Synopses & Reviews
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.
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)
Comfort Food Fix is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the New York Times best-selling So Easy. This time Ellie Krieger, host of the long-running, popular Food Network cooking show Healthy Appetite (now airing in re-runs every weekday morning on Cooking Channel), offers 150 recipes for American favorites -- meatloaf, lasagna, New England Clam Chowder, chicken pot pie, shrimp and grits, crab cakes, garlic bread sticks, mashed potatoes, and more. But because Ellie is all about eating right, for every recipes she reduces the calories, saturated fat, and cholesterol, without sacrificing any of the flavor. All of the recipes includes a before-and-after chart at the bottom, so you can see just how much healthier Ellie's recipes are than the originals. Imagine a sweet potato casserole with 150 calories per serving instead of 420 calories. Or buttermilk waffles with 1.5 grams of saturated fat instead of 11. Or a hearty beef stew with 50 milligrams of cholesterold instead of 120. And because they're recipes by Ellie Krieger, you know they're going to be easy to prepare, made with ingredients you can find in any supermarket -- no trips to the health food store required. Just in case recipe titles like Country Fried Steak with Gravy and Triple Onion French Onion Soup aren't tempting enough, the book will be packed with gorgeous photography of finished dishes to whet the appetite. Ellie Krieger's fans are devoted, and this is the book they've been waiting for.
Comfort food made healthy, from New York Times bestselling author Ellie Krieger
In Comfort Food Fix, Ellie Krieger presents a healthier take on classic American comfort food—without sacrificing the comfort part. These 150 soul-satisfying recipes include such hearty favorites as meatloaf, lasagna, chicken potpie, crab cakes, and mashed potatoes, but without all the calories and saturated fat.
With simple tricks and tips, Ellie serves up healthy delights like delicious sweet potato casserole with just a third of the calories and amazing buttermilk waffles with just a fraction of the fat. With full nutrition information for every recipe and gorgeous full-color photos that are sure to whet any appetite, Comfort Food Fix is the perfect cookbook for healthy eaters with healthy appetites.
- Ellie Krieger is the host of the popular show Healthy Appetite, which airs on the Cooking Channel, and the author of the New York Times bestsellers So Easy and The Food You Crave
- The book features 150 delicious comfort food recipes that are lower in calories and fat than you would ever guess based on how great they taste
- 50 lavish full-color photographs beautifully illustrate finished dishes
When it comes to healthy cooking, Ellie Krieger is the chef you can trust. In Comfort Food Fix, she takes the guilt out of guilty pleasures.
Who knew your favorite comfort foods could be good for you, too?
"Happily, the dishes in this book are edible proof that you don't have to choose between your favorite foods and your well-being. That's because each recipe here is 'fixed,' or made over, so it hits just the right comfort spot, giving you your 'fix' without the unhealthy downsides."
About the Author
Ellie Krieger is the host of Food Network's popular Healthy Appetite, now on the Cooking Channel every weekday morning, and author of the bestsellers The Food You Crave and So Easy. 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.
Table of Contents
16 CHAPTER 1: BREAKFAST, BRUNCH, AND BAKERY
50 CHAPTER 2: SNACK AND STARTERS
92 CHAPTER 3: SOUPS AND SANDWICHES
126 CHAPTER 4: MEAT MAIN DISHES
158 CHAPTER 5: POULTRY MAIN DISHES
182 CHAPTER 6: SEAFOOD MAIN DISHES
202 CHAPTER 7: VEGETARIAN MAIN DISHES
218 CHAPTER 8: SIDES AND SALADS
254 CHAPTER 9: DESSERTS