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So Easy: Luscious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week Hardcover – Unabridged, October 26, 2009
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A New York Times' bestselling author's guide to quick and healthy everyday meals
As weekly host of the Food Network's Healthy Appetite, Ellie Krieger is known for creating light and healthy dishes that taste great and are easy enough for the busiest people to prepare. Now, Ellie has put together a collection of meal solutions for those of us who love food and want to eat well but struggle to make it happen given life's hectic pace. With 150 delicious, easy-to-prepare, fortifying recipes, Ellie provides dishes that tackle every possible mealtime situation. Illustrated with 50 full-color photos, there are recipes for:
- Grab-and-go breakfasts for hectic days, as well as easy breakfast options for more leisurely mornings
- Lunches to go, each road-tested in a cooler pack, along with at-home lunches for when you have the luxury of eating in
- A month's worth of different rush-hour dinners-fabulous meals you can whip up in less than thirty minutes-as well as dinners for days when you have a little more time to marinate or roast, but still want it all to be effortless
- Decadent desserts, some ready in minutes, others truly worth waiting for-all easily pulled together
As a mom with a full-time job, Ellie knows how busy life is when you're juggling your family's needs. Now, you can stop stressing over whether to eat healthily or to eat fast. The recipes here-from Cheddar Apple Quesadilla, Pork Piccata with Spinach and Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Marinated Flank Steak with Blue Cheese Sauce to Chocolate-Cream Cheese Panini Bites and Fig and Ginger Truffles-are ideal, regardless of the time, or experience, you have in the kitchen.
When so much in life is complicated, isn't it nice to know that eating doesn't have to be? After making and enjoying the meals in this book, you will say along with the title, "That was SO EASY!"
Recipe Excerpts from So Easy
Steak Chimichurri with Grilled Garlic Bread and Grilled Tomatoes
Blueberry-Almond French Toast Bake
Grilled Peaches with Ice Cream
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Cooking/Health & Healing
Ellie Krieger—host of Food Network's Healthy Appetite, nutritionist, and mom—knows as well as anyone how hectic life can be. Sometimes the idea of getting a healthy and delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the table every day can be downright daunting. Takeout may seem like the obvious answer—but with all the extra fat and calories, ordering in often does more harm than good. Luckily, Ellie's got the answer, and it's So Easy: a collection of meal solutions for those of us who love food and want to eat well, but struggle making it happen given today's chaotic pace. With Ellie in your kitchen, you don't have to choose between eating healthfully and eating fast.
In this practical and inspiring cookbook, you'll find more than 150 of the light, nutrition-packed, and satisfying recipes Ellie is known for, organized by meal:
breakfast Choose between quick meals you can grab like Peach Pie Smoothie, Spicy Egg and Avocado Wrap, or Cheddar-Apple Quesadilla, and more leisurely—but still fuss-free—recipes to ease you into a day off, company-ready dishes such as Grilled Portobello Benedict and Blueberry-Almond French Toast Bake.
lunch Turn your lunch box into a treasure chest with travel-tested, make-ahead meals that are truly inspired, like Salmon Niçoise Salad with Lemon Dijon Dressing and Roast Beef Sandwich with Watercress and Horseradish Sauce—or if you're eating at home, treat yourself with an Open-Face Chicken Parmesan Sandwich; Grilled Beef, Jícama, and Apple Salad; or Shrimp Roll with Cracked Pepper Potato Chips.
dinner Find rush-hour options—25 complete, family-friendly, good-for-you dinners you can cook in less time than it takes to order a pizza, such as Tri-Color Pepper Steak or Penne with Zucchini and Mint—as well as slower-paced meals like Chicken Paella with Sausage and Olives or Porcini Crusted Filet Mignon with Creamed Spinachand Herbed Mashed Potatoes.
dessert The "in a flash" options are quick and delicious—recipes like Cherry-Almond-Chocolate Clusters come together in moments, but you'll want to savor them slowly; extra-special treats such as Raspberry Clafoutis or Pumpkin Rice Pudding may take longer, but are still easyand definitely worth the wait.
When so much in life is complicated, isn't it nice to know that eating doesn't have to be? Once you dig into the recipes—and the mouthwatering results—from this wonderful book, you'll want to shout from the rooftops: "That was So Easy!"
ellie krieger is the host of Food Network's popular Healthy Appetite and author of the New York Times bestselling and IACP and James Beard Award–winning The Food You Crave. A registered dietitian, she has a master's degree in nutrition from Columbia University and completed her undergraduate work at Cornell University. Ellie was an adjunct professor at New York University in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health. She is a regular columnist for Fine Cooking and Food Network magazines and lives in New York City.
