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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (August 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470916583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470916582
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,372,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sample Recipe: Slow-Cooker Jambalaya
Slow-Cooker Jambalaya

By Jaden Hair, steamykitchen
This chicken, sausage, and shrimp jambalaya is one of my family's favorites. When it's cooked "low and slow" in the slow cooker, the chicken is especially tender and delicious.

You'll want to prep and get this recipe going in the morning—the jambalaya needs four to six hours of cooking time on the slow cooker’s high setting, or six to eight hours if cooked on low. Serves 4 to 6.

Heat the oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and sausage, season to taste with salt and black pepper, and cook, turning once, until browned, about 8 minutes. Transfer the chicken and sausage to a slow cooker, reserving the oil in the pan.

Add the celery, bell pepper, onion, and garlic to the pan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until the vegetables are softened and fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Transfer the vegetables to the slow cooker. Add the broth, crushed tomatoes, Cajun seasoning, paprika, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, and Tabasco sauce. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or on high for 4 to 6 hours.

Once the jambalaya is cooked, turn off the slow cooker and skim away any excess oil on the surface. Add the shrimp and stir until pink, 3 to 5 minutes. (The residual heat from the slow cooker will suffice to cook the shrimp.) If desired, add more salt, black pepper, and Tabasco sauce. Serve the jambalaya over hot cooked rice or with bread.

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 pound smoked sausage, cut into 1-inch-thick pieces
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt, plus additional for seasoning
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus additional for seasoning
2 celery stalks, diced
1 bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and diced
1 small onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 quart chicken or vegetable broth
1 14.5-ounce can crushed tomatoes
2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon Tabasco or hot sauce, or to taste
½ pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 cups hot cooked rice or 1 large baguette

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A collection of recipes from the Web site, these dishes are meant to be simple and easy options for a weeknight meal. Many of the recipes rely on shortcuts, and the most useful are those that help home cooks utilize quality packaged ingredients, such as pairing store-bought ravioli with a garlic-sage brown butter sauce. In many other dishes, however, the reliance on prepared ingredients takes away from the taste of the dish. A recipe that calls for Greek salad dressing would have fared better with simple olive oil and vinegar. Similarly, a recipe that calls for cooked chicken tenders from the deli case would have tasted much better with another supermarket option: rotisserie chicken. The most successful recipes are the simplest, such as a balsamic chicken or grilled flank steak with chimichurri. It's worth noting that the recipes are family friendly, with kid favorites such as lasagna, tacos, burgers, mac and cheese, and pizza. So while busy cooks could find recipes with fresher flavor elsewhere, these dishes are simple to make. (Sept.) (Publishers Weekly, June 13, 2011)

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Good Bite, Weeknight Meals-- Delicious Made Easy sums up this great new book.
Ginny Mapes
And what I really like about the recipes is that you will more than likely have most of the ingredients you need on hand.
Stanley Cup
Colorful, bright photos, great easy to make, delicious recipes...... what more do you want from a cookbook?

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Not So Perfect Housewife on October 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Now that I'm working part time, I'm finding out that my cookbooks are becoming even more precious to me.

Planning out meals and trying to make them exciting takes work.

So I was thrilled to review the new Good Bite Weeknight Meals Cookbook.

What's Good Bite? Well, I'll tell ya.

Good Bite is one of the fastest growing cooking websites in the country. It features the webs most influential food bloggers, on video, sharing their recipes for great tasting meals.

Good Bite Weeknight Meals combines 140 recipes for quick and delicious family meals from the site's most popular contributors.

The pictures are beautiful. The bios of all the cooks are a lot of fun to read and when it comes to Exciting New Recipes to try.. they've got that too.

The book is divided into chapters that are centered around the main ingredient & few others that focus on additional topics

Chicken and Turkey
Beef and Lamb
Soups & Stews
Side Dishes

And of course I had to TRY OUT a recipe before I could give this a BIG THUMBS UP.

I tried Matt Armendariz's Spanish Tortilla. YUMMY!

5 basic ingredients

Potatoes, salt, EVOO, onions, and eggs...

turned into a beautiful tummy packing dish my family loved.

