The Sparkpeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight

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     From the team that brought you SparkPeople.com, America’s #1 weight-loss and fitness site, and the New York Times bestseller The Spark, comes The SparkPeople Cookbook. This practical yet inspirational guide, which is based on the same easy, real-world principles as the SparkPeople program, takes the guesswork out of making delicious, healthy meals and losing weight—once and for all.

     Award-winning chef Meg Galvin and SparkRecipes ...

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Overview

     From the team that brought you SparkPeople.com, America’s #1 weight-loss and fitness site, and the New York Times bestseller The Spark, comes The SparkPeople Cookbook. This practical yet inspirational guide, which is based on the same easy, real-world principles as the SparkPeople program, takes the guesswork out of making delicious, healthy meals and losing weight—once and for all.

     Award-winning chef Meg Galvin and SparkRecipes editor Stepfanie Romine have paired up to create this collection of more than 160 satisfying, sustaining, and stress-free recipes that streamline your healthy-eating efforts. With a focus on real food, generous portions, and great flavor, these recipes are not part of a fad diet. They aren’t about spending money on obscure ingredients, eliminating key components of a balanced diet, or slaving away for hours at the stove. They are about making smart choices and eating food you love to eat.

     But this is more than just a collection of recipes—it’s an education. The SparkPeople philosophy has always been about encouraging people to achieve personal goals with the help and support of others. And this cookbook works in the just the same way. Along with the recipes, you’ll find step-by-step how-tos about the healthiest, most taste-enhancing cooking techniques; lists of kitchen essentials; and simple ingredient swaps that maximize flavor, while cutting fat and calories, plus you’ll read motivational SparkPeople success stories from real members who have used these recipes as part of their life-changing transformations.

     In addition, you’ll find:

·         Quick and tasty “Make It a Meal” suggestions to turn every main dish into a well-balanced meal.

·         Results from the SparkPeople “Ditch the Diet” Taste Test, which proves that you don’t have to eat boring and tasteless food to lose weight.

·         150 meal ideas and recipes that take 30 minutes or less to prepare—plus dozens of other, more elaborate meals for days when you have more time to cook.

·         Two weeks of meal plans—with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two snacks—all within 1,400–1,600 calories per day.

     So whether you’re a novice taking the first steps to improve your health or a seasoned cook just looking for new, healthy recipes to add to your repertoire, this cookbook is for you. Learn to love your food, lose the weight, and ditch the diet forever!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401931322
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 547,632
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

At SparkPeople.com, Meg Galvin develops healthy recipes, tests member-submitted dishes, and teaches the fundamentals of cooking through informative and entertaining videos and articles. A World Master Chef since 2005, Chef Meg was the host of the regional television show The Dish, which aired on a local CBS affiliate and online. Meg now hosts cooking videos on the local FOX affiliate.

 Galvin earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Eastern Kentucky University and a certificate of culinary arts from Le Cordon Bleu in London. She is certified as an executive chef by the American Culinary Federation and is working toward her court of master sommeliers wine certification. Galvin is a faculty member at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Galvin now lives in northern Kentucky with her husband and three teenage sons.

 

Stepfanie Romine is editor of SparkRecipes.com and dailySpark.com, SparkPeople’s healthy living blog. With degrees in French and journalism from Ohio University, Romine started her career in newspapers—first as a copy editor; then as a business reporter, food blogger, and columnist. She joined SparkPeople in 2008, thus marrying her passions for writing and healthy living.

A vegetarian and marathon runner, Romine has studied ethnic cuisines on three continents. She is a longtime practitioner of Ashtanga yoga and became a certified yoga teacher in 2009. Romine lives in Cincinnati, where she and her boyfriend fuel long runs and bike rides with healthy homemade meals.

 

SparkPeople.com is one of the leading diet, fitness, and healthy living destinations on the web, with more than ten million members; free weight loss, nutrition, and fitness tracking tools; and a positive community of people who are committed to reaching their goals and supporting one another along the way.

Website: sparkpeople.com

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Table of Contents

Introduction Chris Downie xi

Part I Get Ready

Chapter 1 Satisfying, Sustaining, and Stress-Free Eating 3

Chapter 2 The Science of Satisfaction 11

Chapter 3 The New Healthy Kitchen 27

Part II Get Cooking

Chapter 4 Breakfast 73

Chapter 5 Salads & Sandwiches 103

Chapter 6 Soups & Stews 147

Chapter 7 Main Dishes with Poultry, Meat & Fish 175

Chapter 8 Meatless Mains, Pasta & Pizza 239

Chapter 9 Whole Grains 277

Chapter 10 Vegetables 305

Chapter 11 Snacks & Desserts 331

Chapter 12 Herbs, Spices & Seasonings 361

Afterword: Raising Kids to Be Healthy Eaters 389

Appendices

Appendix A Weekly Meal Plan 397

Appendix B Healthy Pantry Checklist 403

Appendix C Choosing a Cooking Oil 407

Appendix D Create a Healthy Grocery List in 4 Easy Steps 413

Appendix E How to Keep Fruits and Veggies Fresh 419

Appendix F 25 Good, Cheap Foods 425

Appendix G Metric Equivalent Charts 431

Appendix H Nutritional Guidelines Chart 435

Endnotes 437

Recipe Category Index 439

Index 447

Photo Credits 461

Acknowledgments 463

About the Author 466

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    A must have in your cookbook collection!

    One of the best cookbooks I have ever owned. Recipes are simple, yet tasty and more importantly they are healthy for us. And the best part, they don't take hours of preparation and cooking time. A must have in your kitchen!

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

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    Healthy fun in the kitchen

    Cookbooks can be a lot of fun and this one is no exception. Spark People is an organization that helps people lead healthier lives by promoting good eating habits and exercise. Nothing new, right? Well, I found some new ideas and think you will too. The book begins with tips and tricks as well as the success stories of real people. The Get Ready section helps you find out how to be a satisfied, sustained, and stress free diner. The Get Cooking section helps you prepare for cooking not only with the food, but also with your kitchen. There are sample meal plans, a guide to portion sizes, and more. Some of the many recipes are: Garlic Chicken Slaw in Lettuce Cups; French Onion Soup with Whole Wheat Croutons; Cornish Hens with Apple-Pecan Stuffing; Spinach Salad with Cherries and Pomegranate Vinaigrette; and Baked Starburst Fries. Come on and give this cookbook a try. What have you got to lose?

    I am having a lot of fun with this cookbook. The recipes are normal foods, so they fit into a normal lifestyle. The difference is in the preparation, and the guidance is all in the book. I really love trying the recipes, especially the smoothies. Thank you to Net Galley for the copy I have on my Nook. I can't wait to buy a copy!

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

    Must Have

    This is a great healthy living and eating resource. The recipes are great, the success stories inspiring and the helpful resources includes a weekly meal plan and advice on creating a healthy food grocery list. The best part is that the recipes don't taste low-fat, the ones I have cooked are fantastic!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    Sparkpeople cookbook

    Awesome. I love Sparkpeople!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    i haven't acually bought the product this is a question acually

    i haven't acually bought the product this is a question acually but does the recipes have like how many calorie are in the meal per serving

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    Where is the recipe index?

    I want to cook, not have to dig through a lot of palabra. Very diappointing!

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    These recipes were so bad!!!!!

    This cook book sucked

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