Get more recipes and healthy living tips by visiting Ellie Krieger online at www.HealthyLivingWithEllie.com
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Top Customer Reviews
Some quotations from her Introduction indicate her approach (Pages 10-12): "If you love food and want to eat well but struggle making it happen with life's hectic pace, keep reading. . .Every recipe here hits the delicious healthy easy trifecta. Deliciousness is first and foremost. . .My golden rule: no food is ever off limits. . .The third part of the trifecta is the easy factor."
One useful touch at the front of the book: what should be in one's pantry. The book, then, is divided into several chapters--two for breakfast, two for lunch, two for dinner, and two for dessert.
"Breakfast is the meal of fresh starts" (Page 19). There are some very nice recipes for breakfast that capture one's attention. A Spicy Egg and Avocado Wrap features eggs, lettuce, whole-wheat wrap breads, an avocado, a tomato, cucumber, Thai chili sauce or hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Accessible ingredients and a pretty straightforward recipe. Yummy! Another: Egg Muffin Sandwich (her take on an Egg McMuffin; her recipe is more enticing!).
"Now that the lunch hour is more like the twenty minute lunch, it is harder than ever to eat right at midday" (Page 65). Some interesting recipes to show how one might have a good meal with little preparation time. Lemon-Cumin Grilled Chicken Breast. Boneless chicken breasts, cumin, salt, pepper, olive oil/cooking spray, and lemon juice. Takes only about 15 minutes to cook this.Read more ›
Pro: The author is not only passionate about food, she's a nutritionist. The recipes are healthy (or healthier) and she gives complete nutritional information for each dish, including fiber, minerals and vitamins.
Pro: Lots of different recipes I can't wait to try. Recipes are well-written and easy to understand.
Pro: Excellent forward encouraging home cooks to not throw in the kitchen towel just because life is crazy/busy, that you CAN certainly still gather your family or spouse with you at the table for something delicious.
Pro: Divided into great sections, such as breakfast, fast dinners, and packing lunches.
Pro: Beautiful photos.
Con: I'm a mom, and my kids will not like half this stuff. Too many "weird" ingredients my husband and I will love (spinach, wheat berries) the kids will not. That's ok. I still will make many of these recipes. You can't just cook what the kids will eat or you'll never get any variety.
Con: The chapter on packing lunches is a miss. Unrealistic. The recipes (who needs a recipe to make something to pack for lunch?) are for whole separate dishes. On what planet is a busy American woman going to make dinner, clean up dinner, and then grill glazed salmon and assemble a salad and pack that...FOR LUNCH the next day? That's a company dinner in my house, friends, and if there are leftovers, THAT is lunch. Again, it's okay - I'll make some of the "pack lunches" recipes, but not for bag lunches. I won't be cooking a whole separate meal just to pack for lunch the next day.Read more ›
Over the past year of learning to cook I learned some other things along the way. I found that when I cook my own food I actually eat less. Not because I am tired or am denying myself anything, but because handling and smelling the food contributes to satisfying my love and need for food. I have lost weight without trying. As my family has explored this new approach to food they have also begun to approach food differently and I am proud of their new attitudes and achievements.
This beautifully done book will further contribute to my cooking adventures by helping me think more carefully about the nutritional aspects of what I am preparing without compromising taste, appearance, and visual appeal.
Krieger provides us with 150 recipes that are divided into our main meals of the day: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even desserts. One really neat aspect of this book is that each of these meals is divided into a group for quick preparation when you want to prepare something quickly or have it prepared ahead for a grab and go healthy meal. The other group is for the same meals when you have more time to prepare and want to enjoy something a bit more indulgent while still focusing on health and nutrition.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the recipes but recommend the hardcover. The pages rip out very easily in the paperback.Published 1 month ago by Teresa
I like this recipe book because it has a lot of healthy and luscious easy to make meals.Published 2 months ago by plee
Recipes are for people that love to cook and have time. I got this book because it said EASY recipes but by easy it means you don't have to know how to cook.Published 2 months ago by Megan Davis
I love this cookbook---especially all of the nice hints on cooking healthfully! Love Ellie Krieger! She makes eating healthfully not boring or tiresome!Published 2 months ago by jmanderson
Had some good healthy recipes but most of them required buying things you would use only for that recipe And most not that easy to make if you're just an every day cookPublished 2 months ago by budnboop
A variety of ideas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Plenty of meatless recipes. The majority of the recipes use every day ingredients. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jane Beckwith
I purchased this cookbook because healthy cookbooks can often be one note. I was looking for something a little more exciting. I have been so happy with this book so far! Read morePublished 7 months ago by PilatesMama
I really enjoy Ellie Kreiger's recipes. She never uses artificial ingredients or substitutes and all her recipes are simple and delicious.Published 8 months ago by Rachel S. Eichenbaum