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From five-ingredient meals to time-saving Instant Pot dinners, the dishes featured in these six cookbooks are ideal for the busy school season that's upon us again.
With all the after-school projects, events and other commitments this time of year, getting dinner on the table proves to be extra challenging. To make things a little easier, we've rounded up six cookbooks that'll help you whip up delicious and nutritious meals for the fam as effortlessly as possible.
1. The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook
This year's best gadget award has to go to the Instant Pot. The pressure cooker is indeed having a comeback, as it makes dishes like fork-tender roasts and slowly simmered chilies entirely doable on busy, time-pressed weeknights. The Essential Instant Pot offers a variety of recipes — for everything from pulled pork to banana cake — that will have you reaching for this essential gadget every single night.
The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook, Coco Morante, Ten Speed Press, $25.95, Indigo.
2. Green Kitchen at Home: Quick and Healthy Vegetarian Food for Every Day
Cookbook authors and creators of the Green Kitchen Stories blog, David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl came out with a new cookbook offering recipes that can be made on the weekend and used in a variety of dishes during the week.
Green Kitchen at Home: Quick and Healthy Vegetarian Food for Every Day by David Frenkiel, $50, Indigo.
3. The School Year Survival Cookbook
Authors Laura Keogh and Ceri Marsh know a thing or two about what it’s like to feed a busy family every night. In The School Year Survival Cookbook, they share all the tools you need to keep a well-stocked and easy-to-use pantry and offer recipes with make-ahead directions for tasty dishes.
The School Year Survival Cookbook by Laura Keogh and Ceri Marsh, $29.95, Indigo.
Inviting and varied, one-bowl meals are a pleasant addition to any meal plan. This cookbook will ensure you never get bored of them with its recipes featuring variations of protein, veggies, grains and seasonings.
One-Bowl Meals Cookbook by The Williams Sonoma Test Kitchen $16.95, Indigo.
5. Salads: Over 60 satisfying salads for lunch and dinner
In a bit of a salad rut? This cookbook is for you. It will give you endless inspiration to create satisfying, filling salads boasting interesting combinations of ingredients. A few favourites include a carrot and pistachio salad with a spiced Middle-Eastern dressing and a corn and radicchio salad with smoked ham and Parmesan cheese.
Salads: Over 60 satisfying salads for lunch and dinner by Sue Quinn, $27.99, Indigo.
6. Weeknight Cooking for Two
The back-to-school period can be busy even if you live in a household of two. This cookbook is filled with easy 5-ingredient dinner ideas you can make in 30 minutes or less.
Weeknight Cooking for Two by Kenzie Swanhart, $23.50, Indigo.