You may have seen the Food Network show, Week in a Day, with Rachael Ray. Rachael's new cookbook by the same name is now out, offering a step-by-step guide for how to make a week's worth of meals with minimal effort. If you think that's — ahem — a crock, think again.
The idea behind the cookbook is that you spend one day cooking (Cook Day) so that you can prepare several meals in advance. That way, when you have one of those nights when you can't imagine whipping up a meal, all you have to do is pop a previously prepared dish in the oven before sitting down to dinner.
The recipes included in this cookbook were chosen because they're good candidates for advanced prep. Follow Rachael's tips, make your shopping list and cook. Whether you choose a few recipes to make for the week, or one for each night of the work week, you'll still use one day as your Cook Day — the day you prepare your subsequent meals. You'll find Rachael's Foundation Recipes helpful, too. These are recipes that call for making a big batch of something that you can use to create other dishes (think poached chicken that can be used in a salad, soups or casseroles).
You'll find the 250 recipes in the book span the four seasons and include globally-inspired dishes and side dishes, too. Each main dish recipe also details how to proceed with cooking (or where to stop), whether you're making it to enjoy on another day or later that night. Within the book are tags that you can access for digital content, like bonus recipes or Rachael demonstrating techniques. The last section in the book, 1 Grocery Bag 3 Meals, is noteworthy: Everything you need to make three mouth-watering meals is detailed. You'll find a shopping list for the grocery store, a list for ingredients to pull from your pantry and, of course, three recipes.
With some great tips, recipes and some advanced prep, Week in a Day can help you get dinner on the table no matter how busy things seem.
Serves 6 as an entree or 10-12 as a starter
Copyright © 2013 by Rachael Ray from WEEK IN A DAY published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster Inc.
Rachel Ray has a wildly successful career as a syndicated TV star, an iconic Food Network TV personality, best-selling cookbook author, founder and editorial director of her own lifestyle magazine, Every Day with Rachel Ray, and founder of the Yum-o! organization. Ray also recently signed another three book deal with the Atria Publishing Group and her imprint with Atria Books — Rachael Ray Books — just launched its first title, Beating the Lunch Box Blues by J.M. Hirsch.
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