If your looking for a new cookbook to add to your kitchen collection. DEFINETLY check this one out!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daphne Felde on September 26, 2011
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Always looking for new recipes to change things up at the dinner table I bought this book on Amazon after seeing it on Facebook. Very user friendly and truly meals you can make for a weeknight meal. A few take more prep but most can be on the table in under an hour. This would make a nice gift for a bride!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Especially Happy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Good Bite Weeknight Meals: Delicious Made Easy features food from some of my favorite bloggers. Good Bite's motto is "delicious made easy" and they tell us that, "A well-stocked pantry (and fridge and freezer) will be your best friend" and it includes a convenient list of food staples for each of those areas.

Good Bite Weeknight Meals is focused on dinner-time fare and is separated into chapters of meats, vegetarian, pasta, and more. All of the meals are quick to prepare, (like the Southwestern Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Roasted Chiles!), whether it's when everyone returns home from their busy schedules or to throw into the crockpot in the morning. The recipes frequently have tips from the bloggers that they would use when pressed for time, like how to use frozen, chopped spinach when you don't have any that is fresh.

I loved the simple comfort food recipe for Southern Chicken and Dumplings from Christy Jordan of the Southern Plate, which uses soup, broth and biscuits from cans and rotisserie chicken. She also shares a slow-cooker lasagna with only five ingredients! The photographer for Good Bite Weeknight Meals, Matt Armendariz of Matt Bites, offers not only stunning photography, but several recipes, including an excellent rendition of one of my favorites, Broccoli Crunch Salad!

Healthy recipes abound in Good Bite Weeknight Meals, which offer a way to replenish needed nutrients at the end of a busy day. Fast Fish Tacos, Curried Shrimp Fried Rice, Chilled Soba Noodles, and Roasted Chicken Thighs with Mango Chutney are just a few of the wholesome evening meal dishes. I echo the dedication at the start of the book thanking these talented bloggers for "leading us back into our kitchens."
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dee Long on September 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you've ever wanted one centralized location to check out numerous food bloggers - Good Bite Weeknight Meals is it, featuring the favorite recipes from more than a dozen of the net's most popular bloggers. The soups and stews, main dish seafood, pork, beef, lamb, chicken and turkey creations, pasta, vegetarian and side dish offerings included here will have you whipping on your apron after your work day is done to create something delicious and easy for supper. From slow cooker lasagna to Kielbasa & Cabbage Skillet, the byword for all the delicious offerings in this book is easy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tooncesmom TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 1, 2012
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Good Bite Weeknight Meals was sent to me by Amazon Vine for review. Here's my take on it.

This colorful volume has many color photos of the recipes and small black and white shots of the contributors. As the title suggests, these are quick meals, so they rely on some packages items and dressings. Example, the Mushroom Ravioli with Garlic-Sage Brown Butter & Asparagus on page 185 (contributor Kath Jones of relies on packaged ravioli. The Southern Chicken & Dumplings on page 230 (contributor Christy Jordan of starts with a can of cream of chicken soup, two cans of chicken broth and a tin of flaky biscuits and a rotisserie chicken. Granted, it's fast, but hardly qualifies as cooking, rather it's an assembled entree.

Good Bite Weeknight Meals is not a cookbook by a single author but a compilation of favorite recipes by sixteen popular food bloggers. Sites such as Weelicious, Steamy Kitchen, Picky palate, Recipe Girl, Kath Eats, Matt Bites and Gluten-Free Girl are just a few of the contributors who made this book possible. It's divided into chapters that include Chicken & Turkey, Beef & Lamb, Pork, Seafood, Pasta, Vegetarian, Soups & Stews and Side Dishes. Some of the recipes seemed too utilitarian for my taste, however, others hit a bright spot. The Chicken Salad with major grey Chutney on page 45 is similar to one I make except without the snow peas and shredded carrot. Matt Armendariz's Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce (page 87) looks delicious. Other than that, the recipes didn't offer the sensory appeal I look for when checking new recipes. (I need to state that I am not a slap it together type of cook; these might be perfect for a busy mom on the go).
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