The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life

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Do you think that healthy food couldn't possibly taste good? Does the idea of "eating healthy" conjure up images of roughage and steamed vegetables? Author Ellie Krieger, host of Food Network's Healthy Appetite, will change all that. A registered dietitian, Ellie is also a lover and proponent of good, fresh food, simply but deliciously prepared. And she's not about denial—no nonfat foods here, because when you take the fat out of natural foods, in go the chemicals. Don't deny yourself butter—use a pat of it, but ...

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Overview

Do you think that healthy food couldn't possibly taste good? Does the idea of "eating healthy" conjure up images of roughage and steamed vegetables? Author Ellie Krieger, host of Food Network's Healthy Appetite, will change all that. A registered dietitian, Ellie is also a lover and proponent of good, fresh food, simply but deliciously prepared. And she's not about denial—no nonfat foods here, because when you take the fat out of natural foods, in go the chemicals. Don't deny yourself butter—use a pat of it, but put it front and center on those mashed potatoes, so you can revel in it with all your senses. The Food You Crave is all you'll need to change the way you eat and change the way you feel. It contains 200 recipes that cover every meal of the day and every craving you might have. Every recipe contains a complete nutritional breakdown, as well as tips on ingredients and techniques that will keep you eating smart and eating well.

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Editorial Reviews

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Food Network Healthy Appetite host Ellie Krieger refuses to believe that "eating healthy" should be a new-millennium form of self-torture. As a registered dietitian and a home cook, she knows that good fresh food, deliciously prepared, can be tasty as well as life enhancing. The Food You Crave is a veritable smorgasbord; 200 recipes, complete with nutritional details that cover every meal of the day. As in her Small Changes, Big Results, she's packed this book with information about healthful alternatives.
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"Ellie Krieger, host of the Food Network show "Healthy Appetite," provides healthful, crave-busting recipes in her recently released The Food You Crave. Designed to combat cravings, each recipe provides sources of essential nutrients. We tried several that were both good and good for you." — Joanie Fuson, IndyStar.com
School Library Journal

Krieger, host of the Food Network's Healthy Appetite with Ellie Kriegerand a registered dietitian, doesn't believe healthy eating means deprivation. She wants food that is pleasurable and rewarding, and she chooses ingredients according to her "Usually-Sometimes-Never" philosophy (note, she says, that "there is no Never" here). Her recipes are sophisticated but mostly uncomplicated, ranging from Crab Salad in Crisp Wonton Cups to Plum Tart with Almond Pastry Crust. Nutrition analyses are given for all the recipes, and there are useful tips and boxes throughout. For most collections.


—Judith Sutton

Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600850219
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/15/2008
  • Pages: 316
  • Sales rank: 206,523
  • Product dimensions: 8.11 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellie is the host of Food Network's Healthy Appetite and she has appeared as a guest expert on dozens of programs including Today, CNN, and CBS's Saturday Early Show. Ellie Krieger is a registered dietitian specializing in nutrition and health communications, and her extensive work in the media has earned her a loyal following and national recognition as a trusted health professional. Ellie is a regular contributor to People's Your Diet and Parenting magazines, was the nutrition columnist for Rodale's Fitness Swimmer, and has written articles for Women's Day, Baby Talk, American Baby and Running News magazines. Ellie is an adjunct professor in the New York University Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health. She regularly speaks at events around the country. Ellie was also a Wilhelmina model for more than ten years. She received her bachelor's degree, with honors and distinction, in clinical nutrition from Cornell University and her master's in nutrition education from Columbia University.
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Table of Contents

Breakfast & Brunch
Soups & Sandwiches
Appetizers, Small Plates, & Snacks
Salad
Fish
Meat
Pastas & Grains
Poultry
Sides
Desserts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2008

    Healthy Attitude for a Healthy Appetite

    Ellie Krieger is different from the exercise fanatics and diet gurus out there in that she doesn't promise you'll lose 10 pounds or two inches off your waist if you adhere to a strict regimen over the course of a week. Instead, she provides all the tools you'll need to develop a healthy attitude toward eating that doesn't sacrifice flavor or require intensive labor. The crux of her approach is common-sensical: fresh ingredients, lots of whole grains, reasonable portions. But while the idea seems easy enough, Ellie makes it even simpler by outlining what ingredients to keep in stock (for a quick meal anytime) and what small but oh-so-important finishing touches change a dish from bland into brilliant. So far, I've made about a dozen of the recipes in this book (including 4 alone for one meal), and all have been met with rave reviews from the appreciative attendees. I recommend a meal consisting of the Oven-Fried Chicken, Garlic Fries, Zucchini Parmesan Crisps, and finishing off with the Ricotta Cheesecake with Fresh Raspberries. Let your oven do all the work, and stop worrying about your waistline! I am a fan of Ellie's television show and completely agree with her food philosophy. If we all learn to love the way food tastes, instead of over-processing and masking it in fats and chemicals, then we can once again relish our meals instead of feeling guilty about them. Ellie will show you how in this book full of great recipes. Not only does she transform comfort foods like mashed potatoes and meatloaf into her better-for-you versions, but she also provides recipes inspired by a variety of cuisines ranging from Asian, Greek, and Middle-Eastern and covering every meal, including side dishes and desserts. Don't expect a strict plan or any guaranteed weight loss. Ellie herself doesn't tout the 'Never' approach and teaches us all that foods belong in three categories: Usually, Sometimes, and Rarely. The main reason most diets fail is because they are unrealistic and too limiting. Ellie's approach is different it shows you a better way to eat 'The Food You Crave.' Anyone who wants to learn how to prepare delicious AND healthful foods should pick up a copy of this book!

