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Food That Works: Real Meals to Survive the 9 to 5 Paperback – October 13, 2015
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From the Author
I designed this book specifically for you. Relax and smile. I am going to the store with you. ~ Malia
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Who is this for?
Food That Works is for health-conscious or wannabe-health-conscious people on the go. This is a Monday-through-Friday cookbook. It is for working professionals who commute, have limited time, and just need a plan to survive the hectic workweek. It is also for people who are intimidated by cooking and who crave basic know-how and a plan. Most of us work long hours and need fast, healthful, portable breakfasts and lunches. And when we get home at night, we deserve easy delicious dinners. Having a busy schedule does not mean we must compromise our health and settle for subpar meals in a restaurant or from a cardboard box or drive-thru window. I created this system so you don't have to think. You can go to the store with a shopping list and come home with a plan for the whole week. My Shopping Lists were designed for a household of two, with leftovers, but can easily be modified by purchasing more or fewer ingredients. Whether you are a recent graduate just starting out on your own or part of a busy household just looking for some new quick and simple meal ideas, we all could use a little Food That Works.
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So you’re making a change for the better. Does “make a change for the better” mean “start making sacrifices for your betterment”? Now for Ms. Dell’s paradigm shift: Don’t make a sacrifice! Instead, indulge! This book will show you how.
Smile and laugh and slice and dice your way to a mind full of mindful, sensual, indulgent satisfaction. Because here’s the deal: This is not going to be a knock-down, drag-out dog-fight. This is going to be a taste-the-flavors, take-it-easy dog-walk in the park. Breathe deep. Step with assurance. Cook with confidence. Make a move! You better BELIEVE! Breathe deep, step, breathe… And the next step is clicking on those little buttons that read “add to cart” and “proceed to checkout”, while saying to yourself, “I believe!” Check the mail in a couple days. It’s that easy!
The mundane dayweekmonthyear is too often just a trudge to get through it. It doesn’t have to be. Ms. Dell is your guide to help you. Seek her out. Buy her book and be guided. Food That Works is the concise representation of her hallowed guidance. The paper personification of her encouraging friendship. She’ll lead you to a calm place where hectic shopping/money/kitchen insanities are not invited. She’ll show you the way to slow down. Navigate the grocery store with purpose. Spend with consciousness. Cook with pleasure. With her sage advice you’ll make memories with your companions over good food and delight in the solitary meditations of the meal and its preparations. Luxuriate in your lifestyle. Embrace foodie details that are a joy to explore because of the smiling contentment they induce.
Ms. Dell is probably laughing. There’s a tone in her words that more than hints at joy. Ms. Dell might be dancing. There’s a playfulness in her words that eschews wallflower shyness. Ms. Dell must be cooking. There’s a knowledge in her words with a penchant for commitment. Her indulgent dippings into the richness of life are evident, distilling the good stuff down to the best stuff. Her struggles and worries and battles for time management and battles for healthy eating and battles for saving money are apparent. She has been there, has done that, and is doing that. She’ll be there with you, to guide you in indulging in her simple style of managing time in the kitchen while eating healthily and saving money.
But these are logical details. Whatever you do, don’t let the weight of logic in personal development press you down! Don’t beat yourself up. Ms. Dell is here to help. She’s here to suggest you do the opposite. Congratulate yourself on getting here! Timing and attitude! The time is now. The attitude is yes!
Get cosmic baby! Cast cupfuls of love spells over your stove! Charm your nutritional sustenance beyond the mundane and into a smiling realm of no worry meals! Cooking and its mouthwatering fragrances, its teasing textures, and its vibrant visionary delights are an indulgence. Every bit as indulgent as language and literature, travel and cultural dignity, the arts and aesthetic beauty, long walks in nature and a fresh mind, and margaritas and a friend you haven’t seen in too long. Food That Works helps you make indulging in a life well lived an easy endeavor.
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Saturday I go shopping for the ingredients that I’ll need for that week’s meals and then on Sunday I do the prep. I love seeing my shopping cart (and then my fridge) chock full of fresh vegetables and mostly single-ingredient foods that I’m going to eat.
And the food … It’s amazing! Every week there’ve been multiple recipes from the book that I can’t believe I made. I can’t imagine having a better meal at a restaurant. My favorite dish so far was the polenta bake with eggplant, tomato sauce, sautéed spinach, and fresh mozzarella. But seriously, ALL the food’s been incredible. And incredibly easy to make.
For those who are curious, we are not talking about stripped-down meals of plain chicken with a side of broccoli and wild rice. NO, this is legit crazy-good food bursting with flavor and yumminess.
This is not a diet. It’s a better way of eating. I think of it like a meal system. And it’s so simple. Chop up your veggies on Sunday and throw them in various Tupperware containers. Maybe pre-cook some chicken, make some easy-peasy salsa, etc. Then throughout the week you just pull what you need from your well-stocked fridge and you have an amazing meal ready to eat in no time. PLUS, if you’re going through this book on your own, you’ll have a ton of leftover meals that will freeze well.
I’ve been telling everyone I know about Food That Works because it’s truly incredible. I feel empowered by doing something as simple as making my own damn food. But it is empowering because by making all your own meals, you’re not only eating better and more cheaply than you would going out (I’m averaging about $12/day for ALL THREE MEALS), you’re practically eating gourmet food at every turn. But the real difference – at least for me – is that I feel like I’ve taken my life back into my own hands. What I eat is up to me now and not up to whatever is the freshest in the hot case at my local grocery store.
So buy this book and try it for yourself. There’s a lot of flexibility with each week’s menus and individual recipes. Keep in mind though that when you bring your food to work your coworkers are going to be jealous of the food that YOU made and they're going to want it.
Thank you, Malia for this incredible book!