Stress Free Family Meal Planning: Peek Inside A Sample Day

By Kristen Mccaffrey on

A look inside the meal plans in our new cookbook! Packed with over 75 brand new recipes and 4 weeks worth of amazing meal plans.

The Slender Kitchen Cookbook: Stress-Free Family Meal Planning is coming out in less than one month! I couldn't be more excited.

Today I am sharing a sneak peek inside the cookbook focusing on the weekly meal plans and what kind of meals you could expect in a typical day on the menus.  Also, I have to mention, these menus are so good! We have been eating from them for weeks and couldn't love them more. I promise you won't get bored, the meals are easy to prepare but packed with flavor. 

Remember, I want this book to be as useful as possible, so I included a full plan for 4 weeks of meal plans, shopping lists, and more. That means that you can use this cookbook in the traditional way, choosing any of the 75 delicious, healthy recipes OR you can follow the meal plans, use the shopping lists, and let me do the hard work of healthy meal planning for you. 

Before we get into the sample day, here's what you'll find in the cookbook. I have been cooking from it all the time and promise that these recipes are easy and delicious. You will love them. 

Stress Free Family Meal Planning cookbook with a red and white napkin.

Here's what you will find inside: 

  • 75 brand new recipes that were created just for this cookbook. They are easy to make, taste amazing, and work every time. All with beautiful photos, cooking tips, and more.
  • Weekly calendars and shopping lists including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and side dishes! It's everything you need to eat healthy all week.
  • A complete digital companion that will automatically adjust the recipes and shopping list to the exact servings you need. This book works for any family size.
  • Game plans and daily tips to make meal prep and cooking as easy as possible.
  • Kitchen hacks and shortcuts for nights when you need a little extra help.
  • Recipes that work! All recipes were tested multiple times to ensure they work every time. If they didn't get enthusiastic reviews, they were not included.
  • Easy and approachable recipes that were created with families in mind. Ingredients that are easy to find and affordable. Cooking techniques that make everyone successful in the kitchen.
  • Affordable and practical shopping lists that work for every budget. Save money on your weekly grocery bill and waste less.

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Peek Inside: What You'll Eat in a Day

Turkey bacon and spinach breakfast sandwiches with melted cheese on a cutting board.

Breakfast will start with these amazing Turkey Bacon and Spinach Breakfast Sandwiches. They will already be prepped and ready to go in the fridge or freezer with tons of ideas for how to personalize them and make them your own. (8 G, 6 B, 6 P)

Skillet Turkey Enchiladas with pico de gallo, jalapenos, and avocado in a skillet.

Lunch will be leftovers Skillet Turkey Enchiladas from the night before. This is one of my favorite recipes in the book since it has all the flavors of traditional enchiladas without all the hard work. In under 30 minutes these are ready and I promise your family will devour them.  And the leftovers are so good! (9 G, 5 B, 5 P)

Sheet pan honey mustard salmon, potatoes, and broccoli.

Then to finish the day is this deliciously simple One Pan Honey Mustard Salmon, Potatoes, and Broccoli. Everything cooks on the same sheet pan making this dish perfect for a busy night, especially since you won't have a sink full of dirty dishes after.  This was also one of the favorites among our recipe testers. (12 G, 8 B, 5 P)



Cookbook preview of meal plan and shopping list.

In case you're wondering....

Will this work for my family size?

This book was written with all different family sizes in mind. The recipes are easy to adjust and work for any number of servings. Additionally, we provide a digital companion that will automatically adjust the recipes and shopping list for you. Just tell us the number of servings you want for each work, and will adjust everything automatically.

My family is so picky, are these recipes picky eater friendly?

With two little girls at home and a picky husband, these recipes are packed with familiar ingredients used in delicious, fun, and new ways. All of the recipes were not only tested by my family, but also by multiple families to make sure they work in real life. You’ll find updated versions of classic recipes like American Chop Suey, Chicken Fingers, Carnitas Tacos, Orange Chicken, and more. All healthy, all packed with good for you ingredients, all delicious.

Does this include Weight Watchers Smartpoints?

We will include Green, Blue, and Purple Smartpoints on our website for all the recipes in the cookbook.

Is it easy to adjust the shopping lists?

Every recipe in the cookbook has a corresponding letter so that you can quickly eliminate or adjust items in the shopping list. It’s a foolproof, easy system that makes meal planning simple and straightforward.

Can I use this cookbook without using the meal plan?

Absolutely! At the end of the day, this cookbook is full of 75 delicious, healthy recipes that I know you will love. They are my best recipes and I can’t wait for you to try them. The meal plans and shopping lists complement the recipes, but the recipes can also stand on their own.

Why preorder?

Preorders are incredibly important to the success of a book and a great way to support the author. Booksellers use preorder amounts to determine how many books they will keep in stock. Good preorder numbers lead to a book being more widely available. Also, preorders count towards first week sales, which is a major factor in gaining publicity for the book, making bestseller lists, and being featured on the homepages and recommendation lists on sites like Amazon. 

Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Writing a cookbook has always been a dream of mine and it never would have happened without the support of you! I appreciate you being here and can't thank you enough for all your support over the years.

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