Cook Meals During the Week in 10 Minutes: Weeknight Survival Cookbook

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A few years ago I had a very different approach to cooking. I would normally only cook on weekends, using leftovers to see us through the week — however, the leftovers were never getting eaten, and any meal that required effort on my part after work was not getting made.

This led to either eating out frequently, or my standing in the kitchen wondering what we were going to do for dinner. I found myself without the energy or drive to cook and clean up. It puzzled me, because I thought I had successfully conquered this monster a few years ago with a system of menu planning, helped out by products from the Saving Dinner website.

Looking for an item to pad out an Amazon order for free shipping, I came across the book The Weeknight Survival Cookbook: How to Make Healthy Meals in 10 Minutes.


When the book arrived, I found that it contained not only what looked like easy recipes with easily-acquirable ingredients, but also complete healthy and balanced menu plans with simple instructions. There are 12 weeks of menus in here, plus bonus recipes for crock pot, pasta, and quick desserts.

I am impressed with this book. With this book, I am doing the majority of the cooking on Sundays, and then preparing very quick meals through Friday. I have been taking the leftovers for lunch.

The first week, for example, called for cooking two meals worth of chicken breasts on the grill, while making boiled potatoes for Wednesday, two meals worth of roasted veggies in the oven, two meals worth of rice and a tabbouleh salad. Total time: about 30 minutes. The meals on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday have taken less than 10 minutes to prepare, and all have been very tasty.


This cookbook as a must-have for working moms. It’s a no-brain guide to healthy eating.

One note: these recipes make a ton of food. Even taking lunches out of them, we are still inundated with food.

Buy the book here: The Weeknight Survival Cookbook: How to Make Healthy Meals in 10 Minutes.

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  1. says

    Thanks for the recommendation, LJ. Meal-planning is something I struggle with. I’m always looking for ways to make quick, easy, nutritious meals after work during the week.

  2. says

    I would also recommend “The Six o’Clock Scramble”, by Aviva Goldfarb – either of her cookbooks or her email service. She has two cookbooks that are organized into weeks by season, and grocery lists for each week are available for printing on her website, . If you don’t want the cookbooks, you can sign up for her email service, where she will email you a week’s worth of recipes and a corresponding grocery list. All of her meals are healthy, family meals that can be made in 30 minutes or less. Her cookbooks have been a LIFESAVER for me, and BOTH of my picky children will eat the meals, which is really saying something. Her most recent cookbook also factors in sustainability and other environmental concerns.

  3. Kirstine Vergara says

    My 2-year-old kid is a picky eater that’s why it has always been a struggle for me or his nanny to make him at least try the food that we prepare. I’ve tried many different methods on how to make him eat. Some worked for a day or two, while the others were a complete washout. There were times when I had to prepare 4 kinds of dishes in one meal just so he’ll have options. Because of this, I usually run out of ideas for the next meal. That’s when I started planning his meal. It helped me organize my daily routines, reduce meal stress, and at the same time give him and the rest of the family a well-deserved meal every single time.

  4. Martha says

    LJ, Thank you as always for your great advice. This came just in time, as I’m sick and tired of standing in front of the stove every day with that blank stare… thinking tomorrow I’ll get organized… Yeah, right! :)