Book Review: Smart Meal Prep for Beginners by Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN


Smart Meal Prep for Beginners by Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CON

Rockridge Press (July 31, 2018)




Bestselling meal prep author Toby Amidor shows you how to master meal prep with easy recipes and weekly meal plans in Smart Meal Prep for Beginners.

Smart meal prep means you never have to ask what’s for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. In Smart Meal Prep for Beginners, meal prep expert Toby Amidor makes it easier than ever to start (and stick with) meal prep, so that you have ready-to-go healthy meals every day of the week.

This meal prep cookbook goes beyond general meal prep guidance, and provides a 6-week plan to make a habit of meal prep and keep your fridge full. With specific, step-by-step instructions and meal prep plans that eliminate the guesswork of what to eat and for which meal, this cookbook is your kick-start guide to meal prep like a pro.

The point of meal prep is to set yourself up for success, not stress. This meal prep guide and cookbook gives you the tools you need to make meal prep a regular part of your routine, with:

  • 6-Weekly meal prep plans that progressively ease beginners from prepping breakfast and lunch (2 plans) to a full day’s meal prep featuring breakfast, lunch, and dinner (4 plans)
  • Must-have meal prep tools that include prep day guidance, shopping lists, plus storage and reheating information
  • Meal prep 101 gets you started with need-to-know info about meal prepping, including meal prep Dos and Don’ts and food storage guidelines

Smart Meal Prep for Beginners is a fool-proof plan to meal prep like a pro and have healthy meals ready-to-go, no questions asked.




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Guides you step-by-step through the process of meal prepping

I absolutely love this cookbook. It provides an easy to understand system to prepping meals so regardless of your hectic schedule, you can enjoy home-cooked, healthy meals. This is a big plus for me, especially during sports season when games/practices run late and you need a fast meal on the table. I now have healthy options instead of the unhealthy drive-thru meal. Meal prep is defined as preparing and storing, in advance, several individual servings of one or more weekly meals. They are fully cooked and stored so that it’s ready to heat and eat when you’re ready for it. Written especially for beginners of meal prepping by providing plans in progressive stages, starting with three recipes for the first two plans to ease you in. By the last plan, you up to six recipes. Specific, step-by-step instructions and meal plans (with of course your ability to tweak as desired). You’re given a shopping list for the week, the equipment needed, step-by-step instructions, your weekly menu, and recipes. All recipes are doable with ingredients that are easy to find at your regular grocery store. Book is easy to read and follow. Good layout and size. Another keeper of a cookbook from Toby Amidor.

ARC provided by the publisher

Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (July 31, 2018)


I also recommend The Easy 5-Ingredient Healthy Cookbook by Toby Amidor which I use frequently. Here is a link to my review:




 TOBY AMIDOR MS, RD, CDN, is a leading nutritionist, recipe developer, and bestselling cookbook author with over 20 years of experience in the food and nutrition industry. She is a nutrition expert for and a founding contributor to its Healthy Eats blog. Toby regularly contributes to U.S. News & World Report Eat + Run blog and, and she has her own “Ask the Expert” column in Today’s Dietitian magazine.

Learn more about Toby on her website:



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