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The Moms' Guide to Meal Makeovers: Improving the Way Your Family Eats, One Meal at a Time! Paperback – December 23, 2003
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Getting dinner on the table night after night can be a challenge. So it's no surprise that busy moms often rely on fast food, takeout, and convenience meals like macaroni & cheese, chicken nuggets, and fries. The kids love it but the drawback is that little twinge of guilt moms feel every time they feed their family another not-so-healthy meal. At the end of the day, many children end up with a poor diet high in sugar, saturated fat, and calories ... a major factor in the rising rates of obesity.
Finally, here are realistic guidelines designed to give families a healthy meal makeover.
The Moms lay out a 5-Step Meal Makeover Plan, explaining how to market good nutrition to kids, establish food rules, and make life easier in the kitchen.
In The Best of the Bunch chapter they reveal which brands of kid convenience foods-hot dogs, frozen pizza, and more-are the best tasting and most nutritious ones out there.
The Moms show how to stock a healthy pantry and whip up delicious anytime meals using pantry staples.
They even serve up 120 reworked recipes for family favorites such as Fast-as-Boxed Macaroni & Cheese, Squishy Squash Lasagna, Cheesy Broccoli Soup, Sweet Potato Fries, and Chocolate Pudding with Toppers.
Top Customer Reviews
I think the authors are right on the mark with their advice on kids trying new foods, no "yuck!"s etc. Their philosophy is similar to our own house rules, and as a result my boys (3 and 7) are great eaters. I had the pleasure of meeting the authors at a bookstore signing, and I was very impressed with their knowledge, sensibility, and friendliness!
I like the chapter on stocking your pantry, which has great ideas for healthy ingredients and prepared foods that can cut fat and cooking time simultaneously. They even make recommendations of what to order when you buy fast food -- so I can feel virtuous even when I'm running late.
The whole tone of this book is affirming and empowering, and I tore through the first 4 chapters in a week. The rest is the recipes. We've tried a number of them already, and my 3 year old has devoured everything! (and I've lost 4 pounds! Yippee!)
book. All kinds of common healthy ingredients are used, stuff I bought in
the past but didn't know how to cook/use, like sweet potatoes and black
beans. Southwest chicken and rice, sweet potato and kale soup, all kinds of
different and interesting recipes that aren't too time-comsuming or
intimidating. Highly recommended!
The next step is frozen and prepared foods. Again, we all feel so guilty every time we heat up those fish sticks and frozen peas, but Janice and Liz explain, right down to telling us what brands to use, how to make a really, really healthy meal out of frozen and canned foods.
Finally, for those days when we finally do have some time, Janice and Liz make it so easy to cook easy healthy foods for our kids that they'll actually eat and LOVE. They show us how to clean out our pantries so that cooking like this is easy, and no recipe takes more than 20 minutes.
One of the best parts of the book is the companion website, where you can go, join the club, share recipies and anecdotes with other moms, and get more tips and advice from the monthly mom's newsletter by Liz and Janice--our national treasures! Buy this book, join the club, tell your friends--or be sorry you didn't!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My family loves this cookbook. Every thing in here is fabulous. My kids are really picky eaters but they will eat these recipes. Read morePublished on December 15, 2013 by H. McAllister
This book is outdated as there are many newer products on the market now that are far superior to the ones mentioned in this book. Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by chicagomom
I was really disappointed to see that this book had less recipes and more of an essay on why you should cut back on fat, sodium and sugar. Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by Jennifer Faucher
After being referred to a dietician for my daughter, I was given a few booklets to get us started on different foods and meals. This book was referenced as an additional resource. Read morePublished on August 26, 2011 by DanaP
We checked this one out from our local library and the next day, I ordered it through Amazon. We were so impressed by the logic and straight-talk Liz and Janice provided, and not... Read morePublished on July 20, 2011 by Carrie
I purchased this book based on the overwhelmingly favorable reviews, looking for fresh, healthy, quick recipes. The recipes are most definitely fast and easy. Read morePublished on July 4, 2011 by deech
this is the "how to get your family started on a better diet" book. it provides amusing commentary on nutrition and dietary needs, how to fix or change them into better habits. Read morePublished on January 6, 2011 by Sandra E
This cookbook is a good buy for trying to redo up some old favorties into healthier meals. My only complaint would be that it emphasizes a little too much on calorie counts, and as... Read morePublished on November 30, 2010 by cmauro4863
My personal trainer recommended this book for us because she is also a busy mom of 2. I was a little nervous about it being to complicated like many healthy cookbooks are these... Read morePublished on November 11, 2010 by E. Clark