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Save time, money, and calories with #1 New York Times bestselling author Gina Homolka's simple, smart solutions for healthy freezer meals, ready-to-serve dishes, grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches, ingenious "planned-overs," and more. Whether you're looking to lose weight or just eat a little healthier, meal prepping and cooking in advance helps you stay on track with your Save time, money, and calories with #1 New York Times bestselling author Gina Homolka's simple, smart solutions for healthy freezer meals, ready-to-serve dishes, grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches, ingenious "planned-overs," and more. Whether you're looking to lose weight or just eat a little healthier, meal prepping and cooking in advance helps you stay on track with your diet, saves time on busy weeknights, and is great for your budget. Skinnytaste Meal Prep delivers more than 120 healthy, diverse recipes that turn simple, easy-to-find ingredients into flavor-packed meals and snacks you'll have ready at your fingertips for the week ahead and beyond. Gina utilizes a number of brilliant time-saving strategies, including recipes to prep ahead so they can go straight from the freezer (your kitchen's secret weapon!) to the Instant Pot(R), slow cooker, or oven to finish cooking, along with dishes that are completely made ahead and easily reheated. With these flexible techniques, you'll have meals on-hand months in advance, ready whenever the need arises, with no further shopping or cooking required. Imagine stress-free mornings when you can enjoy Lemon Blueberry Sheet Pan Pancakes for breakfast and just grab a DIY Chicken Taco Kit for lunch on your way out the door--no more unhealthful drive-thru breakfast sandwiches or expensive takeout. Healthy bites like Pumpkin Hummus and "Everything" Nuts will fuel you through the afternoon. For no-prep, effortless dinners, Roasted Vegetable Lasagna, Moussaka Makeover, and Greek Chicken Pilaf Bowls will make the entire family happy and satisfied. With Skinnytaste Meal Prep, cooking smarter and eating healthier just got a whole lot simpler.


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Save time, money, and calories with #1 New York Times bestselling author Gina Homolka's simple, smart solutions for healthy freezer meals, ready-to-serve dishes, grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches, ingenious "planned-overs," and more. Whether you're looking to lose weight or just eat a little healthier, meal prepping and cooking in advance helps you stay on track with your Save time, money, and calories with #1 New York Times bestselling author Gina Homolka's simple, smart solutions for healthy freezer meals, ready-to-serve dishes, grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches, ingenious "planned-overs," and more. Whether you're looking to lose weight or just eat a little healthier, meal prepping and cooking in advance helps you stay on track with your diet, saves time on busy weeknights, and is great for your budget. Skinnytaste Meal Prep delivers more than 120 healthy, diverse recipes that turn simple, easy-to-find ingredients into flavor-packed meals and snacks you'll have ready at your fingertips for the week ahead and beyond. Gina utilizes a number of brilliant time-saving strategies, including recipes to prep ahead so they can go straight from the freezer (your kitchen's secret weapon!) to the Instant Pot(R), slow cooker, or oven to finish cooking, along with dishes that are completely made ahead and easily reheated. With these flexible techniques, you'll have meals on-hand months in advance, ready whenever the need arises, with no further shopping or cooking required. Imagine stress-free mornings when you can enjoy Lemon Blueberry Sheet Pan Pancakes for breakfast and just grab a DIY Chicken Taco Kit for lunch on your way out the door--no more unhealthful drive-thru breakfast sandwiches or expensive takeout. Healthy bites like Pumpkin Hummus and "Everything" Nuts will fuel you through the afternoon. For no-prep, effortless dinners, Roasted Vegetable Lasagna, Moussaka Makeover, and Greek Chicken Pilaf Bowls will make the entire family happy and satisfied. With Skinnytaste Meal Prep, cooking smarter and eating healthier just got a whole lot simpler.

