From the New York Times Bestselling author of The Biggest Loser cookbooks: amazingly simple, super-speedy, and decadent recipes that taste sinful but are 100 percent guilt-free
Devin Alexander lives by the motto that “twenty minutes in the kitchen can save you 3 hours on the treadmill!” The chef and author of The Biggest Loser Cookbook has maintained a weight loss of fifty-five pounds for almost twenty years by transforming the decadent dishes that we all crave into fantastic lo-cal indulgences. Now, she shows us how to make those mouthwatering favorites in mere minutes. Because—let’s face it, we want what we want and we want it NOW!
With simple, super easy-to-follow recipes for delectable dishes such as Unbelievable Easy Chicken Parmesan, Carmelized Apple Buuter-Topped Pork Chops, Bacon Cheeseburger, and even a Peppermint Brown “Pizza,” you can now whip up fantastic, slimming meals in the time it would take to go through the drive-thru.
About a year ago, I first heard about Devin Alexander when reading a review for a “diet cookbook” by someone else. The quote was something like “anything by Devin Alexander is better than this”. So, I bought the Biggest Loser cookbook, then The Most Decadent Diet Ever and Fast Food Fix. Now, I have I Can’t Believe It’s Not Fattening, and I am firmly convinced Devin Alexander is a genius. Her “secret” is this: food doesn’t have to be plain to be healthy. Her recipes appeal to the food lover who wants to be healthier or lose weight-without compromising taste. Let’s face it, most of us do not crave plain grilled chicken and steamed vegetables. All of her cookbooks are a little different: the Biggest Loser is a little more on the VERY low fat and calorie side; Fast Food Fix is geared for the fast food lover; Decadent Diet-well, I can’t imagine who wouldn’t love that one…unless it’s someone who wants everything to be quick. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Fattening is specifically written to appeal to people who don’t have a lot of time to cook. From that standpoint, I think she hits her mark and then some. The recipes sound fabulous, tasty, and EASY! So far, I’ve had the book for about 48 hours and have made the mini frittatas with herbed goat cheese, the pb&j oatmeal, breakfast fried rice, pierogies with kielbasa and sauerkraut, quick crunchy potato chips (twice) and fixed up french onion dip, and the chocolate banana boat. And worked two-twelve hour+ days. I loved every one of them. I can’t claim to have tried every recipe in the book yet; I can tell you that I’m picky and demanding, and I have not yet found one of her recipes that I didn’t like. Most of these recipes taste just as “decadent” as her previous recipes but with more “shortcuts”…using storebought dressings, jarred marinara, or herbs in a tube. Personally, I prefer making homemade salad dressings or my own fat free marinara, but there’s no reason that these couldn’t be substituted IF you don’t mind the additional time. If you are looking for healthy, low fat food that will taste fabulous AND not take up too much time to cook, THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU!
Ok critics -If you are looking for very complex, gourmet ideas, or are a very extreme health nut that only eats tofu and vegetables, this may Not be for you. For 11 bucks, and for normal people who want some simple, fast recipes that are healthy, this is great. I can’t say that all her ideas are rocket science but I cook every day for my family and like to have a book of ideas sitting around. I have tried several of them so far and even my husband (who has no interest in eating healthy) has loved them. I like to eat things that taste great, but have less fat. She does a great job of that. Last night we had “Chicken breasts with goat cheese, tomatoes, and fresh basil”. Loved it! She gives an intro to each one, and great photos for about half of them. The ingredient lists are fresh yet not overwhelmingly long, and things I can actually find in the supermarket. It was very nicely organized. Had everything from breakfast to snacks to main meals to desserts. I highly recommend it.
My hero Devin Alexander lost 55 pounds and has kept them off over a decade. She did it by taking all her favorite foods and creating healthier versions. She has written bestselling cookbooks for the Biggest Loser and under her own name. She also has her own cooking show on cable. This book is a different format from her earlier ones. First, the drawing of Devin on the front is remarkably similar to the one for the Hungry Girl series. The pages are slick and glossy and the color pages of the recipes are gorgeous. I made a list of all my favorite foods and recipes from restaurants, food courts at all my favorite shopping malls, county fairs, takeout menus, and comfort foods. I wrote them all down and started looking for cookbooks that gave me great tasting healthy alternatives. I had totally given up on burritos – until I tried her Fully Loaded Turkey Burrito Pocket. At 300 calories and 15 minute prep time, this is one of my favorite meals. I love tuna so the Spicy Tuna Salad (with chili sauce) was a new taste buzz for me. (I usually put Chesapeake Bay Seafood seasoning on my tuna; some cracked pepper and heat it up for a few minutes.) One of my favorite snacks is the Faux French Onion Dip (made with Greek yoghurt) and the Quick and Crunchy Potato Chips (made from real potatoes). All in all Devin continues to be extremely passionate about cooking and has fun with the healthy recipes she creates. I highly recommend all of her books.
- Title: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Fattening!: Over 150 Ridiculously Easy Recipes for the Super Busy
- Autor: Devin Alexander
- Publisher (Publication Date): Clarkson Potter; 1 edition (March 9, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: | 0767931572
- ISBN-13: | 978-0767931571
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