Friday, May 31, 2013
Comfort Food Fix by Ellie Krieger. Cookbook review
I'm a sucker for wholesome American comfort food. Place a bowl of Mac and cheese in front of me, and watch me follow you like a puppy. Or give me a piece of that pumpkin pie and you'll know who my loyalties will lie with for the rest of my life.
Except good old fashioned American food - Southern or Tex-mex - isn't for the faint-hearted. There's plenty of cream, sugar, cheese and butter in all the cooking. And this is exactly where Ellie Krieger comes to your rescue.
Ellie Krieger is the host of Food Network's show Healthy Appetite and is a well-known nutritionist and her motto is to cut the calories in half (sometimes even down to a third) for all the yummy goodies in her book - Comfort Food Fix: Feel Good Favourites made Healthy.
Zucchini bread and then these triple chocolate chip cookies which have become my go to recipe. In fact I was inspired by her to make the cookies for India Food Network. Click here for the link.
Ellie's book is divided in the most fabulous way. Nine chapters and a 150 awesome recipes. She's got chapters including Soups and Sandwiches, Breakfast and Brunch, Vegetarian Main dishes, Poultry Main dishes, Sides and my favourite Desserts.
The fact that she has explained nutritional content for each of her recipes versus that what is store-bought makes this book a must for those who like their lasagnas and meatloaves not to mention apple crisps and sweet potato casseroles.
My favourite is the the recipe for the Chicken pot pie. As a huge fan of savoury pies, I have to tell you that I had no idea that a pot pie could taste so good. Closely followed by Buttermilk waffles.
Oh and the photographs. They are what make this book so truly decadent. It's like they are all calling out to you, to well, eat them. And they also make you want to eat better. Did I mention this book is a New York Times Best Seller? Oh well, that's the other feather in it's cap.
Truth is, never more have I been inspired to try this many low-cal recipes. Ellie just makes it sound so simple and wonderful.
US, UK and India.