The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life

The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life

by Ellie Krieger


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2009 IACP Winner

Health and Special Diets Category
Cookbooks and diet books that focus on healthful eating, nutrition, dietary concerns and special or restrictive diets.

And The James Beard Foundation 2009 Award in the Healthy Focus category.

For author Ellie Krieger — and also host of the Food Network's Healthy Appetite — good health isn't about deprivation, it's about good choices.

From appetizers to desserts, Ellie has a recipe to satisfy your every craving, whether it's for creamy mashed potatoes or luscious chocolate pudding. She offers up tasty ideas for healthy grab-and-go breakfasts and mid-afternoon snacks. You'll find useful tips on ingredients, going organic, and easy ways to change your eating habits. Plus each recipe comes with a complete nutritional analysis.

But this book is much more than a collection of recipes. It's a new way of looking at food — a fresh approach to eating that gives you the flavor and satisfaction you crave in a healthier way.

Here's a little taste of the philosophy behind every delicious recipe in The Food You Crave.

    • Moderation — Not only in portion size, but you'll find healthy suggestions about which ingredients should be used "Usually," "Sometimes," and "Rarely"
    • Keeping it Fresh — Most of the recommended foods and ingredients are fresh — as close to their original state as possible — which makes them tastier and healthier

Keeping it Real

    — Recipes steer clear of foods with artificial additives or a list of ingredients that read like a chemistry experiment — to protect your health

In The Food You Crave , you'll find dozens of healthy recipes that are bursting with flavor — for everyday meals that will make you feel great.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781600850219
Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/15/2008
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 178,249
Product dimensions: 7.75(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.02(d)

About the Author

Ellie Krieger is the host of the popular show Healthy Appetite, which airs on the Cooking Channel, and the author of the New York Times bestsellers So Easy and The Food You Crave.

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Food You Crave 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
dsdsaintMN More than 1 year ago
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.
pearljammom More than 1 year ago
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.
LabNYC More than 1 year ago
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.
might-as-well-farm More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
jrquilter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anyone interested in healthy cooking will enjoy this cookbook. There are delicious, guilt free recipes with an emphasis on fresh ingredients that are readily available. Many of the main dishes are for lightened up versions of traditional favorites without using artificial sweeteners or fat substitutes.
NemesisClaws on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Has all the recipes you could want towards a healthier lifestyle. But for some reason, this cookbook just didn't grab me into trying out the food.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this cookbook! I've been using it everyday for two months now and everything has been delicious! I just ordered two more of her books today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Ruby-Tuesday More than 1 year ago
Recipes are simple enough to make on a weekday plus the author uses ingredients most of us already have in our kitchen.
Stay-At-Home-Chef More than 1 year ago
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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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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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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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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