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So Easy: Luscious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week

100% Positive Reviews


Pros: Very well written. A lot of good nutritional information.

Cons: Recipes are not very inspiring.


Reviewed by Rachel Young
In the United States we seem to be fascinated or should I say obsessed with our weight.  There are often new diets to try, exercise DVD's to work out to, and even reality television that focuses on weight.  We also live in a high pressure, fast paced society.  Some days when we get home the last thing we want to do is to make dinner.  Instead we may pick up something that isn't that healthy for us to consume.  This is where Ellie Krieger's So Easy: Luscious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week comes in.
Krieger has a number of credentials.  She is a registered dietitian, and hosts the popular show Healthy Appetite on the Food Network.  Krieger is also a New York Times bestselling author and James Beard Foundation and IACP winner. This is her third book.
The hard cover cookbook is more than 200 pages long, with more than 150 recipes. It's divided into four main sections: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.  Each of these sections contains both quick meals and meals to cook at a more leisurely pace.  Within each of these chapters there are full pages dedicated to tips and ideas.  She also covers topics ranging from eating local to short cuts in the produce aisle. Many of the recipes have a full page, color photograph of the finished dish printed on matte paper.  The text is a nice size and easy to read with the ingredients in bold type.  This book was very well thought out and is quite organized.  The details of the book clearly mattered to Krieger.
The introduction speaks to Krieger's philosophy regarding food, which is delicious-healthy-easy.  She also explains the nutrition facts and how the nutrition analysis is based on the daily calorie needs of most women. Krieger ends the introduction with a four-page well-stocked- pantry list, which includes everything from Asian fish sauce to broccoli in the freezer.
Each individual recipe has its nutrition facts listed with the amount of calories, fat, protein, carbohydrates, fiber, cholesterol, and sodium.  Krieger goes even further by breaking down the fat into saturated, monosaturated, and polysaturated.  She has also listed good and excellent sources of important nutrients in each recipe.  For example the Start-Right Smoothie, she says, is an excellent source of calcium, fiber, folate, iodine, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin C, and zinc.  It is also a good source of cooper, iron, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12.
It seems that Krieger is reaching out to women like herself, who are trying to balance career and home while bringing healthy meals to the table.  I think it important to note that this book is not necessarily a book for you to use if you are trying to lose weight.  The recipes are based on a 2,000 calorie diet for most women.  The recipes range from 250 to 550 calories.  This has more of healthy eating/ life style focus.
Although I really enjoyed making the recipes in this book and I believe that it is very well written, my family did not care for many of the meals.  Krieger includes a lot of nuts and grains which do not go over well with my children.  Even my husband who likes nuts thought there were too many in a few of the breakfast recipes.  That being said my family loved the Marinated Flank Steak with Blue Cheese Sauce and the Beef Taco Salad with chunky tomato dressing.  Both recipes were easy to prepare and were full of flavor.  I will be making both of these dishes again soon.
So Easy is very well written.  The photographs are beautiful and the book is laid out well.  There is a lot of nutritional information given and the recipes are straightforward and use easy to find ingredients.  I would recommend this book if you have dietary restrictions or if you are interested in keeping track of your nutritional intake.

Recipe: Marinated  Flank Steak with Blue Cheese Sauce

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 ¼ pounds flank steak
Cooking spray
1 medium red onion, cut into ¼ -inch thick rounds
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
3 tablespoons low-fat buttermilk
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
12 radicchio leaves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, the balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, and garlic.  Put the steak into a sealable plastic bag with the marinade and put in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour and up to 8 hours.  Allow the meat to come to room temperature before cooking.
Spray a large grill pan with cooking spray and preheat it over medium-high heat, or prepare an outdoor grill.  Brush both sides of the onion slices with the remaining tablespoon of oil and grill until they are softened, about 6 minutes per side.  Separate into rings and set aside.
Remove the meat from the marinade and season both sides with salt and pepper.  Discard the marinade.  Grill the meat over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes per side for medium rare.  Let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing thinly on a bias.
In a small bowl, combine the blue cheese and buttermilk with a fork, mashing until creamy.  Stir in the Worcestershire sauce.
Arrange 3 radicchio leaves and a pile of onions on each serving plate.  Top with slices of steak.  Drizzle with the blue cheese sauce and top with a sprinkle of parsley.
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So Easy: Luscious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week

A New York Times' bestselling author's guide to quick and healthy everyday mealsAs weekly host of the Food Network's Healthy Appetite, Ellie Krieger is known for creating light and healthy dishes that taste great and are easy enough for the busiest people to prepare. Now, Ellie has put together a collection of meal solutions for those of us who love food and want to eat well but struggle to make it happen given life's hectic pace.With 150 delicious, easy-to-prepare, fortifying recipes, Ellie provides dishes that tackle every possible mealtime situation. Illustrated with 50 full-color photos, there are recipes for:Grab-and-go breakfasts for hectic days, as well as easy breakfast options for more leisurely morningsLunches to go, each road-tested in a cooler pack, along with at-home lunches for when you have the luxury of eating inA month's worth of different rush-hour dinners-fabulous meals you can whip up in less than thirty minutes-as well as dinners for days when you have a little more time to marinate or roast, but still want it all to be effortlessDecadent desserts, some ready in minutes, others truly worth waiting for-all easily pulled togetherAs a mom with a full-time job, Ellie knows how busy life is when you're juggling your family's needs. Now, you can stop stressing over whether to eat healthily or to eat fast. The recipes here-from Cheddar Apple Quesadilla, Pork Piccata with Spinach and Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Marinated Flank Steak with Blue Cheese Sauce to Chocolate-Cream Cheese Panini Bites and Fig and Ginger Truffles-are ideal, regardless of the time, or experience, you have in the kitchen.When so much in life is complicated, isn't it nice to know that eating doesn't have to be? After making and enjoying the meals in this book, you will say along with the title, "That was SO EASY!"

AuthorEllie Krieger
Dewey Decimal Number641.5
List Price$29.95
Number Of Items1
Number Of Pages272
Product GroupBook
Product Type NameABIS_BOOK
Publication Date2009-10-26
TitleSo Easy: Luscious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week
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