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Heart-healthy and diabetic-friendly!

    I bought this for my bride for Christmas and it has proven to be the best cookbook she owns (she's a foodie with about 50 titles under her kitchen peninsula). It's an easy to use, go-to cookbook that has yielded 3-4 meals each week since the holidays, each one delicious and healthy. I am a diabetic with a stent and a bypass so my diet is a priority to good health. Whether your diet goal is to reduce calories, fat, carbs, or sodium, these recipes will deliver the goods in tasteful fashion. Be warned, this is "from scratch" cooking, but for my wife, who works all day in a test kitchen, this book has renewed her lifelong joy of cooking. Buy it now for the foodie in your life.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2009

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    great gift

    I had given this book to my grandmother for mother's day. She loves watching Ellie Krieger on foodnetwork because she makes healthy food and with my grandmother being diabetic I thought this was the perfect book. Needless to say she loved it and uses it pretty often.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2008

    Delicious, HEALTHY recipes

    The Food You Crave has tons of wonderful recipes that are easy and comprehensive. The book includes tradition recipes done with a healthful spin - like chicken fingers, garlic "fries", and pancakes - which all taste delicious! I have served many of the recipes to people who aren't health conscious, and they were thrilled with the food. Best of all, each recipe has a full nutritional profile, which is essential for anyone who wants to know what they're eating.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2010

    Good Book, but fancier recipes

    I have both books "The Food You Crave" and her other book "So Easy". I like this book, however, the meals are more involved [than "So Easy"]& less typical...more "fancy". Not necessarily foods I would try to feed my 1 &2 year old, let alone my hubby: ) I have tried some of the recipes & they are good, but I've used my "So Easy" cookbook tons more. Much more family friendly meals and they are amazing!! If you are considering both books, I would suggest the "So Easy" book first, if you're looking for something geared for fast, family friendly, nutrient packed, low calorie, and DELICIOUS!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2008

    My picky eating, 7 year old loves her cooking.

    I disovered her show, Healthy Appetite a while back, and to date, I've made 6 of her recipes and even my picky eating, 7 year old son enjoyed every one of them. I am eating the minestrone soup right now 'made by my lovely wife'. If you have a kid who likes chicken nuggets, get the crispy chicken fingers recipe now! For desert, try the Apple Muffins. I can't wait to get this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2008

    Outstanding and Flavorful

    Know this isn't a diet book.. it's a healthy lifestyle cookbook with a variety of ideas and flavorful ways to improve our cooking at home. These aren't bland and boring recipes, they are full of flavor and easy to make. Yum!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    Healthy, delicious eating!

    Everyone should check out an Ellie Krieger book. Her cooking is easy, delicious and most of all very healthy. As a registered dietician we can trust her to give us the best of eating well and enjoying it!

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  • Posted September 21, 2012

    Recipes are simple enough to make on a weekday plus the author u

    Recipes are simple enough to make on a weekday plus the author uses ingredients most of us already have in our kitchen.

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

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    Healthy, Tasty Food!

    This book will make a healthy food convert out of you without any bitter feelings of deprivation. The objective of the book is to take food you crave (such as pancakes, pasta, even sinful desserts) and recreate them in a healthier way without sacrificing any of the taste. So whether you happen to be lusting after creamy mashed potatoes or chocolate pudding, Ellie provides healthier alternatives that will satisfy your cravings. It is chockfull of creative recipes that are full of flavour and straightforward to prepare. The photography is fresh, and each recipe comes with a complete nutritional analysis. It also contains a list of essential nutrients for a healthy diet, along with suggested pantry items.

    I have tried a number of recipes (almost the entire breakfast section!) and some of my favourites include the Chickpea & Spinach Salad with Cumin Dressing, as well as the Fish Tacos with Chipotle Cream.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2010

    Another great cookbook you will like!

