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4 Ingredients or Less Cookbook: Fast, Practical & Healthy Meal Options Kindle Edition

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Please read the product description and the introduction to the book.  It is clearly indicated that the 4 ingredients excludes items such as water, cooking spray, salt, pepper, and other "optional" ingredients. 


If you exclude these items, you will notice that every recipe does indeed consist of only 4 ingredients or less.  And as a further note, please realize that these recipes are written for convenience and are created to help you get in and out of the kitchen quickly without sacrificing taste and health.  However, to achieve this, reliance on prepared foods and frozen vegetable packages is required.  Otherwise, it would be impossible to keep the ingredient list at only 4. But, these recipes are easily adaptable.  So if you prefer, you can easily substitute fresh ingredients for the prepared foods.

About the Author

My name is Maria Holmes and I love to cook and eat fine tasting food that's good for you. There are few things as satisfying as sitting down to a homemade meal with those you love. I am by no means a professional chef, but I would like to think that I'm a good home cook. I especially love to create delicious meals that are easy to prepare and made with a minimum of fuss. I believe that if it takes too long to prepare, then it better be worth it! My interest in cooking came to me while I was working as a waitress in a small local café. I loved everything about it ... the amazing smells of simmering soup and freshly baked bread, the spicy aroma of a healthy bowl of gumbo, and the melt in your mouth goodness of an apple pie that just came out of the oven. The art of baking and cooking captivated my soul. My Incurable "Disease" But my newly found love for cooking came at a cost. I have developed a severe (but non-life-threatening) disease called "Low-Resistance-to-Yummy-Recipes-Syndrome" (a.k.a Cookbookitis). One of the symptoms of this disease is the complete inability to resist collecting cookbooks, magazines with recipes, even those little brand name mini-cookbooks positioned oh-so-temptingly next to grocery store checkout lanes. For years I tried to get around this by doing most of my major grocery shopping at Costco. But guess what? Costco started selling cookbooks and now my collection continues to grow. I'm slightly embarrassed to say that I have at least 500, maybe more, cookbooks (now I did say it's a disease!). I am going to try to inventory my collection of cookbooks soon. I'll let you know how many I have when I finally catalogue and classify all of them. With soooooo many cookbooks, I am always trying to find the best foods to feed my family. I am passionate about only serving my family meals that will strengthen, grow, and energize them. I have been reading my many cookbooks and started thinking about creating my own cookbooks and sharing my many creations with other avid home cooks. There is always so much to learn! You will notice that I try to keep my cooking style clean and simple. I know that the more simple I keep it, the more likely I'm going to succeed in consistently preparing beautiful and tasty meals. It's been a journey of learning and experimenting in the kitchen, but one that I've greatly enjoyed. I hope that my cookbooks will help you in your journey as well!

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  • File Size: 1288 KB
  • Print Length: 109 pages
  • Publication Date: February 9, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BE3JYE0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,270 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My name is Maria Holmes and I love to cook and eat fine tasting food that's good for you. There are few things as satisfying as sitting down to a homemade meal with those you love. My interest in food is centered on my family. I am married to a wonderful husband and I am mother to a beautiful girl (Ellie - 8 years old) and a wonderful boy (Isaac - 6 years old).

I am by no means a professional chef, but I would like to think that I'm a good home cook. I especially love to create delicious meals that are easy to prepare and made with a minimum of fuss. I believe that if it takes too long to prepare, then it better be worth it!

My interest in cooking came to me while I was working as a waitress in a small local café. I loved everything about it ... the amazing smells of simmering soup and freshly baked bread, the spicy aroma of a healthy bowl of gumbo, and the melt in your mouth goodness of an apple pie that just came out of the oven. The art of baking and cooking captivated my soul.

My Incurable "Disease"

But my newly found love for cooking came at a cost. I have developed a severe (but non-life-threatening) disease called "Low-Resistance-to-Yummy-Recipes-Syndrome" (a.k.a Cookbookitis). One of the symptoms of this disease is the complete inability to resist collecting cookbooks, magazines with recipes, even those little brand name mini-cookbooks positioned oh-so-temptingly next to grocery store checkout lanes. For years I tried to get around this by doing most of my major grocery shopping at Costco. But guess what? Costco started selling cookbooks and now my collection continues to grow.

I'm slightly embarrassed to say that I have at least 500, maybe more, cookbooks (now I did say it's a disease!). I am going to try to inventory my collection of cookbooks soon. I'll let you know how many I have when I finally catalogue and classify all of them.

With soooooo many cookbooks, I am always trying to find the best foods to feed my family. I am passionate about only serving my family meals that will strengthen, grow, and energize them. I have been reading my many cookbooks and started thinking about creating my own cookbooks and sharing my many creations with other avid home cooks. There is always so much to learn!

You will notice that I try to keep my cooking style clean and simple. I know that the more simple I keep it, the more likely I'm going to succeed in consistently preparing beautiful and tasty meals.

It's been a journey of learning and experimenting in the kitchen, but one that I've greatly enjoyed. I hope that my cookbooks will help you in your journey as well!

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As a single Dad, I am always looking for fast easy recipes that I can fit into our busy lives. I don't consider myself an expert cook (my kids would agree with that), so I was excited when I found this book. I have not tried all the recipes yet, but the ones I have were fast, easy and delicious. The biggest test is if my kids will eat it. My kids loved the recipes I tried so far. I highly recommend this cookbook.
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The directions are easy to follow. And with only 4 ingredients per recipe you won't break the bank shopping. That can be very helpful in this economy.
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I'll never be confused with a Master Chef, but I do love eating yummy foods. I also don't like spending ages in the kitchen so these recipes are perfect for me as they are quick to prepare, require few ingredients, but on presentation appear as if I'd spent hours slaving over them. The desserts are particularily great, too.
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Full of great recipes. I really liked the prep tips at the beginning as well. After 10-12 hrs at work I don't want to spend hours cooking. These are faster than most and much healthier as they don't rely on a lot of canned salted items. I look forward to trying more of the recipes.
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I like the concept and the recipes are not complicated. The problem may be only mine, but for many of them the ingredients are not ordinarily in my kitchen.
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Of all the cookbooks I have downloaded to my Kindle, this is by far the best. The recipes are fresh, healthy, and simple to prepare, and are just interesting. I like the way Maria Holmes organized them into menus, but the dishes I have tried work well with some of my other favorites as well. And the stand alone recipes are fast and delicious. I wouldn't mind seeing more of her offerings in the future.
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I just downloaded this and read most of it in 30 minutes. I am always looking for quick meals to make and will be trying a few of these this weekend.
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A variety of easy recipes, many (although not all) containing familiar ingredients already in my pantry and freezer. If I don't want to use a prepackaged item like mashed sweet potatoes I can make my own and use the rest of the recipe. Approximate cooking and prep times, as well as nutritional information, helps with meal planning and time management. Although I am not familiar with every single ingredient in each of many recipes, most are prepared with commonly known items. I will look at other books by this author.
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