30 review for Skinnytaste Meal Prep: Healthy Make-Ahead Meals and Freezer Recipes to Simplify Your Life: A Cookbook

  1. 5 out of 5

    marta the book slayer

    The meal prep portion of this book was too intimidating, so instead I picked a few recipes that look the most appetizing and they did not disappoint. I can instantly see how this cookbook has so many holds on it at the library. The recipes were pretty simple and SO FLAVORFUL. The first recipe I attempted to make was the chickpea spinach tomato curry (pictured on the left) and it did not disappoint. I love a vegetable curry, however this one used canned crushed tomatoes which really added depth t The meal prep portion of this book was too intimidating, so instead I picked a few recipes that look the most appetizing and they did not disappoint. I can instantly see how this cookbook has so many holds on it at the library. The recipes were pretty simple and SO FLAVORFUL. The first recipe I attempted to make was the chickpea spinach tomato curry (pictured on the left) and it did not disappoint. I love a vegetable curry, however this one used canned crushed tomatoes which really added depth to the flavor I know and love. In fact, this was so good I made it twice. When I was craving something warm and all restaurants were closed on July 4th, I was able to quickly re-make this with my pantry ingredients. (I think it turned out even better the second time). I invited my friend over for dinner one evening and we made a pesto chicken and roasted veggie farro bowl (pictured on the right). The pesto was made using spinach and arugula which was an interesting twist on the pesto I usually eat. The recipe picture on the right is of a quinoa bowl using the remaining vegetables and chicken with chimichurri drizzled on top. Delicious when made as intended and as leftovers. As a quick breakfast snack that was supposed to last me a couple of days (but only lasted ~2) are the stuffed bagel balls (pictured on the left). I am notorious for going to Dunkin and ordering these any chance I get. I took the initiative to try and make them at home instead to replicate the flavor I so desperately crave. Excuse the ones in the back that had the cream cheese spilling out, I'm not a professional pastry chef and what matters most is the flavor not the looks! My mom and boyfriend were a fan of these, but I think they are best eaten fresh out of the oven and don't taste as good reheated. Because my boyfriend is acting like a baby after his COVID vaccine (honestly seeking he has 0 side effects), I decided to treat him to a warm cup of chicken and wild rice soup (pictured on the right). This soup was perfect even though I substituted basmati rice instead. I was worried that the consistency would be too thick, however adding some chicken broth helps when it's reheated. I also appreciated that the cookbook included instructions for a dutch oven if an InstantPot was not owned (which in this case was not). It may not look the prettiest but as long as the flavors are there I am a fan. Finally, not pictured but which I will do as soon as the soup runs out is chicken souvlaki pitas so stay tuned. Overall, pleasantly surprised with this cookbook. Katy has got a lot of great recipes to chose from so I hope she's assured that the cookbook has been tested and approved for by me. ∙∙∙∙∙∙∙∙∙ Welcome to my journey of "holy fuck I moved out of my home and now I need to cook everyday." I'll be visiting my local library to pick up cookbooks as I navigate adulthood. Please feel free to recommend me any cookbooks you enjoy. cooking experiment 1: lunch! cooking experiment 2: mostly plants cooking experiment 3: skinny taste meal prep

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kendra

    I was pretty excited to get Gina Homolka's newest cookbook in the mail last weekend. Her Skinnytaste website is probably my favorite go-to place for recipe ideas. Homolka is a master at providing healthy recipes full of flavor. Her latest cookbook appealed to me because I don't really like cooking during the week. I do it, but it is a struggle. I like to meal prep and cook stuff on the weekends to keep us from going out or ordering in when I am too tired to think at the end of the day. The book I was pretty excited to get Gina Homolka's newest cookbook in the mail last weekend. Her Skinnytaste website is probably my favorite go-to place for recipe ideas. Homolka is a master at providing healthy recipes full of flavor. Her latest cookbook appealed to me because I don't really like cooking during the week. I do it, but it is a struggle. I like to meal prep and cook stuff on the weekends to keep us from going out or ordering in when I am too tired to think at the end of the day. The book provides a lot of great ideas. While the meal planning section was a bit more complicated than I am willing to take on, the make-ahead and freezable recipes look delicious. I have been able to make three so far. The Stuffed Chicken Parmesan and Asparagus, Freezer Chicken Black Bean Burritos, and Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili. All three were winners and I have another meal's worth of burritos and a couple of containers of Basil Pomodoro Sauce ready for quick meals sometime in the future.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    Everything looks yummy and I like the tips and planovers.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    I love Gina’s books. Flavorful meals, recipes appeal to a wide range of tastes, and include nutrition information, which has been very helpful when planning for company. I have yet to make a SkinnyTaste meal that we haven’t enjoyed, and am excited to incorporate more of her meals into my meal prep repertoire.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Yvette Barton

