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sandra's on a diet...it's hard to be a chowhound and not over indulge...gotta lose 10 lbs...what are the best diet recipes you have?...thanks

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  1. Pick up "The Best LIGHT Recipe" cook book from Cooks Illustrated. It's great. We have to watch our weight and we use it a lot.


    1. This sounds a little weird - but I picked up a book a while ago called "Japanese don't get fat and they don't get old". There are some great recipes in there as well as diet tips based on Japanese culture (eat rice, drink a lot of green tea and eat on pretty small plates). I am a japanophile so this all worked for me and I lost ten pounds. One of the best recipes I tried was fried tofu and seaweed cooked in dashi. I eat it with rice for lunch with green tea often and it always satisfies me.

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      1. re: brooklynmasala

        Brooklynmasala how do you make the fried tofu? My daughter loves it and I don't know how to make it.

        1. re: dimsumgirl

          Actually I bought the fried tofu at my local Japanese grocery store. It is different from fresh fried tofu. For this recipe, you the simmer the fried tofu in water and then drain and blot - to get rid of the oiliness. I find there is just enought oil to coat the rice, once the dish is done.

      2. I second The Light Recipe. It is the ONLY light cookbook I would use. Tht concentrated fruit juice salad dressings are incredible.

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        1. re: Becca Porter

          tell me about the fruit juice salad dressings...can't wait till the book comes!...and thanks

        2. Cooking Light Magazine is a great resource for lighter but delicious recipes. In perusing the boards, I've discovered that many a "chowhounder" cites this magazine as being one of his/her favorites. Their website is also extremely thorough as well.

          1. When I decided to go vegan, for health, I read Dr. Fuhrman's "Eat to Live". It reads like a diet book, but I just followed the principals without worrying about losing weight. But there I was 8 pounds lighter after only 2 weeks. You eat a ton of food because you need the nutrients, so hunger isn't the issue - withdrawal from sugar and salt in processed foods is. Here's a link to some compatable recipes: http://www.fatfreevegan.com/etl.shtml

            1. Basically they make a syrup from fruit juices, then mix in the other dressing ingredients. The viscosity of the syrup allow them to use only about 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

              The flavors are:
              Orange-Lime Vinaigrette
              Ruby Red grapefruit-Sesame
              Apple Cider-Sage

              They are so flavorful! They are the perfect example of how light should be done.

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              1. re: Becca Porter

                ooh...sound wonderful...what's the recipe for the orange/lime vinaigrette?

              2. I've been cooking a lot of vegetable soups since the weather turned a bit cooler. The first one started with 2 cups of leftover grilled vegetables, then I added canned tomatoes, some broth, some collard greens (very delish in soup, a nice bite), some frozen beans and corn, a can of garbanzos, some thyme, pepper, and some barley. Made it very thick, almost stew-like (though with a thin broth). Very filling, not very many calories, very nutritious.

                Today's soup started with about a quart of leftover mustard greens and tomatoes, which we had for dinner the other night and thought was not as tasty as it might be. As a soup base, it was great, added another two - three quarts of ingredients, and now have soup for two for lunches this week.

                Ratatouille also is good.

                We've also been eating lots of salad, with many veggies on it, getting much more creative with the veggies than when we are not limiting our calorie intake, so as to keep the food we do eat interesting and varied.

                Made a stir-fry (in a nonstick pan) with twice the usual amount of veggies compared to rice (actually, I was using quinoa, not quite sure if I recommend quinoa stir-fries, the texture was a bit odd). Anyhow, it's quite clear that we can eat twice as many veggies, and less starch, and that cuts calories without cutting the quantity of food.

                1. The wife and I lost a combined 55+ pounds ((Ok, most of it (40+ lbs) was me)) in about 6 months on the Sonoma diet. Lots of whole grains, vegies, and lean meat/fish. The book has lots of recipes in it as well AND recomends WINE!!!!
                  The Somoma Diet
                  Dr. Connie Guttersen.

                  1. I lost 60 pounds over 6 months...

                    How? I ate FAR more often and <herein lies the secret> I stopped eating when I got full - NOT stuffed - but just full; as in sated.

                    The hardest part, honestly, is the fact that at really good restaurants, I send back half-eaten plates of food (or take them home for left-overs). The waitstaff are constantly asking if everything is okay because I never finish a meal.

                    1. Weight Watchers, when I went to them, had a diet with no counting of points or calories. What you do is eliminate all fat from your diet except for like two or three spoonfuls of like olive oil every day. You can buy pretty darned good non fat yogurt, non fat sour crea, non fat milk for starters. No butter or oleo. Also cut out most sugar and most carbohydrates that are white and starchy like white bread, flour, pancakes, etc. Whole wheat seems to be digested more slowly, but it has to be real whole wheat not bread with lots of fructose in it and "enriched" wheat. You can lose weight on this diet and not feel deprived. An apple or a baked apple makes for a great dessert; ditto for other luscious fresh fruit. I use Splenda sometimes and my wife swears by non-far whipped Kool Whip (sorry to shock you purists) and it tastes darned good to me. By the way I lost about twenty pounds on this diet and found I could eat with care in restaurants as well as at home. Just don't kid yourself about the "hidden" stuff like salad dressings.

                      1. I loved the recipes in this book called the Volumetrics Eating Plan... this nutritionist has revamped recipes to make what would be a small plate a much larger plate with better nutrition and fewer calories. Pictures galore and the recipes are actually very good, not stupid substitutions nobody would do. There are pictures of what I mean under the 'about the book' section of this link:

                        She had a tuna salad recipe I loved that involved adding Italian white beans, red peppers, lemon and olive oil and some greens.

                        I usually hate diet cookbooks. This one impressed me.