So Easy: Luscious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week by Ellie Krieger

I liked this book so much I put it on my Amazon.com wish list. (Use Amazon's "Look Inside" feature for a peek at the book.)

It's always a challenge to come up with new and interesting recipes that are quick, easy, and healthy. So Easy: Luscious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week by Ellie Krieger is a great resource for fast, nutritious meals, and I can see myself going back again and again to try new recipes or make a favorite. In this clip, featuring some of the recipes from her book, Ellie explains how a pantry stocked with some of her favorite basic ingredients can make a healthy, delicious, quick meal "so easy."

I'm familiar with Ellie Krieger through her "The Good Life" column which appears in each issue of Fine Cooking. I've never seen her Food Network show called "Healthy Appetite," but I'm sure it's good. I love that Ellie embraces the "lusciousness" of food and the enjoyment of eating foremost while gracefully incorporating a nutritonal approach to cooking. 

I immediately liked the way the book was organized. She offers two chapters for each meal: breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and two for dessert as well. The first chapter for each meal is focused on super quick recipes. The second chapter contains recipes that are still quick and easy but might take a little more time.

As a registered dietician, Ellie knows caloric and nutritional information are important for the health-conscious cook so each recipe is accompanied by a breakdown of calories, fat, protein, carbs, etc. One of my favorite things about Ellie's book is that her serving sizes are reasonable--meaning not too small! My evening meal is something I look forward to all day, so I want to leave the dinner table satisfied, not longing for more. Another thing I love is the abundance of pictures so I can really get an idea of how a dish will turn out. 

Sure, there are a few recipes that are so easy they don't seem to merit inclusion ("I could've thought of that" kind of recipes), but the fact is when I'm tired or just in a rut I really can't think of something good to cook, and that's exactly why I'd like to own this book.

When I do get my hands back on So Easy I can't wait to try "Beef Stroganoff," and "Prosciutto-Wrapped Cod," and "Ratatouille with Red Snapper," and "Blueberry-Almond French Toast Bake," and ...