From Publishers Weekly
The most useful parts of this slim book are up front: five chapters explaining the government's revised 2005 dietary guidelines, providing meal planning solutions and outlining the sacrifice of America's healthy eating habits at the altar of busyness: "Often, dinnertime approaches before anyone realizes there's nothing to eat." To stave off the inevitable pizza delivery, the authors provide dozens of simple recipes that working parents or even kids can turn out with just a few pantry staples. Some of these recipes, like savory Skillet Paremsan Chicken and Rice Dinner and Crispy Oven-Fried Fish are more sophisticated than they first appear and, even better, can be made quickly and reliably by inexperienced cooks. But too often these quick-and-easy recipes are dull, unappetizing and even dispiriting. Quick Tomato Rice Soup is simply canned soup mixed with garlic powder and instant white rice. Ravioli Lasagna is little more than packaged ravioli layered with shredded mozzarella and jarred sauce. Handy nutrition information attached to each recipe proves their healthful credentials, but the portions are quite small; one serving of a Mini Pizza Bagel will leave one longing for a visit from the pizza delivery guy.
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From the Back Cover
Fast, easy, wholesome meals to keep your family going
Yeseven on a frantic schedule, you can create nutritious and delicious meals that keep everyone in your family happy, healthy, and brimming with energy. Here is all the help you need to plan and prepare a wide variety of tasty dishes that will satisfy even the pickiest eaters, all without a great deal of time or effort!
Quick Meal Solutions is the ultimate handbook for parents with little time and stomachs to fill. It puts the flavorand the nutritionback in fast food, with more than 150 winning recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and healthy snacks. For those truly stressful times, you'll find a tempting selection of ten-minute meals, one-dish dinners, thirty-minute dishes, make-ahead foods, and even speedy and sensational treats for parties and celebrations. You'll keep everybody smiling with:
Avocado Chicken Salad Sandwiches Healthy Sweet & Sour Slaw Moist Berry Muffins Pita Pizza Chicken Pesto Panini Quick and Easy Vegetable Stir Fry Beef Casserole Turkey Chili Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches and many more
This healthy fast-food guide also includes:
- Time-saving ideas and grocery shopping lists
- Meal-planning guidance and quick-prep tips
- Nutrition-savvy ingredient swaps for creating healthier meals
- A user-friendly tour through the new USDA MyPyramid nutrition guidelines