The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life by Ellie Krieger

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    • Categories: Pancakes, waffles & crêpes; Breakfast / brunch
    • Ingredients: store-cupboard ingredients; buttermilk; honey; strawberries; maple syrup
    • Categories: Sauces for desserts; Breakfast / brunch
    • Ingredients: strawberries; maple syrup
    • Categories: Pancakes, waffles & crêpes; Breakfast / brunch
    • Ingredients: buckwheat flour; buttermilk; honey; blueberries; maple syrup
    • Categories: Cakes, small; Breakfast / brunch
    • Ingredients: ground cinnamon; ground ginger; whole cloves; nutmeg; molasses; canned pumpkin purée; buttermilk; pumpkin seeds
    • Categories: Cakes, small; Breakfast / brunch
    • Ingredients: pecans; ground cinnamon; applesauce; buttermilk; apples
    • Categories: Breakfast / brunch; American
    • Ingredients: pumpernickel bread; cream cheese; salmon; cucumbers; tomatoes; chives
    • Categories: Breakfast / brunch
    • Ingredients: mushrooms; baguette bread; broccoli; mozzarella cheese; sun-dried tomatoes; thyme
    • Categories: Egg dishes; Breakfast / brunch
    • Ingredients: tomatoes; eggs; dill
    • Categories: Egg dishes; Breakfast / brunch; American
    • Ingredients: potatoes; red peppers; ground cumin; dried oregano; chile powder; tomatoes; black beans; cilantro; Tabasco sauce
    • Categories: Egg dishes; Breakfast / brunch; Italian
    • Ingredients: eggs; broccoli; cheddar cheese
    • Categories: Egg dishes; Breakfast / brunch; Italian
    • Ingredients: potatoes; thyme; whole turkey; sage; rosemary; Tabasco sauce; eggs
  • Peach French toast bake
    • Categories: Egg dishes; Breakfast / brunch
    • Ingredients: baguette bread; eggs; peaches; ground cinnamon; yogurt; maple syrup
    • Categories: Breakfast / brunch
    • Ingredients: old-fashioned oats; cherries; cherry jam
    • Categories: Breakfast / brunch
    • Ingredients: old-fashioned oats; walnuts; almonds; pecans; maple syrup; ground cinnamon; raisins
    • Categories: Breakfast / brunch
    • Ingredients: old-fashioned oats; sunflower seeds; wheatgerm; whole wheat flour; apricots; almonds; raisins; dates; ground cinnamon; maple syrup
    • Categories: Beverages / drinks (no-alcohol); Breakfast / brunch
    • Ingredients: milk; yogurt; blueberries; honey
    • Categories: Beverages / drinks (no-alcohol); Breakfast / brunch
    • Ingredients: bananas; milk; yogurt; peanut butter
    • Categories: Beverages / drinks (no-alcohol); Breakfast / brunch; Indian
    • Ingredients: mangoes; yogurt; honey
    • Categories: Snacks
    • Ingredients: honey; deli turkey; lettuce; cucumbers; red peppers; basil
    • Categories: Snacks
    • Ingredients: asparagus; deli turkey; chives
    • Categories: Snacks
    • Ingredients: zucchini; goat cheese; parsley; spinach; basil
    • Categories: Snacks
    • Ingredients: pistachio nuts; dried figs; ricotta cheese; honey
    • Categories: Snacks
    • Ingredients: Italian sausages; basil; Kalamata olives; grape tomatoes
    • Categories: Snacks
    • Ingredients: fennel seeds; orange juice; black peppercorns; feta cheese; mint; green olives; cucumbers
    • Categories: Appetizers / starters; Indonesian
    • Ingredients: coconut milk; soy sauce; shallots; fresh ginger; chicken breasts; basil; peanuts; peanut butter; limes; dried red pepper flakes; curry paste

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  • Pumpkin pie muffins

    • aeader on May 28, 2014

      These were very good, especially considering that it's a healthy recipe. I actually thought they tasted like a gingerbread pumpkin muffin with the molasses, but that's not a bad thing. the muffin cups were filled almost to the top due to the amount of batter but the muffins rose very nicely and didn't spill out over the sides. Will definitely make these again!

    • ricki on November 06, 2021

      We both thought there was too much spice, but enjoyed the molasses-brown sugar flavors and the texture. Sweet enough with ½ cup brown sugar. Used 1 cup each whole wheat pastry flour and regular whole wheat, and added about ? cup raw, coarsely-chopped cranberries to the batter. The flavor of the pumpkin seeds was too mild; try walnuts or pecans.

  • Apple-pecan muffins

    • ricki on February 18, 2023

      Used this version with all whole wheat pastry flour and less apple sauce: For a nut-free variation, I used rolled oats instead of pecans in the topping. Don't be afraid to use more apple (1½ to 2 medium apples) and/or more spice. Not very sweet, in a good way. The recipe made 9 regular muffins and 18 minis to share with the little ones -- could have used more topping because of the higher surface-to-volume ration. Will be making this again.