    Easy, family friendly, flavorful food. I've made a dozen recipes so far and my family has enjoyed all of them. Favorites so far are the Gyro Loaf and Cheeseburger Egg Rolls. Easy, family friendly, flavorful food. I've made a dozen recipes so far and my family has enjoyed all of them. Favorites so far are the Gyro Loaf and Cheeseburger Egg Rolls.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    The breakfast and entree salads look so good. I will have to buy this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Smyth

    For those who don't know, I am a big FOODIE! This book is beautiful. I love the recipes, the meal plans and the freezer favorites. Try the smashed broccoli pecorino farro bowls....they are amazing!!! For those who don't know, I am a big FOODIE! This book is beautiful. I love the recipes, the meal plans and the freezer favorites. Try the smashed broccoli pecorino farro bowls....they are amazing!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    I love some of the breakfast ideas. There are a lot of bowls which require much chopping but overall some good recipes. We love the avacado,tomato and egg bowl.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Camie

    Beautiful book with pictures for each recipe. Had to return before I could make these meals. (I bought the kindle edition, so I can look up later.) So I can't comment yet how good everything is. MEALS TO TRY: p. 40 Baked Oatmeal Cups p. 66 Ramen Salad Bowls with Grilled Chicken p. 60 Food cart chicken and white sauce p. 77 Tuna and White Bean Salad p. 81 Surf and Turf with gorgonzola p. 89 Fiesta Quinoa Salad p. 101 Sauces and 100 Bowl IDeas p. 102 Chicken meatballsp. p. 110 Chili lime Black Bean Cauliflo Beautiful book with pictures for each recipe. Had to return before I could make these meals. (I bought the kindle edition, so I can look up later.) So I can't comment yet how good everything is. MEALS TO TRY: p. 40 Baked Oatmeal Cups p. 66 Ramen Salad Bowls with Grilled Chicken p. 60 Food cart chicken and white sauce p. 77 Tuna and White Bean Salad p. 81 Surf and Turf with gorgonzola p. 89 Fiesta Quinoa Salad p. 101 Sauces and 100 Bowl IDeas p. 102 Chicken meatballsp. p. 110 Chili lime Black Bean Cauliflower Bowl p. 117 Pesto Chicken adn Masked Farro p. 118 Banh Mi Turkey Meatball Rice Bowl p. 122 Kofta Meatball p. 133 Smashed brocoli & farro p. 170 Baked Spinach Stuffed Shells p. 173 Chickpea Curry p. 189 Falafel burgers p. 194 chicken marinade options p. 195 Instant Pot chicken and dumpling soup p. 255 Chicken summer bowls p. 276 Colombian Beans

