Comfort Food Fix: Feel-Good Favorites Made Healthy

Comfort Food Fix: Feel-Good Favorites Made Healthy

by Ellie Krieger

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Comfort food made healthy, from New York Times bestselling author Ellie Krieger

In Comfort Food Fix, Ellie Krieger presents a healthier take on classic American comfort food—without sacrificing the comfort part. These 150 soul-satisfying recipes include such hearty favorites as meatloaf, lasagna, chicken potpie, crab cakes, and mashed potatoes, but without all the calories and saturated fat.

With simple tricks and tips, Ellie serves up healthy delights like delicious sweet potato casserole with just a third of the calories and amazing buttermilk waffles with just a fraction of the fat. With full nutrition information for every recipe and gorgeous full-color photos that are sure to whet any appetite, Comfort Food Fix is the perfect cookbook for healthy eaters with healthy appetites.

  • Ellie Krieger is the host of the popular show Healthy Appetite, which airs on the Cooking Channel, and the author of the New York Times bestsellers So Easy and The Food You Crave
  • The book features 150 delicious comfort food recipes that are lower in calories and fat than you would ever guess based on how great they taste
  • 50 lavish full-color photographs beautifully illustrate finished dishes

When it comes to healthy cooking, Ellie Krieger is the chef you can trust. In Comfort Food Fix, she takes the guilt out of guilty pleasures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470603093
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/11/2011
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 467,398
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

New York Times best-selling author and registered dietitian ELLIE KRIEGER was the host of Food Network’s Healthy Appetite, which also aired on the Cooking Channel. She regularly contributes to CNN and USA Today, and appears often on national morning shows.

Table of Contents


8 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

10 INTRODUCTION

16 CHAPTER 1: BREAKFAST, BRUNCH, AND BAKERY

50 CHAPTER 2: SNACK AND STARTERS

92 CHAPTER 3: SOUPS AND SANDWICHES

126 CHAPTER 4: MEAT MAIN DISHES

158 CHAPTER 5: POULTRY MAIN DISHES

182 CHAPTER 6: SEAFOOD MAIN DISHES

202 CHAPTER 7: VEGETARIAN MAIN DISHES

218 CHAPTER 8: SIDES AND SALADS

254 CHAPTER 9: DESSERTS

298 INDEX

Recipe

Spicy Chicken Fried Rice with Peanuts

This aromatic rice dish is a meal-in-a-bowl you can really cozy up with. It is chock-full of tasty treasures-sweet bell peppers, crunchy water chestnuts, peanuts, and chunks of chicken, all stir-fried with just the right spicy kick. Made with a fraction of the oil typically used, you certainly won't miss the grease-or the extra calories.

3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
3/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 small onion, diced
3 scallions, finely sliced
2 medium red bell peppers, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
One 5-ounce can water chestnuts, diced
2 cups diced cooked chicken
4 cups very cold cooked brown rice
1/3 cup coarsely chopped unsalted peanut

In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, and chili flakes until the sugar is dissolved. Heat the canola oil in a very large skillet or wok over high heat. Add the onion, scallions, and bell peppers and cook until they begin to soften, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for 1 minute. Add the water chestnuts, chicken, and rice and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes. Stir in the soy sauce mixture and toss to coat evenly. Garnish with the peanuts and serve.

Makes 4 servings

Serving Size 2 cups

Per Serving Calories 580; total Fat 20 g (sat Fat 3 g, Mono Fat 9.81g, Poly Fat 6.04 g); Protein 32 g; Carb 68 g; Fiber 9 g; Cholesterol 60 mg; sodium 360 mg

Excellent Source of Fiber, Magnesium, Manganese, Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium, Protein, Selenium, Thiamin, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin K

Good Source of Copper, Folate, Iron, Pantothenic Acid, Riboflavin, Zinc

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OVEN-FRIED SHRIMP

Every bite of this dish is pure enjoyment, from the initial herb-and lemon–laced crunch to the succulent shrimp center. Whether served simply with citrus or dunked in decadent Avocado Green Goddess Dipping Sauce (recipe follows), it hits that fried shrimp craving square on the head.

