can give you simple, easy recipes to do so. The cookbooks include The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook, The Easy 5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Cookbook, and my Smart Meal Prep for Beginners. Below you’ll find a description of each of the cookbooks, and a few questions I just had to ask the authors of the other two cookbooks.
I had the opportunity to speak with Sarah Walker Caron, author of The Super Easy 5- Ingredient Cookbook about her new meal planning book.
Q: Many vegetarian recipes have a lot of ingredients. Do you have any tips for vegetarians who are trying to cut down their shopping list?
If you are cooking with recipes with lots of ingredients, your shopping list will be long — regardless of whether you are vegetarian, vegan or omnivore. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Instead of long, complicated recipes, learn to cook simpler and cook in greater quantity for double duty meals. In my cookbook, I suggest, for instance, doubling your batch of rice early in the week so you can enjoy rice again (perhaps as a fried rice) later in the week. You’ll also want to learn techniques that celebrate the naturally wonderful flavors of produce. For instance, roasting is a great technique that often brings out natural sweetness in veggies. Drizzle whatever you’re roasting with a little olive oil and season it with salt and pepper before sliding into the oven. When completed, those roasted veggies can be enjoyed on top of rice, tossed with pasta, folded into a wrap and so much more. And one final note: When you eat seasonally, you’ll spend less on the season’s freshest and best produce.
Q: What are the ingredients you recommend keeping on hand that you can use in many simple or 5-ingredient dishes?
Staples like olive oil, salt, pepper and a good vinegar or two are a must. They are used in so many recipes. I am partial to keeping a balsamic vinegar and a seasoned rice vinegar on hand because these are what I use most. Canned tomatoes in a few varieties will last for a while and can be used in so many recipes. Pasta, rice and quinoa are great non-perishable options for carbs with your meals. Also, dried herbs and spices like chili powder, dried basil, dried thyme and paprika as well as fresh garlic can transform dishes.
Sarah was kind enough to share a recipe from her new cookbook for Teriyaki Salmon and Avocado Bowl with Pickled Radishes
Teriyaki Salmon and Avocado Bowl with Pickled Radishes
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
1⁄2 cup (about 4 to 5) thinly sliced radishes
6 teaspoons seasoned rice vinegar, divided
1 pound salmon, cut into 4 (4-ounce) fillets
Ground black pepper
1⁄4 cup teriyaki sauce
4 cups cooked rice
2 avocados, peeled, pitted, and thinly sliced
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- In a small mixing bowl, stir together the radishes and 2 teaspoons of rice vinegar. Season lightly with salt. Let sit, stirring a few times, for at least 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, arrange the salmon fillets on a baking sheet. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until opaque. Remove from the oven and brush thoroughly with the teriyaki sauce. Return to the oven and cook for an additional 5 to 6 minutes, until cooked through.
- Divide the rice evenly among four bowls. Drizzle each with 1 teaspoon of the remaining rice vinegar, and season with salt. Top with one-quarter of the avocado and one-quarter of the pickled radishes.
- Using a fork, flake the salmon fillets one at a time, transferring the salmon from each fillet to one of the prepared rice bowls and serve
Nutrition Information (per serving): Calories: 489; Total Fat: 18g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 62mg; Sodium: 754mg; Carbohydrates: 50g; Fiber: 6g; Protein: 30g
I had the opportunity to speak with Karen Bellessa Petersen, author of The Easy 5-Ingredients Slow Cooker Cookbook.
Q: What is the advantage of using a slow cooker verses just cooking the recipe stovetop (like a chili)?
Q: When you think slow cooker, dishes like chili and soup come to mind. What else can you cook in a slow cooker that may be surprising?
Karen was kind enough to share a recipe from her new cookbook for Turkey Meatballs
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 5 hours
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1⁄2 cup bread crumbs
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
1⁄2 teaspoon onion powder
1 (28-ounce) jar all-natural or organic spaghetti sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Cooked spaghetti, for serving (optional)
- In a large bowl, combine the turkey, egg, bread crumbs, chili powder, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder, and mix with clean hands to combine thoroughly. Shape the mixture into 1-inch meatballs. Place the meatballs in the slow cooker. Pour the spaghetti sauce over the meatballs.
- Cover and cook on low for 5 hours.
- Remove the lid and sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the meatballs and sauce. Cook on high without the lid until the cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.
- Carefully scoop the meatballs and sauce onto serving plates—over spaghetti, if desired.
Nutrition Information (per serving) Calories: 311; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 115mg; Sodium: 1,336mg; Total Carbohydrates: 21g; Fiber: 3g; Protein: 27g
This meal prep cookbook goes beyond general meal prep guidance, and provides a 6-week plan to make a habit of meal prep and keep your fridge full. With specific, step-by-step instructions and meal prep plans that eliminate the guesswork of what to eat and for which meal, this cookbook is your kick-start guide to meal prep like a pro.
The point of meal prep is to set yourself up for success, not stress. This meal prep guide and cookbook gives you the tools you need to make meal prep a regular part of your routine, with:
- 6-Weekly meal prep plans that progressively ease beginners from prepping breakfast and lunch (2 plans) to a full day’s meal prep featuring breakfast, lunch, and dinner (4 plans)
- Must-have meal prep tools that include prep day guidance, shopping lists, plus storage and reheating information
- Meal prep 101 gets you started with need-to-know info about meal prepping, including meal prep Dos and Don’ts and food storage guidelines Smart Meal Prep for Beginners is a fool-proof plan to meal prep like a pro and have healthy meals ready-to-go, no questions asked.
Samples recipes from the cookbook include:
- Lighter Waldorf Salad with Pears
- Grilled Chicken with Carrot-Cabbage Slaw
- Rosemary-Honey Mustard Pork Tenderloin with Lemon-Dill Carrots
- Sheet Pan Lemon Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots
- Superfood Salad with Lemon-Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Sheet Pan Lemon Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots
- Baked Almond-Cherry Bars
Enter For Your Chance To Win
The Super Easy 5- Ingredient cookbook, and The Easy 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Cookbook and Smart Meal Prep for Beginners is already. You can enter for your chance to win a copy of all 3 cookbooks below.
Giveaway Begins: Tuesday 9/18/18 at 12:00 am ET
Giveaway Ends: Friday 9/21/18 at 11:59 pm ET
You can enter my giveaway for one copy of The Super Easy 5- Ingredient Cookbook, The Easy 5-Ingredient Slow Cookbook Cookbook and Smart Meal Prep for Beginners by doing any of the following:
- Go to my Instagram page and tag two people in the giveaway post
- Go to my Facebook page and tag two people in the giveaway post
- Follow me on Instagram
- Follow me on Facebook
- Copy and paste this tweet, “Enter for your chance to win 3 cookbooks on @TobyAmidor https://bit.ly/2NmKXCa #giveaway ” (only one time per day)
- In the comments below, tell me how these 3 cookbooks will help you during the week get dinner on the table.
You do not need to purchase anything to win. Only open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to enter. Books provided by Rockridge Press.