On my quest to be ever more prepared and organized with meals, I’m so thankful that my friend and dietitian colleague Toby Amidor has written the COOLEST book: The Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook. I’m kind of a grab and go person and I do much better when I make breakfast the night before, pack leftovers for lunch and make a shopping list for the week. Living a busy lifestyle can sometimes equal living a more unhealthy one but it doesn’t have to if you prepare ahead. One of my nutrition mentors told me long ago when I was a student that nutrition is both a science and an art. Well, so is meal prepping.
In her new cookbook, Toby provides practical and simple meal prep solutions with easy-to-follow instructions including grocery lists and equipment, information on healthy eating, and how to appropriately store prepped food. Folks are forever asking dietitians for meal plans so here you go! Toby created three flexible 2-week meal plans in The Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook and includes recipes that are right up my alley like Root Vegetable and Bean Soup, Avo Egg Scramble Wrap, and Farro Tabbouleh – plenty of options for veggies like me as well as recipes with seafood and meat in them.
I made her root vegetable and bean soup today and it was fabulous! I loved how easy and quick it was to make. I’m constantly cooking with beans so I also have some favorite recipes including my Great Northern Bean Soup and Simple Spicy Vegetarian Chili. As we head into fall, I’ll be whipping these up regularly and now I’ve got Toby’s delicious Root Vegetable and Bean Soup in my repertoire, too. Let me know what you think in the comments – would a cookbook like Toby’s be helpful to you?!
Ginger Hultin,MS, RD, CSO
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