I Can't Believe It's Not Fattening!: Over 150 Ridiculously Easy Recipes for the Super Busy

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From the New York Times Bestselling author of The Biggest Loser cookbooks: amazingly simple, super-speedy, and decadent recipes that taste sinful but are 100 percent guilt-free
 
Devin Alexander lives by the motto that "twenty minutes in the kitchen can save you 3 hours on the treadmill!" The chef and author of The Biggest Loser Cookbook  has maintained a weight loss of fifty-five pounds for almost twenty years by transforming the ...
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Overview

From the New York Times Bestselling author of The Biggest Loser cookbooks: amazingly simple, super-speedy, and decadent recipes that taste sinful but are 100 percent guilt-free
 
Devin Alexander lives by the motto that "twenty minutes in the kitchen can save you 3 hours on the treadmill!" The chef and author of The Biggest Loser Cookbook  has maintained a weight loss of fifty-five pounds for almost twenty years by transforming the decadent dishes that we all crave into fantastic lo-cal indulgences.  Now, she shows us how to make those mouthwatering favorites in mere minutes. Because—let's face it, we want what we want and we want it NOW!
 
With simple, super easy-to-follow recipes for delectable dishes such as Unbelievable Easy Chicken Parmesan, Carmelized Apple Buuter-Topped Pork Chops, Bacon Cheeseburger,  and even a Peppermint Brown "Pizza," you can now whip up fantastic, slimming meals in the time it would take to go through the drive-thru.
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Publishers Weekly - Library Journal
More a guide to smarter shopping than cooking, the latest from Alexander (The Biggest Loser Cookbook) gives dieters largely healthy options in 150 basic low-calorie recipes. Alexander admits her recipes are geared for convenience, unabashedly utilizing processed foods and artificial ingredients; though she does offer substitutions for organic or all-natural diets, readers will want to pay attention to nutritional information (Mafia's Favorite Turkey Sandwich, for instance, has over 1,600 mg of sodium per serving, while Tequila Cheese Fondue is measured in two-tablespoon serving sizes). Novices and those pressed for time will be pleased to find more assembly than actual cooking: Pigs in Comforters consists of only four ingredients-olive oil spray, low-fat beef hot dogs, biscuit dough and mustard-and Spicy Tuna Salad comes together in seconds using tuna, low-fat mayo and chili sauce. Almost all of her recipes derive their health benefits from the inclusion of low- or reduced-fat store-bought ingredients: Ravio-Sagne, a ravioli-based riff on lasagna, relies on canned sauce, ravioli and low-fat cheese; Cheesy Brown Rice consists of cooked brown rice and Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese Squares; Peppermint Brownie "Pizza" consists of fat-free whipped topping spread over a low-fat brownie (made from a box mix).
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From the Publisher
 
“I am the Biggest Loser so calorie consciousness is my #1 priority.  This book helped me see the light!  I truly can eat everything I love without feeling deprived, thank you Devin!”
--Ali Vincent author of Believe It, Be It; How Being the Biggest Loser Won Me Back My Life
Library Journal
The title of Devin's (The Biggest Loser Cookbook; The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook) latest work is deceptive—"low fat" would have been more accurate than "not fattening." For her 150 recipes, Alexander uses lean meats, egg whites, and light cheeses to reduce the fat, and she provides nutritional information (calories, fat, protein, and cholesterol) for each dish. She also includes such time-saving tips as buying prechopped foods and stocking your pantry with staples. While Devin's ideas aren't new, the popularity of The Biggest Loser is sure to create demand. Library marketing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780767931571
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/9/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 262,625
  • Product dimensions: 9.18 (w) x 7.34 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Devin Alexander is the author of The Most Decadent Diet Ever, Fast Food Fix, and  coauthor of the New York Times bestsellers The Biggest Loser Cookbook and The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook. She was a chef on NBC's The Biggest Loser and the host of Healthy Decadence on Discover Health and FitTV. 
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I Can't Believe It's Not Fattening!

