A couple weeks ago, I was in BJs (a warehouse store) and I walked by the book section as usual. This book caught my eye:
Of course I've seen the "Eat This, Not That" book series before but never purchased one because honestly, I already knew most of their suggestions. This book is different because they've taken dishes from popular restaurants and come up with a healthier version or come up with a different dish that gives the same flavors for less fat and calories. It is divided into sections: Breakfast, Appetizers & Small Bites, Doups & Salads, Sandwiches & Burgers, Off the Grill, Pasta, American Classics, Ethnic Dishes, Sides, Snacks & Sauces, and Desserts & Drinks. Additionally there are pages and pages of information on how to stock your pantry, buy pots and pans, and has pages like the snack matrix or the skewer grid. The whole book appealed to me because I do quite a bit of cooking - we just are not folks who eat out a lot. I purchased the book and read it cover to cover like a novel. On Sunday, I tried my first dish. I went to the Ethnic Dishes section and chose the Chicken Fried Rice. The authors compare this to PF Chang's Fried Rice (means nothing to me as I've never eaten at a PF Changs) and say that by making their version you save 1,142 calores, 54g fat, and 3828 mg of sodium! Sold!
I did make a couple of changes to the recipe. The original recipe calls for using boneless, skinless chicken thighs and I used breast meat instead. I also used 12 ounces instead of the 8 oz. called for. I did this because I knew if I didn't Mr. Helen would be yelling, "Where's the meat?!" The result was a delicious veggie loaded stir fry! I will be making this again and would even consider making it meatless as a side dish. Here are a few photos of the process.
so some of it started to cook, sigh!
The recipe is supposed to be 4 servings but even Mr. Helen agreed that it made more like 5-6 servings for us. I am glad I spent the $12 on this cookbook and added it to my repertoire. It really is a visually beautiful cookbook with gorgeous full page photos of the finished dishes.
I would recommend this cookbook as a great investment to anyone who is willing to cook at home - especially if you do like the flavors in dishes that you could buy in national chain restaurants.
Disclaimer: I purchased "Cook This, Not That" on my own. This review is entirely mine and my experience and I have not been compensated in any way! (Other than a great meal, that is.)