80 of 82 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2004
I enjoy delicious, healthy foods but I have neither the time nor the will to cook every night.
Since I bought this book, I can't wait until I can try a new recipe. Each dish has prescribed preparation time broken down into actual hands-on prep time and oven time. This has simplified my life and allowed me to quickly change a menu at the last minute if I suddenly have less time to spend at the kitchen counter in the middle of my multi-tasking.
Even the recipes that I'm skeptical of turn out delicious and I find I'm craving some of the new taste combinations.
I've developed some health issues lately and this book makes me confident that I'm eating the best possible foods to help me get well.
I suppose the best thing to say about this book is that the work that goes into the recipes is well-rewarded with delicious meals.
Other recipe books are inconsistent but, with guaranteed success, I'm more prone to cook.
72 of 75 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2005
I checked this book out from my library because I was getting bored with chicken breast, chicken breast, chicken breast...Trying to eat more healthfully was taking some of the joy out of cooking for me. I love to cook and I always want the things I make to be the absolute best, so substituting low-fat products and reduced calorie products always made me feel like the dish was not going to be good. Since I checked the book out a few weeks ago, I have tried several recipes and they have all been GREAT. The moroccan style chicken kabobs marinated in yogurt were especially tasty. I don't often eat muffins for breakfast, but the recipes in the book sounded so good (and nutricious) that I tried a couple. The Maple Blueberry Muffins were great, sweetened entirely with maple syrup, no white refined sugar, and with ground flax seed for extra omega-3. The Bannana muffins were also great, made with whole wheat and unprocessed wheat bran. Seriously-try them. Delicious, and each muffin has 4g of fiber. You can't beat that! I plan on purchasing this book today. I don't want to retur the borrowed copy to the library ntil I get my own. Highly recommended.
40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2005
This book was given to me as a gift when I first began cutting out white flour, rice and sugar from my diet. I have cooked many of the recipes and have found each to be very good. I have five children and they all enjoy and ask for many of the muffin recipes. (They especially love the banana.) I have substituted other flours in place of the white flour called for in some of the recipes with brown rice flour, etc. and they have all turned out marvelous. I have served these meals to guests, brought many things in to work and everyone agrees, they are awesome! Just today I made the black bean with brown rice and chicken wraps. They were wonderful! It is very easy to eat healthier with this cookbook. You will not regret purchasing it.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2005
I've got a lot of cookbooks and this one ranks #1 on our list. It's got clear instructions, tasty recipes, and it appeals to a variety of taste buds--tonight we served quinoa stuffed peppers for our vegan friend, the other night edamame/feta dip. We've not had a failure yet. And we're feeding a 3 and 4 year old too. No rejections on their parts either!
Clear the shelves. Rachel Ray move over (yeah--30 minute meals using ingredients that you spend hours trying to find in the gourmet shops mega miles away).
Buy this book.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2005
I'm a little bit of a cookbook junkie, and I'm always on the lookout for cookbooks that emphasize healthy recipes with whole grains, good fats, and low sugar. This book meets and exceeds all those desires. So far, I have made several recipes, and all were delicious. Recipes that I have used have inspired me to experiment based on some of the interesting combinations presented--with great results. The soup and stew recipes are wonderful. I highly recommend this--especially if you have the fear that healthy eating will taste bad, because the recipes in this book will prove you wrong.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
I've been a fan of Eating Well magazine for years, so it's no surprise to me that they would produce such an exciting, delicious and usable cookbook. Every recipe is based on real food, not the Frankenfoods that many dieters are used to. The recipes do take some time to prepare, but the outcome is well worth it.
The recipes are perfect for most diet plans, as well as anyone not on a diet that just wants to eat better. South Beachers can use this book, so I'm not sure why the previous reviewer gave it a poor review, especially since she hadn't even browsed the book. Some of the recipes do use white sugar, but there are plenty of recipes in this cookbook to qualify for the South Beach and Sonoma Diets. Weight Watchers are in luck because every recipe includes calories, fat, and fiber counts, so they can easily calculate the points.
This is a cookbook that I would recommend to anyone, not just dieters. Every recipe focuses on flavor and high quality ingredients, and just happen to be reduced calorie. My favorite recipe would be the Mediterranean Burgers with Olive Ketchup. Had it not been for this recipe, I would have never tried millet, a very nutritious whole grain.
I refer to Eating Well magazines and cookbooks at least once a week, usually more often. I've never been disappointed in one of their recipes. I highly recommend this cookbook :)
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2005
This is a great cookbook filled with a ton of healthy, tasty recipes. Recipes are interesting and focus on well-balanced nutrition and taste - not just low-fat, boring diet food. I literally make the morning glory muffins every couple of weeks - they are perfect to satisfy my muffin cravings but aren't loaded with grease and saturated fats.
I also recommend checking out Eating Well magazine that this cookbook complements. It's a fantastic magazine for people who love food and want to be healthy.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2006
This book is exactly what is needed for people who are committed to changing their eating habits. The contents are well organized, the logistics are clear, the recipes provide pertinent nutritional information, are easy to follow and give excellent results. As a physician that I am I will most certainly recommend it to patients and friends. Congratulations on the team work!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2006
If you care about the nutritional value of your meals, but don't want to sacrifice flavor this book is a gem. So far I have made several different recipes and I have been pleased with the results. I recommend adding extra herbs and spices for those of you who are "flavor-junkies" like me.
The baked goods are not super sweet, but at least they are good and you can eat them relatively guilt-free. Buy the book, experiment a little, and feel good about what you're eating!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2009
I bought this book about a year ago and I use it all the time. I am not the kind of person who cooks or eats "low-fat" meaning that I use butter sometimes, I use cheese and I like my food to be flavorful. I do, however, also like my food to be healthy in the sense that it provides me with plenty of vitamins, nutrients, fiber and heart-healhty fats. This book is exactly that. Firstly, I like the fact that they talk about "good and bad" carbs and "good" fats. They not only explain to you what this means and how to live by it but they include nutritional information for each and every recipe so that you can see how ingredients affect nutrition. It has taught me a lot and since buying this book I have been able to stem out further with my own ideas and recipes.
I also lived out of the country for awhile, and another thing I love about this book is that the ingredients are easy to find. I notice that many vegitarian or healhty food books include a number of hard (yet not impossible) ingredients that when living in the states is fine, but in foreign lands are often not feasible.
The book also features a few info pages that help you to understand general cooking methods. These include;6 smart snacks, stock essentials, essential grain-cooking guide, essential vegetable-roasting guide, essential greens-cooking guide,essential chicken saute, and a few on desserts.
Overall I truly feel that this is an essential cookbook for anyone who simply wants to eat healthy. There are plenty of vegitarian options and meat options throughout the book to keep both parties happy. If I had to say one negative on the book its that there are very few pictures, and I just love looking at delicious meals to inspire my cooking.