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Great Recipes - but Meals are not really under 350 Calories?,
This review is from: Cook This, Not That! Easy & Awesome 350-Calorie Meals (Paperback)
These recipes are fabulous. I mean, who wouldn't want to eat coconut shrimp and chocolate cake while on a diet? However, the front cover of the book prominently says "350-calorie meals" and that isn't exactly true. I thought a meal consists usually of an entree and side dishes. Most of this book's entrees clock in at 300-350 calories by themselves. The side dish recipes average about 100 calories each (more or less), so that ups the meal's calorie count.
Let's say you make their oven-fried chicken at 310 calories per serving; add their rosemary potatoes for 150 calories; and their pickled cucumber salad for 60 calories. Now you have a 520-calorie meal. Or are you supposed to eat the chicken by itself? And where do you fit in, say, fresh fruit or dairy products, which are part of a well-balanced, healthy diet?
Again, I'm not criticizing the recipes at all; they are delicious and I highly recommend them. The authors did a brilliant job. Just saying that since the book advertises itself as a weight loss solution, I would have found it much more helpful if they included a week's worth of sample menus, listing exactly what to include for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. That way I could see clearly how to put together my meal plans for best results, as well as create my shopping list.
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Initial post: Sep 23, 2011 8:59:13 AM PDT
Brandon Solomon says:
Perhaps you are unaware that this book is a supplemental book to the "Abs Diet" line. If you want a book that lists out what to eat, when to eat it, and why you should eat it, then search out the other books in the series and you'll find one that does all that very concisely.
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