Cookbooks are fantastic gifts. They're handy to have around, they never go out of style and it's easy to find one to fit everyone's tastes — no matter how tricky (or picky!) those tastes may be. If you have a health-conscious cook on your shopping list, these four cookbooks may be just what you're looking for.
Most recipes you find in cookbooks and online tend to turn out dishes made to feed a family of four — at least. This makes things tricky for singles or families of two. Cutting recipes in half doesn't always result in a successful dish, and leftovers are a waste of money since they often go uneaten. Thankfully, Healthy Cooking for Two (or Just You) is here to save the day. It's filled with over 200 creative, delicious and low-calorie recipes created just for smaller households. Say goodbye to frozen dinners for good (Amazon, $20).
Healthy eating on a schedule
Healthy eating takes time — something today's families seem to be short on. You may think it's easier to stop by the takeout window or throw together a prepackaged meal, but eating that way on a regular basis isn't doing anyone any favors. In Weeknight Fresh & Fast, you'll find over 100 recipes, organized by season and available fresh produce. The book even gives ideas for quick sides and healthy desserts as well as tips for saving even more time by turning tonight's leftovers into tomorrow night's meal (Amazon, $30).
Healthy eating on a budget
It's tough to feed a family on a budget, especially when you're trying to eat healthy. The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook gets that job done with ease. You'll find 125 healthy, budget-friendly versions of food your family will love for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with a huge selection of mix-and-match side dishes (Amazon, $22).
Healthy eating for dessert
Let's face it, dessert is a dieter's nightmare — but it doesn't have to be! In Hungry Girl 200 Under 200 Just Desserts, you'll find 200 mouthwatering dessert recipes, all with under 200 calories each! This handy cookbook shows you how to indulge your sweet tooth without breaking your calorie bank (Amazon, $20).
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