The Moms' Guide to Meal Makeovers: Improving the Way Your Family Eats, One Meal at a Time! Paperback – Dec 23 2003
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The unhealthiness of juvenile diets has generated new concern about excessive fast food and nutritionally suspect mass-produced meals in children's daily fare. Dieticians Bissex and Weiss have written The Moms' Guide to Meal Makeovers specifically to show just how to go about enhancing the nutritional value of everyday home cooking. Despite the title's somewhat sexist assumption (Are dads by nature uninvolved in, ignorant of, or averse to their offspring's good nutrition?), the book presents relatively simple ways of bettering recipes' nutrition by substituting lower-fat and lower-sodium ingredients and by always paying attention to labels. Each recipe has a table comparing fat, protein, carbohydrate, sodium, and fiber levels of both the standard and improved recipes. Mark Knoblauch
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For the legions of harried moms who have tossed in the dishtowel on cooking healthy meals (or any meals!), the easiest-ever guide for bringing super nutrition back to the kitchen.
Getting dinner on the table night after night can be a challenge. So it's no surprise that busy moms often rely on fast food, takeout, and convenience meals like macaroni & cheese, chicken nuggets, and fries. The kids love it but the drawback is that little twinge of guilt moms feel every time they feed their family another not-so-healthy meal. At the end of the day, many children end up with a poor diet high in sugar, saturated fat, and calories ... a major factor in the rising rates of obesity.
Finally, here are realistic guidelines designed to give families a healthy meal makeover.
The Moms lay out a 5-Step Meal Makeover Plan, explaining how to market good nutrition to kids, establish food rules, and make life easier in the kitchen.
In The Best of the Bunch chapter they reveal which brands of kid convenience foods-hot dogs, frozen pizza, and more-are the best tasting and most nutritious ones out there.
The Moms show how to stock a healthy pantry and whip up delicious anytime meals using pantry staples.
They even serve up 120 reworked recipes for family favorites such as Fast-as-Boxed Macaroni & Cheese, Squishy Squash Lasagna, Cheesy Broccoli Soup, Sweet Potato Fries, and Chocolate Pudding with Toppers.
Top Customer Reviews
I was hoping that this book would help me with creative new ways to present food to my small children in order to get them to try new things, while helping me maintain my modest grocery budget. Most of the suggestions in this book involve a trip to a specialty grocery store, or the organic aisle at my supermarket- either way increasing the money spent on groceries. This book was a huge disappointment to me- I didn't need a book to tell me to avoid fast food. It contains too much common sense, and isn't worth what I paid for it.
I think the authors are right on the mark with their advice on kids trying new foods, no "yuck!"s etc. Their philosophy is similar to our own house rules, and as a result my boys (3 and 7) are great eaters. I had the pleasure of meeting the authors at a bookstore signing, and I was very impressed with their knowledge, sensibility, and friendliness!
The next step is frozen and prepared foods. Again, we all feel so guilty every time we heat up those fish sticks and frozen peas, but Janice and Liz explain, right down to telling us what brands to use, how to make a really, really healthy meal out of frozen and canned foods.
Finally, for those days when we finally do have some time, Janice and Liz make it so easy to cook easy healthy foods for our kids that they'll actually eat and LOVE. They show us how to clean out our pantries so that cooking like this is easy, and no recipe takes more than 20 minutes.
One of the best parts of the book is the companion website, where you can go, join the club, share recipies and anecdotes with other moms, and get more tips and advice from the monthly mom's newsletter by Liz and Janice--our national treasures! Buy this book, join the club, tell your friends--or be sorry you didn't!
Most recent customer reviews
I love this book. It's fabulous. The recipes I've tried all turned out great, and I'm looking forward to trying many more! They're interesting, but not exotic ... Read morePublished on June 6 2004 by Karen Duester
Easy, healthy and yummy. That pretty much sums up the recipes in this great
book. All kinds of common healthy ingredients are used, stuff I bought in
the past but didn't... Read more
This cookbook is the best! With 3 teenagers, our schedules are busier than ever. The recipes are quick and easy to prepare, and my kids love them!! Read morePublished on May 3 2004 by Amazon Customer
I love this book! I actually look forward to trying new recipes each week. They are easy to make and use ingredients I usually have on hand. Read morePublished on May 3 2004
What an incredible book! Weiss and Bissex have written a user-friendly guide that every family will love. The recipes are delicious, and even more amazing, easy to prepare. Read morePublished on May 3 2004 by Amy Yankovich
I bought this book at a Mothers & More cooking demonstration. I loved that the authors were honest about how much time and energy Moms have in the kitchen and were realistic about... Read morePublished on April 26 2004
Great resource for busy parents looking to feed the whole family healthy! As a registered dietitian myself, I have found this book to be practical, with quick easy ways to sneak... Read morePublished on April 20 2004 by R.Boback
I have tried several of the recipies from this book on my very picky family. The recipies are easy, use readily available ingredients, and are delicious. Read morePublished on March 25 2004 by Karen P. Parnell
I'm the type of Dad who likes to cook for his toddler -- I don't want to feel guilty whenever "Cats in The Cradle" comes on the radio -- and let me just say that... Read morePublished on March 19 2004
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