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Goodall

    I’m rather disappointed in this book. I’ve collected and used and loved all of the other books in the Skinnytaste series. I constantly recommend them to friends and family. This edition does not reach the level of the others. I have become a really good cook thanks to these books and this newest one takes a step backward in trying to make things too simple or easy for people. I’m sick to death of the argument that people don’t have time to make healthy tasty meals. All of the other books have pr I’m rather disappointed in this book. I’ve collected and used and loved all of the other books in the Skinnytaste series. I constantly recommend them to friends and family. This edition does not reach the level of the others. I have become a really good cook thanks to these books and this newest one takes a step backward in trying to make things too simple or easy for people. I’m sick to death of the argument that people don’t have time to make healthy tasty meals. All of the other books have proven that healthy and delicious is not time consuming or difficult. This book is just paying lip service to the “cult of busy”. Please put out more books like your original with interesting recipes that reaffirm that healthy and delicious is not difficult and very often not time consuming.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This is pretty much everything I want in a cookbook. Family friendly, using real food, easy straightforward instructions and you have the option to prep ahead. I'm starting to do this, and this book was very helpful. The author includes full nutritional information, helpful prep hints, and there is a photo for each recipe. I found the breakfast and dinner sections to be the best, but really the whole thing is a keeper. I guess if you're looking for appliance specific recipes, like for the crockp This is pretty much everything I want in a cookbook. Family friendly, using real food, easy straightforward instructions and you have the option to prep ahead. I'm starting to do this, and this book was very helpful. The author includes full nutritional information, helpful prep hints, and there is a photo for each recipe. I found the breakfast and dinner sections to be the best, but really the whole thing is a keeper. I guess if you're looking for appliance specific recipes, like for the crockpot or instant pot, there aren't many here. I took this out of the library and am probably going to have to buy it. That's how much we're using it. If you're looking for healthy, easy to plan meals for a family or group, this is a great resource.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Briel

    So many great options in this cookbook along with smart tips and tricks for meal prep. I read a few of her other cookbooks and wasn’t enamored with them, but this book focuses on real food made simple rather than calorie counting/replacing high fat ingredients with lower fat ingredients. Most recipes are GF or can be made GF and many are low dairy/low sugar without replacing with stevia, etc. I borrowed from the library, but I’m adding to my wish list to purchase.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rhiannon Johnson

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Some of my cookbooks are beautiful and lovely to look at but sometimes their recipes are too far out of my comfort zone. Then there are cookbooks like Skinnytaste Meal Prep: Healthy Make-Ahead Meals and Freezer Recipes to Simplify Your Life that I can tell I'm going to use almost every week. In addition to mouth-watering photos on almost every other page, the ingredients are easy to obtain and recipes are easy to I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Some of my cookbooks are beautiful and lovely to look at but sometimes their recipes are too far out of my comfort zone. Then there are cookbooks like Skinnytaste Meal Prep: Healthy Make-Ahead Meals and Freezer Recipes to Simplify Your Life that I can tell I'm going to use almost every week. In addition to mouth-watering photos on almost every other page, the ingredients are easy to obtain and recipes are easy to follow. I love to cook and I love recipes that can be assembled ahead of time. Since I work from home, I'm able to do a bit of prep work here and there when I take breaks throughout the day. I also love to make freezer meals but have had lots of mishaps over the years. I learned a few new tips and tricks at the beginning of this cookbook that I am excited to try out when stocking my freezer this fall. I tried the Baked Spinach Stuffed Shells (p 170) to make sure we liked the recipe and my next step will be to make a double batch with one for now and one for later. After I see how they come out of the freezer I'll decide if it's one of those recipes I can make in mass quantities (like I do with my lasagnas). Speaking of lasagnas there is also a Roasted Vegetable Lasagna (p 181) I am going to try (although I am very skeptical that anyone else in my family will like it, but it's worth a shot) as well as Juicy Italian Chicken Meatballs (p 102,) Black Bean and Butternut Enchilada Bake (p 185,) Autumn Stuffed Acorn Squash (p 221,) and Turkey Cheeseburger Egg Rolls (p 229.) In addition to all of those "Freezer Favorites" this cookbook also includes multiple recipes for Breakfast; Hearty Salads; Warm Grain, Noodle & Vegetable Bowls; Smart Snacks; and Big Batches & Planned-Overs. Whether you are looking for a cookbook for grab-and-go breakfasts, meal-prepping a week's worth of lunches, filling your freezer, or just you just need some dinner inspiration Skinnytaste Meal Prep: Healthy Make-Ahead Meals and Freezer Recipes to Simplify Your Life has what you need! Come chat with me about books here, too: Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest

