The South Beach Diet Super Quick Cookbook: 200 Easy Solutions for Everyday Meals

The South Beach Diet Super Quick Cookbook: 200 Easy Solutions for Everyday Meals

by Arthur Agatston

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Overview

Make fast food superhealthy with hundreds of brand new quick-and-easy recipes from the test kitchens of the South Beach Diet.

From meal planning and shopping to prepping, cooking, and serving, you'll save hours of time with this speedy cookbook that makes leading the South Beach Diet lifestyle easier and more convenient than ever.

With 200 family-pleasing recipes and 60 taste-tempting color photographs, you'll be able to serve up a fast, delicious, diet-conscious meal every night of the week.

The South Beach Diet Super Quick Cookbook by Arthur Agatston, M.D. includes:

• Grab-and-Go recipes for healthy eating on the go
• Cook Once, Eat Twice dishes that maximize your time in the kitchen
• Recipes for Two that minimize waste and leftovers
• Nearly instant recipes that are ready in 15 minutes or less
• Tips for Super-Quick, Budget-Conscious Shopping
• Ideas for getting the most out of your pantry and freezer

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605290911
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 05/11/2010
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 45,388
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Arthur Agatston, M.D., is a preventive cardiologist and associate professor of medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. In 1995, Dr. Agatston developed the South Beach Diet to help his cardiac and diabetes patients improve their blood chemistries and lose weight. Since then, his book The South Beach Diet and its companion titles have sold more than 22 million copies. Dr. Agatston has published more than 100 scientific articles and abstracts in medical journals, and recently he received the prestigious Alpha Omega Award from New York University Medical Center for outstanding achievement in the medical profession. He lives in Miami Beach with his wife, Sari.

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COOK QUICKLY, EAT SLOWLY

For many busy people, "home cooking" has come to mean a take-out meal from the closest fast-food franchise. In fact, recent statistics show that the average American household spends about $2,500 annually at take-out establishments and restaurants, or about 71 percent of what it spends on groceries ($3,500). This percentage is even higher for householders aged 25 to 34 (81 percent) and for people who live alone (79 percent). And these numbers appear to be growing--along with our waistlines.

The sad reality is that two-thirds of the adults and one-third of the children in this country are either overweight or obese. Today, the typical baby boomer male weighs just shy of 200 £ds and the average female weighs more than 170. That's in part because a typical fast-food quarter- £d cheeseburger packs a hefty 500 calories, the large fries another 500, the supersized soda 300 more, and an ice cream dessert an additional 500. That's 1,800 calories from a single meal! Couple that with the fact that most people don't exercise enough and it's small wonder that conditions like diabetes and heart disease are on the rise, and few of us feel very good about what we see in the mirror.

Not a very appetizing way to start off a cookbook, is it? But I bring up these statistics for a good reason. If we continue at this sad pace, dining out more than we're eating in and skipping the supermarket for the drive- thru, this country's burgeoning obesity epidemic will have dire consequences, not just for our present and future health but for our health- care system as well. Doctors and hospitals simply won't be able to handle all the new cases of prediabetes, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and other obesityrelated conditions. The good news? One of our most effective remedies for all of these ailments can be found in our own refrigerators, pantries, and cupboards.

That said, I know few of us have time to linger in the kitchen, stirring up elaborate meals from scratch. As a practicing cardiologist who often gets home from the office late and who doesn't cook all that well himself, I rely on my very busy wife to make sure I eat nutritious meals. Fortunately, she also stocks the kitchen with the kind of healthy ingredients needed to put good meals together quickly. So when she isn't home to cook due to her own busy schedule, I can put together an easy, speedy meal.

As this book will show you, if you plan your meals ahead, shop thoughtfully, and organize your pantry and kitchen for quick cooking, you'll easily be able to turn out healthy, delicious food for the whole family with very little stress. And I guarantee you'll look and feel better for it, too.

I often like to remind my patients who enjoy cooking that preparing a meal quickly should not translate to rushing at the table. Eating thoughtfully and slowly, really tasting what we eat, allows us to experience a sense of fullness naturally without overeating. I remember as a child always being told to clean my plate. For me, that was an invitation to wolf down dinner and get on to other things. Today, I'm sorry to say that I still tend to eat a bit too quickly; I often have to remind myself not to take second helpings before my brain gets the signal that I'm full.

On the South Beach Diet, you won't leave the table hungry, but you shouldn't feel stuffed, either. I like to say that you should eat until you are satisfied, not until you are full. Research now shows that routinely galloping through meals often leads to chronic overeating and obesity. This is because putting too much food in your stomach too quickly can interfere with the body's feedback mechanisms, allowing you to continue to take in more calories because you don't yet feel full. I recommend starting lunch or dinner with a filling cup of soup, like the White Bean and Escarole Soup with Shaved Parmesan on page 62, or with a fiber-rich salad like the Fennel, Cucumber, and Watercress Salad on page 219. I also suggest putting down your fork between bites. Don't worry if you leave some food on your plate; if you are satisfied, you've had enough. And please, enjoy a few bites of a decadent dessert from time to time. (My favorite, Chocolate Truffle Tartlets, is on page 232.)

Preparing the healthy, superquick recipes in this book represents the ultimate win-win scenario: Not only will you be eating far better than you would were you spending your food dollars in restaurants or on processed foods, but the time you save in the kitchen means that you will have more time to relax, savor your food, and enjoy some good conversation with family and friends. And as far as I'm concerned, that's what home cooking should be about.

--Arthur Agatston, MD

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't enjoy cooking and my husband is a picky eater, bad combination! He's a diabetic with difficulty controlling sugar levels so I got this cookbook to see if I could get him to eat different things. Wow, he loves the recipes I've tried and I do too! They are fairly quick and easy to make and taste delicious. The Tilapia Marguarita is so good, we have it every week! I had the hard copy first, but got the ebook so I could have the recipes while shopping. My husbands sugar levels are low and stable for the first time since he developed diabetes. Sometimes he doesn't need insulin for many days in a row, which encourages him even more. I put almost all the other cookbooks into storage, I don't need them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a newbie to the South Beach Diet, so this cookbook has been like my Bible. Great recipes, and it also leads me to develop my own recipes from THESE base recipes. I think it is a MUST for anyone trying to do the South Beach Diet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this cookbook as a "side-kick" for the 'South Beach Diet". South Beach is just a better way of eating and has two phases. Phase I sounds like drastic measures so I skipped right into phase II and the recipes in this cookbook. Lots of good ideas for anyone not just dieters. My husband and I have gradually (the best way) lost weight over this spring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't get the book to not crash on me for long enough to use them. VERY buggy..
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