Southern Living- “What’s For Supper” 5-Ingredient Weeknight Meals cookbook review

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I am not a creative cook.  At all.  What I am is good at following directions.

I live by my cookbooks- but some of them like to get all “fancy” on me, and during the week, who has time for that?  Really.  Not your average mom with kids, not your working parents- not many people.  Sure, you bust out the fancy cooking now and again, but for regular nights- you need something that is fast, easy, and that everyone will eat (but still has nutritional value and is good for them).

That’s why I love this particular cookbook- Southern Living’s new “What’s For Supper” 5-Ingredient Weeknight Meals compiles fast and easy meals for those busy weeknights spend doing homework, driving the kids hither and yon, and getting home from work later then we really wanted to (or in my case and the case of those who work at home, not getting it all done as fast as I had hoped to), and still trying to get the laundry done. This really is a “must have” for busy parents- yes, you can always play on pinterest or get your google on, but this is just so easy to have it all in one place for easy access- and the meals are so easy to prepare without having to have a culinary degree to make.  (Those books just make me nuts…I don’t have time to learn cutting techniques, I just want to get dinner on the table.)

If you are in the market for a new cookbook, want to try out some new recipes to shake up your dinners (hey, we all get in ruts), or just love to cook- try this one out, it has become a favorite in my house. (It really is fast!)  Pick yours up on Amazon or wherever books are sold.


A bit more information-

WHAT’S FOR SUPPER: 5-Ingredient Weeknight Meals is much more than a compilation of easy recipes – it’s an indispensible tool for seasoned cooks and novices alike. It teaches you how to stock your pantry with basics, such as a variety of oils, vinegars, and condiments for flavorful, fast cooking. The tips for timesaving and equipping your kitchen will give you huge advantages when that six o’ clock crunch time rolls around.

In less time than it takes to order-in delivery or drive to the closest fast food joint, these made-from-scratch meals will be on the table. The recipes are Southern Living Test Kitchen-approved, and they’re guaranteed to be as easy as a quick stop to the grocery store, grabbing 5 simple ingredients and within 30-minutes enjoying a gourmet supper with your family.

WHAT’S FOR SUPPER: 5-Ingredient Weeknight Meals includes a wide variety of simple, crowd-pleasing dishes for any occasion. In the “Hot off the Grill!” chapter, you’ll master recipes for mouth-watering grilled dishes like Korean Flank Steak and Grilled Chicken Caprese. In the “No Cook Suppers” chapter even your most hectic days are made easier. Without using a grill, oven, or even your stovetop you can prepare dishes like Curried Mango Chicken Salad, Heirloom Tomato Panzanella, and Cornbread-Vegetable Salad.

As a mom with a 12-year old son, author Vanessa McNeil Rocchio understands you can’t sacrifice nutrition for convenience. In “So Easy Sides” she offers scrumptious recipes for healthy vegetable sides that round out any meal like her Smoky Sweet Potato Mash, Summer Fresh Ratatouille, or Rosemary-Garlic White Bean Mash. And be sure to save room for something sweet because Vanessa’s 3-ingredient desserts are the perfect and easy ending to any weeknight meal. The Mint Chocolate Truffles and Brownie Buttons will become instant hits with the kids.


  1. Vickie Couturier says

    those are some really nice looking reciepes in that cookbook

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