    I found this cook book very easy to use. It demonstrates easy, how-to-use demonstrations of almost every recipe. For someone who doesn't know how to cook, it is a great book for them to have. Also for "great cooks" too. This is a better way of eating and cooking for a more healthful life. I found the recipes very easy to follow. Most of the ingredients you already have in your pantry. There are a few ingredients that you probably will have to go out and buy, but it is worth it. I have so many cook books already, but if you want oner with a purpose, this is it! I definitely will put this book in my library of cookbooks. This one is a keeper for me! Don't be afraid that the recipes are not very tasteful and delicious, because they are. There isn't any "foreign" taste in here, just very delicious, everyday meals you would ordinarily make. They are just healthy, and you would never know it. You won't be sorry if you get this cookbook. If you want to be more health conscious and get you family eating a more balanced meal which is also healthy, this book is for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2010

    A great companion to "So Easy"

    This book was given to me as a gift. I received Ellie's other book "So Easy" at the same time. They both have great recipes and good heart healthy cooking ideas. Like Ellie, I am also a registered dietitian and I have recommended this book to several of my patients that need "heart healthy cooking" ideas. She demonstrates in the book how easy it is to prepare healthy food that also tastes good. The recipes are easy to follow and use standard ingredients. This book is for people who want good tasting food that is easy and quick to prepare. I recommend this book as a companion the "So Easy" cookbook for complete set of Ellie's delicious recipes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2010

    Amazing

    I am usually the type to buy a cookbook and only look at it once or twice. Since I have bought this one, I find myself reaching for it constantly. I have made several dishes and ALL were delicious and easy. I honestly LOVE this cookbook!!!!!

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

    great gift

    I gave this book to my wife for Christmas. She loves watching Ellie Krieger on foodnetwork because she makes healthy food and with my wife being diabetic I thought this was the perfect book. Needless to say she loved it and uses it pretty often.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2009

    Absolutely Delicious Recipes!

    I decided to expand my repertoire a little when it comes to reviewing and every now and then, review another passion of mine...great cookbooks. For someone who used to mistakenly put cabbage, instead of lettuce, on her nephew's sandwich, and stuck a whole can of tomato soup in the microwave without water, something finally clicked when I moved to Philadelphia. No longer does my poor husband get a 3-course meal of meat, potato, and vegetable served 15 minutes apart. Now I pride myself on being able to put a delicious, healthy meal on the table in less than 30 minutes.


    Ellie Krieger's "The Food You Crave:Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life" is by far, my favorite cookbook. Ellie is a Food Network personality, but first and foremost, a nutritionist. She believes that food can be healthy and full of flavor if you just make some minor adjustments. Shop the perimeter of your grocery store, and revel in all of the delicious fruits, vegetables, herbs, meats, seafood, and dairy. Who wants to eat the "chemistry experiments" in the middle of the store? If you can't pronounce it, don't put it in your body.


    My favorite recipes include Apple-Pecan Muffins (with applesauce substituting for butter), Scrumptious Scramble, Blueberry Blast Smoothie (which my husband asks for all the time), the Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip (which I use with chicken), Lemon Pepper Grilled Shrimp, Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs in Spicy Tomato Sauce, and Vanilla Hot Cocoa (once you taste this, your days of drinking the powdery stuff will be over).


    Many recipes include a picture for easy following. Here's to your health. You will not be disappointed.


    MY RATING - 5

    To see my rating scale and other book reviews, please check out my blog:
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2009

    ellie krieger is a goddess!

    This book is great. I had to start to focus on certain parts of my diet, and this book does a great job of breaking things down for u. throughout ellie explains the differences and benefits of different foods and what these foods can do to help ur body be as efficient as it should. I love ellie and i will probably buy anything she writes.

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  • Posted July 29, 2009

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    This is a great find

    I got this cookbook two weeks ago and have cooked numerous recipes already. It's a terrific find. I was expecting some flavor to be compromised because the food would be healthier; but Ellie has done a great job of boosting flavor. Everything tastes fresh and bright. The Chocolate Mousse is very rich. A Chickpea Salad with Cumin Dressing is satisfying and quick to make and her Scallops with Succotash and Parsley Drizzle really flavorful. So many cookbooks on the market just duplicate each other. This truly has unique recipes. Ingredients are easy to find and the food is flavorful and satisfying. I'm lovin' this cookbook in every way.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

    More than expected

    I bought this cookbook as a gift for my granddaughter who is a doctor and is always looking for healthy food recipes. She loves this book and thanks me quite often for it. She says the recipes are easy and the most delicious healthy recipes she has come across in a long time. She has become an avid fan of Ellie and now tapes her show each Saturday. The book is also attractive to look at. It makes a nice presentation.

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  • Posted July 5, 2009

    Not for everybody

    We've tried about 6 recipes from this book and absolutely loved 2. Not every recipe has a picture.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Great Cookbook

    Great Cookbook with easy to follow directions, easy to find ingredients and great tasting healthy meals

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