  • Broccoli and cheddar frittata

    • Cheri on May 14, 2011

      substituted a bit of 2 % milk for the water, used 2.5 oz grated cotswold cheddar and then broke up 2 slices of reduced calorie sharp cheddar over the top before putting in the broiler. This was really good with quite a few less calories (than my normal). The broccoli was good.

  • Poached eggs with herb-roasted turkey breast and sweet potato hash

    • mabeysmom on May 27, 2012

      This was excellent. I added some diced red pepper and used diced Canadian bacon instead of turkey.

  • Cherry vanilla oatmeal

    • southerncooker on February 04, 2022

      This was really good. I like that it's not very sweet. I opted for old-fashioned oats. Instead of cherry jam I used cherry marmalade, and for the milk oat milk. I only made a forth of the recipe for just me.

  • Nutty granola

    • aeader on May 27, 2012

      I have stopped buying granola since I found this recipe. The flavor is great and I love that it has no added fat (oil or butter) like most other granola recipes. I do use about a teaspoon of grapeseed oil to grease the baking sheet because I don't like the taste of non-stick sprays (and they tend to burn easily or leave a sticky residue on my pans).

  • Blueberry blast smoothie

    • bching on February 17, 2022

    • southerncooker on February 16, 2022

      Very tasty. Used frozen blueberries and Greek yogurt in this along with other ingredients.

    • hbakke on February 19, 2022

      I used a mixed berry blend and almond milk. This was not very sweet, but that was probably due to the larger amount of blackberries in my berry mix. Overall, this was a nice smoothie.

  • Peanut butter split smoothie

    • hbakke on February 20, 2022

      Used peanut butter powder and almond milk. Delicious!

  • Figs with ricotta, pistachios, and honey

    • Jane on July 20, 2011

      I made this with fresh figs as that is what I had. Very quick and easy dessert (and quite healthy too). Lovely combination of sweet figs, cool creamy ricotta and crunch of toasted pistachios.

  • Chicken saté with spicy peanut dipping sauce

    • Cathyschuh on March 04, 2021

      excellent recipe which you can make ahead with the marinade and the peanut sauce. I used peanut powder which came out fine. There is lots of sauce and I think I will toss it with some noodles and roasted red peppers for dinner tonight with the leftover chicken Well written recipe

  • Crab salad in crisp wonton cups

    • monica107 on January 25, 2014

      This is my go-to for when I need to bring something to a party. People are impressed by it but it is actually super easy. I make the filling and the cups and then assemble them when I arrive so they don't get soggy.

  • Lemon chicken soup with orzo

    • Cheri on November 14, 2010

      This came together quickly. Very good, warming and satisfying. The lemon is a nice touch. Can be made with egg noodles instead of orzo.

    • bwehner on March 09, 2012

      Easy. Almost a mix between Greek egg drop & American chicken noodle. My husband has an awful cold. This made him feel much better!

  • Beef and mushroom barley soup

    • ama1350 on February 15, 2010

      A delicious

  • Sloppy Joes

    • luolili on February 17, 2018

      I have been making this recipe for years, and it is my family's absolute favorite sloppy joe recipe. For a little bit more flavor, be sure to cook the red peppers a little longer until they are a little black around the edges. For some reason, the flavor of this recipe is always better when cooked in a single batch versus a double batch. Although, when I do cook a double batch, it freezes well.

  • Caesar salad with lemon pepper shrimp

    • mharriman on April 05, 2022

      I served the shrimp over linguine and the salad on the side but can see how the two combined on one plate would be delightful on a very warm summer day. Husband and I especially liked the Caesar dressing with garlic-scented croutons on the romaine leaves. Sometimes Caesar salad dressing can overtake the romaine but this one had just the right zip to liven up the leaves but was lighter and brighter in flavor than traditional Caesar. The lemon pepper shrimp was very good and easy to pan grill on the stove. A good one to repeat.

  • Snow pea, scallion, and radish salad

    • aeader on June 23, 2014

      This was delicious and so easy to make. Tasted very fresh and spring-like. Loved the flavors of the dressing with the rice vinegar and walnut oil. I only had seasoned rice vinegar although I think the flavor would have been better with unseasoned.

  • Beet salad with watercress drizzle

    • BookishMa on December 25, 2011

      Wow that watercress drizzle packs a flavorful punch. I doubled the recipe and had far too much sauce--I plan to use that over pasta as a pesto over the next few days. I loved this recipe!

  • Orange, radish, and mint salad

    • aeader on January 01, 2022

      A bright, refreshing salad that was simple and quick to prepare. We enjoyed it after a dinner of lamb burgers. Will put this in our salad rotation - it's a nice change from leafy greens.