Olive oil cooking spray
1/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour or all-purpose flour
2 large egg whites
1 1/3 cup Light-and-Crisp Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pinch cayenne pepper
1 pound large shrimp (20-25 per pound) peeled and deveined, tails on
Lemon wedges, for serving

Preheat the oven to 425ºf. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Place the flour on a plate. Beat the egg whites in a shallow bowl. On another plate, combine the bread crumbs, thyme, lemon zest, salt, and cayenne.

Rinse the shrimp and pat dry with paper towels. A few pieces at a time, dip the shrimp into the flour, dusting off the excess. Then dip the shrimp into the egg whites, and coat with the bread crumbs. Set the breaded shrimp onto a large plate.

When all the shrimp are breaded, place the prepared baking tray into the oven to preheat for 3 minutes. Remove the tray from the oven and place the breaded shrimp on it. Spray the tops of the shrimp with cooking spray. Bake until crispy outside and cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve with avocado Green Goddess dipping Sauce (recipe follows) or lemon wedges.

Makes 4 servings

SERVING SIZE 5 to 6 shrimp

PER SERVING Calories 220; Total fat 3 g (Sat fat 0.5 g, Mono fat 0.8 g, Poly fat 1g); Protein 30 g; Carb 18 g; Fiber 3 g; Cholesterol 170 mg; Sodium 470 mg

EXCELLENT SOURCE OF Copper, iron, Protein, Manganese, niacin, Phosphorus, Selenium, Vitamin B12

GOOD SOURCE OFFiber, Magnesium, Vitamin B6, Zinc

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Double Chocolate and Banana Milkshake

Frozen ripe bananas make this rich chocolate shake naturally sweet, thick, and frothy.

1 pint chocolate frozen yogurt or light ice cream
2 cups nonfat milk
1 tablespoon unsweetened natural cocoa powder
2 very ripe bananas, cut into chunks and frozen
1 ½ cups ice

Place the yogurt, milk, cocoa, bananas, and ice in a blender and blend until smooth. Divide among four glasses and serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings

Serving Size 1 ½ cups

Per Serving Calories 210; total Fat 3.5 g (sat Fat 2 g, Mono Fat 0.9 g, Poly Fat 0.1g); Protein 8 g; Carb 39 g; Fiber 4 g; Cholesterol 15 mg; sodium 105 mg

Excellent Source of Calcium, Iodine, Phosphorus, Riboflavin

Good Source of Fiber, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Protein, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D

