Cookbook review: Small Changes, Big Results by Ellie Krieger
Everyone has good intentions when they make New Year's resolutions to eat better, exercise more, and lose weight. Sometimes resolutions are hard to keep. But in Ellie Krieger's updated and revised cookbook Small Changes, Big Results, you get more than just great recipes.
If you're looking for healthy recipes and a plan to point you toward a healthy lifestyle, Ellie Krieger's Small Changes, Big Results is the first cookbook you should pick up for the new year ahead.
Revisions for today's lifestyle and technology
In the recently updated and revised Small Changes, Big Results cookbook, you get much more than a compilation of healthy recipes. Krieger's book includes "A Wellness Plan with 65 Recipes for a Healthy, Balanced Life Full of Flavor." What might that be?
Krieger teaches readers how to change their bodies and their lives by making three small changes a week for 12 weeks. Truly, this is not a book that lectures. Rather, Krieger's writing and instruction seem to come from a good friend who is happy to help set you on the right path. The book doesn't include demands for difficult activities or complicated scientific explanations that will have your eyes glazing over. Instead, the "facts and figures" of this book are interesting and easy to understand.
What's so different about the latest edition of this book? According to Krieger, it's "a modern approach to tried-and-true benefits." Most of the revisions in this book center around more recipes, new science, additional grocery store options and, of course, new websites and apps to help keep you on track.
12 weeks and beyond
The book is enjoyable to read and walks readers through an easy-to-understand 12-week time frame of whys and hows, that eventually extends into life beyond those initial 12 weeks. Krieger provides specific action steps in the areas of Eating Well, Getting Fit and Feeling Good, along with the tools to accomplish those steps.
Whether you've tried making healthy changes before and failed, or you're eager to start the new year off on the right foot, Krieger's insights provide detailed explanations that are set up so that readers don't try to take on too much, too quickly, which she explains can often lead to frustration and failure in reaching goals.
There are plenty of delightful recipes included in the book to nourish your body and whet your appetite, from breakfast to dinner (and snacks, too). Try the following recipe for a welcome dinner.
Scallop and asparagus saute with lemon and thyme
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup diced shallots
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
- 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
- 1 bunch asparagus (about 1 pound), trimmed and cut on the bias into 1-inch pieces
- 1-1/4 pounds bay scallops, rinsed and patted dry
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat (you'll need a lid, too, to cover it later). Add the shallots and cook until they soften, about 2 minutes.
- Add the thyme, lemon zest, and asparagus, and cook, stirring, until the asparagus softens slightly, about 1 minute.
- Stir in the scallops, cover, reduce the heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the scallops are opaque and the asparagus is crisp-tender, 4-5 minutes.
- Drizzle with lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
- Serve with the accumulated juice.
To get your copy of Small Changes, Big Results visit Random House, Inc.