30-minute Get Real Meals: Eat Healthy Without Going to Extremes

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Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2005 - Cooking - 246 pages
No pasta? No dessert? No way! Everything in moderation, says Rachael Ray. After all, some days only chocolate or spaghetti will hit the spot.

In Rachael Ray’s 30-Minute Get Real Meals, the bestselling cookbook author and Food Network star serves up another helping of creative, hassle-free recipes that are ready to rock your tastebuds in less than thirty minutes. The latest addition to Rachael’s runaway hit series of 30-Minute Meals cookbooks is designed for cooks who want to look and feel great but long for the fun and the flavor that’s missing from their extreme low-carb meals. Why fill your shopping cart and your stomach with processed, low-carb cereals and breads that taste like cardboard when you can eat the foods you crave? Here, at last, are recipes for those who just cannot and will not live totally carb-free: Pasta dinners made mostly with proteins and vegetables and only a couple of ounces of pasta per servings, fresh Thai and Mexican lettuce wraps, take-out-style stir-frys, and tons of burger ideas—with and without the buns. And when you’ve just got to satisfy that sweet tooth, even nonbakers (like Rachael) will flip for Nutty Creamsicle Pie, Stuffed Roasted Strawberries, and other surprisingly easy dessert recipes.

With more than 150 new dishes, plenty of time-saving tips, and a generous serving of Rachael's “you can do it” attitude, 30-Minute Get Real Meals proves you don’t have to go to extremes to eat healthy.

Rachael Ray confesses that there’s pasta in her pantry, and she isn’t afraid to admit that chili is just an excuse to snack on corn chips. On the other hand, she also confesses that it’s more fun to shop for clothes when she’s eating fewer carbs. So what’s a carb-frustrated cook to do these days? Don’t go to extremes, says the force of nature behind Food Network’s 30-Minute Meals. Get real! With a little creativity and less than half an hour, now you can watch your carbs and eat them, too. Satisfy your carb-starved cravings and still mind that waistline with more than 150 healthy, delicious recipes—including Rachael’s first-ever section devoted just to desserts:

•Snacks and Super-Supper Snacks

•Burgers Gone Wild

•Take a Dip: Fondues

•Salads that Stack Up

•That’s Souper

•Well-Rounded Square Meals

•Pasta: Come Home Again

•Desserts? Yes, Desserts!

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About the author (2005)

Rachel Ray was born in Glens Falls, New York on August 25, 1968. While a buyer at the gourmet market Cowan & Lobel, she taught a course in which she showed how to make meals in less than thirty minutes. These 30 Minute Meals classes eventually lead to her first cookbook 30 Minute Meals in 1999 and her first Food Network contract in 2001. She has written numerous cookbooks including Comfort Foods, 30-Minute Meals 2, Rachael Ray 2, 4, 6, 8: Great Meals for Couples or Crowds, Rachael Ray's Look + Cook, The Book of Burger, My Year in Meals and Week in a Day. Her 30 Minute Meals television show received a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Service Show in 2006. In September 2006, The Rachael Ray Show premiered as a daytime talk show and received the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment in 2008. With the help of Bill Clinton, she launched the Yumo-O! Organization in 2007 to help combat childhood hunger and to educate children and families on healthy eating.

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