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Comfort Food Fix 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Frisbeesage More than 1 year ago
Comfort Food Fix is a beautiful, straightforward, easy to use cookbook - just what I've come to expect of Ellie Krieger. The book focuses on classic family favorite type recipes and both simplifies and lightens them. Everything I cooked out of this cookbook I served to a group of 10 teenagers and 3 adults, so I got some great feedback on the recipes. Here's what I tried: Citrus Salad with Cherries - extremely simple but the addition of cherries really makes this fruit salad something special both in taste and visually. This one was a hit and would be especially good for brunch. Smoked Paprika Potato Chips and Triple Onion Dip - Wow! These two recipes make this cookbook a must have. Both recipes were really easy to make, especially if you have a mandolin for slicing the potatoes. These things flew off the baking sheet, I couldn't make them fast enough. The dip was delicious, tasted like that terrible for you store bought onion dip. Guilt free potato chips and onion dip!! Honey-Mustard Dip - Nothing remarkable, but as she says, why would you serve honey mustard with high fructose corn syrup in it when the real thing is so easy to make yourself? Creamy Tomato Soup - Another wow for me! This is a ridiculously easy recipe using canned tomatoes, but it was sooooooo good. Of all the recipes I tried this is the one I will make the most, on cold winter nights, to take to work for lunch, or anytime I need something quick, easy and healthy. Honey-Crisp Oven-Fried Chicken - This is the one recipe I tried that didn't do much for me. The honey brushed on made it too sweet and the coating wasn't crunchy enough. But what do I know? The kids sucked this down, cleaned their plates, and asked for more. Broccoli Cheese Calzones - Delicious! Hand held broccoli and I'm not sure the kids even recognized what they were eating. The combination of cheeses, broccoli, and sun dried tomato made for a more complex flavor and the pocket made it fun and easy to eat. Waldorf Salad - Super easy to make and good. Nothing surprising here, it tasted just like a waldorf salad, but a nice way to get fruit and veggies into the kids. Peanut Butter Cookies - A good, solid peanut butter cookie recipe. As expected these were devoured. Grandma's Chocolate Pudding - Nice silky texture and a more chocolaty taste than I expected. The kids dipped their pb cookies in it to make that ultimate flavor match. All-in-all a fabulous cookbook that I will keep handy for when I want a quick, healthy homemade meal. Lots more recipes I plan to try!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is way too much cost for the quality of the nook version. Don't buy if you don't care that you can't see the quantity of ingredients. I feel BN needs to fix this. The book looks great but I can't read the ingredients.
Vraz60 More than 1 year ago
Ellie Krieger never disappoints! Another terrific addition to her collection.
Murphys-Kitchen More than 1 year ago
I love Ellie Krieger to begin w/so why not her cookbooks! I love how she makes just a few ingredients taste great. I have all her books and am constantly going back for more recipes. I have a lot memorized; great advise and every recipe I've made taste great. I would highly recommend ANY of her books to anyone who enjoys cooking in a 'healthier' lifestyle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beware before buying, nook users. The numbers for the amount of ingredients is cut off. The left side of page is not fully shown so it may say "tbsp" but you don't know how much because you won' t be able to see the numbers. It is basically worthless and was a waste of money. Buy the hardback version!
luvtoreadLM More than 1 year ago
We've been cooking from this book for the past 2 weeks. Awesome healthy recipes that don't sacrifice on flavor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been cooking the recipes and my husband does not realize he is eating healthier because they taste so much like the original!! I finally found recipes my husband will eat healthy without getting hungrier later!! :-)
texicanwife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Comfort Food Fix promises to take our favorite comfort foods and remake them into healthier dishes.I have used some of Krieger's recipes in the past and been well pleased with them. However, this book has been a bit of a disappointment. First, I found few recipes that resembled anything that I call comfort food! [I said few... there are some, however.] These were the more sophisticate of choice, evidently! [Perhaps it's simply my own down to earth choice of comfort foods that makes these seem a bit beyond what I like.]I also found that while fats were reduced in almost every recipe, sodium seldom took more than a minimal dip, with a few exceptions. However, those exceptions substituted other items that totally remade the dish instead of simply allowing the dish to remain as true to original form as possible. [Give me Diabetic Cooking magazine any day!]The recipes were "okay" that I tried, and I am sure there will be more that I will yet try, I just do not care for the four I picked at random to sample, and I especially can't call them "comfort food".The layout was superb in the book, and the photography was excellent.While I did not like the few recipes I have tried thus far, I still have to give this book Five Stars and a Thumbs Up!****DISCLOSURE: This book was provided free of charge by Amazon Vine for exchange of a non-biased, independent review.
