Staying skinny, eating healthy, and enjoying delicious, flavourful food - all without breaking the bank - what more could a woman ask for? This title shows how readers can achieve all this, presenting recipes from sweet, satisfying breakfasts to elegant salads to hearty mains, money-savings tips, fun nutrition facts, and party menus.
When was the last time you indulged in a sumptuous eggs benedict, an herbaceous and aromatic pasta with pesto, or a soul-satisfying cup of creamy tomato soup with a grilled cheese on the side—without a moment of guilt? The too-good-to-be-true recipes in Pretty Delicious not only look and taste great, but they are as easy on the waistline as they are on the wallet and will keep you lean, sexy, and very, very happy. The secret? Former model-turned-chef Candice Kumai skips "diet" food in favor of smart swaps and delicious real foods that keep fat and calories to a minimum while boosting flavor and plate appeal to the maximum. And by loading her dishes with FWBs (that's foods with benefits, of course ), she ensures that every enticing bite provides the key nutrients your body craves to stay healthy and look amazing. From sliders and mac' and cheese to a lightened-up veggie lasagna and guilt-free BLTs, nothing is off-limits in the Pretty Delicious kitchen. Love Cali-fresh flavors? Try Candice's 470-calorie Fabulous Fish Tacos and a soul-soothing Albondigas Soup. Making an intimate dinner for two? Almond Pesto Fettuccine with Pan-Seared Scallops or Grilled White Pizza with Mushrooms, Artichokes, and Parm are made to order. Hosting a crowd for brunch? A breakfast burrito bar or make-your-own-mimosas spread will start the weekend off right without weighing you down. And proving that you don't need to be a millionaire to eat like royalty, Candice shares her tips for being fab and frugal, as well as ideas for making smart switches in the kitchen that will save you calories and fat grams without compromising on flavor. For entertaining, for easy weeknight meals, and for simple snacks and everyday indulgences (to be enjoyed in moderation), Candice Kumai's collection of smart, sexy, and truly irresistible recipes is proof that even the most health-conscious cook can dish it up with style and flavor
Candice Kumai was the cohost of the hit Lifetime series Cook Yourself Thin and a primary contributor to the best-selling companion book. She writes regularly for various food and lifestyle publications. She lives in Los Angeles.
2 Berry Creamy Oatmeal 3 Ricotta, Berry, and Runny Honey Parfaits 5 Lemon-Cran Scones 6 Raspberry-Oat Muffins 8 Bright-Eye Blueberry-Bran Muffins 11 Toasted-Almond Sticky Buns 13 Tofu Scramble with Fresh Basil and Sun-Dried Tomatoes 14 Skinny 3-Veg Scramble (: substitute crumbled firm tofu for eggs) 16 Green with Envy Eggs and Ham 18 Skinny Eggs Benny 19 Dirty Marys 21 Candice''s Can-Do Mimosas 22 Peaches and Cream Crepes 24 Pumpkin Pie Pancakes with Apple Butter 27 Country Girl Waffle Stacks = vegetarian = vegan CHAPTER 1 Brekki & Brunch Good morning, sunshine! Morning is a critical time to fuel up with healthy and lean proteins, filling fiber, and antioxidants that will keep your glow on. If my schedule is super jam-packed, I''ll start off with a pure energy booster like a 3-Veg Scramble (and take it to go in a low-cal whole wheat wrap if I don''t have time to enjoy it at home). On lazy weekends I''ll invite some girlfriends over for brunch (and gossip!) and cook up faves, like crepes loaded with juicy peaches or seemingly sinful sticky buns. Of course we can have our cake (or crepes!) and eat it, too--we just need to know how to get our skinny on. With some smart substitutions and swaps, you don''t have to sacrifice pancakes or lemony scones for a skinny waistline. If you think that oatmeal is for kids and grannys, then think again! This oatmeal recipe is anything but boring thanks to creamy nonfat yogurt and a few sweet berries. Oats are packed with protein, fiber, and iron, plus they''re easy on the wallet. They''re a seasonless pantry staple! FWB: Oats Berry Creamy Oatmeal SERVES 4 3 cups quick oats 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt 1/4 cup honey Pinch of ground cinnamon Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg Pinch of sea salt 1/2 pint blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries (about 1 cup) 4 teaspoons dark brown sugar (optional) 1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds (optional) Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Add the oats, stir, cover, and turn off the heat. Once the oats are plump, about 4 minutes, stir in the yogurt, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Gently fold in the berries. If desired, sprinkle each serving with 1 teaspoon brown sugar and 2 tablespoons almonds. Now how easy was that? Per serving: 366 calories, 5 g fat (0 g saturated, 0 g trans), 14 g protein. 8 g fiber, 25 g sugars, 120 mg sodium, 68 g carbohydrates, 0 mg cholesterol Individually packed pouches of flavored quick oats are often high in sugar and contain more calories than you''d suspect. Be your smart self and DIY to save calories and change. Add in brown sugar, cinnamon, and raisins to taste. These simple parfaits deliver everything I want in the morning: a speedy healthy sweet, low-fat, and antioxidant-packed start to the day. If you''re more of a Greek yogurt goddess than a ricotta-mama, try it instead--it''ll add a tangy tingle to your morning routine. FWB: Berries Ricotta, Berry, and Runny Honey Parfaits SERVES 4 2 cups strawberries, halved 1 cup raspberries 1 cup blueberries or blackberries 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese Pourable honey, for serving 1/2 cup slivered almonds Place the berries in a large colander and gently rinse under cold running water. Turn out onto a paper towel--lined baking sheet and shake the pan to dry the berries. Divide the berries among 4 dessert bowls. Top with 2 tablespoons of ricotta, a drizzle of runny honey, and 2 tablespoons almonds. Then dig in and put those antioxidants to work! Per serving: 189 calories, 9 g fat (1.5 g saturated, 0 g trans), 8 g protein, 6 g fiber, 16 g sugars, 77 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrates, 10 mg cholesterol For a little extra zip, grate a pinch of lemon, lime, or orange zest over the berries before topping with the ricotta, nuts, and honey. Whenever life hands me lemons, I make these lusciously lemony scones! They''re best served with a sip of tea, great gossip, and your best friends-- all the necessary ingredients to turn your day around in an instant. The Raspberry Cream Spread (page 9) is the perfect accessory. FWB: Dried cranberries Lemon-Cran Scones MAKES 12 SCONES 3 cups all-purpose flour plus extra for shaping 1/2 cup sugar Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce 1 cup dried cranberries 1 cup confectioners'' sugar Preheat the oven to 375