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Cookbook with healthy, tasteful meals

I like to cook and would like to learn how to do it more healthfully. I am trying to incorporate healthy lifestyle changes. I usually cook for my boyfriend who is allergic to shellfish. Does anyone have any suggestions for a good cookbook with meals that are healthy but still taste good?

Sat. Apr 28, 1:02pm

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I don't have any specific cookbook recommendations but I cook a lot from cookbooks and usually I just "tweak" recipes a little to make them more healthy if not healthy already. Usually you can alter cooking recipes no problem-baking is where measurements and things really count! I feel like a lot of recipes i like call for lots of cheese, cream, butter etc-so, I usually cut the amount of cheese in half (or more!), swap cream for skim or 1% milk, and use less butter or swap for olive oil. I add more veggies to things, and use lots of garlic/herbs to add flavor in place of the fats I removed. If something calls for ground beef, i'll use lean ground turkey/chicken, whole wheat pasta instead of regular pasta, low sodium chicken stock instead of regular etc. I would suggest playing around with recipes you already have-you will find some things that work and work well!

Also-as far as magazines go-Cooking Light and Eating Well have really tasty food that is very healthy-all the nutritional info is listed at the end of each recipe too.

Saturday, April 28, 2007, 2:08 PM

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My two favorite cookbooks are by Jane Brody. They are called:
Good Food Gourmet
Jane Brody\s Good Food Book
I know you can get them from Amazon; I don't know if you'll find them in a book store. The recipes are all relatively low in fat and sugar, full of veggies, and almost all the recipes are relatively simple but very tasty.
Good luck!

Saturday, April 28, 2007, 3:14 PM

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Cooking Light

I've been subscribing for over 10 years. It has great recipes with nutrition info at the end of each recipe. After years of reading it, I've become pretty adept at tweaking recipes I see elsewhere and making them low fat and tasty. I also like Vegetarian Times. If you are a meat eater you can easily add beef or chicken to some of the recipes.

Saturday, April 28, 2007, 3:44 PM

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Taste of home.. great cookbook

Sunday, April 29, 2007, 5:38 AM

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Yes, Cooking Light is great! So is The Holly Clegg Trim & Terrific, and Better Homes & Gardens Eat & Stay Slim.

Sunday, April 29, 2007, 10:42 AM

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One more vote for Cooking Light. Awesome healthy recipes!

Sunday, April 29, 2007, 12:19 PM

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cooking light is great!

Sunday, April 29, 2007, 5:18 PM

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Cooking Light and Moosewood!

Monday, April 30, 2007, 2:01 AM

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i like the Calorie Countdown Cookbook by Juan-Carlos Cruz- he's a chef who had to make big changes for himself and reworked tradtional recipes to healthful ones. most of them are under 300 calories per serving and sooooo tasty!

i've posted a link of the book on amazon.


Monday, April 30, 2007, 10:59 AM

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I really like the biggest loser cookbook.
Mostly I just tweak the recipes I used to use.
I also love to watch Rachel Ray and then modify her recipes.

Saturday, June 02, 2007, 2:31 PM

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the whole foods website has the best recipes. Not a cook book persay but I think you'll like a lot of them.

Saturday, June 02, 2007, 5:32 PM

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check ebay, or for these...i love them!

light cooking for two
family circle: eat what you love & lose
eat great lose weight

There is quite a variety between the three and i use them all the time. Also, for baking, I always substitute no sugar applesauce for vegetable oil. really cuts down the calories.

also, is the best website....most of the recipes have the nutrition info and a lot include comments on how to change the recipe to be healthier. Good luck!

Monday, June 04, 2007, 3:00 PM

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The Moosewood Cookbooks esp Daily Special and Low-Fat Favorites
A Celebration of Wellness - Levin and Cederquist
Eat More, Weigh Less - Ornish

Website with great recipes - Fat Free Vegan linked below, and a second (or is it third now?) for the whole foods website.


Monday, June 04, 2007, 6:07 PM

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great collaboration

Mollie Katzen of Moosewood collaborated with Walter Willett from Harvard Medical School and they wrote a great book with lots of recipes and ideas for quick and easy meals called Eat Drink and Weigh Less. I love the info and the recipes are good.


Monday, June 04, 2007, 11:09 PM

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The Sugar Solution cookbook is really good. It also gives nutrition info., including sugar grams for each recipe.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007, 2:12 PM

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