In today’s fast-paced world, it can be difficult to make time for healthy eating — and it does require time. Let’s face it: there aren’t many healthy options at fast food restaurants, and the alternative for many is cooking at home, which can be time consuming. Enter Make It In Minutes, a book released by Weight Watchers.
I was familiar with the Weight Watchers points system, which assigns points values to different foods, with the aim of making it easy to track how much food is eaten in a given meal or day. With this book, Weight Watchers has selected recipes which are both healthy and quick to make (30 minutes at the most). As a frequent fast food consumer who is looking to prepare home cooked meals more often, the idea behind this book appealed to me greatly.
How Does Make It in Minutes Work?
The 200-plus recipes in Make It in Minutes are all fast and easy to prepare, according to the book’s authors. Being produced by Weight Watchers, the book has the added authority of a trusted name in the world of weight loss. By following these recipes, dieters should be able to lose weight by eating more healthy, home cooked meals.
Amazon.com reviewers overwhelmingly enjoyed Make It in Minutes, citing its easy-to-follow steps, excellent color photography and diversity of recipes. For those on Weight Watchers, the book will deliver on an additional level, but even non Weight Watchers members should be able to find some valuable recipes to try in this book.
Will it Help Me Lose Weight?
Personally, I am constantly battling the siren’s call of fast food. If you are like me, you’re looking for a quick and easy alternative to a drive through run, and this book will help provide it! In addition to simple and quick recipes, the well-photographed recipes should provide inspiration to get in the kitchen and start cooking! Eating a nutritious, healthy diet is one of the cornerstones of any weight loss plan, so Make It in Minutes could be an important part of your weight loss picture.
- A great cookbook for the cook (or aspiring cook) with little time.
- More than 200 easy to follow recipes are included.
- Excellent color photography.
- Recipes are easy to find; organized by length of preparation
- Recipes may be too “gourmet” for the tastes of some readers.
- Some recipes call for pre-packaged or specialty ingredients, making a shopping trip and/or special preparation necessary.
- Few vegetarian recipes are included.
- Some recipes take longer to prepare than stated.
Problems and Complaints
As discussed above, Amazon.com reviewers mostly enjoyed Make It in Minutes. However, even those who rated the book highly had minor gripes. Most common was the problem of recipes which called for ingredients which are not readily available in most kitchens. While almost all recipes can be made using products which are available in your average grocery store, some recipes will require a special trip or pre-planning.
Additionally, reviewers like M. Dubes found recipes to be too “gourmet” and not every day meals. Another common criticism was that recipes often take slightly longer to make than stated in the book, making additional planning and preparation necessary.
Make It in Minutes is a cookbook aimed at a niche market: cooks (or aspiring cooks) who are looking to eat healthy food that can be made quickly. However, this market is constantly growing as more and more consumers begin to avoid fast food and seek a healthier diet, even as our daily schedules become busier and busier.
Many Amazon.com reviewers, including the very enthusiastic Robin Currier agree: if quick and healthy is appealing to you, and particularly if you are a Weight Watchers member, Make It in Minutes is a no-brainer.
How Does Make It in Minutes by Weight Watchers Rate Overall?
Amazon.com reviewers gave Make It in Minutes a 4.5 star rating out of 5 possible stars. Overall, reviewers found it to live up to its name, providing recipes which are fast, easy and healthy. While some recipes were not perfect (as discussed above), Make It in Minutes is a useful tool overall for those looking to lose weight or simply eat healthier meals.
Where Can I Buy and Where Can I Read More Reviews for Make It in Minutes?
Make It in Minutes is currently available for purchase on Amazon.com where you can buy it with 47% discount. You can also see the positive (and a handful of negative) reviews mentioned above. Read more reviews here.