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Product Details

  • Plastic Comb: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Small Steps Press; 3rd edition (July 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981600107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981600109
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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The recipes are geared toward speedy everyday meals that appeal to all members of the family. -- The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon

... targets all of us who claim we do not have time to eat healthfully. A worthwhile addition to any `eat and run' kitchen. -- Lipid Clinic News

Here's one cookbook that lives up to its name. -- Cooking Light Magazine

My favorite cookbooks, focused on healthy, quick recipes, include the Quick & Healthy series by Brenda J. Ponichtera. -- David L. Katz, MD, director of Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center and medical consultant for ABC News

Well organized, well-thought-out, takes into account how busy most of us really are...This could become a kitchen stand-by for busy cooks... -- Miami Herald

From the Publisher

This book has been replaced by a newer edition with the new title: Quick & Healthy Recipes and Ideas: For people who say they don't have time to cook healthy meals,3rd Edition.

The 3rd edition (pub date: 2008) of this award-winning bestseller (over 500,000 sold) offers more help for health-conscious people who have little time to plan and cook. The 20 weeks of dinner menus, each with a grocery list, sets this apart from previous editions, as well as other cookbooks. Perfect for anyone with heart disease, diabetes or wanting to control their weight. It has over 200 quick-to prepare, low-fat recipes that appeal to all members of the family, also practical nutrition information as well as time-saving ideas; recommended foods; tips to reduce fat, cholesterol and sodium; quick meal ideas that don't require a recipe; recipes listed by grams of carbohydrate; food exchanges for weight loss and diabetes; lots of menus and grocery lists; and much more! It is a Benjamin Franklin Award winner and has been recommended in O, The Oprah Magazine. This is one cookbook dietitians and physicians are recommending to all their patients. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


More About the Author

Brenda J. Ponichtera (www.QuickandHealthy.net) is a registered dietitian and award-winning author with extensive experience in nutrition and diabetes counseling. Her best-selling cookbooks, Quick & Healthy Recipes and Ideas AND Quick & Healthy Volume II - both Benjamin Franklin Award winners - are designed to prove that healthful eating doesn't have to take a lot of time in the kitchen. They have been recommended in "O" The Oprah Magazine, Cooking Light, Miami Herald, Shape magazine, and USA Today, as well as by health care professionals, and busy cooks across the country. Brenda is an editorial advisor for Today's Diet and Nutrition and is an active member of the American Dietetic Association and the American Diabetes Association.

Customer Reviews

The only thing I wish the book had was pictures of the recipes.
sand
Cooking dinner each night is not my favorite thing to do, but this book offers many easy, healthy recipes that I find myself returning to it over and over.
Margaret
It is simple to use and uses only a few ingredients for most of the recipes.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 2000
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This book has really helped me to learn to cook quick and healthy meals. For those with diabetes, it lists food exchanges and ingredient modifications to allow us to work within common restrictions. I specifically liked the practical and down-to-Earth recipes. I found the recipes less esoteric and fussy than in the most popular cookbooks written for people with diabetes. Generally, most recipes feature ingredients that one is likely to have on hand. It compares favorably with many cookbooks in this regard. Suggestions for incorporating recipes into balanced meals were also helpful. This is a great turn-your-health-around book that can help you stay away from drive-thru windows for all time if are prepared to give it a fair chance.
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65 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Ramsay on July 29, 2002
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This book and the second volume were two of the first books I purchased when I first decided to make cooking healthy part of my daily life. They are very simple, and for a person with practically no kitchen experience, much less experience with healthy cooking, these books may make a decent primer.
However, she does call for a LOT of processed foods. The sodium content in most of the dishes is insane. Many of the recipes are so basic that even the inexperienced cook might feel insulted that they were included in the volume. There are at best a half dozen recipes in volume 1, and NONE in volume 2 that I currently use. My need for healthy cooking goes far beyond what little she offers.
Unless you are a brand new cook with limited resources who just wants to get your feet wet with healthy cooking, I would recommend against purchasing this book.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1999
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This cookbook, designed for those who don't have time to cook healthy meals, has many recipes with few ingredients that are quick cooking, low in fat, and taste great. The bonus is that ingredients in the book are familiar. You don't have to trot off to health food stores or specialty stores for a critical ingredient.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth M. Cole on March 24, 2001
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These recipes are easy, they use "normal" ingredients that you can find in even average grocery stores (I cannot find fancy gourmet ingredients where I live), and best of all--the recipes are tasty! This cookbook was recommended to me by our employee wellness program about six years ago, and I have enjoyed using it. I share with some folks who are not dieting or diabetic or otherwise particularly concerned about food issues, and they like the recipes too. That's high praise, and unusual for this type of food. The nutrition information, recipe alteration advice, and shopping list prep helps are nice features. You'll learn a lot in general, as well as having great recipes. Enjoy!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 2003
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This is a practical book for people who want to start eating healthy, but may be overwhelmed by "healthfood" cookbooks. The recipes use a good mix of pantry staples and fresh ingredients, so you can keep the convenience of canned and frozen food while getting used to actually consuming fresh produce. The menus are realistic for normal everyday meals. The recipes are simple, but the procedures are not always the most efficient ways for cooking the meal (You end up using more pots or bowls than necessary). So far I have frozen the chili, the meatballs, and the chicken nuggets (fully cooked), and they have been lifesavers when I need a quick meal. I have also enjoyed the many Mexican entrees included, especially the Mexican Chicken Casserole.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 15, 2003
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I highly recommend these cookbooks for the busy family with kids. The recipes are geared for speed, TASTE, and appeal to all members of the family. No, these are not gourmet meals. These are simply recipes for the everyday "Oh my, I've got 30 minutes to put food on the table that everyone will like and have it still be healthy..." situations. This cookbook is worn and stained in my kitchen. The author also provides suggestions on how to create a healthy pantry so one is not running to the store everyday or if unexpected dinner guests show up. These cookbooks are for all cooks, and are especially friendly to the beginning cook or non-cook. Overall, both of the author's books are an excellent start to eating healthy without having to sweat the details.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Julie Conner on February 7, 2005
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I have used Brenda's Quick and Healthy Cookbooks Volume I and II in my nutrition clinic for the past 7 years. My patients love these user-friendly books. Brenda has done it again ! This new and revised updated second edition is a must for everyone who needs to modify the carbohydrates and fat in their diet. It is great for diabetics and people with heart disease and high cholesterol levels. What I love about this version is the practical weight loss tips, time saving ideas, and practical nutrition guidelines. I highly recommend this cookbook for every one who wants to cook healthy and has no time to cook!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Monica A. Cengia on February 6, 2005
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This is a professional review from a dietitian and diabetes educator. A wonderful cookbook for people who want to prepare meals at home to promote a healthier lifestyle. Ideal for busy families, people at risk or who have diabetes, those who need to trim calories or lose weight and those who want to reduce their saturated fats and sodium. This book is packed with practical tips on shopping, motivating reminders, sound and up-to-date nutrition information and quick, easy and delicious recipes. This is a rare treasure and is especially helpful for someone who wants to learn how to cook healthy meals or anyone who needs more variety in their menus! I recommend it to many of my clients and they are always pleased to report back to me on their new success stories in the kitchen that the whole family enjoyed!
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