Easy, Delicious Meals

Tuesday, Tuesday…why do you go by so slowly?

Nick and I both brought some leftover mac’n’cheese from last night for lunch today, and I added some extra peas to mine for more veggies.




Quick, easy, good.


I love Real Simple, so I was extremely excited when I was contacted last week to check out and review their new cookbook.


Real Simple, Best Recipes is a collection of some of the most popular, delicious, and easy-to-make recipes from the magazine’s ten-year heritage. I was excited to learn that because I have only been reading the magazine for a few years, and now I don’t have to miss out on their best recipes over the past decade!



I love the clean pages – lots of white space and not too much going on.


The pictures are all beautiful, and I love these information pages. I like having pages like this with all of this information in one place – it makes it easier to find when I’m just looking for one tip or suggestion.


I also love hardback cookbooks – I hate when paperback cookbooks won’t stay open while I’m trying to cook, don’t you? It’s so frustrating, and then I end up getting food on the pages, too.

This book also has a bookmarker attached!


One of the things I like the most about their recipes are that they are simple but still fun and tasty and make great meals. Their “simple” isn’t opening a can of soup, but most of their recipes don’t have very many steps or ingredients – you just end up making a great meal without spending too much time or money.

I actually just received the cookbook yesterday so I haven’t had the chance to make anything yet, but I do have a good amount of recipes marked already.

I will hopefully be reviewing the actual recipes soon, but I wanted to post this today because it is on sale starting today! If you like Real Simple magazine, you’ll definitely love the cookbook.

Thank you again, Kala! I’m excited to start cooking.



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  1. That is so cool that it has a bookmark! I have never seen such a thing.

  2. That cookbook looks great. Can’t wait to see what you whip up from it

  3. I LOVE Real Simple recipes – I have made a few so far (pre-blog days) and they all turned out great, and not too complicated so great for worknights! What a fantastic opportunity, can’t wait to see the cookin’ action :)

  4. i adore real simple! i’m with you on their layouts-so clean and every picture is beautiful

  5. Real simple is awesome! I bet it’ll be a creat cookbook!

  6. looks like a good cookbook!!

  7. I LOVE Real Simple. I just wished they had more vegan/vegetarian recipes…I have to make them over all the time.

  8. simple, fun, tastey! Cant beat that! :D

  9. Yay! I love simple recipes. Actually I LIVE on simple recipes. We eat super tasty food and none of it has too many ingredients or too many steps to make. Those are the best, in my opinion.

    That book looks great and I agree with you on the hardcover part!

    Hope you’re having a great tuesday :)

  10. i seriously love peas! I don’t think people give them enough credit! !!!! It makes me want to go get some real bad right now and have some!


  11. What a beaaautiful book! I love new cookbooks… I get so excited to go through all the pages and put sticky notes on the “must try” recipes.. Cant wait to see some of the ones you pick out!

  12. real simple is one of my favorite magazines! i totally agree – there is something to be said about simple layouts featuring simple recipes!

  13. REAL and SIMPLE are two of my favorite words, B!! :D

    I missed telling my favorite apples… LOVE them! Lately I eat two everyday, cause man the orchard stand won’t last much longer. ;)


    cortland, paula red, ginger gold, and yes… honey crisp. :P

    Love you, hon!

    You should get your DVD tomorrow, if mail is not too slow!

  14. Have fun exploring the cookbook some more! :) And look forward to seeing what you’ll be cooking…

  15. that looks like a great cookbook. cant wait to see what you make from it! i love real simple magazine.

  16. I love their recipes and would love to try that book. Like you I’ve only been reading the magazine for about a year and I wish I had some older recipes.

  17. I had no idea that Real Simple had a cookbook. Leave it to them to come up with the super idea of an included bookmark, just awesome!

  18. Ooh I can’t wait to see what you make! Real Simple has some great recipes… and I definitely love the tips. I’ve even cut out some tips and taped them up on the mirror on my jewelry box.

  19. I actually just saw that cookbook in the WalMart checkout line–I quick glanced through it, so I will be anxious to see what you make :-)

  20. Nothing like a crisp, new cookbook! It’s like Christmas!

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