Bringing sensibility to sensory pleasures, this accessible, health–minded cookbook is a welcome resource in a burger and bacon–obsessed moment. Recognizing that there are good biological and emotional reasons why we seek out starchy, hearty, creamy dishes to sate ourselves, dietician and Food Network star Krieger (The Food You Crave), sees no reason why anyone should have to give them up wholesale. The goal, then, is to reduce fat, sodium and sugar without sacrificing flavor. Krieger avoids using artificial sweeteners and egg replacers—instead, she relies on what she terms the 15 Fix Factors to make her recipes healthier. These include substituting low–fat milk, evaporated milk and Greek yogurt for cream; baking breaded dishes instead of frying; adding smaller quantities of real, extra–flavorful cheeses and employing trimmed lean cuts of meat. Mango Stuffed Challah French Toast is lightened up with light ricotta, low–fat milk and nonstick cooking spray for a calorie savings of 150, while chicken parmesan loses 210 calories with light bread crumbs, egg whites, nonfat milk and part–skim mozzarella. With a nod to the cultural relativism of "comfort food," Krieger′s repertoire runs the international gamut, from Easy Cassoulet to Kasha Varnishkas to Banana Pudding with Vanilla Wafers. Krieger′s simple, time–conscious recipes with easy–to–find ingredients will satisfy sophisticated eaters and down–home palates alike. Photos. (Oct.) (PublishersWeekly.com)
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Everyone has a favorite comfort food—those delicious, soothing dishes we grew up loving. ellie krieger is no different; she craves those soul–satisfying meals just like everyone else. But as a nutritionist, a mom, and the host of Food Network′s Healthy Appetite , she just wishes they were better for us. Now, with Comfort Food Fix , they can be. With Ellie′s help, you can use natural ingredients and a few simple techniques to put a healthy twist on your favorite comfort food dishes. From meatloaf and mashed potatoes to cheesy nachos and pumpkin pie, you can enjoy the flavors you love without all the calories and unhealthy fat that usually come with them. Comfort Food Fix includes 150 great–tasting recipe fixes that will satisfy your cravings without sacrificing flavor: breakfast, brunch, and bakery Choose between delightfully sweet breakfast treats like Banana–Walnut Multigrain Pancakes and hearty, savory morning meals like Corned Beef Hash and Eggs. snacks and starters Broiled Buffalo Wings make a perfect game–day snack while Baked Jalapeño Poppers are just as tempting from the oven as they are from the fryer. soups and sandwiches Clam chowder can be creamy without all the saturated fat, and an Open–Face Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich served on crusty whole–grain bread is every bit as melty delicious with less than half the calories. main dishes Healthy fixes for beloved main courses like Shepherd′s Pie, Honey–Crisp Oven–Fried Chicken, Crispy Crab Cakes, Broccoli and Cheese Calzones, and Skillet Mac and Cheese. sides and salads Creamy Scalloped Potatoes au Gratin that you can feel good about indulging in, Southern–Style Greens that are big on taste without all the pork fat, and a heart–healthy Waldorf Salad. desserts Utterly decadent treats like Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Little Devil′s Food Cupcakes, Banana Pudding with Vanilla Wafers, and a perfect Peach Cobbler—all of which hit the sweet spot perfectly, yet are so much better for you. With full nutrition information for every recipe, along with eye–opening before–and–after nutrition comparisons, mouthwatering full–color photos, and simple tips for lifelong healthy eating, Comfort Food Fix lets you enjoy your family favorites in a healthier way. Instead of giving up the foods you love, cook with Ellie and take the guilt out of your guilty pleasures.