■ Be great tasting, popular, and of restaurant quality.
■ Use healthier preparation methods and ingredients or use smaller portions of more indulgent ingredients.
■ Be convenient, easy and quick to prepare, cook and/or assemble.
■ Use ingredients that can be prepared in advance, stay fresh 2 – 4 days in the refrigerator, and be assembled and reheated in minutes.
■ Use ingredients that can be easily found or substituted with other ingredients based on personal taste or availability.
■ Use store bought ingredients (especially flavor enhancers) or prepared food products, found in specialty food stores, farmers markets and supermarkets, for added convenience and/or variety of taste.
■ Have flavors that would complement each other.
■ Be able to be used in multiple recipes.
■ Be based on weights and measures so you could reproduce the quality and consistency of the recipe every time and know the amount of food the recipe will yield.
■ Have easy-to-follow instructions with great tips so even a novice cook can prepare each recipe successfully and make meal planning effortless.
■ Be sized for a one or two person household, since most people diet on their own, but written by exact measurements so the batch size can be increased to fit any household size.
■ Provide enough variety so you will enjoy eating them day after day, year after year and still be able to adjust them to your own personal taste.