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

Maria Holmes
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Book Description

Most home cooks want quick and easy meal options that can help them get in and out of the kitchen quickly - and this collection of 65 recipes makes cooking even faster and easier. My tested recipes have short ingredient lists and easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.

Each recipe require four ingredients or less (EXCLUDING WATER, OIL, COOKING SPRAY, SALT, PEPPER, AND OTHER OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS).

These recipes were also designed with your health in mind, and each recipe includes a nutritional analysis.

In the introduction to the book, you will discover 5 simple tips that can significantly reduce the time you spend in the kitchen preparing meals.

But the "meat and potatoes" of this book are the amazingly simple to prepare recipes, including:

  • Grilled Shrimp Brushetta
  • Wild Mushroom Pizza
  • Thai Shrimp Curry
  • Sweet Potato and Pomegranate Spinach Salad
  • Creole Chicken Soup
  • Portobello Paninis
  • Toasted Israeli Couscous with Cherries
  • Chocolate-Raspberry-Coconut Cake

You will also get 5 superfast menus that will make weeknight cooking quick and easy, with streamlined "game plans" and quick recipes that will help you put a main dish and a delicious side on the table in a snap.

These are quick and easy recipes that will bring exciting new possibilities to your dining table, and most importantly, they will help you find more time to enjoy life!



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From the Author

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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  • Print Length: 109 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 149448885X
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BE3JYE0
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, Easy, and Delicious! March 18, 2013
By Matson
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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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cooking without going overboard with ingredients March 12, 2013
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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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of yummy recipes March 19, 2013
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tasty and creative March 3, 2013
By Tammi
Format:Kindle Edition
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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Four ingredients or less July 6, 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your average boring food August 10, 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick and easy! June 5, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does Exactly What It Says! August 9, 2013
By M
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First, kudos to the author for taking the time to organize this eBook so that it flows well and reads easy. I can't tell you how many times I've started reading an eBook only to find it is difficult to follow because the formatting is all messed up. Thankfully, that's not the case here. Each recipe gets broken down into sections that take the guesswork out of the process. There's a "game plan" which outlines how to execute the meal; preparation and cooking times; serving sizes; a list of ingredients; detailed, step-by-step directions; and finally, nutritional value. Overall, Holmes shares some delicious recipes that are easy to pull off. This book will help you look forward to cooking after a long, busy day!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not at all what I wanted or expected. Needs ...
Not at all what I wanted or expected. Needs more recipes!!! Maybe I will try some of the recipes even though I may have to tweak them for my taste.
Published 13 days ago by Darell Curry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you
Published 26 days ago by Anita Linson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
This product was exactly what I was looking for. I like that I can order it and have at my door in just a few days
Published 3 months ago by Jackie V.
1.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected
I thought from the title these would be quick and simple recipes for family tastes. I think most of the recipes required too much time, steps, and ingredients tale. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nana
4.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas
There were ideas for dinner I had not thought of. I have tried some and evryone liked the choices I made.
Published 6 months ago by Deb
1.0 out of 5 stars Not 4 Ingredients or Less
The recipes in this book do not use 4 ingredients or less as the title promises. We like simple food, and I was hoping to find some good recipes since it promises 4 ingredients or... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amy M Koliba
2.0 out of 5 stars 4 ingredients or less cookbook: fast practical
A lot of the ingredients are things that are out of my budget or out of my diet. I will try a couple of them though.
Published 8 months ago by marialoca
4.0 out of 5 stars simple
I get a kick out of books that tell us they can make easier, cheaper and healthier tips for dinners. Worth trying if you are up for new ideas.
Published 10 months ago by TP
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun cookbook.
I am giving this book a 5 star rating because I love fast and easy (tasty) recipes.I would recommend this book to anyone**
Published 11 months ago by Gayle Willamson
3.0 out of 5 stars Thing to make in a hurry.
I have only tried a couple of things from the book but there are some interesting dishes to try. Some easy and quick meals to prepare after work.
Published 11 months ago by TJF
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More 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. 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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