January 27, 2012

Review: The Carb Lovers Diet Cookbook (Recipe: Oatmeal-Cranberry Muffins)

I have read tons of books on various types of diets and how to lose weight.  When I initially received an email asking if I'd like more information on the Carb Lovers Diet Cookbook, I did hesitate because I just didn't know if I need to add to my already huge collection of cookbooks and diets.  Once I did a little checking, I could see that it wasn't going to be a free-for-all-eat-all-the-carbs-you-want-diet.  I was also intrigued because I saw that this wasn't one of those diets that suggests you completely eliminate an entire food group.  I just can't get my head around those diets because they work for awhile and then you go back to the "old ways" because you crave the foods you gave up.
I am not going to review the merits of the diet or the meal plans that are provided in this book, since I have not followed them myself.  If you are interested in following the plan, the book does provide a Kick-Start meal plan (1200 calories per day) that lasts for 1 week, which is then followed by a 21 day meal plan (1600 calories per day) to help you continue losing. 

My review is really about the recipes and this cookbook has 150 healthy, balanced recipes to choose from as you work towards improving your diet.  I'm very interested in any book that promotes whole grains, fresh produce and lean proteins.  From everything I have seen over the years, these are the elements necessary to embarking on healthy eating.  Portion control is also key, and necessary even with these recipes.

 The Carb Lovers Diet Cookbook is filled with fabulous photos that will make your mouth water.  The theory behind this cookbook is not that you can go crazy filling up on carbohydrates, but rather that if you choose your carbs wisely you can still enjoy them as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Each recipe is accompanied by nutrition information and a note on the resistant starch in that recipe.  There are also icons included with each recipe that will easily tell you if it is kid-friendly, a good make-ahead meal, vegetarian or low-sodium.  I appreciate things like that as I am trying to decide which recipes to make in the coming week.  

I marked a number of recipes to try from this book, like the Maple-Glazed Cod with Baby Bok Choy and the Ultimate Spinach and Turkey Lasagna.  Both not only looked appealing in the photos, but were not overly complicated and used really great, healthy ingredients. 

To be able to review the book, I decided to make a couple of simple go-to type recipes.  The Oatmeal-Cranberry Muffins were appealing because they used a combination of all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour.  I also happened to have each and every ingredient already in my fridge or pantry - BONUS!  They were simple to make and baked up exactly as I expected (and I have made a good number of muffins over the years).    They were not overly sweet, which made the cranberries the star of the muffin... just a hint of sweetness, and a filling late day snack.  The recipe is shown at the end of this post.

I also through together the Apple, Gouda and Turkey Wrap - only I skipped the bacon because, well, I kind of forgot to add it and it would have required me to actually make the bacon... and this would have caused quite a rampage in my kitchen as there is no one in my house who can resist the smell of bacon!  Even so, this was a fabulous wrap and satisfying for lunch.  Something I can see easily switching out ingredients to change it up every once in awhile.

Overall, this cookbook is filled with recipes that use fresh, good-for-you ingredients.  Even though its part of a diet, I think anyone who is intent on incorporating more whole grains, fruits and vegetables into their meals would be able to appreciate and enjoy it.

Oatmeal-Cranberry Muffins
Source:  The Carb Lovers Diet Cookbook

  • Cooking Spray
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup dried, sweetened cranberries
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Coat a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Combine oats, flours, sugar, baking powder, spices and salt in a bowl.
  4. Whisk 1 cup water, oil, applesauce, and eggs in a separate bowl until incorporated.
  5. Combine wet and dry ingredients; add cranberries.
  6. Distribute batter evenly among muffin cups.  Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean and tops are browned, about 30-35 minutes.

Note:  While I did receive a review copy of this book, all opinions in this review are my own.  I was also given permission to share the recipe with my readers.  The cookbook cover photo was provided to me by the folks at High 10 Media.

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1 comment:

Joanne said...

Well you KNOW that no matter what, I could never give up my carbs! That would lead to utter failure and diet disaster. I love the sound of this cookbook! Proof that you CAN eat carbs and still be healthy.

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