  • Confetti chili

    • monica107 on January 25, 2014

      I've made this a few times - you can swap the ground beef for another ground meat, and add different veg if you like. I added some small winter squash cubes from the freezer. I like the colorful variety of vegetables used here.

    • Rachaelsb on February 05, 2022

      Solid chili! Addition of carrots and corn are great and spicing is not overwhelming but still has a nice kick Traditional tasting....does the trick!

  • Pork medallions with cherry sauce

    • Cheri on November 25, 2010

      Very good, easy, quick meal.

  • Sage-rubbed pork chops with warm apple slaw

    • eve_kloepper on July 11, 2014

      I had red cabbage on hand and used that, omitting the carrots. Very nice dish. Served with mashed potatoes.

    • stockholm28 on September 17, 2020

      This was an easy and satisfying one pan meal.

  • Roasted pork loin with parsley-shallot sauce

    • aeader on May 27, 2012

      This was very simple and delicious - the parsley shallot sauce is excellent with the pork. The sauce also goes well with chicken and I have even used it as a salad dressing.

  • Crispy chicken fingers

    • redjanet on August 27, 2012

      This was just okay. I was looking to find a way to use up a box of cornflakes I recently bought for another recipe and the idea of using them crushed as breadcrumbs intrigued me. The chicken fingers came out not as crispy as I was hoping for, though still juicy. I think next time I'll stick to the usual coating of dried breadcrumbs.

  • Honey-mustard sauce

    • redjanet on August 27, 2012

      Maybe the measurements are wrong in the book, but this was not very nice at all. There was way too big a ratio of mustard to mayonnaise for my taste and I normally like honey mustard sauce. I made this to go with the crispy chicken fingers on the same page but then ended up just using store-bought barbecue sauce as a dip instead.

  • Poached salmon with lemon-mint tzatziki

    • phembott2 on February 03, 2016

      This recipe tasted bright and lemony, but next time I don't think I'd go through the effort of making the tzatziki. I'm a slow cook and have a hard time keeping my kids busy for long periods of time. I might just buy a pre-made sauce, even though maybe not as healthy, at least until my kids are older.

  • Fish tacos with chipotle cream

    • ssdrabek on August 16, 2012

      just Ok....too many other good fish taco recipes out there

  • Miso-glazed cod

    • Cheri on May 14, 2011

      This was good. Marinated the fish in the miso/sugar/miran blend for 10 hours, then stuck under the broiler for 10 minutes. Sugar burned the sheet pan. I liked this, R was so/so

    • melpy on April 21, 2013

      recipe available online too

  • Thai-style halibut with coconut-curry broth

    • mpo on May 31, 2021

      I think this either could have used less broth or full fat coconut milk, but still a tasty quick meal.

  • Sole with vegetables in foil packets

    • aeader on May 27, 2012

      I've made this with both tilapia and halibut and it was great. Serve over rice or couscous to soak up the broth.

  • Crab cakes with smarter tartar

    • ama1350 on August 24, 2010

      This recipe is just as described - plenty of crab meat stuck together with the bare minimum of crumbs

    • stockholm28 on October 04, 2020

      These were delicious and all about the crab. There is almost no binder (just one egg and 1/4 cup breadcrumbs) and thus the uncooked mixture really didn’t hold together; they were clumps of crab rather than cakes. They did basically hold together once baked. I didn’t have cooking spray, so just used a little olive oil on the pan and the breadcrumbs on the outside got crispy.

  • Smarter tartar sauce

    • vickster on August 11, 2017

      I wanted some tartar sauce to go with Salmon Cakes, but didn't want a high-calorie sauce. This recipe is mostly nonfat Greek Yogurt with a little mayonnaise. The flavor is very good.

    • stockholm28 on October 04, 2020

      This tartar sauce was very good with the crabcakes.

  • Zucchini Parmesan crisps

    • ama1350 on August 01, 2010

      WW 2 ptsAlso very nice with eggplant!

  • Shortcut collard greens

    • RoseMGenuine on March 30, 2017

      This was okay but turned out a bit too bland and sweet. I added siracha, garlic powder, and pepper to save it and then it was good. I'll probably use the recipe as a guide with my changes again. I did not use the microwave as directed since I don't have a microwave safe bowl large enough to hold all those greens. I just cooked them down in my Dutch oven.

  • Raspberry fool

    • jenn on March 10, 2013

      Very good, simple recipe. While not quite as firm as a real fool (using gelatin and more heavy cream), it was delicious. We used mixed berries instead of just raspberries and the dish came out great.

  • Chocolate-covered banana pops

    • southerncooker on February 10, 2022

      I made a half recipe. I used dark chocolate Lindt 70% . Delicious.

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  • ISBN 10 1600850219
  • ISBN 13 9781600850219
  • Published Apr 17 2008
  • Format Hardcover
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Taunton Press Inc
  • Imprint Taunton Press Inc

Publishers Text

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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