Cook Yourself Thin Faster by Lauren Deen (and giveaway!)
I love food. It’s true. I absolutely admit to loving a good buffet, I hardly have anything I will not eat or try. There was a time in my youth… that did not matter. No matter what I ate, I did not gain. I was not a work out queen either… in fact I can not recall any exercise in those years beyond the required gym class.
Well times… they do change…
As I became older, married, with children… the pounds did not just melt away any more. I came to a point where if I wanted to look the way I well…. wanted to look, then I needed to work for it. In those years, I worked hard at the gym, tried hard to watch what I ate and did maintain the look I wanted for myself.
Now…. (*fast forward to present time), I have actually found things that I enjoy doing that also qualify as “working out and exercise”. Who knew… it could also be fun?
I still fall off track. I get good at it, and then lose my mojo…. and then, like now, work on putting myself back on the track again. Of course…. I still have that “love of food” that has never left me.
When I found this book recently at one of my local book stores I was excited about it. Flipping through it I seen the pictures of the food were mouth-watering and something I would definitely be all for giving a try. I mean, look at some of these:
- Dessert Pizza
- Mini Blueberry Muffins
- Seven-Layer Dip
- Pineapple Mojitos
- Shrimp and Grits
- Cheese “Fries”
- Carrot Soup with a Kick
- Flank Steak with Indian Salsa
- White Pizza with Roasted Mushrooms
And it also is broke into wonderful categories:
AND – if you know me, you know that I do not like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen doing prep work and searching for a long list of ingredients. I was thrilled to see that the recipes were fairly simple to make, took few ingredients, and not a ton of “kitchen duty”. YAY to all of that!
I also like recipes that I can serve to guests or take to potlucks that do not look like they are “healthy foods” (enter the vegie tray….)
I plan to spend some more time in this book yet this afternoon. Many (but not all) recipes have a mouth-watering picture. They all have nutrition information, and a list of ingredients that are pretty easy to find. (I may make the spaghetti squash for dinner) These are recipes my hubby would even enjoy and not feel deprived of flavors (just calories )
On page 29 I found this little gem which looks tasty and something I could easily prep ahead of time for work:
Asparagus and Goat Cheese Quiche
4 asparagus stalks, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 large eggs
1 large egg white
3/4 cup low-fat milk- (I use 1%)
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
2 oz. goat cheese- (I would use a low fat cheese)
1.) Preheat the oven to 425F. Spray four 5 oz. ramekins (I would use my muffin tin) with cooking spray. Fill a large bowl with ice and cold water and set aside.
2.) Place the asparagus in a shallow dish with 2 Tbsp water. Cover with vented plastic wrap, and microwave on high until bright green and just tender…about 3 1/2 minutes. Carefully uncover and place in ice bath to cool, and drain.
3.) Whisk together the eggs, egg white, milk, salt, and pepper until well blended. Divide the cheese and asparagus among the 4 dishes, and pour the egg mixture on top.
4.) Bake until just set, about 15 minutes. Serve warm or cool.
I hope to make that this week… maybe even later today as this ends my official week off of work and I am back to it tomorrow morning
I posted this review today as part of Beth Fish Reads Weekend Cooking. Stop over and see what else is cooking this weekend!