Over 150 Ridiculously Easy Recipes for the Super Busy
By Devin Alexander

Broadway

Copyright © 2010 Devin Alexander
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780767931571

 
 Chicken Breasts with Goat cheese and Fire-roasted Tomatoes
Hands-on Time: 7 MINUTES • Hands-off Time: 5 to 9 MINUTES
This dish is exceptionally easy to make and worth every second. That said, there is one thing to note: Be careful when checking the chicken for doneness. The tomatoes will likely drip into the chicken. If you cut into the chicken or poke it with a fork to test for doneness, be sure it’s not the liquid from the tomatoes making the chicken look pink even if it’s not.
4 (4-ounce) trimmed boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Sea salt and pepper, to taste
Olive oil spray
1/2 cup canned, drained, diced fi re-roasted tomatoes or fire-roasted tomatoes with garlic
2 ounces (about 1/2 cup) goat cheese crumbles
2 tablespoons finely slivered fresh basil leaves, or more to taste (optional
 
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
 
Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
 
Place a medium ovenproof nonstick skillet over high heat. When it’s hot, lightly mist the skillet with spray and immediately add the chicken side by side to the pan so it does not touch. Cook the chicken just until it is golden brown on the outsides, 1 to 2 minutes per) side.
Remove the pan from the heat and top each piece of chicken evenly with about 2 table­spoons of the tomatoes, followed by about 1/2 ounce of the cheese. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake the chicken until it is no longer pink inside and the cheese is melted, 5 to 9 minutes. Top evenly with the basil, if desired. Serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings. Each (1 topped breast) serving has: 171 calories, 29 g protein, 2 g carbohy­drates, 4 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 72 mg cholesterol, trace fiber, 198 mg sodium
Excerpted from I Can’t Believe It’s Not Fattening by Devin Alexander. Copyright © 2010. Excerpted by permission of Broadway, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Bring on the Breakfasts 17

Better Burgers, Sandwiches, & Wraps 47

Amazing Appetizers & Savory Snacks 74

Midsection-Melting Main Courses 103

Slimming Sides & Salads 152

Decadent Desserts & Sweet Snacks 185

The Basics 218

Index 226

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  • Posted December 15, 2010

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    Love it! Perfect for People on the Go! Great for Novice Cooks (like me)

    I can't praise this cookbook and Devin Alexander more. This is the first cookbook that I have practically cooked all the recipes in. The recipes are easy, but very tasteful. Great for people on the go, who have kids, etc. I've cooked some of the recipes for people (the asparagus and roast beef for Easter) and everyone has loved them and then they are shocked that the recipes are healthy. I highly recommend this cookbook. I promise you will not be disappointed.

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  • Posted June 12, 2011

    Fantastic for singles and couples looking to cook healthy.

    I have tried multiple recipes in this book and it has become a cooking bible! I have even purchased several copies for friends.

    All of the recipes I have tried thus far have all tasted great! Especially the low-cal, low fat desserts! The recipes are quick and very simple, so if you're new to cooking, do not be intimidated. If you are a single individual, most of these recipes are for 1 or 2 serving so you're not stuck with several days of left overs. Also, many of the recipes call for similar items, such as grilled chicken, so for those who like to prepare their food in advance or multiple meals at once, this is perfect for you. I didn't feel as though there was a large investment to my pantry, a few things here and thre. One thing to keep in mind is spices generally last a while so it isn't something you will have to buy every week.

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  • Anonymous

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    This is one of the best cookbooks I have ever used. I absolutely

    This is one of the best cookbooks I have ever used. I absolutely love all of the recipes in this book. Super fast and super easy to make. Love the portion control.

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  • Posted July 14, 2012

    My "go-to" cookbook!!

    Awesome and simple recipes...love the Old Bay potato wedges and the chicken parm among others in the book!

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

    LOVE THIS COOKBOOK,

    Use it all the time, and give it often as a gift.

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