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Betty Crocker The 300 Calorie Cookbook: 300 tasty meals for eating healthy every day

January 28, 2010 · Posted in Bestselling Cooking Books 


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A comprehensive collection of deliciously filling main dishes-all 300 calories or less! Eating healthy and monitoring calories has never been easier-or more delicious-with this tempting collection of recipes from Betty Crocker. The 300 Calorie Cookbook offers slimmed-down versions of your favorite foods, with family-pleasing recipes for burgers, sandwiches, soups and stews, salads, main courses, even casseroles-all just 300 calories or less per serving. Be… More >>

Betty Crocker The 300 Calorie Cookbook: 300 tasty meals for eating healthy every day

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2 Responses to “Betty Crocker The 300 Calorie Cookbook: 300 tasty meals for eating healthy every day”

  1. Jessica Hankle on January 28th, 2010 8:33 pm

    My husband and I are eating 6 meals a day at 300 calories each meal and we were very impressed with this book. I am not a good cook by any means (I’ve been known to burn water) but this book is extremely simplistic. The pages are large print and the recipies are extremely dummyproof. The negative about this book is that every recipe does not have a picture.. There are a few grouped picture page sets that label the recipe page but they are not side by side. Every recipie that I tried in this book so far has become my favorite. Def a good purchase!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. A. Chandler on January 28th, 2010 8:35 pm

    Everytime I swear I won’t cram another cookbook onto my bookshelf I leaf through something that seems to stand out among the other cookbooks I have, or is complete enough that it allows me to give away several cookbooks so that one can take its place.

    This is one such cookbook.

    Very extensive cookbook with around 300 recipes, it’s divided into the following categories:

    Center of the Plate

    Savory Skillet Meals

    Casseroles and Pot Pies

    Meatless Main Dishes

    Sandwiches, Salads, and Pizzas

    Soups, Stews, and Chilies

    Slow Cooker Suppers

    Grilling Good and Easy

    30 Min or Less

    Cooking for Two

    Which is why I say it’s like having several cookbooks…if I’m in the mood to grill, I can pull this out and do it with fewer calories, if I have limited time, it still has recipes for me, if I don’t want leftovers I use the cooking for two section, and I love the slow cooker suppers for those days when I want to throw some things into a pot in the morning and come home to a hot cooked meal, making me feel like my private chef slaved all day to have dinner ready and waiting! :-)

    Here are a few examples of some of the recipes. I’ve found them to include easy-to-locate ingredients and be family pleasers so that the rest of the house doesn’t even have to know it’s “diet” food since they tend to be good comfort foods:

    Honey Glazed chicken breasts

    Baked Oregano Chicken (this is a great one at only 180 calories)

    Smothered Cajun Pork Chops

    Beef and Peppers with Biscuits

    Cheese Enchiladas

    Philly Steak Casserole

    Cheese Filled Tortellini Soup

    Black Bean Taco Salad

    Baked Chicken and Rice with Autumn Veggies

    Country French Beef Stew

    Chicken and Dumplings

    Creamy Crabmeat Au Gratin

    Tex Mex Scrambled Eggs

    Cajun Oven Fried Trout

    Grilled Pizza

    Tex Mex Meat Loaf

    There are also lots of ethnic dishes thrown in if you, for example, are in the mood for Chinese food, Indian food, etc. And the meatless maindishes will make even a hearty carnivore forget what’s missing.

    This book, unlike most of my diet cookbooks, contains FULL nutritionals, even the protein, sodium etc. If you are following Weight Watchers you’ll know the fat and fiber of every dish going in.

    The instructions are super simple. I cook all the time but even if you have only made Kraft mac and cheese up til now, you’ll not skip a beat.

    NEGATIVES: I try to leave negatives on any review even if I love something since nothing is perfect but this book is jam packed with recipes, many with calories even in the one hundreds and they are easy to prepare, healthy, and tasty and have full nutritionals. That’s an A+ cookbook for me. I’f I had to say something others might not like, I might say it doesn’t contain photos for all recipes (it does have several photos, just not for all) but bear in mind the book is already at almost 400 pages with its tips and recipes so you might not fit it into your cookbook holder if got any bigger. :-)

    I love this one. It’s both rare and well-done.

    p.s. My calorie goal when I am dieting is 1250 calories per day. (This was scientifically figured out for me with a bodybugg. I’m a weight loss coach.) I burn 1950 calories per day usually in just normal activities so this deficit enables me to lose well ( a little over 2 lbs per week) since a deficit of 3,500 calories equals a loss of one pound. (Your body uses fat stores for energy when it has a deficit.) Your calorie needs will vary of course based upon your height and weight and activity but there are several places online that you can get an estimate of what your body uses in order to figure out the deficit needed for weight loss even without a bodybugg. (All weight loss is, afterall, is taking in less calories than you burn.) This is great if you want to eat fresh food yet measure exactly what you are taking in as well.

    But I’m not always on a diet. And to be honest, I use this book even when I am not on a diet. I like the recipes. I just get to eat more!

    This keeps me satisfied and it’s more of a food change than a diet.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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