  14. 5 out of 5

    ♡Ellie

    I can’t think of a better time this cookbook could have been released. While most of the country is still under a shelter in place, and we are spending more time at home, with the kids, and our families we are naturally spending more time in the kitchen and eating less out and about at restaurants. This cookbook is the perfect combination of all the meals prep and info you need so you don’t have to worry about what to cook for dinner. I love the ‘Meal Prep Basics’ section, when the author Gina s I can’t think of a better time this cookbook could have been released. While most of the country is still under a shelter in place, and we are spending more time at home, with the kids, and our families we are naturally spending more time in the kitchen and eating less out and about at restaurants. This cookbook is the perfect combination of all the meals prep and info you need so you don’t have to worry about what to cook for dinner. I love the ‘Meal Prep Basics’ section, when the author Gina sets us up for success. There’s also a super helpful Recipe Key throughout the book that will let you know the important details about the recipe quickly and effectively (ex: gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian eat..) She also includes amazing meal plans! The recipes are easy to follow, and the colorful vibrant photos are so beautiful. This cookbook has been a joy to cook through, fun, easy, and all of the ingredients used are healthy, and easy to find in your pantry or fridge! #essentials You’ll find hidden gems you never knew you needed in a cookbook, yet you realize “How did I ever live without all these amazing details?!” I am excited to continue diving into these delicious recipes. I’ve only had it a week and it has already saved me a TON of time in the kitchen, that I have been able to spend more time reading, and watching movies with my family, and pups. LOVE, love love this cookbook! I can’t recommend it enough! Healthy, time saver, beautiful and super tasty results!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This cookbook is an absolute staple in my home. Here’s a breakdown of what I love: 1. Variety - You’ll find Greek, Indian, Salvadorian, Italian, and American recipes to name a mere few. Each are packed with flavor, easy to make, and use easy to find ingredients. 2. Versatility - Each recipe contains instructions on how to adapt the meal to your needs. Want to eat it now? Freeze some for later? Break the meal into portions for easy meal prep? There’s plenty of recommendations on how to make the mos This cookbook is an absolute staple in my home. Here’s a breakdown of what I love: 1. Variety - You’ll find Greek, Indian, Salvadorian, Italian, and American recipes to name a mere few. Each are packed with flavor, easy to make, and use easy to find ingredients. 2. Versatility - Each recipe contains instructions on how to adapt the meal to your needs. Want to eat it now? Freeze some for later? Break the meal into portions for easy meal prep? There’s plenty of recommendations on how to make the most out of every meal which I really appreciated as someone who meal preps. 3. Meal Planning - The book begins with 4 weekly meal plans to make your healthy eating journey even simpler. You can easily swap out recipes and adapt the meal plan to fit your preferences. Overall, this is one of the most intentionally designed, functional cookbooks I’ve ever seen and would highly recommend it!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Another fabulous Skinnytaste offering from Gina Homolka. So many wonderful ideas for healthy, time-saving, easy recipes in Skinnytaste Meal Prep:Healthy Make-Ahead Meals and Freezer Recipes to Simplify Your Life. I received my book yesterday and I’ve already made one recipe last night. Delicious! Working on my meal planning for next week and I am going to incorporate a couple more into the list. This cookbook did not disappoint.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    I was pleasantly surprised by this. Usually I find cookbooks that tout healthy choices have you scampering to purchase atypical ingredients. This one is geared toward a more pedestrian pantry. (Not a bad thing.) It's a gentler curve to creating healthier meals. The pictures are representative of the recipes, the ingredient lists are realistic and instructions are uncomplicated. I would recommend this one. I was pleasantly surprised by this. Usually I find cookbooks that tout healthy choices have you scampering to purchase atypical ingredients. This one is geared toward a more pedestrian pantry. (Not a bad thing.) It's a gentler curve to creating healthier meals. The pictures are representative of the recipes, the ingredient lists are realistic and instructions are uncomplicated. I would recommend this one.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Courtney McGrale

