Make losing weight, or simply healthy eating, easy with the The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight (Hay House, October 2011). With 160 healthy recipes from chef Meg Galvin, the mastermind behind some of our go-to meals such as better-than-takeout chicken fried rice, loaded baked potato soup, and these light, lemon-blueberry donuts, you'll always have an answer when you ask yourself, "What should I make for dinner?".
Each recipe puts an emphasis on real foods and avoids the obscure and overly expensive ingredients that tend to plague many healthy cookbooks. And the portion sizes and flavor keep you satisfied long after the last bite.
Get a taste of one of chef Meg’s newest creations, slow-cooker marinara chicken and vegetables, below. Serve with a side salad or over whole-wheat pasta or brown rice for a complete meal.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 6 hours
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
4 tomatoes, chopped (or one 14.5-ounce can low-sodium tomatoes, drained)
4 medium ribs celery, diced (1 cup)
2 small zucchini, diced (2 cups)
1 bell pepper, cored, seeded, and diced
1 jar (18 ounces) low-sodium marinara sauce
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
Place chicken in the slow cooker; add garlic, tomatoes, celery, zucchini, and pepper. Pour marinara sauce over all, and sprinkle basil and thyme on top. Set slow cooker on low and cook for 6 to 7 hours. Before serving, shred chicken with a fork.
Nutrition score per serving: 176 calories, 3.5g fat, 8g carbs, 27g protein, 2g fiber, 130mg sodium
Reprinted from The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose The Weight (c) 2011 by SparkPeople, Inc. Permission granted by Hay House, Inc., New York, NY 10033. Available wherever books are sold.
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As an editor at SHAPE I have the chance to learn about the healthiest ways to cook, eat, and live from all sorts of experts but I’m also a single girl living in NYC with a busy schedule, active social life, and chocolate cravings. I’m here to share what works for me—and where I need a little help from you.