Food That Works: Real Meals to Survive the 9 to 5

Food That Works: Real Meals to Survive the 9 to 5


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Most of us work long hours, so we need fast, healthful, portable breakfasts and lunches. Then, when we get home at night, we need easy delicious dinners that can be assembled in about the same amount of time it takes to change into our sweatpants. Having a busy schedule does not mean we must compromise our health, settling for subpar meals in a restaurant or from a cardboard box or drive-thru window.

You work hard; you deserve fresh food. Malia Dell created this food system so you don’t have to think. You can go to the store with a complete shopping list and come home with a plan for the whole week.

Food That Works is a Monday-through-Friday survival cookbook, designed specifically for busy people who want to eat more meals prepared at home and fewer meals out. Each week, many of us go through the same routine of making shopping lists, going to the store, and planning what the hell to eat. Being tired and unprepared during the week, we end up settling for most of our meals out, only to watch all of our fresh food rot in the fridge–again. Why recreate the wheel? Buy this book and you will no longer dread going to the grocery store. All of the information you need for successful meal planning has been captured between these two covers.

Food That Works offers you five great weekly menus to choose from, all paired with shopping lists, prep instructions, and realistic recipes for the week. It teaches you to be a savvy shopper and encourages you to select the best quality ingredients by reading ingredients labels, moving you away from settling for processed and packaged foods.

Food That Works teaches you how to prep, keep food in rotation, and run your kitchen efficiently–like a restaurant! It provides healthful recipes for the meals you already know and love (burgers, tacos, chili, BBQ chicken), all designed to have minimal clean up. Who has time to clean? These delicious recipes will get you out of your ol' familiar-food rut. You will have a plan for every ingredient you buy, and there will be no more food waste!

No matter what your level of cooking knowledge, this book has you covered. It has been used by people whose skills range from novice to chef. This book provides detailed guides to ingredients and utensils, and gets beginners started in the kitchen with confidence. It contains everything you need to know, from food shopping to assembling nutritious recipes, and even more importantly, how to realistically implement this plan during the workweek.

This books turns your fridge into a whole food salad bar (baked chicken breasts, hard-boiled eggs, baked sweet potatoes, chopped vegetables), so when you swing open the door—BOOM—all your possibilities are right there in front of you. Not all of my techniques are glamorous, but they work. Sometimes, you just need to be able to slam some good food down your gullet and move on. This is real food on the fly. Let's do this!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996395069
Publisher: Food That Works
Publication date: 10/13/2015
Pages: 166
Sales rank: 334,596
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

Malia Dell is a wellness consultant whose mission is to improve workplace health. She helps clients increase their productivity, gain control of their eating habits, and develop their confidence in the kitchen. Working with corporations, universities, and other professional organizations, Malia educates in a way that is both inspiring and entertaining. She is a certified wellness coach, fitness instructor, self-taught cook, and an advocate for ending food waste.

Melissa Kelly is an award-winning chef in Rockland, Maine. She received the 1999 & 2013 Best Chef in the Northeast James Beard Award. She is the Executive Chef and co-owner of Primo, and exquisite farm-to-table restaurant with a focus on local ingredients. She graduated first in class from the Culinary Institute of America and worked with Larry Forgione at An American Place and Alice Waters at Chez Panisse.

Paula Jacobson and Sheilah Kaufman bring their extensive cookbook publication knowledge and experience to you. They will guide you through the writing and publication process by providing editing, proofreading, indexing, recipe testing, and mentoring services. Sheilah and Paula will attend to every detail, making sure you cross your t's and dot your i's.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Melissa Kelly, Author Preface, Introduction; How to Use This Book;
Important Tips to Shop and Eat By; Preparation Guide; Cooking Terms; Kitchen Utensils; 1-Red Week-Short Week; To Buy or Not to Buy...Organic; 2-Blue Week-Exotic Getaway; Refrigerator Reorg; 3-Yellow Week-Crank Up the Color; A Small Portion on Portions; 4-Green Week-International Palate; 5-Orange Week-Ambitious One; Acknowledgements;
Ingredients Guide; Resources & Good Reads; Index

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Food That Works: Real Meals to Survive the 9 to 5 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
sqwirk More than 1 year ago
I backed this book on Kickstarter last year and was really excited when it came last week. I don't cook and I eat pretty poorly. I'm talking PB&Js and Domino's with the occasional Toaster Strudel. Reasons I don't cook: 1) time 2) money 3) cleaning 4) lack of courage to actually make something edible. Enter Food That Works: my new soulmate (at least in the kitchen). The meals are introduced easily enough for me to understand and actually do them, they taste great (and again, I don't cook, so this is a miracle), I somehow don't have a pile of dishes to do afterwards, and you even get the shopping lists for what to make for the whole WEEK. So instead of going to the store every other day, I can just do things in one trip. Boom. The food prep day is pretty ingenious and I'm a little embarrassed I didn't think of it myself! I haven't worked through all of the weeks yet but by flipping through and reading ahead, I can tell there are meals even my picky palate will like. I've had a lot of fun organizing my kitchen with tips from the book and am looking forward to what the next four weeks will bring! GET THIS BOOK, it will easily change the way you eat in ways you can't even imagine!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has everything you'd ever need and more. It is designed for those of us who long for delicious, healthy foods but can't find time in our busy schedules to make it happen. I love how the shopping lists are all included, making your "prep day" super easy and fast. Dedicating a couple hours a week to prepare for the seven days ahead is really worthwhile, a practice which mimics the restaurant style of keeping food in rotation. Malia makes it easy and fun to cook, as if she's right there beside you to guide you through this journey to better living and health. This book has helped me feed myself better, with minimal planning and effort. And, it gave me a new appreciation for real food that I prepared myself, a task which can be daunting but is made effortless by this cookbook. If you are a lover of food on a tight schedule, and you don't have hours to spend every night on elaborate meals, you should definitely purchase this book! It has totally changed the way I shop, prepare and cook my meals.
Miggy-P More than 1 year ago
this book has changed the way I feel about cooking. A friend recommended the book to me as I'm a busy 9-5er and the FURTHEST thing from cook. This book is fantastic. most of the ingredients are items I already had in my cabinets. When i went to prep my meals I couldn't believe how quick and easy it was-I never considered prepping when I got home from the grocery store for the week. This made a HUGE difference when preparing my lunch and even more so, my dinner. cooking was fun and easy! the author (Malia Dell) walks you through each step and you can feel her personality come through in the words. It's like having a buddy right there in the kitchen with you. I'm thoroughly impressed and can't wait to try more meals! Now I'm completely satisfied from dinner, feel good about what I ate, and my kitchen is clean because clean-up was a breeze. This book has made this novice chef feel much more comfortable in the kitchen.