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Simply the Best Italian: More Than 250 Classic Recipes from the Kitchens of Italy

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In their newest book, Weight Watchers spotlights everyone's favorite ethnic cuisine—Italian! You'll eat well and eat healthfully—the Italian way—with Weight Watchers Simply the Best Italian. Simply the Best Italian provides more than 250 recipes for classic favorites and exciting regional dishes, for everything from satisfying appetizers to delightful desserts. Each recipe features complete nutrition information as well as Points® values from the Weight Watchers 1-2-3 Success® Weight Loss Plan. You're sure to ...

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Overview

In their newest book, Weight Watchers spotlights everyone's favorite ethnic cuisine—Italian! You'll eat well and eat healthfully—the Italian way—with Weight Watchers Simply the Best Italian. Simply the Best Italian provides more than 250 recipes for classic favorites and exciting regional dishes, for everything from satisfying appetizers to delightful desserts. Each recipe features complete nutrition information as well as Points® values from the Weight Watchers 1-2-3 Success® Weight Loss Plan. You're sure to find your favorite Italian dishes in Simply the Best Italian: Classics

  • Spaghetti with Meatballs
  • Eggplant Parmigiana (pictured)
  • Fettucine Alfredo
  • Cannoli
Trattoria Favorites
  • Cheese Fricos
  • Roasted Vegetable Pizza
  • Risotto with Shrimp and Scallops
  • Tiramisù (pictured)
From Nonna's Kitchen
  • Pasta e Fagioli
  • Osso Buco (pictured)
  • Ham and Cheese Calzone
  • Polenta with Mushroom "Ragù"
Lighter, Flavorful Dishes
  • Insalata alla Caprese
  • Prawns Fra Diavolo
  • Penne with Vodka Cream Sauce
  • Spinach-Stuffed Shells (pictured)
Visit Weight Watchers online at www.weightwatchers.com and Macmillan at www.mgr.com/cooking
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028635262
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Series: Weight Watchers Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.72 (w) x 9.47 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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From antipasto to zuppa, Weight Watchers Simply the Best Italian offers more than 250 recipes for the best regional Italian dishes.

Simply the Best Italian takes you on a whirlwind tour of the kitchens of Italy. It supplies you with hundreds of recipes that are quick to prepare and quite healthful, focusing on good-for-you ingredients that are staples in the Italian kitchen, like fresh vegetables, pastas, grains, and plenty of heart-healthy olive oil.

From the best of Italy's home-style favorites to delicious trattoria dishes, Simply the Best Italian has classics like Risotto alla Milanese, Lamb alla Cacciatora, Spaghetti alla Carbonara, and Insalata alla Caprese. But only Weight Watchers can provide you with healthful renditions of Lasagne with Tomatoes and Cheese, Deep-Dish Sausage Pizza and Eggplant Parmigiana. To top off your meal or to satisfy a sweet tooth, Simply the Best Italian offers delectable dolci like Espresso Granita, Chocolate-Almond Biscotti or Torta di Ricotta.

What's more, Simply the Best Italian reveals the secrets and tricks all great Italian cooks know. Clever and easy tips abound, as does useful information, such as how to choose the perfect wine for your meal or the subtle difference between olive oils.

If you're following the popular Weight Watchers 1-2-3 Success® Food Plan, you'll be happy to know that each recipe features POINTS® values as well as nutrition information. Even if you aren't following a weight-loss plan, you can rest assured that you'll be eating healthful yet delicious food - Weight Watchers Simply the Best Italian is a book that lives up to its title.

Recipe:



Artichoke and Red Pepper Whole-Wheat Pizza



½ cup plus 1 tablespoon warm (105-115° F) water

½ teaspoon sugar

1 (¼ ounce packet) active dry yeast

1 cup bread flour

½ cup whole-wheat flour

¼ teaspoon salt

2 cups drained canned or thawed frozen artichoke hearts, chopped

1 red bell pepper, seeded and julienned

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled (about ½ cup)

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1. To make the dough, combine the water and sugar in a small bowl. Whisk in the yeast and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Combine both flours and half of the salt in a food processor. With the machine running, scrape the yeast mixture through the feed tube. After the dough forms a ball, continue to run about 30 seconds to knead.

2. Spray a large bowl with non-stick spray; put the dough in the bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm spot until it doubles in size, about 1 hour.

3. Work the dough into a 12-inch circle on a nonstick baking sheet or pizza pan. Cover loosely and return to the warm spot for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 500°F.

4. Combine the artichokes, bell pepper, oil, and the remaining salt. Spoon over the dough; sprinkle with the cheese and pepper. Bake until the crust is ligfhtly browned, about 10 minutes.

Per serving: 197 calories, 6 g Total Fat, 2 g Saturated Fat, 9 mg Cholesterol, 237 mg Sodium, 30 g Total Carbohydrates, 4 g Dietary Fiber, 8 g Protein, 73 mg Calcium

Points per serving: 4

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Table of Contents

Introduction.
One: Antipasta.
Two: Soups.
Three: Pasta.
Four: Risottos, Gnocchi, and Polenta.
Five: Frittatas.
Six: Salads.
Seven: Fish and Shellfish.
Eight: Poultry.
Nine: Meats.
Ten: Vegetables.
Eleven: Bread and Pizza.
Twelve: Desserts.
Index.
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