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Cook Yourself Thin: Skinny Meals You Can Make in Minutes Paperback – April 28, 2009
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About the Author
Lauren Deen is a multiple Emmy Award-winning lifestyle producer and director for Martha Stewart, Bobby Flay, Food Network, Food & Wine, Walmart, and Condé Nast. She is also the co-executive producer of Cook Yourself Thin (Tiger Aspect/IMG/Lifetime Television). Lauren is the author of Kitchen Playdates (Chronicle 2007) and the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Cook Yourself Thin. A Blue-Ribbon graduate of Peter Kump's New York Cooking School (now ICE), Lauren lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two young children.
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What I really like about this cookbook is that it's comprised of more than just recipes. The book begins with a breakdown of their philosophy. It analyzes what type of eater you are and the problems that this will cause you on your road to weight loss. The book gives you a simple calculation to determine what your daily caloric intake should be in order to get to your ideal weight. It then talks about dietary swaps. It's not about giving foods up -- it's about making smart substitutions. You can eat your chocolate cake, but there are several things you have to do differently in the baking process. Then it gives you an actual list that shows you the "bad" ingredients and the "good" ingredients that you can use as substitutions.
I've cooked up a LOT of these recipes, and I can't taste the difference between the healthier dish and my old, fattening one. In fact, a lot of them actually taste better!
They've published another book: Cooking Yourself Thin Faster. It's another collection of yummy recipes, and it's definitely worth buying.
We love the cheezy Chicken parmesan with zucchini 'pasta' !!! wow!
The mushroom and spinach quiche with potato crust...the only way to eat quiche!
Turkey chili crunch (packed with carrots, I added more chili seasoning for my taste).
Spinach and mushroom veggie lasagna (totally satisfying, and no meat!).
Ultimate sausage cheese pizza(tried with all different toppings and tons of veggies).
chicken tetrazzini(use up your leftovers in this easy classic, no canned soup allowed).
Don't forego dessert, just do it smart. We love:
Vanilla Cupcakes(with whole wheat flour)
Red velvet cupcakes(my husband hates beets, but loves these!)
Chocolate brownie with raspberries and white chocolate chips.(I chopped up strawberries)
Carrot cake(my mom said it's the best she's ever had, and she orders it often)
That's all we have tried so far...I'm becoming confident that we will be happy with each and every one.
The one complaint I have is that it often requires many pots and pans and several cooking techniques in order to complete one meal. It can add up to quite a pile of dishes, but I just figure I'm burning calories during the clean-up!
p.s. I have dropped a dress size in about 6 weeks!
p.s.s buy Cook yourself thin faster, and start with Coconut chicken and tropical salsa
One of my faves for breakfast were the lemon poppyseed muffins, I make them up on Sunday then you have about a dozen to eat for the rest of the week. Hopefully you will have someone to help you eat all of those because I end up throwing several away later in the week. I think it gives you good basic ideas on where and how to cut your calories without losing the meals that you crave.
This book is lovely, the recipes are easy to follow, the ingredients are easy to find and each recipe doesn't include a list of ingredients that are longer than your arm, unlike most recipe books. Therefore the recipes are also affordable.
This is a must for anyone trying to lose weight without starving themselves or even who's just trying to eat healthily. The recipes are easily adapted to put your own spin on them and there's something for everyone. It's got me loving cooking again. So far I have not even felt like I have been dieting at all, I have enjoyed everything and have even had the odd guilt free bar of chocolate! It's all about weight loss through making healthy changes this summer. [...]