I love to eat. That would explain why I'm working on losing weight right now. One of the problems I have is that I get bored eating the same foods, and I'm not very creative. I love to look through cookbooks, but lots of them are not realistic for my family. The ingredients are exotic or pricey, and the method of preparing is too complicated. I received Dawn Hall's Fast and Frugal Cookbook from Thomas Nelson to review, and the timing couldn't be better. The first thing I love about this cookbook is that the recipes are simple. There aren't a ton of ingredients. Actually, I had most of the items already in my pantry. Also, most of the recipes are low calorie and easy for me to incorporate into my daily menu. The book is divided into sections that include beverages, soups, and main meals. All of the recipes include nutritional information and a shopping list. I can easily figure out the weight watchers points for each recipe. I've made a few of the recipes and haven't been disappointed.
I've always loved the combination of ham and pineapple. I'm also a big fan of the sweet potato. I decided to try the Hawaiian Sweet Potato Soup. I thought it was quite tasty and is a perfect recipe for fall and is only 172 calories per serving.
The book include a recipe for a crepe and then adds additional recipes for different variations of preparing them. The Chocolate Peanut Butter Crepes were a HUGE hit with my daughter. It was quite delicious. The best part is that what you see on this plate only has 97 calories. I wish I would have gotten a picture of the filling. I'm thinking that adding bananas would be good also.
I'm pleased with this cookbook, and I'm sure it will be one I turn to regularly. With the holidays approaching, this cookbook would make a great gift.