Peek Inside 'The SparkPeople Cookbook'

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Love Your Food, Lose the Weight

Just as SparkPeople isn't a diet website, this isn't a diet cookbook. No deprivation and no bland diet foods here--only healthy, easy and affordable recipes that are, of course, delicious. No ingredient is off-limits, and Chef Meg loads up the plate with lean protein, whole grains, and generous portions of fruits and vegetables--all bursting with flavor, not fat!

Eat Like a Chef and Still Lose Weight--without Spending Hours in the Kitchen

Chef Meg is a farmer's daughter, a marathon runner, and a busy mom. She needs her meals to fuel her through a busy life--just like you do. That said, she doesn't have time to spend hours cooking dinner. These meals are delicious enough to satisfy a chef, they're simple enough to please a busy mom, and they're sustaining to carry her through a workout, too.

Add Flavor without Fat

When you read Meg's recipes in "The SparkPeople Cookbook," you'll notice three things are missing: excess fat, sugar and salt. There's a place for those ingredients, but in Meg's recipes, they have cameos--not starring roles. Instead, she relies on chef-tested tips and tricks for adding flavor. Tricks like:
* Adding a squeeze of lemon juice to a dish before serving instead of shaking on the salt.
* Sprinkling on fresh herbs for a burst of flavor.
* "Cooking" your spices to maximize their impact in a dish.

Recipes So Good, You'll Forget They're Good for You

All of these recipes can be easily added to your SparkPeople Nutrition Tracker (they're listed under the "recipes" tab)--and we've included two weeks of 1,400-1,600 calorie meal plans to help you get started. During our research, we proved that healthy eating can be fun and easy, as part of our Ditch the Diet Taste Test, found exclusively in "The SparkPeople Cookbook."

Sneak Peek Recipe: Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

There's a reason why this is the No. 1 recipe among SparkPeople members. It's easy to make with infinite variations, and it's full of hunger-busting fiber and protein. Chef Meg's made-over version slashed the salt and added a serving of vegetables in every portion.
(Try this recipe tonight!) Only 165 calories and 2.5 g fat per serving!

Sneak Peek Recipe: Three Cheese Macaroni

So rich and creamy (yet easy!) you'll say, "Blue box? What blue box?" 2/3 the fat and half the calories of the original—only 260 calories and 8 grams of fat for a heaping cup! (Get a sneak peek of the recipe here.)

Hungry for More? Check Out What's Inside!

• 150 meal ideas and recipes that take 30 minutes or less to prepare, plus dozens of other, more elaborate meals for days when you have more time to cook
• Makeovers of popular member-submitted recipes
• Quick and tasty “Make It a Meal” feature that suggests easy ways to add sides that will turn every main dish into a well-balanced meal – complete with calorie and nutrition information!

And You'll Get...

• Success Stories (including follow-ups from The Spark) that show how members cooked their way to weight loss!
• Nutrition and healthy kitchen chapters that give you a quick, easy but comprehensive crash course on how to create nutritionally balanced meals for you and your family
• And much, much more – almost 500 pages with almost 100 beautiful color photographs!

Have Your Cake--and Eat It, Too!

You'll find fantastic, rich, lower-calorie snack and dessert recipes and ideas--everything from Caramel Popcorn to Dark Chocolate Cake.

Get the Whole Family Involved

Chef Meg has three growing boys of her own, and she's raised them to eat the way she does. We've included an entire chapter devoted to getting kids excited about healthy eating, with tips from Meg, Dietitian Becky, and SparkPeople experts and members.

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Photo credit, slide 2: David Stephenson
All other photos by Randall Hoover Photography

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2/26/2013 8:10:02 PM

MRS_BILL's SparkPage
02/26/13: I ordered my Sparkpeople cookbook from Amazon yesterday 02/25/13. They advised I can expect it Thursday, the 28th. Every Spark suggestion I have tried so far has been doable and pleasant and works. I hope the cookbook works that way as well.


1/23/2013 1:57:07 PM

lots of delicious looking recipes.


1/8/2013 10:16:29 PM

Seems like I will enjoy them all-star


8/13/2012 1:54:35 PM

IOWADEB's SparkPage


6/6/2012 5:31:18 PM

I love the cookbook


11/11/2011 4:09:32 PM

nice slide show - when do we eat!!!!!


11/6/2011 3:02:50 AM

I've just bade this. It's Better for You Beef Straganoff and it is delicious. We had it with a side of mixed vegetables. Filling too.


11/5/2011 7:34:51 PM

Looks really yummy! THANKS SparkPeople!


11/5/2011 5:51:45 PM

PCOH051610's SparkPage
I am asking Santa for this for Christmas! I can't wait because I've heard nothing but positive comments about it from my SparkFriends!


11/2/2011 4:30:41 PM

Ariana where did you find that picture! wow that guy is built like a rock! Is it your personal trainer or is it you and you are french??? (they often have names like yours). :)


10/30/2011 10:49:38 PM

ARINDANA's SparkPage
I would love to get this cookbook but I'm holding off because I've asked for a kobo vox for christmas. Does anyone know if this cookbook is available in a format that can be read by kobo?


10/26/2011 9:34:34 AM

SHERZI's SparkPage
OK, I am sold!!!!


10/25/2011 5:02:47 PM

Slide 7 looks great! What is that recipe? Subtle changes can be tasty and healthy. Great options.


10/25/2011 4:34:30 PM

LILEMAMA's SparkPage
Thank you!!! I bought the Kindle edition and can't wait to read it!


10/25/2011 1:53:50 PM

HAPPYMOM8's SparkPage
I am on my way! I plan my meals 2 days ahead. Shop for the ingredients . Stick to my list. Following my meal plans from Spark Cookbook. The store is only 6 blocks away and I love chalking up the steps on my pedometer as I look for items.
We have enjoyed 4 or five recipes so far. Oh and we are having the Stephanie Oatmeal mix every morning for breakfast too. Delicious and so easy.

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