    Skinnytaste rocks! I just love Gina Homolka’s take on healthy, simply delicious cooking. I have all of her cookbooks. This one has a smattering of everything: food prep instructions, storage and freezing tips, meal plans, and of course plenty of scrumptious recipes! This would make a beautiful holiday gift; the paper is thick, the cover gorgeous and colorful. Love ❤️

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rachelle

    Skinnytaste Meal Prep.... globally inspired cuisines offer ideas for weekday meals and weekend meal prep. Not all recipes appear portable for lunch or kid friendly, but everything looks delicious for a luxurious adult weeknight meal. Great suggestions for substitutions and alterations for different diet accommodations.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dani Avenue

    The best cook book I have EVER purchased!! In 2 weeks I have already made 5 recipes, and have begun to stock my freezer with healthy meals ready to go. She brilliantly explains exactly how to store each recipe and what parts can be frozen or should be left fresh. This book has made me excited to cook again!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amaryca

    This cookbook did not disappoint. I’m an avid meal prep junkie and this book is filled with great recipes and principles. The recipes are really good, but more important in this book is that it teaches you how to meal prep. She lays a foundation that will allow you to experiment and meal prep foods you love far beyond the recipes she gives. I will purchase this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Miss Clark

    2.5 stars Prepping ahead, freezer foods, lots of options for Instant Pot, nutritional information included for all the recipes. Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches (the recipe is not novel but the preparation is) Greek Yogurt Raspberry Loaf Stuffed Chicken Parmesan and Asparagus 5 Freezer Chicken Marinades* Freezer-to-Instant-Pot Thai Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash

  23. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    Normally, Skinnytaste cookbooks are a no brainer 5 star review for me. I own every cookbook that Gina Homolka has written and follow her site. In Meal Prep, I found that NUMEROUS recipes are repeats from other cookbooks. Furthermore, meal prep instructions were often confusing or non-existent. Actually trying to decide whether to keep this book or return it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sara Larson

    Beautiful book. The introduction and text are nice and get you excited for the recipes. I love reading cookbooks! Though many of the tips seemed pretty basic, but I’m sure they will be helpful to many readers. I have t tried any of the recipes yet, but have flagged several. Especially some of the breakfast and lunch prep. Fun read!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I liked the meal prep section of this book and it gave me some good ideas, but I didn't make any recipes from that section. I did make the chickpea tomato curry and the butternut squash and black bean enchilada bake and both were very good. My kids loved the enchilada bake and I will for sure make that again. I liked the meal prep section of this book and it gave me some good ideas, but I didn't make any recipes from that section. I did make the chickpea tomato curry and the butternut squash and black bean enchilada bake and both were very good. My kids loved the enchilada bake and I will for sure make that again.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen

    I LOVE Skinnytaste. My mom gifted me w/ this book and it is chock full of great recipes, perfect for meal prepping and freezing. I have never had a Skinnytaste recipe I didn’t like. I rely so much on the Skinnytaste website, and now I can rely on this book too for meal ideas.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Healthy recipes that can be made ahead. If you want to improve the way you eat, this would be a great cookbook to begin with. I loved the make ahead baked oatmeal oatmeal cups. I have several other recipes I plan to try.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mrs.

    I bought this book before Christmas to get back on track on my healthy eating journey, but sadly, I didn’t love what I saw in this book. I may use a few of the recipes, but ultimately will probably give the book away.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Yummy 😋 There are a variety of recipe options and tips to make them different. This book had beautiful pictures and presentation tips. I also appreciate the tips for making a freezer meal.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Such a great addition to my collection. Everything is delicious

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