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If like me you always seem to be dieting then here is a brilliant cook book with lots of recipies that are quick to make and they are all weight watchers recipes so you can count your points if you are on the weight watchers diet.
I bought this book on Ebay for 99p as no one else was bidding and I snapped it up at a bargain price but if you had to buy it from a book shop it will cost you £5.99, you can also get in on Amazon used at £1.25 so it pays to look aropund before buying the book.
What you get for your money is over 60 delicious low calorie recipes that are low points on the weight watchers diet or just tasty meals to make even if you aren't on a diet.
Sometimes I like to make something different and at times like these a fresh recipe instead of my usual weekly meals can make a refreshing change from what I normally eat.
The book is written by Wendy Veale and she has written many other cook books too some for weight watchers and others on pasta dishes, winter warmers, fondue cook book, cooking for all occassions and many more.
I like the idea of buying cook books by someone who specialises in cook book writing as you know they are knowledgeable in the nutritional value of food and can expect good idea's for new recipes to try out, as well as knowing that they are experienced in this field.
The recipes you will find in this book are great for all the family and you don't have to be on a diet to make or eat them, from leek and ham soup to chicken thai curry there is something to suit all palates.
I love the recipes in the book as i'm not really the kind of person who likes to slave away in the kitchen for hours, so with these recipes which all take around 30 minutes to make for me it is a quick way of cooking a great meal that we can all enjoy.
There are even vegetarian recipies for if like me sometimes you just don't want to eat meat or are a vegetarian and there are some lovely soup recipes which you can make and store in the fridge for later.
I also like the dessert section as I have a sweet tooth, but don't like to eat a lot of fatty foods. I am really consious of what Ii eat now I am getting older as my heart needs looking after , so this recipe book has also help me to get my eating habits in order.
Here is one of the recipies to try if you like :-
Thai-Style Chilli Chicken on Brown Rice
2 clove garlic, crushed
1 stem lemon grass stems, (3cm), very finely chopped
1 tablespoon grated ginger root, peeled
1 portion fresh red chilli(s), or red, deseeded and finely chopped
2 tablespoon fresh coriander, chopped
4 tablespoon lime(s), juice, (use 1 lime)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
350 g chicken breast, uncooked, skinless, boneless, sliced into strips
300 g dried rice, brown
5 spray low-fat cooking spray
4 portion shallots, thinly sliced
1 medium carrot(s), cut into fine strips
100 g sugar snap peas, or mangetout, halved
2 portion(s) pak choi, heads, roughly shredded
In a bowl mix together the garlic, lemongrass, ginger, chilli, coriander, lime juice and soy sauce. Add the chicken strips then cover and leave to marinate for about 1 hour.
When ready to eat cook the brown rice in lightly salted boiling water for about 30 minutes, or until tender.
Ten minutes before the rice is ready heat the cooking spray in a wok or large frying pan. Stir fry the chicken pieces for 5-6 minutes, then add the shallots, carrot and sugarsnap peas or mangetout. Cook for another 2-3 minutes then add the pak choi and cook until wilted - about 2 more minutes.
Drain the rice and serve with the chicken stir fry.
POINTS Value: 5
Preparation Time: 15 min
Cooking Time: 30 min
Dieting can be boring, so upon joining weightwatchers I purchased their essential cook books one of which is called. Ready in 30 minutes ideal for those of us who want to cook proper meals but find they have not got the time.
The cook book is written by Wendy Vale and contains over 60 recipes, the recipes are set out under the chapters of Simple soups, salads &suppers, Fabulous Fish, Chicken & Turkey, Meat in Minutes, Vegetarian Meals, and Delicious Deserts.
Simple soups, salads & suppers
My husband is not particularly fond of salads however in this chapter there is a recipe for Tandoori chicken salad which at only 2.5 points is great for the diet but it's so packed with flavour that it's a manly salad! Another favourite is the Squash and blue cheese risotto this is a massive 10 points but it is worth it. This chapter also contains Sicilian country soup with parmesan chips 3.5 points.
Grilled cod with Caribbean salsa kicks off this chapter and what a start it is this is again simply delicious and simple to make easily good enough for serving if you were entertaining and only 2 points. We also love the Seafood kebabs with chilli lime glaze great on the BBQ and only 3.5 points
Chicken & Turkey
Thai green chicken with coconut sauce is a delicious alternative to a Friday takeaway and if you are a vegetarian swop the chicken for quorn and at 7 points it's well worth it another favourite is Fruity chicken couscous at 6 points.
Meat in Minutes
This chapter starts with a picture of Pork with tomatoes and red wine which is a great favourite and again this can become veggie by using quorn chunks and its only 2.5 points. This chapter also has Chinese pork parcels (5 points), lazy lamb and lentils (3.5 points)
I am well used to adapting meat meals to suit myself however the Broad bean and leek tortilla is a firm favourite and only 3.5 points we also adapt this with whatever veg is in the fridge particularly good for left over's indeed tonight's version was red onion, asparagus and broccoli! I also like the Creamy potato cauliflower and chickpea korma an Indian for 3.5 points and its flavoursome!
I said in my other cook book review that I am not a great one for making deserts normally fruit or yogurt if anything is on offer, however if you are a great one for deserts then I am told that the Jamaican Rum pudding is divine (6 points) and that the baked strawberry Alaska's are good enough as a dinner party desert (4.5).
I really would recommend this book as again the recipes are well laid out with plenty of pictures the recipes are easy to make and packed with flavour it's hard to remember that this is a diet cook book.
Once again I have checked Amazon and it is only available as a second hand copy at £3.74 (rrp £5.99) so this is a bargain and it is a great cook book.