Monday, February 25

Cooking Lean

"Oh my gosh, two posts from DK in the same month? Within a week of one another? Something crazy is going on here!"

There is something crazy going on. We've spent 25 days exploring low cholesterol, low calorie, low fat options and surprisingly there have been a few gems out there that we are actually looking forward to eating again. So inspired was I by this morning's breakfast (peanut butter and jelly stuffed french toast sticks) that I thought I would pass some of these resources along to you.

The cooking website that we are using for this week's meals is This site takes delicious restaurant quality meals and pares down the ingredient list and serving sizes so that you are able to enjoy them without expanding your waistline. So far, all of the recipes that we have tried from SkinnyKitchen have been great; we particularly have enjoyed the Skinny Thai Chicken and Peanut Noodles and Skinny PB & J French Toast Sticks.

Last week's meals came from Dr. Phil's Ultimate Weight Solution Cookbook. Unfortunately, that is where the mushroom infused meatloaf recipe came from (steer clear of that one!). It is also home to a recipe for no-fry chicken fried steak, a healthy version of macaroni and cheese, and berry smoothies that are wonderful. If you're looking for comfort food, I recommend taking a look at this book.

Early in the month we ate through the Taste of Home: Guilt Free Cooking : 356 Home Style Recipes for Healthier Living. It has the longest title of any cookbook I've ever owned, but it has some great recipes and tips for substituting ingredients in it. I do tread a little bit lightly through this cookbook as some of the recipes definitely taste like diet food. But there is some great stuff in there, too.

I hope these sources are helpful to you, and that you enjoy them as much as I do. If you cook healthy, what cookbook or website do you use for recipes or ideas? Please feel free to let me know in the comments below.

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