Mary Smith of Mary's Whole Life on the cover of Real Food Weeknights cookbook

My Cookbook
Real Food Weeknights -Fast & Flavorful Dinners

Pre-order a copy now!

I am SO excited to present my second cookbook, Real Food Weeknights, to you all! It is officially available for pre-order and will be officially out on the shelves on April 16, 2024.

Real Food Weeknights is a cookbook comprised of 60 gluten free & dairy free dinner recipes (57 new + 3 blog favorites). I felt like this would be the most useful since many of us don’t need as much help with breakfast and lunch. I have a passion for creating quick, easy, and DELICIOUS meals, and that’s exactly what you will find in this book! Most recipes are paleo in nature or can be modified to be. I’ve included lots of different cooking methods: Slow cooker, Instant Pot, Sheet Pans, Air Fryer (with baking options!), One Pot, and more. I’ve also included all of the macros/nutritional info in the book this time! Yay!

Each recipe has a beautiful photo to go along with it, and I’ve also included dietary labels such as nut free (or how to make nut free), low carb, paleo, and egg free. I want this book to have something for everyone! I made sure to create balanced, protein-packed dinners that the entire family will love.

If this book sounds interesting to you, pre-ordering helps authors SO MUCH. The publisher decides how many copies of the book to print off based off the number of pre-orders received. It shows them how much interest there is in the book. I would greatly appreciate if you pre-ordered today! You don’t pay until the book ships in April!

Here are all of the places you can pre-order:


Barnes & Noble


Indie Bound



Some Favorite Recipes Included:

baked chicken tacos on a sheet pan with hands grabbing them
Easy Baked Chicken Tacos
Shrimp & Snap Pea Ramen Stir Fry
Shrimp & Snap Pea Ramen Stir Fry
cod piccata
Cod Piccata with Broccoli
Hot Honey Salmon Bowls
Hot Honey Salmon Bowls
Greek Turkey Meatballs
Sheet Pan Cashew Chicken
Sheet Pan Cashew Chicken

What People Are Saying About It:

Mary’s New book Real Food Weeknights is certain to become a hit and a new go-to for weeknight dinners. This book is filled with simple skillet dinners, fantastic one-pot wonders, and sheet pan meals that are packed with flavor. Not to mention, she has chapters for both Air Fryer and Slow Cooker dinners! I love how thoughtful Mary was in creating each and every recipe in this book, each are made to help simplify your life and keep dinnertime special.

Alex Snodgrass, NYT Bestselling Author of The Defined Dish and The Comfortable Kitchen

Real Food Weeknights is here, to our rescue and to our table. Though I live and work in food, I still find myself struggling to figure out what’s for dinner tonight. Mary’s new collection of easy, healthy, nutrient-dense recipes are exactly what I need. This book is organized how I like to cook, by cooking style (skillets, air fryer, sheet pan, instant pot, etc.), and each of those categories are FULL of mouth-watering recipes that I can’t wait to make. First up on my list: Bang Bang Shrimp, Creamy Hamburger Pasta, and the Jalapeno Popper Chicken Corn Chowder. There is so much variety in these pages – you are going to love this book!

Cassy Joy Garcia, NYT Bestselling Author and Creator of

Mary creates delicious recipes that require minimal effort for anyone looking to eliminate their dinner stress. She repeatedly proves we can enjoy tasty meals without spending too much time in the kitchen. Her newest cookbook is filled with options for the stove top, oven, slow cooker, instant pot, and air fryer. Plus each flavorful recipe is gluten free and dairy free too!

Christina Shoemaker, Author of Clean Paleo One Pot Meals & Creator of The Whole Cook

This book is beautiful, and Mary’s recipes are so simple and delicious! These are recipes that come together easily for those busy weeknights but are still flavorful and wholesome. The whole family will love these, and you’ll be glad to have this cookbook in your collection.

Michelle Hoover, Author of The Autoimmune Protocol Comfort Food Cookbook and Creator of Unbound Wellness 


I truly appreciate all of your support over the last 6 years. I wouldn’t be able to do what I love without you all cooking my recipes, sharing with family and friends, and supporting me! LOVE YA!