Got a Family With a Healthy Appetite? You’re in Luck

Are you a fan of the Food Network? If so, you’ve probably been tempted (like I am) by Paula Deen’s butter-laden Southern goodies.

But given that I’m trying to cook more healthfully for myself and my family these days, I tend to enjoy Paula for the entertainment value (she’s a hoot!) and then turn to “Healthy Appetite With Ellie Krieger” for recipes I’ll actually use.

While I’ve done my share of downloading Ellie’s recipes from the Food Network website, I’m all over her hot-off-the-presses new cookbook, The Food You Crave (Taunton; 2008; $28).

Ellie doesn’t pretend we don’t all have cravings. In fact, she takes the comforting dishes my family adores the most — garlic fries, chocolate pudding — and creates healthy versions that we love.

She also offers tips for things like “building a better muffin” by cutting but not eliminating fat, using heart-healthy canola oil, increasing moistness and tenderness with fruit or vegetable purees and using whole-grain pastry flour.

With recipes for Jerk Chicken with Cool Pineapple Salsa, Jambalaya With Shrimp and Ham and Chocolate Cherry-Almond Biscotti, you may tend to forget that Krieger is a registered dietitian and that these recipes are good for you. Just don’t tell your taste buds — or your kids — and they’ll never know.

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5 Responses to “Got a Family With a Healthy Appetite? You’re in Luck”

  1. Remember those imposter fragrances, “If you love {Brand Name Fragrance X}, you’ll love {Insert Crazy Substitute name here}”?
    If you love this woman, you’ll love Lisa at She does terrific swaps and also has a cookbook. With women like these on our side, we can be healthier than ever!

  2. Kathy Sena says:

    Robyn, you are such a hoot. I forgot all about those impostor fragrances! (Are they still around?)
    I already do love Hungry Girl! Great suggestion to those who don’t already follow her blog. Thanks!

  3. Cindy says:

    Our family’s FAVORITE way to eat veggies is with a dash of McCormic’s Vegetable Seasoning. Several of my mom-friends have tried it on their kids’ veggies with great success. My kiddos love it on steamed broccoli - its the first thing gone from their plates!

  4. Those sound like some great recipes!

  5. Kathy Sena says:

    OK, I’m going to run out and get some of that McCormick’s veggie seasoning!