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The 1200-Calorie-a-Day Menu Cookbook: Quick and Easy Recipes for Delicious Low-fat Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, and Desserts Paperback – Sep 22 1994

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (Sept. 22 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809236338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809236336
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 1.3 x 25.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #139,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hughes breaks the 1,200 calories a day into breakfast and lunch recipes that contain no more than 350 calories each, dinner recipes that contain no more than 400 calories, and dessert recipes that contain only 100 calories. The majority of the meals contain 20 percent or less of their total calorie content from fat; all contain less than 30 percent. The totals are listed with each recipe. Hughes, author of three other cookbooks, insists this is not a diet plan but rather a comprehensive collection of recipes that can be used to limit calorie and fat intake. Many of the recipes can be prepared in 15 minutes or less. George Cohen

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I do a lot of cooking and a lot of dieting. This book has been a great help in getting a health menu together with 1200 calories a day. And you feel like you ate something when you are done. Every recipe I have tried is a real winner. My husband keeps asking me why this cookbook author is not a celebrity chef -- because everything is so good and low calorie too. This is a cooks book -- if you don't want to take the time to cook each meal yourself, it may not be for you. For me, it is worth the effort if the alternative is frozen or packaged "diet food."
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I have tried 4 recipes from this book so far, and all have tasted wonderful! I also like the ease of the calories figured for you. However, preparation for many of these recipes is time consuming. If you are looking for really easy, quick recipes this is not the book. If you are looking for nutritious, delicious meals then I highly recommend this book.
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I was told by my doctor that I need to restrict my diet to 1200 calories a day or else I have a high risk of adult onset diabetes (my mother is diabetic and I am overweight). I have found the cookbook to be very helpful in helping me manage my day. I scan the cookbook at the beginning of the week and decide what I will be having the rest of the week so that on no given day do I have to stare at the fridge wondering what I will make. I've found the meals to be very satisfying portion wise and quite flavorful. You won't starve by any means and some of my favorites are the simplest to make. My favorite breakfasts are the fruit and cereal and the peaches and shortcake recipe. The vanilla cream when it congeals is like vanilla pudding. The only meals I haven't been tempted to try were the dinners, none of them really struck my fancy, I rely on another low fat cookbook for that. The desserts didn't interest me much either. I tend to prefer just a small bit of chocolate or else have vanilla yogurt and fruit for dessert. I love the way the day is broken down though. When the doctor told me to cut my calories so drastically I never knew that I would be eating so much and losing weight so easily. I don't regret buying it and plan to memorize several of the favorites that I've tried so far.
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I was hoping to find a cookbook that would have quick, easy to fix recipes but what I found were recipes that require a lot of special ingredients and a lot of time to make them. They may be good recipes but I don't have the time or money to fix them so I'll never know.
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By A Customer on July 17 1998
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I was very disappointed in this book. I have not made any of the recipes in it, and I doubt I will.
There were no illustrations, which might have added more appeal. The ingredients were standard, but some of the combinations sounded off to me.
If you are looking for a low-fat cookbook, I highly recommend any of the Eating Well cookbooks instead. Those books blow this one out of the water.
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My wife and I have made about a dozen of these recipes and have never been disappointed -- they have been consistently delicious. We also use "Eating Well" magazine and a few other sources of tasty low-cal recipe, in addition to standard cookbooks.
Each recipe tells you the calories (important) and grams of fat (not as important) per serving. As with any cookbook, there are always minor modifications to make to suite your taste (for example, the lemon-mustard chicken with angel hair pasta recipe doesn't create enough sauce for our taste, so we increase those ingredients).
These are not "15-minute recipes," nor do they take hours. You have to want to cook; it's not uncommon for a dinner entree to have a dozen ingredients. But the rewards are worth it.
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This book is perfect for me. I want to eat a 1200 calorie a day menu. But I was spending so much time compiling recipes from the various books that I have that I gave up. This book allows you to choose a breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. No strict regimen. No matter which meals you choose, you don't exceed 1200 calories. It's perfect. The recipes are more "gourmet" which is what I like to prepare. All the recipes are based on 4 people but its not that difficult to scale down to one or two, it just takes a smidgen of effort. Best recipe book I have found to date.
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By A Customer on Aug. 22 1998
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I found the low-fat recipes to be easy to make (many take only about 15 minutes) and very delicious. The menus simplify my dieting and allow me variety in my meals that I was previously lacking. Face it, I hate cutting fat and calories as much as anyone but The 1200-Calorie- a-Day Menu Cookbook book makes it all just a little bit easier, tastier,and almost pleasant! Nutritional information provided with each recipe is very helpful.
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