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7-Day Menu Planner For Dummies Paperback – October 19, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0470878576 ISBN-10: 0470878576 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470878576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470878576
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Flavorful, nutritious meals that can be prepared quickly, easily, and economically

Are you looking for a structured, nutritional approach to meal planning? 7-Day Menu Planner For Dummies gives you a year's worth of weekly dinner ideas and recipes that take about 30 minutes to prepare, contain an average of 30 percent calories from fat, and use common ingredients to save time and money.

  • It's a plan! — discover the benefits of planning your meals in advance and get the know-how to take control of mealtime

  • Be healthy — learn how to make smart, health-conscious choices when shopping, deciphering food labels, and preparing meals

  • Stock up — fill your pantry with must-have ingredients, including herbs and spices, pasta, and other staples that will help make meal preparation a snap

  • 52 weeks of eats — get a year's worth of weekly menu plans that feature seven themes: family, kids, express, budget, heat and eat, meatless, and easy entertaining

Open the book and find:

  • 52 weeks of menus and recipes

  • Hints on navigating the grocery store

  • Advice on choosing foods low in fat and sodium

  • Lists of essential utensils

  • Pointers on organizing your kitchen

  • Special menus for holidays

  • Ways to save time in the kitchen

  • Tips for saving money on meals

  • Advice for serving foods that look and taste great together

  • Recipes to whip up when you're in a hurry

Learn to:

  • Make easy meals that are delicious and nutritious

  • Create your own menu plans

  • Prepare meals the whole family will enjoy in approximately 30 minutes

About the Author

Susan Nicholson, RD/LD, is a registered and licensed dietitian who writes the syndicated newspaper column 7-Day Menu Planner. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

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Customer Reviews

It is an easy read packed full of great recipes and simple to follow ideas.
Lori Kupferman
Registered dietitian, Susan Nicholson RD/LD has created a great menu planning and recipe resource in 7-Day Menu Planner for Dummies.
Lisa Eierman,MS,RD,CD,CDE
Great suggestions for setting up your kitchen, tips on shopping for foods, while saving time and money.

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Sherri Caldwell - The Rebel Housewife(tm) on December 19, 2010
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Being a woman "of a certain age" and married for 20+ years, I have been cooking for a long time. I admit, I am far from gourmet: I don't specialty shop; I don't watch the TV cooking shows or reality shows starring angry chefs and their desperate-to-please minions; glossy gourmet food and recipe magazines make me nervous.

I do have skills. I have one small shelf of cookbooks in my kitchen. I can cover the basics, having more or less successfully fed and nourished a healthy family of five for some time now. Culled from a 25-year-old, well-worn copy of the cooking classic: BETTY CROCKER'S COOKBOOK (1987), family magazines and, in more recent years, recipe searches on AllRecipes.com for the iPhone and iPad, I have compiled my very own cookbook: a mish-mash of photocopies, hand-written classics and typed recipes, all carefully preserved in plastic page protectors and haphazardly "filed" in a white, plastic-coated (easy wipe!), 3-ring binder.

However, having said all of that:

Even with my vast and very practical culinary knowledge and experience, I love, Love, LOVE Susan Nicholson's 7-DAY MENU PLANNER FOR DUMMIES! An instant new-NEW classic, this book should be a treasured kitchen bible for every man, woman or young adult trying to prepare and serve nutritious, delicious, affordable and do-able meals for a family, couple or even healthy meals for one.

Susan Nicholson is a registered dietitian and creator of the 7-Day Menu Planner newspaper column, featured in major newspapers and in online syndication, too. She is a culinary professional and a talented writer with a lot of experience and a great sense of humor, which makes 7-Day Menu Planner for Dummies more than just another cookbook.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Courtney on November 5, 2010
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I'm a huge fan of Susan's column and was sooo happy to see her recipes and ideas collected in a book! The recipes are so easy to follow and everything tastes delicious. I always feel like so many leftovers go to waste, but this book shows you how to make them a regular part of your menu--which is a great $$$ saver! The best part? My family didn't even notice they were eating leftovers! Busy parents will love the step by step menus that take the guess work out of grocery shopping and meals for the week.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By CulinaryEmpress on December 30, 2011
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I don't cook alot but when I do, I am pretty good at it. Where I get stumped is in creatively and consistently putting together an entire meal.

I had hoped this book would contain information and combinations for complete meals - perhaps some fast for the busy professional self and some more creative for entertaining or family treats. Instead, this book focuses more on stretching the dollar and repurposing leftovers. Evaluating it on those terms, the book does effectively make it's mark and provides suggestions to feed the individual/family for the week with some variety. It is especially good when it comes to reducing the cook's heavy prep to one or two focal dishes a week. However, the book is also supposed to be designed to address a balanced diet and teaching readers a method to conduct their own menu planning. Those topics are handled less effectively, although some of the tips are useful.

As others have indicated, the author provides weekly menu recommendations to last a full year. However, some of the daily recommendations might read as simply as, and this is working from memory so may be a little off, "serve with a salad and potatoes." The creativity is a bit lacking there and potatoes can take time to prepare. These instances occur at least 1-2 times a week.

The book could benefit from a section totally dedicated to rounding out the nutritional value in meals and another to address easy, nutritious, repurposable side dishes, starches, and vegetables. I am assuming e lack of instructions in these cases assumes store bought foods or recipes obtained elsewhere.

I did appreciate the advice provided derived from reviewing the repurposed entrees and tips on shopping. But I have been less successful in applying it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Janice Baker, RD, CDE, CNSC, BC-ADM on March 23, 2011
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As as a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and certified nutrition support clinician, I'm on the lookout at all times for practical, credible and sensible resources for my patients and clients. 7 Day Menu Planner is a "must have" book that not only provides terrific recipes, but teaches the essential elements of thriving in today's world of over processed convenience foods that eventually lead many of us to higher risks of heart disease, cancer and diabetes. I truly believe this would be an excellent book for cooking and meal planning classes, as well as young adults getting started in setting up a kitchen. But it's also a great resource for experienced cooks who may be in need of an update in nutrition information and application into everyday life. Beautiful photographs inserted into the center of this book are absolutely inspirational. Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cjs on October 2, 2011
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OMG, I can't believe it! I am a cookbook author searching several potential names for my next cookbook and ran across this title and I thought, could it possibly be the same author who fascinated me with her once a week articles in my local newspaper years ago???? And, it is. I'm so glad to see MS Nickleson has put her ideas in book form. I still have binders and binders of her menus and still refer to them for a fast, healthy idea. And, so many ideas have led me to dishes of my own. I think I also wrote a fan letter to her years and years ago, my one and only. I'm even going to buy the book, but since there are only 1 year's worth of recipes, I guess I'll have to keep my binders.....
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