Lighten Up: Low-Fat Versions of More Than 100 of America's Best-Known and Best-Loved Recipes

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Are you trying to eat a more healthful diet, but having trouble giving up your favorite foods? Let Elaine Magee come to your rescue with more than 100 delicious recipes that look and taste like the ultimate indulgence but weigh in with far fewer fat grams than you would think. A registered dietitian, Elaine has been creating low-fat versions of America's favorite recipes for more than a decade; she knows the best low-fat recipe starts out with the best high-fat recipe. In Lighten Up!, she's taken classic American...
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Overview

Are you trying to eat a more healthful diet, but having trouble giving up your favorite foods? Let Elaine Magee come to your rescue with more than 100 delicious recipes that look and taste like the ultimate indulgence but weigh in with far fewer fat grams than you would think. A registered dietitian, Elaine has been creating low-fat versions of America's favorite recipes for more than a decade; she knows the best low-fat recipe starts out with the best high-fat recipe. In Lighten Up!, she's taken classic American dishes so loved they have been the favorites of generation after generation, and "enlightened" every one.

How about a decadent Chocolate Cheesecake with Chocolate Truffle Topping? The original recipe contained 19 grams of fat per serving; Elaine's made-over version has 9 grams, and all of the luscious creamy texture and taste. Feel guilty when you nibble on that crispy snack mix? Try Elaine's recipe, with half the fat grams, and see if you can tell the difference. Who said you can't have your cake and eat it too? Savor Crumb Coffee Cake with Broiled Topping with your morning coffee, and enjoy knowing you're consuming about half the fat grams in the original recipe.

Each recipe has a complete nutritional analysis of the original and the lighter version, so you can see how many fat grams and calories you've saved. And in a special chapter. Elaine shares her low-fat cooking secrets so you can transform your own family favorites: how to cut fat without sacrificing taste, texture, or appearance; which cooking methods work best; more healthful substitutes for high-fat and high-calorie ingredients; and much, much more.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
No stranger to creating low-fat recipes, Magee (The Fight Fat and Win Cookbook; 200 Kid Tested Ways to Lower the Fat in Your Child's Diet) here presents a reduced-fat comfort-food cookbook. After collecting traditional American recipes from many of the country's food editors (from newspapers mostly) and food companies (e.g., Pillsbury, Quaker Oats, Kraft), Magee set about the task of reducing the fat in such popular favorites as macaroni and cheese, buffalo chicken wings and meatloaf. The recipes, from appetizers to desserts, are familiar fare, though the names are sometimes inadvertantly ludicrous (Fancy Department Store Blueberry Muffins). There's a Prize-Winning Meatloaf whose only reduction comes from using a quarter-cup of fat-free egg substitute. But most of the recipes cut the fat content in half. A Hot Artichoke Dip made with reduced-fat mayonnaise, light sour cream and artichokes cooked in water instead of oil cuts the calories per serving from 197 to 85 and the fat from 19g to 4g. A lighter version of The Silver Palate's Chicken Marbella reduces fat grams from 26.5 to 10.5; the Creme Brule here cuts fat by 75%. The recipes are straightforward, easy and accompanied by nutritional analyses that compare Magee's variations to their original versions. Magee has answered the prayers of those who've wanted to have their Fettucine Alfredo and halve its fat content, too. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684814940
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 6/2/1997
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 0.55 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Elaine Magee, M.S., R.D., is an authority on health and nutrition. She is the author of several books, including Fight Fat and Win and The Fight Fat and Win Cookbook. She lives with her family in Northern California.

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Table of Contents

Contents
Chapter 1 The Search for the Most Famous Recipes in America
Chapter 2 The Art and Science of Cooking Light
Chapter 3 Appetizers, Dips, and Side Dishes
Chapter 4 Breads and Brunches
Chapter 5 Entrées
Chapter 6 Cookies and Bars
Chapter 7 Cakes and Cheesecakes
Chapter 8 Pies and Other Desserts
Index
Metric Equivalencies

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