So Easy: Luscious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week

So Easy: Luscious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week

by Ellie Krieger


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A New York Times' bestselling author's guide to quick and healthy everyday meals

As weekly host of the Food Network's Healthy Appetite, Ellie Krieger is known for creating light and healthy dishes that taste great and are easy enough for the busiest people to prepare. Now, Ellie has put together a collection of meal solutions for those of us who love food and want to eat well but struggle to make it happen given life's hectic pace. With 150 delicious, easy-to-prepare, fortifying recipes, Ellie provides dishes that tackle every possible mealtime situation. Illustrated with 50 full-color photos, there are recipes for:

  • Grab-and-go breakfasts for hectic days, as well as easy breakfast options for more leisurely mornings
  • Lunches to go, each road-tested in a cooler pack, along with at-home lunches for when you have the luxury of eating in
  • A month's worth of different rush-hour dinners-fabulous meals you can whip up in less than thirty minutes-as well as dinners for days when you have a little more time to marinate or roast, but still want it all to be effortless
  • Decadent desserts, some ready in minutes, others truly worth waiting for-all easily pulled together

As a mom with a full-time job, Ellie knows how busy life is when you're juggling your family's needs. Now, you can stop stressing over whether to eat healthily or to eat fast. The recipes here-from Cheddar Apple Quesadilla, Pork Piccata with Spinach and Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Marinated Flank Steak with Blue Cheese Sauce to Chocolate-Cream Cheese Panini Bites and Fig and Ginger Truffles-are ideal, regardless of the time, or experience, you have in the kitchen.

When so much in life is complicated, isn't it nice to know that eating doesn't have to be? After making and enjoying the meals in this book, you will say along with the title, "That was SO EASY!"

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118386491
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 12/10/2012
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 246,862
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(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



Breakfast–at the ready.

Breakfast–at leisure.

Lunch–to go.

Lunch–at home.

Dinner–rush hour.

Dinner–kickin' back.

Desserts–in a flash.

Desserts–extra special.

Recipe nutritional data index.



[Following is the nutrition info for the Wheat Berry Salad with Lemon-Cumin Grilled Chicken]

Makes 4 servings
Serving size
¾ cup wheat berry salad, 1 cup spinach, and7 slices chicken
Per Serving
Calories 550
Total Fat 23 g
Sat Fat 3 g
Mono Fat 9 g
PolyFat 8.5 g
Protein 39 g
Carb 48 g
Fiber 8 g
Cholesterol80 mg
Sodium 420 mg
Excellent source of
Vitamin A
Vitamin B
Vitamin C
Vitamin K
Good source of
Pantothenic Acid

Lemon-Cumin Grilled Chicken

A touch of aromatic cumin and a citrus punch take basic grilled chicken to the next level. Pack it in your lunch box on top of the wheat berry salad.

1' pounds skinless boneless chicken breasts
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon salt
' teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil
Cooking spray
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Put the chicken between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and pound it slightly with a mallet or rolling pin so it is an even thickness of about ½ inch.
In a small bowl, combine the cumin, salt, and pepper. Rub the chicken breasts on both sides with olive oil and then rub the spice mixture on both sides.
Spray a grill or nonstick grill pan with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Grill the chicken until grill marks have formed and the chicken is cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove from the heat, let rest for 5 minutes, then slice into ½-inch-thick slices and drizzle with the lemon juice. The chicken will keep for up to 3 days in an airtightcontainer in the refrigerator.

Makes 4 servings
Serving size: about 7 slices chicken

What's more fun than an ice cream sandwich? Mini ice cream sandwiches! They are cold, creamy, crunchy morsels you can eat in two bites. A whimsical treat that is great for a party, or when you just feel like you need one.
24 vanilla wafer cookies (1[1/2] inches in diameter)
[1/2] cup light vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt, softened at room temperature
1 ounce dark or bittersweet chocolate (60% to 70% cocoa solids), finely chopped
Line a shallow storage container with wax paper. Put a small scoop of ice cream (about 2 teaspoons) on a cookie and top with another cookie. Roll the ice cream sandwich in the chopped chocolate so the chocolate adheres to the ice cream. Place in the wax paper-lined container. Repeat with the remaining ingredients until you have 12 ice cream sandwiches.
Cover and place in the freezer to set for at least 30 minutes, or freeze for up to 1 week.
Makes 4 servings
Serving size: 3 ice cream sandwiches
Per Serving:
Calories 220; Total Fat 8 g (Sat Fat 3 g, Mono Fat 0 g, Poly Fat 0 g); Protein 4 g; Carb 35 g; Fiber 1 g; Cholesterol 10 mg; Sodium 170 mg

