The holidays are over and it’s time to get back to some serious healthy eating.  If you want to ease into new habits gradually, try COMFORT FOOD FIX: Feel Good Favorites Made Healthy by Ellie Krieger.  Krieger, the host of the popular Cooking Channel favorite “Healthy Appetite,” presents a healthier look on some classic comfort food favorites.  The idea is to create dishes that are soul-satisfying but low in calories.  It’s not easy to take out the fat and still create winning dishes but Krieger succeeds using some good techniques to create taste-tempting dishes like broiled Buffalo wings; grilled shrimp po-boy; oven-fried shrimp with avocado green goddess dipping sauce (made with buttermilk); and Grandma’s chocolate pudding (made with low-fat 1% milk).

Even though the holidays are over, vegans can still enjoy the recipes in VEGAN HOLIDAY KITCHEN: More than 200 Delicious, festive Recipes for Special Occasions by Nava Atlas.  My husband Peter is trying to be wheat and dairy free and I got lots of ideas from this interesting cookbook.  Why not make everyday a holiday by cooking some of these interesting vegan recipes? The recipes are made with easy-to-find ingredients and the steps are a snap to follow.  Ravioli with sweet potatoes and sage; Hungarian-style potatoes paprikash; and skinny figgy bars are some faves.

Here is a fun choice : WHAT THE F*@# SHOULD I MAKE FOR DINNER? The Answers to Life’s Everyday Question (in 50 F*@#ing Recipes) by Zach Golden.  This book is a hysterical turn on the age old question of what to cook for dinner.  It’s witty and amusing for cooks who love a good laugh.  The recipes are basic but who cares? It is just plain silly and sometimes that’s good when you really just can’t think of something to serve for dinner.  The book is great for college-grads, newly-weds, and Yuppies who think take-out is the only way to go.  The book is easy enough to change their ways and get them back into the kitchen.  I am still laughing at some of the recipe titles like existentially lose yourself in some f*@#ing beet salad with chèvre; get mouth-deep on some f*@#ing Jambalaya; or don’t f*@k up some f*@#ing red flannel hash.




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