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A MUST-HAVE for a WW newbie
on July 14, 2011
I am a little bit obsessed with this book. My fiance keeps laughing at me for constantly having it by my side.
Let me preface by saying that I have a bad habit of cookbook impulse buying. I have a stack of them on my kitchen counter; I'd say the majority of them I've made literally nothing from. The others, I've made maybe two things from. What I end up finding out in these cookbooks is that the recipes are unhealthy, or have ingredients I wouldn't normally have around, or involve a crazy time-consuming technique or gadget that I don't have. And trust me when I say I am an avid cook- I'm just also a budget-conscious one who doesn't have a Food Network kitchen.
Why is this important? Because I took special care to research this book so that it would not become another cookbook statistic in my life. But this book is ... well, it's magical.
I tried WW for the first time earlier this year, and I tried to do it all on my own. I was constantly tracking, measuring, counting ingredients, building recipes, etc. It was exhausting. I got discouraged. And the minute grad school started heating back up, there was just no way I had time for it. If only I had known this book existed...
All the guesswork is gone. There are full breakfasts, lunches, dinners, sides, meat, vegetarian, desserts, slow-cooker recipes, breads. You name it- and they're all Points Plus calculated, so as long as you follow the directions (which are simple), you don't have to sit there and count and calculate.
I am a foodie. My fiance is an aspiring foodie. Our favorite thing about this cookbook is that we would happily eat these recipes whether we were on WW or not. They are fantastic! The other night we had the chicken fajitas, and for only six points, we were STUFFED. Tonight I'm making burgers and sweet potato wedges with chipotle mayo. Does that sound like diet food to you?
I read a lot of the reviews before I bought this book, and quite honestly I don't understand the negative ones at all. People said "It's a glorified folder with tabs." - This is ridiculous. It's a hardcover binder, the tabs are already sectioned out for you with very clear Table of Contents at each section, and the quality is just fine. No one can complain that there isn't enough variety with over 500 recipes.
Here's the bottom line: if you're just starting out on Weight Watchers, and you're overwhelmed by creating recipes, counting points, and the constant tracking and measuring, LET THIS BOOK DO THE WORK. You won't regret it!