4fish on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for ideas for healthy eating, this cookbook is a good place to start. I'm familiar with Ellie Krieger from her column in Fine Cooking magazine. She creates delicious recipes from scratch (no edible food-like substances here) that don't take forever to make. I tried two recipes: the Broccoli-Cheddar Soup and the Autumn Vegetable Curry. The Curry was my favorite. The recipe calls for curry powder, onion, ginger, garlic and a touch of cayenne to be whizzed up in the food processor. The resulting puree, with the addition of a little tomato paste, is the base for cooking the vegetables. It takes a bit of time to prep the veggies, but the rest of the cooking is hands-off and the result is delicious. I wasn't as crazy about the soup. Her method for incorporating the cheese is to make a low-fat bechamel by whisking flour into 1-percent milk, then adding the cheese a little at a time. I thought the bechamel would have been a lot easier and a lot tastier with a half-tablespoon of butter to bind it. I used a three-year aged cheddar and could barely taste the cheese, so pay attention to the "extra-sharp cheddar" designation in the ingredients list. While it's a good basic healthy cookbook, I think I've got others just as good at home (several of the EatingWell cookbooks come to mind).
frisbeesage on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Comfort Food Fix is a beautiful, straightforward, easy to use cookbook - just what I've come to expect of Ellie Krieger. The book focuses on classic family favorite type recipes and both simplifies and lightens them. Everything I cooked out of this cookbook I served to a group of 10 teenagers and 3 adults, so I got some great feedback on the recipes. Here's what I tried:Citrus Salad with Cherries - extremely simple but the addition of cherries really makes this fruit salad something special both in taste and visually. This one was a hit and would be especially good for brunch.Smoked Paprika Potato Chips and Triple Onion Dip - Wow! These two recipes make this cookbook a must have. Both recipes were really easy to make, especially if you have a mandolin for slicing the potatoes. These things flew off the baking sheet, I couldn't make them fast enough. The dip was delicious, tasted like that terrible for you store bought onion dip. Guilt free potato chips and onion dip!!Honey-Mustard Dip - Nothing remarkable, but as she says, why would you serve honey mustard with high fructose corn syrup in it when the real thing is so easy to make yourself?Creamy Tomato Soup - Another wow for me! This is a ridiculously easy recipe using canned tomatoes, but it was sooooooo good. Of all the recipes I tried this is the one I will make the most, on cold winter nights, to take to work for lunch, or anytime I need something quick, easy and healthy.Honey-Crisp Oven-Fried Chicken - This is the one recipe I tried that didn't do much for me. The honey brushed on made it too sweet and the coating wasn't crunchy enough. But what do I know? The kids sucked this down, cleaned their plates, and asked for more.Broccoli Cheese Calzones - Delicious! Hand held broccoli and I'm not sure the kids even recognized what they were eating. The combination of cheeses, broccoli, and sun dried tomato made for a more complex flavor and the pocket made it fun and easy to eat. Waldorf Salad - Super easy to make and good. Nothing surprising here, it tasted just like a waldorf salad, but a nice way to get fruit and veggies into the kids.Peanut Butter Cookies - A good, solid peanut butter cookie recipe. As expected these were devoured.Grandma's Chocolate Pudding - Nice silky texture and a more chocolaty taste than I expected. The kids dipped their pb cookies in it to make that ultimate flavor match.All-in-all a fabulous cookbook that I will keep handy for when I want a quick, healthy homemade meal. Lots more recipes I plan to try!
gincam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love to cook and eat good food. I have a great interest in nutrition and a healthier lifestyle. I do not cook with artificial ingredients for the sake of saving calories and preparing a "lite" food. The recipes in "Comfort Food Fix", by Ellie Krieger, are comfort foods "made over" into healthier versions. However, they are made with real ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. Real food! With a true understanding of the properties of each ingredient and the cooking techniques that make the most of every morsel, Ellie Krieger serves up scrumptious dishes for every meal--snacks too! The "15 Fix Factors" she uses to formulate these fabulous foods are common sense combined with cooking skill and a thorough knowledge of food usage and preparation. By keeping in mind when to use her three categories of ingredients, "Usually", "Sometimes", and "Rarely", you will learn a new way of eating and cooking that is painless and pleasurable. Check out these tempting treats: "Crispy French Toast Fingers with Blueberry Maple Sauce"; "Shrimp Spring Rolls with Apricot Ginger Dipping Sauce"; "Triple Onion French Onion Soup"; "New Classic Meat Loaf"; and my favorite, "Grandma's Chocolate Pudding". This a gorgeous book--beautifully photographed--and the food is definitely good enough to eat!Review Copy Gratis Wiley Books
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