This recipe wins hands down the easy, fast and delicious category. It takes just 6 minutes to cook, you hardly have to chop a thing, and you get a plateful of garlicky shrimp and warm plump tomatoes in a lovely light sauce.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1[1/4] pounds large shrimp (20 to 25 per pound), peeled and deveined
3 cloves garlic, minced
[1/8] teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or more to taste
[3/4] cup dry white wine
1[1/2] cups grape tomatoes, halved
[1/4] cup finely chopped fresh basil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
3 cups cooked orzo pasta (preferably whole-wheat)
Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking, then add the shrimp and cook, turning over once, until just cooked through, about 2 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a large bowl.
Add the garlic and red pepper flakes to the oil remaining in the skillet and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the wine and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and basil and season the sauce with salt and pepper. Return the shrimp to the pan and cook just until heated through. Serve with the orzo.
Makes 4 servings
Serving size: 1 cup shrimp mixture and [3/4] cup cooked orzo
Per Serving:
Calories 380; Total Fat 10 g (Sat Fat 1.5 g, Mono Fat 5.5 g, Poly Fat 2 g); Protein 35 g; Carb 35 g; Fiber 4 g; Cholesterol 215 mg; Sodium 490 mg
Excellent source of: Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Niacin, Phosphorus, Protein, Selenium, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Vitamin K
Good source of: Calcium, Fiber, Potassium, Thiamin, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Zinc

This hearty salad is bursting with harvest flavors and chock-full of exciting textures-chewy yet tender wheat berries, sweet-tart dried cherries, crunchy walnuts, and crisp celery. Served over leafy spinach and topped with cumin-scented chicken, this is a power lunch that will fill you up without slowing you down.
1 cup hard wheat berries
[1/2] cup chopped walnuts
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
[1/3] cup finely chopped parsley
[1/3] cup tart dried cherries, chopped
1 small scallion (white and green parts), chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, plus 4 lemon wedges for serving
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
4 cups lightly packed baby spinach leaves
1 recipe Lemon-Cumin Grilled Chicken Breast (recipe follows)
In a medium-size pot, combine the wheat berries and enough water to come 2 inches above the wheat berries. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer, Cook, uncovered, until tender, about 1 hour. Drain and let cool.
Meanwhile, toast the walnuts in a medium-size dry skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine the wheat berries, toasted walnuts, celery, parsley, dried cherries, scallions, olive oil, and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. This salad will keep up to 5 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
To serve, place 1 cup of spinach leaves on each plate or in to-go containers. Mound [3/4] cup of the wheat berry salad on top of each serving and top that with slices of the Lemon-Cumin Grilled Chicken. Place a lemon wedge on the side of each serving. Right before eating, squeeze the lemon wedges on top.
Makes 4 servings

