Book Review: Cook Once Eat All Week

If you follow me anywhere online (here, Facebook, or Instagram), you probably know that I’m a huge advocate of meal planning and meal prep. It’s life changing! If you struggle at all with getting healthy meals on the table without stress and without spending hours each night, then you definitely need meal planning in your life.

So when I got an email from Cassy at Fed & Fit asking for people to help with her book launch for Cook Once Eat All Week, I immediately clicked the link to apply. I’m a huge fan of her previous cookbook, Fed & Fit, and just love her recipes and joyful personality I see daily on her Instagram (@fedandfit).

And I was not disappointed in this book! It includes 28 weeks of meal plans. Each week has 3 main meals plus 2 optional quick meals. The 3 main meals are based off of 3 ingredients. For example, Week 4 that I made last week uses ground beef, broccoli, and yukon gold potatoes. These 3 main ingredients get mixed and matched with a few supporting ingredients to make 3 completely different meals. The meals in Week 4 are: Bacon Burgers with Broccoli & Twice Baked Fries, Picadillo Tacos, and Cottage Pie. Each week includes a full shopping list and recipes but the gold part is in the prep! Cassy leads you through prep that you can do ahead of time to get each meal ready to go! You do all the prep on one day, and then throughout the week you throw some things together and heat for dinner. It is a huge time saver!

This book literally could not have come at a better time for me as I picked up a side job to my nutrition business for the next few months that has me getting home right about dinner time a few times per week. As someone who was used to working from my home 24/7 and making dinner as needed, this was a big change for me to still get dinner on the table and not just texting my husband with the “just grab some pizza” message. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s worked so well for me and the dinners have been amazing!

Cook Once Eat All Week Meal Prep - Simply Nourished Wellness
Most of the ingredients for Week 4 Meal Prep

We don’t generally eat out weekly, so I knew 3 meals wouldn’t likely be enough. Each week Cassy includes 2 supplemental meals that are super basic & quick. For example, Week 4 includes Pork Tenderloin with Spinach Salad, and Polenta and Paprika Lime Chicken Breasts with Steamed Green Beans and White Rice. All of these recipes are in the book as well but are really quick to throw together (no prep needed). Plus you can mix and match the Protein / Veggie / Starch however you’d like.

So one option if 3 meals are not enough for you, is to add on the 2 supplemental meals. The first week I used the book I actually made up TWO full weeks for a total of 6 meals. This did work well, but I found that the meals make generous portions and our leftover game was STRONG. (No complaints from my husband who adores leftovers for lunch!). There are lots of options to make the planning work for your family size and lifestyle. Going forward I will probably stick to the 3 main prepped meals and 2 supplemental.

And of course, all the meals are gluten free! Many are paleo (or can be modified to be paleo). And true to her claims, they are affordable, easy to make, and time-saving! I have made 3 weeks worth so far and we have loved them all! Some of them my teen girls could take or leave, but we have learned not to judge food deliciousness based solely on their opinions. ๐Ÿ˜‰ That said, they have eaten them all and there was none they hated. Win!

Here a few sample pages from the book to show you how it is laid out. Note the lovely, organized grocery list and how Prep Day walks you through prepping the ingredients (this is just one of the prep day pages).

I just loved this book and I’m sure you will too! Meal planning is key if you want to get healthy meals on the table and not be stressed about the process. Trust me, get the book! You’ll love it!

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book as part of Fed & Fit’s book launch program. That said, the review posted here, my thoughts & opinions are 100% mine!

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