The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to 200-300-and 400-Calorie Meals

New book alert! Look what came in the mail! The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to 200-300-and 400-Calorie Meals by Chef Ed Jackson and Heidi McIndoo of Boston.

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Chef Jackson graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and has experience working at Boston area restaurants including Tremont 647. He also has his own video cooking series called “Chef Ed Cooks.” He worked on the book alongside contributing author Heidi McIndoo. She’s a registered dietitian and nutrition communication specialist, also in the Boston area.

With so many diets out there to choose from including low carb to no carb, counting points, eating only whole foods, only eating certain foods, etc, this book aims to be different. They keep it very easy. They focus on the idea that if you take in fewer calories then you burn off; you will in turn lose weight.

I was informed that “Americans spend $40 billion per year on weight-loss programs and products” (which is so crazy to me). But this book, at $19.95, is an affordable and easy way to drop the weight by simply counting calories and consuming a few mini meals throughout the day. They guide you through learning how many calories you should be eating, provide grocery lists, and even offer sample meal plans.

They then divide the book up into 200, 300, or 400 calorie meals and even light snacks and desserts, to make it nice and simple. Stand out recipes for me that I will definitely give a try include eggs Florentine, vegetable rice soup, marinated Portobello mushroom burgers, chicken piccatta, and spinach stuffed mushrooms. But there are so many options to choose from and the recipes do not include any crazy or extensive ingredients lists either. The only thing that I first noticed was it doesn’t feature food photos within the book like a typical cookbook, mainly because it is not one! But it is soft cover and easy to bring to the grocery store if you need and help you learn, just like a text book. Check it out online here.

Question: Have you read this book or have any other favorite “idiot’s” guides?

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