Rocco DiSpirito's cookbook, Now Eat This!: 150 of America's Favorite Comfort Foods, All Under 350 Calories, is a great idea!! The author became interested in his own healthy diet along with weight loss and exercise because of chronic back problems. He was also a chef for the television show "The Biggest Loser" so he created these recipes with a purpose. The list of substitutions in the introduction of the book are especially helpful and include suggestions such as cauliflower for white potatoes, egg whites for whole eggs, Greek yogurt for butter, and many others. The recipes are not too long or complicated, and each recipe lists the amount of fat, calories, protein, carbohydrates, cholesterol, fiber, and sodium. The author's goal was to create foods rich in taste, but lower in fat and calories; he accomplishes this by making minor alterations like using whole-wheat pasta and reduced fat cheeses along with other changes. He includes some brand name ingredients along with his own flavor agents in his list of "Rocco's Can't Live Without Ingredients" and then describes "flavor-saving-fat-free-cooking techniques". So many new recipes to try that are really good for your health. Enjoy!
Recommended by Kristi Burr