Synopses & Reviews
No pasta? No dessert? No way! Everything in moderation, says Rachael Ray. After all, some days only chocolate or spaghetti will hit the spot.
In Rachael Rays 30-Minute Get Real Meals, the bestselling cookbook author and Food Network star serves up another helping of creative, hassle-free recipes that are ready to rock your tastebuds in less than thirty minutes. The latest addition to Rachaels runaway hit series of 30-Minute Meals cookbooks is designed for cooks who want to look and feel great but long for the fun and the flavor thats missing from their extreme low-carb meals. Why fill your shopping cart and your stomach with processed, low-carb cereals and breads that taste like cardboard when you can eat the foods you crave? Here, at last, are recipes for those who just cannot and will not live totally carb-free: Pasta dinners made mostly with proteins and vegetables and only a couple of ounces of pasta per servings, fresh Thai and Mexican lettuce wraps, take-out-style stir-frys, and tons of burger ideas with and without the buns. And when youve just got to satisfy that sweet tooth, even nonbakers (like Rachael) will flip for Nutty Creamsicle Pie, Stuffed Roasted Strawberries, and other surprisingly easy dessert recipes.
With more than 150 new dishes, plenty of time-saving tips, and a generous serving of Rachael's "you can do it" attitude, 30-Minute Get Real Meals proves you dont have to go to extremes to eat healthy.
Rachael Ray confesses that theres pasta in her pantry, and she isnt afraid to admit that chili is just an excuse to snack on corn chips. On the other hand, she also confesses that its more fun to shop for clothes when shes eating fewer carbs. So whats a carb-frustrated cook to do these days? Dont go to extremes, says the force of nature behind Food Networks 30-Minute Meals. Get real! With a little creativity and less than half an hour, now you can watch your carbs and eat them, too. Satisfy your carb-starved cravings and still mind that waistline with more than 150 healthy, delicious recipesincluding Rachaels first-ever section devoted just to desserts:
Snacks and Super-Supper Snacks
Burgers Gone Wild
Take a Dip: Fondues
Salads that Stack Up
Well-Rounded Square Meals
Pasta: Come Home Again
Desserts? Yes, Desserts!
"Part of Ray's appeal to legions of Food TV fans is her loose, nonnitpicky approach to cooking at home. Every meal she presents can be prepared in 30 minutes or less, and she consistently emphasizes simplicity and nonfussiness. So it's no surprise that Ray's contribution to the supposedly waning low-carb cookbook genre does not strictly adhere to the diet. Ray adores carbohydrates 'I cannot and will not eat without them' and she believes consuming them in moderation is a healthy option. This selection of recipes, then, does include pasta dishes, but Ray wisely makes them heavy on the meat and vegetables and low on pasta (a half pound for every four entres). Her devoted viewers will delight at the prospect of Bucatini with Sausage, Peppers, and Onions; Creamy Polenta and Bolognese Sauce; and Eggplant and Wild Mushroom Pasta with Ricotta Salata. Other chapters are just as appealing, offering ideas for main course salads, as well as meat and fish dishes, burgers, soups, snacks and desserts. In keeping with her low-maintenance style, Ray is lax with her instructions, calling for 'a couple slices of smoked salmon' in one recipe, and '2 tablespoons vegetable oil (eyeball it)' in another. Ray's standard chatty demeanor, which comes through loud and clear, coupled with interesting, varied recipes, make this book a winner." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Rachael Ray is becoming a household name and a bestselling author, thanks to her fabulous recipes, freehand style of cooking, and unfailing good results. This latest collection of recipes, a companion book to her show, will feature flexible menus for cooking great, low-carb meals 24/7.
About the Author
Rachael Ray appears daily on the Food Network as host of 30-Minute Meals, $40 a Day, and Inside Dish. She is the author of eight bestselling cookbooks, most recently Cooking Rocks! and Cooking Round the Clock. Rachael lives in the Adirondacks.