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Cooking With Trader Joe's Cookbook: Lighten Up! Hardcover – March 16, 2012

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The Best and Lightest: 150 Healthy Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner by Editors of Food Network Magazine
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Brown Bag; 1 edition (March 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979938465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979938467
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #590,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By V. E. Cucci III on April 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I received this book as a gift from my friend and I have to say that I absolutely LOVE this book. I am always looking for quick and easy to follow recipes and this book delivers. I love that the recipes call for fresh ingredients along with items that are usually stocked in my fridge. Nothing complicated. Some of my favorites are the Hearty Hamburger Soup and the Try it and You'll Like it .

I have lost over 100 lbs and I have been having a hard time getting the last few off. I tried the 2 Week Challenge to try and cleanse and reboost my body. I dropped 6 lbs in the two weeks and I am continuing to eat the suggested food in the book.

I am enjoying trying out the new recipes in this book. If you are looking for easy to follow recipes that use fresh, healthy ingredients, then you have to give this book a try.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By anon on February 5, 2013
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I hate to say anything bad about this cookbook because the recipes are simple and delicious and make eating healthy fun & practical.

But I have to point out that some of the nutritional data is **inaccurate.** For example, for the Trini chicken: chicken (120cal x 4), 3 tbsp olive oil (120cal x 3), tomatoes (22cal x 2), bell pepper (30cal x 1), onion (30cal x 1), garlic (20cal) = 240 calories per serving, and that's not counting the brown sugar. With the brown sugar, it comes to 270 cals/serving. The book lists this entree as having 200 cal/serving.

The Healthy Huevos: 1 cup frozen organic brown rice (200cal), 1 egg (70cal), 3 strips Fully cooked uncured bacon (100cal), and 1/4 cup salsa (30 cal) = 400 cal/serving, not the 360 listed in the book.

I know in the long run, these small differences don't make much of a difference, but it just bugs me that these are inaccurate!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Justin Alt on March 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As a bachelor looking for a lifestyle change in my eating AND spending habits, this cookbook is really a perfect fit for me. I have always been intimidated in the kitchen and I also have a fairly hectic work schedule. Therefor I end up eating out or ordering in most of the time; two very expensive and arguably unhealthy options in the long run.

This book is comprised of a great collection of easy-to-follow recipes with simple, healthy ingredients which can all be found at my new favorite grocery store, Trader Joe's. The recipes are organized into categories that make it easy to plan an entire meal, from appetizers to salads to main course to desserts. And the accompanying photographs beautifully capture what I have to look forward to when deciding on what to make next. There are also great recipes for healthy snacks, nourishing soups and lean lunches. The real value of this book doesn't end with the many tasty recipes. The author has included vital nutrition facts that define good vs. bad carbs and gives great recommendations on how to boost your metabolism and lose extra belly fat.

Wanting to lose bad calories and save good money? Buy this book!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on July 7, 2012
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As a devoted Trader Joe's shopper and a figure-watching enthusiast, I had only dreamed of a book like this existing. I purchased it as soon as I saw it and wasn't disappointed in the slightest. Susan Greeley is so clearly passionate about her craft and it makes readers passionate too. This book zeroes in on a few distinct audiences (1) those new to weight loss (2) those wandering the aisles of TJs unsure what to do with what they see before them (3) those who have the "eating light" thing down but are absolutely bored with their trite meal plans.

Once you open this book, you'll immediately begin dreaming of all the new and easy meals you can put together (guilt free!). It makes a great gift for those friends who label themselves healthy eaters and/or TJs worshipers. It's a fantastic and necessary addition to the family of TJs cook books.

Sidenote: Susan Greeley's passion is no ruse. I contacted her via e-mail asking about a particular item she often used in recipes. Not only did I receive a reply, I received a long and detailed explanation that fully explained the answers to my questions and then some. Since she knew I already paid retail price for her book, she did not need to do this and yet, she did. Passion for her craft, people! It's what makes this book shine.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jillian on May 15, 2012
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I absolutely love this cookbook - the recipes and the 2 week challenge!! My boyfriend and I are currently one week into the challenge and have each lost about 5 pounds! I feel much better without eating refined flour and sugar. I don't feel tired like I normally would from a breakfast and snacks with sugar and refined flour, as well as sugar in my coffee. I plan on keeping refined flour and sugar out of my diet as much as possible when I am finished with the 2 week challenge.

The recipes are easy and relatively inexpensive - many of them call for the same ingredients (i.e., balsamic and rice vinegar) so once you buy some they will last a while. I especially like the lunch recipes - they are healthy, easy, and a nice change.

I highly recommend this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nikki C. on January 2, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I received this book as a gift due to my love of Trader Joe's. So far, I've made three recipes out of it and all of them have been impressive! What I like best about this cookbook so far is that most recipes are QUICK. Especially when you use the specified Trader Joe's ingredients, it's a matter of dumping ingredients into a pot and you're ready to go. The turkey chili is the easiest chili I have ever made yet it's one of the best tasting, healthiest! I got home from work at 5:00 and we were done eating AND cleaning up by 6:00! The hearty hamburger soup is absolutely delicious and when you use either soy crumbles or turkey chili, it's really low-cal. My husband, who is not a fan of healthy food nor soup (he'd eat frozen burritos for every meal if he could!) really enjoyed the buffalo chicken pasta and we'll be making it again.
The other thing I really like about the cookbook is the 2-week challenge. I could probably stand to lose a couple pounds since the holidays and while I won't be sticking to the challenge very strictly (the challenge prohibits ANY dairy which is a bit too extreme for me) the cookbook makes it so easy to plan out a week at a time of healthy yet very fast choices for all meals of the day. Some of them are so simple that I feel a little dumb for not thinking of them on my own (1/2 a whole wheat bagel, almond butter and berries on top).
And lastly, I really enjoy that the author preaches moderation instead of deprivation. I love light cookbooks that surprise me when I see the ingredients and say "you can eat that?!" A pleasant surprise! The author encourages eating carbs in moderation, and HEALTHY fats and gives examples of each. There are even desserts in this cookbook. This cookbook is very do-able in real life.
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