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might-as-well-farm More than 1 year ago
I've been cooking out of this book for about 6 weeks now. The recipes are fantastic, and after you make them a couple times, then they really are, FAST, under 30minutes to make. My kids are eating the meals as well. They are young, so it wasn't hard getting their tastes accustomed. I think the meals are absolutely fantastic & i love the ease of use of the cookbook. She has a great set up with a "grocery list" in the front of all the things you'll need to use her book. And I like how her book is broke down into the under 30minute meals, and the "kicking back" meals. I have lost weight on these meals. i'm in my second trimester, so I know it's from these recipes! One supper recipe feeds my family of 4, and then i have enough for my lunch the next day. a great set up, keeping my daily calories low, with nutrient-dense food. I do like this book a little better than her other book, The Food You Crave. This book is perfect for a busy family!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this cook book very easy to use. It demonstrates easy, how-to-use demonstrations of almost every recipe. For someone who doesn't know how to cook, it is a great book for them to have. Also for "great cooks" too. This is a better way of eating and cooking for a more healthful life. I found the recipes very easy to follow. Most of the ingredients you already have in your pantry. There are a few ingredients that you probably will have to go out and buy, but it is worth it. I have so many cook books already, but if you want oner with a purpose, this is it! I definitely will put this book in my library of cookbooks. This one is a keeper for me! Don't be afraid that the recipes are not very tasteful and delicious, because they are. There isn't any "foreign" taste in here, just very delicious, everyday meals you would ordinarily make. They are just healthy, and you would never know it. You won't be sorry if you get this cookbook. If you want to be more health conscious and get you family eating a more balanced meal which is also healthy, this book is for you.
Kelley_Norfolk_VA More than 1 year ago
Recipes are easy and delicious! The Garlic-Basil Shrimp is my husband's new favorite meal!!!
Sexy-Nerd More than 1 year ago
Another great book from Ellie Krieger. Ellie gives us all the tools we need to take care of ourselves. She provides everyon with information on essential nutrients of each recipe and also serving size. Also she includes different sections for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is also two sections on dessert included. If those who are in a rush this book is great. She also includes sections if you have more time to spare. You can try her start right smoothie. I dont like nonfat milk so I usually add soy instead. I enjoy having her chedar apple quesadilla. Its quick and easy and only three ingredients. For lunch I love the gazpacho with shrimp. Its light and yummy. I really like the asian chicken wrap. The best part is the asian sauce with thai chilles, soy sauce and seasme oil. In the section lunch at home there is a hearty salad with grilled beef, jicama and apple. This is another Asian inspiried salad if you have more time to spare. Now we move on to dinner I enjoy having the bbq chicken with classic coleslaw. I usually roast a chicken and save the leftovers for the next day. So I use the leftovers to make this dish. Its got liquid smoke, garlic, onions just fabulous. When I have a bit more time I like to eat white turkey chili. Sometimes I use chicken if I dont have time to get turkey. It comes out the same for the most part. I also like the salmon florentine with quinoa pilaf. The only part of the book I did not care for much is the dessert section. I know its suppose to be healthy but no thank you. I rather have a small piece of cake with the works. I cant give that up :-). The last part if the nutritional date index of all the recipes in the book. Enjoy I hope you all love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was given to me as a gift. I have enjoyed the recipes that I have tried so far and look forward to using many more of them. I am a registered dietitian and I have recommended this book to several of my patients that need "heart healthy cooking" ideas. The recipes are easy to follow and use standard ingredients. Some recipes sound very gourmet but Ellie's instructions are easy to follow and the food is very flavorful. I have only watched Ellie's show on Food Network a couple of times, but I hope to start watching it more often. This book is for people who want good tasting food that is easy and quick to prepare.
ellasmommy More than 1 year ago
I watch Ellie Krieger on food network and I have used a lot of her recipes. When I saw this cookbook I got really excited to see more awesome recipes. I was not dissapointed. Everything I have tried so far has been yummy! I have cook my way through this cookbook and my family is loving all the food.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delicious...that is what I say about Ellie's recipies. Beautiful...that is what I say about Ellie's books. My Ellie books are dog-eared, filled with sticky notes and stained...all the marks of a great cook book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I consider myself a relatively accomplished cook and find that the main issue with a lot of "healthy" recipes is that the results lack good flavor and taste. I have had good success with Krieger's contributions in Fine Cooking magazine so I decided to give this book a try. I have had good success with the 7-10 recipes that I've made so far - regardless of whether the recipe was for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I appreciate the abundance of flavors, the unique spin of some of the recipes and the nutritional information. With a 10 month-old in the family, I need a variety of quick recipes at hand and now I have another resource at my disposal.
DJU More than 1 year ago
There isn't ONE recipe I've tried in this book that hasn't been absolutely delicious! Even the lentil with kale dish: I'd never tried kale and was so skeptical! The kale was so good, I had it the next day with Ellie's salmon cakes, and normally, I hate salmon cakes. You have to try one of these cookbooks! I also have "The Food you Crave," and the same review applies to those recipes, also. Ellie Krieger is a true magician when it comes to cooking/nutrition and all things related. I will be collecting and utilizing the rest of her cookbooks. Amazing food!
shiningstarNEB More than 1 year ago
Hi - tell publisher to ease up and show at least one recipe to help in deciding whether to purchase for ebook - I suppose I could go to store and flip through - more convenient to have a :sample recipe...didn't buy
auntie2 More than 1 year ago
Ellie's recipes are great! They are easy to follow and most use common ingredients. I have not tried all the recipes I want to, but definitely will as time permits. Her attitude is great and she is thoughtful in her commentary and tips.
PSU_Kait More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I've tried several recipes and have had amazing results. I am new to cooking, teaching myself, and would definitely recommend this book. There are no obscure ingredients and the food does not taste like "diet" food. The recipes are so full of flavor you don't feel like you're missing out! My favorite recipe so far - the better burgers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this cookbook for my daughter for Christmas. Iam so glad I did. She has really enjoyed the recipes, she is a novice cook but the recipes are easy to follow and she liked the photos of the recipe so she can see how the recipe will turn out. She tried out the curried chicken salad and it was great. She is a teacher and doesnt have alot of time for cooking but the recipe are very easy and delicious
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all her books. Amazing recipes, healthy and delicious food.
cowpie More than 1 year ago
This book makes eating right so easy. I have tried many of the recipes and have enjoyed them all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual, Ellie Krieger's food is presented in an appealing way, directions in recipes are precise, and her creative, healthy approach makes her food interesting and fairly easy to prepare.
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