|Biggest Loser Family Cookbook: Budget-Friendly Meals Your Whole Family Will Love
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As grocery costs continue to rise, many family cooks are finding themselves in a tough predicament: How can they feed their families healthy, satisfying meals without breaking the bank? In The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook, New York Times best-selling author Devin Alexander shows families that eating on a budget can be easy, nutritious—and delicious! With more than 125 recipes that will satisfy every member of the family, Chef Alexander provides complete, affordable options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with mix-and-match side dishes, healthy snacks, and desserts. From Broccoli & Cheddar Frittatas to Steak Fajita Quesadillas, Family Sized Meatball Parmesan to Peanut Butter Fudge Sundaes, these wholesome, satisfying dishes will become an essential part of every family cook’s repertoire. In addition to an overview of the Biggest Loser eating plan and Chef Alexander’s recipes, readers will find helpful cooking and cost-saving tips from favorite Biggest Loser contestants and online club members. They will also find simple ways to get kids involved in the kitchen and fun ideas for family mealtimes. Designed to make healthy eating accessible for everyone, The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook will help pad wallets—not waistlines.
- Only a few good recipes....
There are some good substitution ideas in here, but especially in the dessert section there was 'way too much emphasis on fake food (fat-free and sugar-free pudding, for example), and there's already enough of that on the show.
Another big problem with this book is that the organization is poor. Several recipes called for another recipe to be made first (e.g. meatloaf sandwich made with leftover meatloaf), but they should have been listed alongside the original recipe, instead of being in separate sections.
Check out of the library first, before buying. If you already use sugar substitutes and sugar-free/fat-free convenience foods in your cooking, this book may have some new ideas. If you're looking for healthier recipes made with regular food that doesn't have additives, there are only a few recipes in this book that fit the bill....more info
- Excellent book for families
This is a great book. I've tried many and not only are the recipes high fiber, low sugar, and low fat but my kids (4 and 8) thought they tasted great. My husband loved the marinara sauce and the "new meatballs". I may be an experienced cook but I found the recipes very easy to put together unlike some other low fat cookbooks, and the ingredients easy to find in the grocery store. Definitely a home-rum in my view!...more info
- Great Cookbook
My daughter requested this book for a Christmas present. She says she absolutely loves it. Both she and her husband recently each lost over 40 pounds and are keeping those pounds off. ...more info
- book review
It has a lot of great recipes you can actually use and find the products. I really liked that a lot of the recipes worked together and you can make extra so you only have to cook one night to make two meals....more info
- cook book
I received my cook book in a fast manner.It was exactly what I had expected. I am very pleased with it, and am enjoying it very much....more info
- Looked good...
I'm kind of bummed 'cuz I saw that the price went down a little a few days after I bought it. I also expected more recipes so that was also a little disappointing. If interested in buying this book, I would recommend checking it out from a library first to judge more accurately how much use you'd get out of it. There's a few ideas and things in there that I may try. But overall, been there, done that....more info
- Great options!
Most of these recipes look really good, can't wait to try. I have many diet cookbooks there are more recipes in here that look good than any other one I have. ...more info
- Good Book
No complaints here! Every recipe I've tried so far has been a hit with my family. :)...more info
- Not for young children!
This book is not what I expected. Most of the meals take TIME to cook, and TIME to shop for multiple ingredients, which is great if you don't have a full-time job and driver duty for after-school activities. Almost nothing can be prepped ahead of time. Most dishes have at least one expensive ingredient, or use only part of a package (what do you do with the rest?). Many dishes have seasonings or flavor combinations that a young child won't tolerate (at least mine won't!). This cookbook is better titled "The Biggest Loser Family Gourmet Cookbook."...more info
This was a gift for my sister-in-law and she was thrilled with it. She's a big fan of the TV program. It was in pretty good condition but I'd suggest some kind of wrapping around a soft cover book would insure it would arrive in even better condition....more info
- even my kids like the recipes
We are a family of 6 and all my kids (ages 15, 14, 12, 10 yrs) love the recipes. They have even made a few themselves. The recipes are easy to put together and taste great too!...more info
- Poor response...
