Last week, I got an email from a reader asking me what my favorite cookbooks were for healthy, low-calorie, low-fat recipes. I thought that was a great question and also a great idea for a post. Here’s my line-up of favorite cookbooks. I keep them right next to my stove, so they’re always within reach. I have a few others that are tucked away (and they’re clearly not my favorites.)
Weight Watchers All-Time Favorites and Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook - These are fantastic! There are so many good recipes in here that I love: Slow Cooker Beef Stew and Mustardy Pot Roast are two of my favorites (in All-Time Favorites.) The “New Complete” was a Christmas present (thanks, Dad), so expect some recipe samples in months to come!
Hungry Girl 300 Under 300 and Hungry Girl 200 Under 200 - If you don’t follow HG, I definitely recommend you do! She’s got fantastic ideas for revamping some of your favorite dishes to make them healthier. She’s also a featured chef on Food Network!
Williams-Sonoma: Cooking from the Farmer’s Market - There are wonderful recipes for cooking vegetables inside this book. A gift from my friend Steffanie, it’s helped me to pick better vegetables and prepare them better as well!
Tastebook - If you haven’t ever heard of Tastebook, then I’ve got a treat for you today! Tastebook is a site where you can upload all of your personal recipes and store them online. You can share them with friends (your “Tastebuds”) and THE BEST PART is you can print a book with all of your recipes in it!
|You choose your cover and title your book.|
|And then each page has your recipe + pics. You can also include a story about why you love it, how you found the recipe, etc.|
Weight Watchers Seasonal Quick Recipe Books – These books are published by WW each quarter and contain awesome recipes that you can put together in about 15 minutes with no more than 5 ingredients! So easy! These are probably the recipes I use most, and most of the Weight Watchers recipes I post here come from these cookbooks. Look for them in the magazine aisle in your grocery store.
Cake Pops – I love this little book! It comes to us from one of my favorite bloggers Bakerella. I still read her site. Although these days, her tasty treats have become “food porn” for the most part. Cake balls and cake pops are to die for…. and if you like them, you should check out her site!
AND NOW, MY FIRST GIVEAWAY…
Because I talk about them so much, I’ve decided to do my very first GIVEAWAY this week for the latest Weight Watchers Five Ingredient 15 Minute Recipe cookbook (pictured below). One lucky reader will have a chance to win it!
Some of the yummy recipes in this book include: Citrus Sangria, Breakfast Burritos, Individual Apple-Walnut Coffee Cakes, and Seared Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Dark Beer Reduction and Blue Cheese. Inside, you’ll find a total of 113 recipes!
I’ll pick a winner THIS FRIDAY, January 27th. You each have FIVE chances to win and winners will be chosen at random from the COMMENTS associated with the below. Here’s how you can enter (US and Canadian residents only, please):
1) Post a comment below about your favorite healthy cookbook and why you love it.
2) Become an official “Follower” of NTTC (on the left side of my blog) and leave a comment that you are.
3) Follow NTTC on Twitter – @nothankstocake – and leave a comment that you did.
4) Post about my giveaway on Twitter this week, leaving another comment that you did so.
5) Post about my giveaway on your BLOG this week, leaving a comment with the link to the post.