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

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

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.