My order never arrived; emailed trying to get information on shipment and never received any response. Would think twice before ordering!!!...more info
- Biggest Loser Family Cookbook
This is the 2nd Biggest Loser Cookbook and it has a lot of excellent recipes and tips for a healthy lifestyle. We have been using the recipes for almost a month now and I've lost 6 lbs. We also have the 1st Biggest Loser Cookbook, but we prefer the 2nd "Family" Cookbook. It seems to have more recipes that we personally enjoy making and eating....more info
- Not really recipes
I was very disappointed as this "Cookbook" is not really recipes, slicing a banana and pouring caramel over it is not really considered a recipe!I wish I would have not invested in this one! ...more info
- Great cookbook!!!
I love the Biggest Loser and all their books they put out. This one was especially nice. Great, easy recipes with beautiful colored pictures.
A+++++++++ book!...more info
- PERFECT WEIGHT LOSS RECIPES
This book is chock full of easy and delicious weight loss recipes. In only a few weeks the pounds are beginning to shed. And, you're not left hungry after cooking these meals and snacks. Would definitely recommend to anyone thinking seriously about losing weight the HEALTHY way....more info
- Good cookbook but not great
It has some good recipes, but many in the book can't really be considered recipes. Adding a wedge of laughing cow cheese to a baked sweet potato isn't really a recipe, it's more of a serving suggestion....more info
- Love It Love It Love It!!!
I use this cookbook everyday! 90% of the meals I cook are from this cookbook! Breakfast is now fast and simple and healthy. Dinners are delicious and quick, and enough for lunch the next day! I have recommended this cookbook to many of my friends and would recommend it to anyone!...more info
- The best Biggest Loser Cookbook
This cookbook is great, better than the original Biggest Loser Cookbook. Lots of tips to help keep costs down at the grocery store and just great recipes that taste amazing. Most of the food is easy to prepare and are of course low in calories (some more than you might expect).
In these tough times, where money is tight, this book really helps you and your family eat great on a budget. ...more info
- Good book
But where's the magic guy that comes into my home and fixes these wonderful meals and makes me lose weight? HMM?...more info
A co-worker was telling about this cookbook. She brought it in for me to see. There was so many recipes that I wanted to try that I had to purchase it. So far I like all the recipes I have tried. I am still not finished with all of them yet....more info
- Another great one from Devin Alexander
I have a couple of other cook books from Devin Alexander and they are wonderful. I love watching the Biggest Loser and decided to try the cook books. Right now my hubby and I are doing Nutrisystems together, I want to loose about 15lbs and he needs to lose the 40 he has gained since his heart attack. I started by using this for the vegetable recipes to add some variety in the NS meal plan. The Cajun Squash fries are to die for!!! There are so many great recipes. My daughter even went through both Biggest Loser cookbooks and marked several she wants to try. I fixed the North Sea Omelet instead of a NS breakfast for my husband the other day and he loved it, my daughter tried it and picked off the scallions and capers. But she ate and omelet, she usually won't eat eggs. We also made the Gourmet Roast Beef Wraps substituting Turkey instead (my daughter won't eat beef or pork) She ate in on the Wheat Tortilla, she hates wheat anything. My son will pretty much eat what I make him. This book is a winner in my home!!...more info
I really enjoy this cookbook and have made many of the recipies already. The best thing for me was that the recipies are simple, no crazy ingredients that are hard to find in my area, etc....more info
- One of the BEST EVER Cookbooks!
Great Recipes & love how they were presented. Really like that you can eat something good for you & it tastes wonderful too. Also didn't have to buy special ingredients, had many on hand already. My family likes the idea of eating healthier! Definitely reccomend this to anyone looking for yummy food ideas, but want to either lose weight or control their wieght....more info
- Healthy Home Dining
This book is an excellent resource for anyone seeking knowledge about how to prepare healthy meals for the family. Although the book tends to suggest that these meals are affordable, I question this assertion during these very difficult economic times. Given the fact that some so-called middle-class and many low-income families are having to seek help from food banks, I am not sure one would be able to obtain many of the items needed for these recipes at a food bank. Having stated this caveat I still recommend this book....more info
- What a let down
I was swept up in the press of this book. So much like all the others. I would NOT recommend this book to anyone else. Get it for free from the library....more info
- Love It!
