Ellie Krieger's "The Food You Crave"

January 21, 2008 10:55:33 AM PST
As a true food lover and a dietician, Ellie has always said, to get people to eat well, don't say a word about health, just cook fantastic food for them. This book is Ellie's way of bringing delicious food to your table. Ellie can be seen on Food Network's "Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger" every Saturday morning www.foodnetwork.com. Her training as a nutritionist and extensive work in the media has earned her a loyal following and national recognition as a trusted health professional. In her new book, The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life, Ellie Krieger presents more than 200 recipes using only fresh ingredients that are simply but scintillatingly prepared. Finally, healthful recipes for people who enjoy the taste of butter. Ellie book shows cooks how to satisfying common cravings: creamy and rich, crunchy & crispy, sweet & chocolaty.

She shares some of her favorite recipes:

  • Hearty and Savory: Mushroom Pizza
  • Cool and Creamy: Blueberry Blast Smoothie (easy on-the-go- breakfast or snack)
  • Sweet and Chocolaty: Triple Chocolate Cookies
  • Crunchy and Salty: Spiced Pita Chips with Edamame Hummus
  • Meet Ellie Krieger
    7 pm on Tuesday, January 22
    Borders Books
    830 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

    More about "The Food You Crave"

    Garlic fries. Blueberry Pancakes. Macaroni & Cheese. Sloppy Joes. Chocolate Mousse. Who doesn't crave these foods? But how can they be healthy? Amazingly, healthful recipes for these mouth-watering dishes and more all-time favorites are included in a new cookbook by Ellie Krieger, nutritionist and star of Food Network's Healthy Appetite. In THE FOOD YOU CRAVE:

    Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life, Ellie offers more than 200 recipes that are far from bland and boring.

    How does she do it? In Ellie's food world, no ingredient is off-limits. As she says, "The minute someone tells me I can't have something, I suddenly want it ten times more. Plus, let's face it; a lot of foods frequently found on people's banned lists can make food taste really good." Rather, all of her recipes follow her Usually-Sometimes-Rarely philosophy.

    Usually foods are the backbone of each recipe and the cornerstone of a healthy diet -- colorful vegetables and fruit, whole grains, lean meats and fish, beans, nuts, low-fat dairy and healthy oils. Sometimes foods are somewhat more refined, like regular pasta, white flour, and sugar, or a little higher in saturated fat, like some cuts of red meat. They are not the healthiest but, boy, can they make a meal more crave-able, so Ellie sprinkles them in here and there. Rarely foods are those most nutritionists say are off limits, like butter, full-fat cheese, bacon, and cream. Ellie uses these ingredients strategically so you get the most flavor punch out of them and the overall recipe is still healthy. Here is a sample of the delicious recipes you will find inside:

    The most important meal of the day. Stay healthier, manage your weight and boost your brain power!

    Peach French Toast Bake
    Poached Eggs with Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast & Sweet Potato Hash
    Broccoli & Cheddar Frittata
    Pumpkin Pie Muffins
    Energy Bars
    Nutty Granola
    Peanut Butter Split Smoothie

    Keep your energy up and prevent overeating at meals. Snack right: Plan, Don't Pick.

    Devilish Eggs
    Chicken Sate with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce
    Spiced Mixed Nuts
    Edamame "Hummus" with Spiced Pita Chips
    Luscious Lime Guacamole

    Soups, sandwiches and small plates are all the rage.

    Lemon Chicken Soup with Orzo
    Curried Butternut Squash Soup
    Rhode Island Style Clam Chowder
    Meatball & Pepper Hero
    Sloppy Joes
    Sweet & Spicy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
    L.O.V.E. Wrap Sandwich (Lettuce, Onion, Vegetable, Egg Salad)

    Enjoy influences from around the world: Asia, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Europe, North and South America.

    Caesar Salad with Lemon Pepper Shrimp
    Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon & Apple Cider Dressing
    Five-Minute Salad of Goat Cheese, Herbs & White Beans
    All-Day Breakfast Salad
    Soba Noodle-Vegetable Salad
    Pesto Potato Salad
    Southwestern Slaw

    Pasta and grains are comfort in a bowl and should not be missed. And make sure to try whole wheat pastas -- they're not the cardboard versions of the past.

    Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs in Spicy Tomato Sauce
    Fettuccine Bolognese
    Pasta Puttanesca
    Macaroni & 4 Cheeses
    Arugula, Carmelized Onion & Goat Cheese Pizza
    Mushroom Barley Risotto
    Fried Rice with Scallions, Edamame & Tofu

    All are lean, full flavored, and ultimately satisfying.

    Cowboy Steak with Coffee & Ancho Rub
    Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Rosemary, Chocolate & Wine Sauce
    Confetti Chili
    Lamb Stew with Orange
    Peppercorn Pork with Wine Sauce
    Crispy Chicken Fingers
    Chicken Pot Pie with Phyllo Crust
    Chicken with Jerk Sauce & Cool Pineapple Salsa
    Mom's Turkey Meatloaf
    Poached Salmon with Lemon-Mint Tzatziki
    Fish Tacos with Chipotle Cream
    Crab Cakes with Smarter Tartar

    Ellie's a side-lover. These are no second fiddle serve-alongs.

    "Dirty" Broccoli
    Roasted Nutmeg Cauliflower
    Zucchini Parmesan Crisps
    Short-Cut Collard Greens
    Garlic "Fries"
    Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
    Garden Risotto

    These make a lasting impression!

    Banana Cream Pie
    Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Lemony Cream Cheese Frosting
    Raspberry Fool
    Spiced Red Wine-Poached Pears
    Apple-Cranberry Turnovers
    Watermelon, Lime & Mint Granita
    Chocolate Cherry-Almond Biscotti
    Chocolate Egg Cream

    In addition, Ellie offers loads of tips and ideas for getting the most out of your food, from ideas for healthy grab-and-go eating to the best lunch options for staying energized. She also includes a New Way Pantry List so you can start fresh with the best ingredients and each tempting dish includes a complete nutritional breakdown.

    As a true food lover, a dietician and a mom, Ellie has always said, "to get people to eat well, don't say a word about health, just cook fantastic food for them." This book is Ellie's way of bringing delicious food to your table.

    About the Author:

    Ellie Krieger is a registered dietician specializing in nutrition and health communications, and is the host of Food Network's Healthy Appetite, which airs Saturdays at 12 noon. She has a master's degree in nutrition from Columbia University and did her undergraduate work at Cornell University. A former adjunct professor at New York University, Ellie has appeared as a guest expert on dozens of programs including Today, CNN, CBS's Saturday Early Show and ABC's Good Morning America. She is also a frequent contributor to numerous magazines and newspapers, among them, Parenting, Women's Day, Baby Talk, Fitness, Self, Glamour, GQ, Prevention, Men's Journal, Ladies Home Journal, The New York Daily News and Newsday. She lives in New York City with her daughter, Isabella, and husband, Thom.