Whenever I find something that I really, really like (or really, really dislike) I love to tell you about it. I love to tell everyone about it to the point where I am sure that many people wish I would just be quiet (that is putting it nicely). So, recently when I read the cookbook-"Eat Shrink And Be Merry" by Janet and Greta Podleski, I had to write about it here because I loved it! Now, to say that I am not a cook is putting it mildly and on those rare attempts that I try to cook and it looks even remotely complicated I run in the other direction (I like my daughter's easy bake oven and that is about as good as it gets). I actually started reading this cookbook with a scowl, fearing the worst but was pleasantly surprised at the simplicity and weight and health conscious recipes it had. I actually made several of the recipes and my family was astounded and suspicious of me at first and then overjoyed to have something not canned or frozen (I know, I know but we do eat healthy believe it or not). The motto of this cookbook is for -"Great tasting food that won't go from your lips to your hips" so for anyone looking to eat delicious, healthy and filling foods you will be very pleased.
Not only are their great recipes but super health tips and funny cartoons. This is a health and weight conscious recipe cookbook with a unique sense of humor (I am getting hungry looking at it). They have everything from Yummus (Hummus), Dumplings, Thai, Poultry, Nachos (my favorite! I could live on a desert island with only these nachos),beef, seafood, Italian, you name it and the best part is that these are weight conscious recipes without all the fat and calories. Each recipe tells you exactly how many carbs, calories, fat, sodium, cholesterol , protein and fiber are in each one.
There were so many recipes that I wanted to share with you but I had to only choose one so here is one of my favorites that I tried (keep in mind that I am a vegetarian so this is meat free but there are a lot of recipes for you carnivores too). I highly recommend this cookbook as for me it was not complicated (that is saying a lot), had healthy and weight conscious recipes and made me laugh. There is nothing worse than not having a sense of humor when cooking. You can visit the website at http://www.eatshrinkandbemerry.com and you will see why I enjoy this cookbook so much I think.
2 medium avocados, halved, seeded, and diced
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
1/2 cup minced red onions
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
1 tbsp minced fresh cilantro
1 to 2 tsp minced garlic
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, and minced, or a couple shakes of hot pepper sauce.
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate until serving time. Guacamole will keep for about 3 days in the fridge.
per serving (2 tbsp)
fiber 1.8 g
total fat 4.7 g
protein 1 g
sodium 62 mg
cholesterol 0 mg
sat fat 0.7 g
This is truly the best guacamole dip I have ever had! Give it a try!
P.S. To everyone who has commented on my blog I want to apologize for not returning comments quicker but I promise to get to everyone's blogs this week and comment as I just love reading each of your blogs and love your comments.
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