For better or worse, we’re solidly headed into 2022. The weather is damp and grey, and the excitement of the holidays is in our rearview mirror. I don’t know about you, but it seems like all I can muster ambition for lately is a hot cup of tea and a nice, thick novel. However, obligations still abound. My family still needs to be fed, our schedule is just as busy as ever, and after the rich meals and endless sweets of the holiday season, I’m ready for some new recipes that are quick, healthy, and still delicious.
That’s where these ten books come in. Representing speedy weeknight dinners, make-ahead lunches, Instant Pot specialties, and even a few quick and delicious bakes, they all have recipes to get you and yours fed in record time, so you can return to that cozy blanket and blockbuster novel.
I’m super excited about this, the third title in the Nom Nom Paleo collection. Tam’s recipes are fun, fast, and delicious, and the books themselves, written in a graphic novel-style format, are colorful and compulsively readable.
It seems like the more I crave some sort of comfort food, the less time I have to make it. Thankfully, the folks at America’s Test Kitchen have us covered. With the quality you’d expect from America’s Test Kitchen: each of the 170 recipes designed to get rich, savory, comforting meals on the table in less than an hour.
While you may already know it’s great for speeding up meaty stews and soups, it’s also terrific for vegan dishes – learning to cook dried beans in my Instant Pot was a real game changer! The Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook brings you nearly 100 easy, nutritious, and tasty recipes to get dinner on the table in a snap.
The only appliance I love more than my Instant Pot is my air fryer. This book helps you move beyond reheating corn dogs and mozzarella sticks and gives you 100 recipes for restaurant-quality foods with very little mess or fuss.
Mediterranean cooking is hugely popular right now, and with its bright, fresh flavors and focus on healthy fats, lean meats, and fresh produce, it’s no wonder. The Weeknight Mediterranean offers 80 recipes that are fresh, healthy, and fast – perfect for the weeknight dinner rush.
Not a traditional meal-prep book, this gem from America’s Test Kitchen instead offers a weekly plan, including a shopping list, for prepping and cooking five dinners a week in the time it would take to order takeout. This guide offers helpful tips for prepping ingredients ahead and how to store prepped foods, minimizing kitchen waste and maximizing your limited kitchen time.
This is a classic meal-prep cookbook, packed with grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches, perfect for busy days. I find planning my lunches ahead helps me eat healthier and avoid the fast-food trap on my workdays, and with 115 recipes to choose from, this book offers a lot of variety for fast and healthy meals.
Teighan Gerard focusses on weeknight cooking and easy entertaining in this book. Including make-ahead, meal prep, and slow-cooker recipes with her signature focus of comforting foods with fresh flavors, this book is sure to be a weeknight cooking workhorse for any kitchen.
I loved Nadiya on both The Great British Baking Show and her Netflix show Time to Eat. This cookbook features fast, family-friendly recipes featured on her show, with tips and hints for making ahead, doubling, or freezing many of the recipes.
Classic recipes from Ina Garten with tips for making some or all of the dish ahead of time, and how to store it. Because it’s always wonderful to have a soup or a casserole on deck for an unexpectedly busy day, or to deliver to a friend in need of a pick-me-up.