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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2012
This is an outstanding cookbook and I think her best. I own all off EK's cookbooks and this is by far our favorite. We've made several of the recipes already and not only are they nutritious, but they taste so good you almost feel guilty eating them! It's hard to retrain your brain that the cheesiness on the onion soup is OK, as long as it's in moderation. So far our favorites are the onion soup and the chicken and biscuits. A
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon December 12, 2011
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I can think of a long list of reasons to eat in a more healthy way and at least as many reasons to procrastinate about changing old favorites. In Comfort Food Fix: Feel-Good Favorites Made Healthy Ellie Krieger takes a good number of those reasons to procrastinate about changing our old favorites into something better for our health and provides often equally luscious alternatives. Whether she is hiding the vegetables in Breakfast Cookies (page 41, wonderfully good!), broiling the Buffalo Wings instead of deep frying them (page 77 - a savings of 550 calories!) or slimming down some of our favorites soups, Ellie gives some still-satisfying alternatives to some of our favorite foods with just a few simple changes: using whole wheat flour for part or all of the flour in a recipe along with whole wheat pasta, less cream and butter, more vegetables.

While Ellie does give tips for changing your own recipes, I do wish that she had done a side-by-side comparison of at least some of the recipes to more clearly illustrate just where the big savings were. I also noted that while most of the time she was comparing like to like, at least now and then her recipes were compared to essentially unrelated store-bought items, leaving the change comparisons at the bottom of each recipe sometimes less than useful. (Fricos compared to bought cheese crackers as one example.)

That said, this is a book the health conscious and those who wish they were more so will find a valuable addition to their kitchen library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2011
This is the third cookbook I have purchased of Ellie Krieger's. I use them constantly. I have recently made the "Honey-crisp oven-fried chicken". One serving is only 330 calories, only 3 grams of fat!! My husband and daughters enjoyed this entree as much as I did. As of yet, I have every recipe I have used is delicious. I would recommend this cookbook for anyone trying to eat low-fat, HEALTHY meals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2012
I honestly couldn't find a single thing about this book that I disliked. The photos are luscious, the recipes simple and straightforward, and the food is exactly the kind of food I was hoping I'd be able to make from this book! I would have been happy with several recipes I wanted to make: nearly the whole BOOK is filled with them! Even the BREAKFASTS in this book were things I'd want to make (first time THAT'S happened!). It's regular food that we all WANT to eat, made healthy. But not so much so that you know it's going to taste like cardboard. She uses good ingredients, but mostly just uses less.

And I could not BELIEVE how few calories some of this stuff had: Chicken Parm down from 630 calories (traditional) to 390 calories (Ellie's version)! You also get Chicken Marsala, pot pie, calzones, fried chicken, chicken alfredo, posole, stuffed cabbage, country fried steak with gravy, shrimp scampi---and that's just a few! There are easily close to 200 recipes in this book--and I only saw a couple I might not want to make. (I didn't see ANY I didn't think I COULD make--they all look pretty easy.)

There's a section on:

breakfasts
snacks/starters
soups/salads
meat main dishes
poultry main dishes
seafood main dishes
vegetarian main dishes
sides & salads (with some REALLY GOOD recipes--I never seem to get a cookbook that has enough really good side dishes, but I got one now!)
and desserts.

Each section has plenty of recipes, and she includes a section in front on nutrition and ways to eat well and healthy.

I always loved Ellie's FN show, but this cookbook--this is WAY past what I expected. I own quite a few cookbooks, and this and the other cookbook of Ellie's I ordered at the same time (The Food You Crave) are my new favorites, and I can tell they'll be the ones I'll be using most. The recipes look delicious enough to prepare just as written, but they're still basic enough that you can see really easily where to put your own touches, should you choose to do so. This is the kind of food people really like to eat.

It's also the kind of book I'd love to receive, and if I decide to gift it this year, I have NO doubt it will truly be appreciated. Couldn't be happier with this purchase.
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I got this cookbook in the early afternoon, and now as I approach bedtime, I've already made three recipes! That's how quickly it took me in. This is filled with the type of food my family loves to eat. I was already planning on making peach cobbler for dinner, so it was pretty darn easy to substitute Ellie's recipe. The result was fabulous--and nobody has a clue that it was any healthier. I also made the chocolate pudding for the kids for their afternoon snack. My normal recipe is quite similar. I got it years ago from Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites: Flavorful Recipes for Healthful Meals. Ellie's twist is to add just a tad of really good dark chocolate. Well, yesterday I received six Scharffen Berger Markham Valley Papua New Guinea Semi-Sweet (68% Cacao) Chocolate Bar, 3-Ounce (Pack of 6)bars that I had got on a gold box deal for Christmas. In went a bit of one. It made all the difference. There are quite a few chocolate recipes here--and almost all use dark/semisweet chocolate. My last recipe of the day was to make the crispy french toast fingers. They'll be reheated in the morning for the kids' breakfast...but I sampled one, and they're delicious!! As an added bonus, I was able to cook three recipes (and could have made more) without having to run to the store. These are everyday ingredients for me. As it's getting colder here, I'm planning on her three bears porridge for the weekend.

Over the past few years, I've been slowly searching for healthier versions of my family's favorite foods. I've come to realize that even if I only get one healthy recipe from a cookbook, as long as it's one that my family uses--then that cookbook is probably worth it. In reality, most people rotate the same 10-14 dinners. Some may have a few more... some might be more seasonal... but most families simply aren't that adventuresome. In our family, we do meal planning--with usually one day left open for trying new recipes, which might or might not make it into rotation. Our meatloaf recipe is the turkey meatloaf recipe from The Best Light Recipe. The flour mixture I use for 99% of my baking comes from The Sneaky Chef to the Rescue: 101 All-New Recipes and "Sneaky" Tricks for Creating Healthy Meals Kids Will Love (basically mix 1 cup whole wheat, 1 cup all-purpose (King Arthur), and 1 cup of wheat germ). The blueberry oatmeal coffee cake recipe I use at least once per month comes from Ellie's old show on the Food Network (you can google it and get the recipe). I can see this book providing some more family favorites that will be used a lot. That says something. Highest recommendation--as it's one I think you'll cook from a lot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2013
Popular recipes with modern, nutritional updates. I've got a lot of old cookbooks, this updates and improves them so the calorie wham isn't damaging. Nice layout, good pictures - I like the cookbook.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2013
I don't feel guilty eating any of my favorite comfort foods anymore... it is a real eye opener to see the original calories & fat content of some of my favorite comfort foods, and then Ellie's "healthy" version. Honestly, I only paid 6 dollars for this book (including shipping) and every dish I have made from this book has been great. Some of the side dishes I had to add a little more seasoning to but that's just my personal preference. A must buy book with creative, healthy alternatives that really do satisfy you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2012
Oh, I love this book. I have tabs on my most favorites and that's most pages. I am so picky about mac n cheese and Ellie Krieger's recipe literally melts in your mouth. Calls for homemade bread crumbs. I thought, "I can't do that." Oh yes, I did with her simple recipe!
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As a busy working mom I am always looking for easy healthy meals and Ellie has nailed it. This cookbook is easy to follow and the my family loves the meals. I also feel good about making them since she has health in mind. You can't go wrong with Ellie's feel good favorites. Thanks for the great ideas :)
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