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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 1999
I have so many cookbooks that I look at once or twice and never use. This is not one of those books! I received my book about two weeks ago and have already prepared 5 of the recipes. They were all fast and easy to prepare with ingredients that I already keep in my home. Best of all...My husband and kids loved them, they didn't even notice that they were eating healthy foods. Our Favorite so far is the recipe for Chicken Enchaladas. I have now ordered the first volume of this book and anxiously look forward to receiving it too!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2002
I've had both of these cookbooks for several years now. They are pretty ragged because they've been used so much! It would not be an exaggeration to say that we have fixed over 50 recipes between the two books. Both my husband and I work, and we have two children. These cookbooks have made our lives so much easier. The recipes are easy to prepare, don't involve too many steps or ingredients, and use "normal" ingredients that are easy to keep on hand.
A few of our favorites: Chicken Stir-Fry Sandwich, Ricotta Pizza, Seafood Gumbo, Chicken Rainbow Salad, and Frozen Fruit salad (which we divide into four containers and eat for dessert every few nights.) We do occasionally tweek things to match our tastes, but I've found most of the recipes are very flavorful.
I love these cookbooks. I wish Mrs. Ponichtera would write a few more!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2002
I have both this book and the first one. I found them browsing in a book store, paid full cover price, and I'm not sorry. They are excellent!!! If you are on a low salt diet, you can use most of these recipes without modification. If not, you can simply salt or spice to taste if you desire more robust flavor (but I've only found this necessary once or twice). Two improvements I would recommend - the weekly menus should have page #s for recipes from the book, and the menu plans should take into account the food that you are already buying for the week. For example, I've had to buy some things that only come in 16oz packages for just one recipe that only required 1oz! So, the weekly menu plans should try to reuse similar ingredients, as much as possible while still providing variety. But, both of these issues can be worked around with just some simple pre-planning before you go shopping. My husband hasn't even noticed he's eating healthier - and this is someone who always picks the worst kinds of food to eat. My Dr. recommended I lose some weight. After buying these books, I brought them in and asked her opinion of them. She liked them so much, she made photocopies of the covers so she could recommend them to her other patients! Hope you enjoy it as much as I have!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2003
This is the cookbook I depend on. I am a Lifetime member of Weight Watchers, and I used this book (and the other Quick and Healthy) when I was losing weight, and still use it all the time now that I am maintaining. There is enough nutritional information to calculate points. The ingredients are all readily available in our small town. You don't spend all afternoon in the kitchen. Everybody likes the result! I can't say enough good things about these books.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 1999
This cookbook is just what it claims to be and the menu suggestions are a great help in providing a complete meal. I have tried recipes from each category and feel confident that ingredients and cooking times are accurate. Flavor is never sacrificed even when being conscious of dietary needs. Servings are just right for couple or provides leftovers for single person. I'm buying it for friends!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2002
This is the cookbook I wish I had written. It is practical, doable, using ingredients I can purchase in my small town. My husband and I are watching our cholesterol, as is our grown son, whose wife is trying to lose weight. I purchased or checked out many cookbooks when I learned I needed to change our eating habits - these are the best by far. We have liked every recipe we have tried - and many ideas I had learned by myself, like cornstarch gravy without fat, are included in this or the first book. I now cook almost exclusively from the two books by Ms. Ponichtera. I recommend them to everyone when the subject turns to diets.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 1999
I love this book! I am recently married, and one of my jobs has been to reform my husband's HORRIBLE eating habits. While I can be happy eating stir-fried veggies, he really wants more than "rabbit food". This book keeps us both happy. The recipes consistently turn out great, so I can try a new one with confidence. My husband thinks he is getting away with something because the food tastes too good to be healthy. The Sour Cream Enchiladas and the Parmesan Fish Fillets have been particularly big hits. I don't own the first volume, but I plan on buying it soon.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2002
I have an autographed copy of this cookbook, compliments of my mother a registered dietician. I think she bought one for everyone she knows. As a busy mother of a two year old and a three month old, I use this cookbook four or five times a week. I make many of the Quick and Healthy Breads into Quick and Healthy mini muffins for a healthy snack for my 2yr. old and he loves them. These recipes are simple and tasty, but there have been some which I have modified, because they were too bland - the unstuffed cabbage rolls for example. Overall, this is a great tool to have in the kitchen.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2004
A superbly organized and presented introduction to low-fat, carb conscious dining, Quick & Healthy Low-fat, Carb Conscious Cooking showcases more than two hundred new and/or updated, delicious, nutritious, "heart healthy", diabetes appropriate, weight control friendly recipes. Quick & Healthy Low-fat, Carb Conscious Cooking is enhanced with easy to follow low-fat menus, detailed nutritional analysis for each recipes, tips for trimming fat and sodium from a diet, a listing of foods and their fiber content, conventional and microwave directions, time saving ideas, weight loss and exercise tips, and "Products Worth Trying". From Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip; Three Bean Soup; and Pear Salad with Raspberry Dressing"; to Low-Fat French Fries; Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole; and White Chocolate Mousse with Berries, this completely revised and updated second edition of Quick & Healthy Recipes and Ideas offers a highly recommended compendium of palate pleasing, appetitive satisfying, kitchen cook friendly recipes.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2004
I have about 12 lowfat cookbooks in my collection. This cookbook and volume 1 in the series are my favorites because the recipies taste great and they are very easy to make. You will love this cookbook!
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