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Book Review: The Eating Well Healthy in a Hurry Cookbook by The Karen Yontz Center Staff

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The return of fall brings with it a return to the busy lifestyle we tend to forget about during the long days of summer. The days grow shorter and they are even more jam-packed than before. That's where The Eating Well Healthy in a Hurry Cookbook comes in. While we are often tempted to pick up take-out or fast food when we're short on time, the folks at Eating Well have made it a snap to whip up a healthy meal for the whole family.

This cookbook takes some of the guesswork out of putting a quick, healthy meal together. The beginning of the book walks readers through healthy cooking basics including how to properly stock a pantry along with tips on techniques that will be used throughout the book. Because the folks at Eating Well consist of registered dietitians and nutritionists as well as chefs, this book also contains a section about how to portion out a healthy plate (Hint: you probably need to put a lot more veggies on there!). There is even a section devoted to menu suggestions based on everything from the season to the occasion to special dietary restrictions.

Recipes in Healthy in a Hurry truly run the gamut. Dinner salads are plentiful and soups and stews feature everything from Manhattan clam chowder to a Creamy Tomato Bisque with Mozzarella Crostini. Main dishes include beef, pork, poultry, and fish, but there is also a robust vegetarian section that includes recipes for such delicious and diverse fare as Florentine Ravioli, Polenta and Vegetable Bake, and Zucchini-Potato Latkes with Tzatziki. There are also smaller sections dedicated to side dishes and desserts designed to mix-and-match, but it's clear the main focus is on main course dishes. For those familiar with the Eating Well website, the cookbook uses a code on each recipe to denote special dietary information such as high fiber, lower carbs, and healthy weight. Recipes use ingredients that you can find at most any grocery store and are chock full of whole foods rather than heavily processed ingredients found in many quick foods.

For those who are always stressing out about what's for dinne, this cookbook will please every palate, every budget, and every timeframe. The fact that the recipes are all mostly heart-healthy is a bonus. Stop by The Karen Yontz Center today to check it out!

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