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So Easy: Luscious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week Hardcover – Unabridged, October 26, 2009
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A New York Times' bestselling author's guide to quick and healthy everyday meals
As weekly host of the Food Network's Healthy Appetite, Ellie Krieger is known for creating light and healthy dishes that taste great and are easy enough for the busiest people to prepare. Now, Ellie has put together a collection of meal solutions for those of us who love food and want to eat well but struggle to make it happen given life's hectic pace. With 150 delicious, easy-to-prepare, fortifying recipes, Ellie provides dishes that tackle every possible mealtime situation. Illustrated with 50 full-color photos, there are recipes for:
- Grab-and-go breakfasts for hectic days, as well as easy breakfast options for more leisurely mornings
- Lunches to go, each road-tested in a cooler pack, along with at-home lunches for when you have the luxury of eating in
- A month's worth of different rush-hour dinners-fabulous meals you can whip up in less than thirty minutes-as well as dinners for days when you have a little more time to marinate or roast, but still want it all to be effortless
- Decadent desserts, some ready in minutes, others truly worth waiting for-all easily pulled together
As a mom with a full-time job, Ellie knows how busy life is when you're juggling your family's needs. Now, you can stop stressing over whether to eat healthily or to eat fast. The recipes here-from Cheddar Apple Quesadilla, Pork Piccata with Spinach and Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Marinated Flank Steak with Blue Cheese Sauce to Chocolate-Cream Cheese Panini Bites and Fig and Ginger Truffles-are ideal, regardless of the time, or experience, you have in the kitchen.
When so much in life is complicated, isn't it nice to know that eating doesn't have to be? After making and enjoying the meals in this book, you will say along with the title, "That was SO EASY!"
Recipe Excerpts from So Easy
Steak Chimichurri with Grilled Garlic Bread and Grilled Tomatoes
Blueberry-Almond French Toast Bake
Grilled Peaches with Ice Cream
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Ellie Krieger—host of Food Network's Healthy Appetite, nutritionist, and mom—knows as well as anyone how hectic life can be. Sometimes the idea of getting a healthy and delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the table every day can be downright daunting. Takeout may seem like the obvious answer—but with all the extra fat and calories, ordering in often does more harm than good. Luckily, Ellie's got the answer, and it's So Easy: a collection of meal solutions for those of us who love food and want to eat well, but struggle making it happen given today's chaotic pace. With Ellie in your kitchen, you don't have to choose between eating healthfully and eating fast.
In this practical and inspiring cookbook, you'll find more than 150 of the light, nutrition-packed, and satisfying recipes Ellie is known for, organized by meal:
breakfast Choose between quick meals you can grab like Peach Pie Smoothie, Spicy Egg and Avocado Wrap, or Cheddar-Apple Quesadilla, and more leisurely—but still fuss-free—recipes to ease you into a day off, company-ready dishes such as Grilled Portobello Benedict and Blueberry-Almond French Toast Bake.
lunch Turn your lunch box into a treasure chest with travel-tested, make-ahead meals that are truly inspired, like Salmon Niçoise Salad with Lemon Dijon Dressing and Roast Beef Sandwich with Watercress and Horseradish Sauce—or if you're eating at home, treat yourself with an Open-Face Chicken Parmesan Sandwich; Grilled Beef, Jícama, and Apple Salad; or Shrimp Roll with Cracked Pepper Potato Chips.
dinner Find rush-hour options—25 complete, family-friendly, good-for-you dinners you can cook in less time than it takes to order a pizza, such as Tri-Color Pepper Steak or Penne with Zucchini and Mint—as well as slower-paced meals like Chicken Paella with Sausage and Olives or Porcini Crusted Filet Mignon with Creamed Spinachand Herbed Mashed Potatoes.
dessert The "in a flash" options are quick and delicious—recipes like Cherry-Almond-Chocolate Clusters come together in moments, but you'll want to savor them slowly; extra-special treats such as Raspberry Clafoutis or Pumpkin Rice Pudding may take longer, but are still easyand definitely worth the wait.
When so much in life is complicated, isn't it nice to know that eating doesn't have to be? Once you dig into the recipes—and the mouthwatering results—from this wonderful book, you'll want to shout from the rooftops: "That was So Easy!"
ellie krieger is the host of Food Network's popular Healthy Appetite and author of the New York Times bestselling and IACP and James Beard Award–winning The Food You Crave. A registered dietitian, she has a master's degree in nutrition from Columbia University and completed her undergraduate work at Cornell University. Ellie was an adjunct professor at New York University in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health. She is a regular columnist for Fine Cooking and Food Network magazines and lives in New York City.
Get more recipes and healthy living tips by visiting Ellie Krieger online at www.HealthyLivingWithEllie.com
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chilled bow-tie pasta, salt and pepper, on a bed of romaine lettuce. I mixed up the dressing in the food processor, then mixed in the scallions, pasta and salmon, put it on the lettuce and wow! was it good, better even than the ingredients sound. No oil or vinegar even but a great tasting creamy dressing nontheless.
Many recipes use greek yogurt which I love. I made the recipe for cold cucumber soup using greek yogurt and it's delicious. Four cups of greek yogurt with one peeled cucumber, fresh dill, mixed up in the food processor, and some chopped tomato on top. It doesn't get easier than this. I am a fan of cold cucumber soup on a hot day but stopped making it since I didn't want to use all that cream and sour cream my old recipe called for.
All the recipes in this book are like this, super easy, using ingredients I wouldn't think of using together for a taste sensation that is incredible. There is not one recipe in here I don't want to make. And so easy! These are the kind of light easy recipes I love, that don't involve cooking. Mix them up or combine the ingredients and eat.
The salad section in particular is great, something as simple as putting chopped strawberries and mozerella cubes on a salad for instance is something creative and delicious. There is also a sandwich section that sounds amazing.
Fresh healthy ingredients combined in new ways make this book a winner. I will be using this almost every day.
The first recipe I made was a chicken with savory peaches. It was so delicious and totally something I would not have thought of myself. I am so excited for the next week of cooking. I'm really looking forward to digging in.