The Best and Lightest for a Healthy New Year
The Best and Lightest: 150 Healthy Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner from the Food Network test kitchens offers a delicious array of healthy choices for keeping your new year’s resolutions to eat better.
With recipes for any meal of the day that all fall under 500 calories, The Best and Lightest features ingredient swaps to make familiar comfort food more healthy. My favorites include the Spaghetti Squash Tostadas with a delicious combination of spices and veggies, the Pork and Egg Lo Mein, and the Super-Stuffed Baked Potatoes (with cauliflower!).
The best features of this cookbook are:
- The visual index featuring photographs of each dish.
- Nutrition information included with each recipe (Why don’t all cookbooks do this?), including calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbs, fiber, and protein. This is a must for anyone following a plan or diet, such as low-carb or low-sodium. The gluten-free options are also noted.
- Every single recipe has a full-page photograph of the finished dish. A+ for this–seriously, my favorite thing about this book as a visual learner.
- The variety of choices, with ingredients that are readily available at a regular grocery store.
I should also mention that although this is a “light” cookbook, there are some really delicious and hearty-feeling choices, and I can cook the same thing for my entire family, simply providing enough for my teen boys to have a larger portion, or seconds, if they want more. The Chicken Veracruz, at only 9 carbs, is also gluten-free, and a good choice for family supper.
The Best and Lightest will be well used in my kitchen. It’s literally just what the doctor ordered for getting started with healthier eating, and the variety and ease of use will keep me coming back for more. With 150 choices, we’ll enjoy lots of variety in the coming year.
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