I loved this cookbook, tons of recipes that I actually want to make and eat, my kids love the recipes. All in all, easy recipes with ingredients you can find. An excellent buy!!...more info
- Family Healty Recipes
Get the entire family eating WELL; tasty dishes that the entire family will love and budget conscious. . Also try: 'FINGER LICKING DIFFERENT'....more info
- Easy to use cookbook - and great recipes!
This cookbook is great to use and it has some easy ways to cook things! Plus they're healthy and that's always a plus! I have another Biggest Loser cookbook too and I really like both of them! And I love the tips throughout the book! ...more info
- Love It
Healthy ways to cook the food that you love. Baked ziti-the healthier way or egg mcmuffin sandwich-the healthier way. And of course, a tons of actually delicious recipes. I have been using ONLY this book for the past month to eat my breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, and dinner for my husband and me. He always says how awesome my healthy meals are from this book. I love it too. The book is also budget conscious and tells you ways to conserve herbs and veggies. I never really used herbs to cook, but this book introduced me to it, instead of using lots of oil and salt. Also you do LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book. I take it with me all the time when I go food shopping and to cook. This book is my Bible to healthy eating....more info
- Practical Cookbook!
This is a great and very practical cookbook (Over 125 recipes according to the book). I really enjoyed Chef Devin's informative pages at the beginning and with each category of the cookbook. Her philosophy is easy to understand and follow. Since she was an overweight teenager, Chef Devin understands the struggle. She works to create tasty and healthy recipes. It shows in this cookbook!
I would choose this one over the first BL Cookbook, although I like both of them. The first cookbook had many turkey recipes and this one is loaded with chicken recipes. Much better for me! There are many salad recipes in the older one that are great. Get both if you can. ...more info
- Biggest Loser Family Cookbook
This book is great and has some great meal ideas. Also it does allow you to cook on budget....more info
- Really Great Cookbook!
We just LOVE this cookbook! Got it yesterday, had pizza burgers and sweet potato fries for lunch... followed up with fish tacos and texas caviar (no fish eggs, I promise!) for dinner..
Cant wait to try another recipie tonight. This is just fantastic. My 14 year old son is having a great time helping to cook and the recipies make it easy to do just that. He has even said he'd like to cook one night a week - Horray!
We love that this is real food, not weird tofu and bean sprouts stuff... thanks so much biggest loser!...more info
- The biggest Loser Family Cookbook
I LOVE this Book! It has great tasting recipes, and with real ingredients, without costing you an arm and a leg. If you are serious about wanting to loose weight get this book. I have been supplementing my family's diet with several of these recipes (working into it slowly). My family like the food and I can see a difference in my waist....more info
- You will reach for this cookbook often...
Great Advice, Great Recipes, Great layout.
I have made the sweet and sour chicken from this cookbook MANY times. It is never something I thought of as low-calorie so I'm so glad this cookbook opened up my eyes and showed me how it could be.
The only reason I give it 4/5 stars is because there isn't a ton of variety. Yeah there is a healthy pizza, some easy desserts, and creative breakfasts, but 90% of the cookbook is chicken and sometimes I would like to make a new dish with ham or turkey.
I recommend this cookbook though. It's worth the money if you are watching what you eat....more info
- Healthy Eating for Everyone!
No one in my family is overweight. I bought this book because I am always looking for new ways to improve the nutritional value of the foods I fix for my family. This cookbook provides new ways to cook healthy foods plus new things I would not have thought of. There are a lot of breakfast foods, snacks and desserts (not to mention lunch and dinner) that are easy to fix and appealing to everyone in my house from my husband down to my six year old twins. It is surprising to see the variety of foods that are included. It is easy to have a very bland diet when you are trying to eat healthy. This book provides lots of options!
I almost didn't buy it because I had seen another Biggest Loser Cookbook that was half stories from contestants and did not have enough recipes. This one is full of recipes. I am glad I bought it!!...more info
- Love it!
We love this recipe book! We've made a different meal from this book every night and there isn't one we haven't liked yet. The food is so tasty and the best part is it's healthy but you would never know. I would recommend this book to everyone....more info
- Easy, healthy, yummy recipes!
I absolutely love this book for my family of four. I use it daily and sometimes several times a day since it has recipes for b,l,d, plus snacks and desserts. I love that there are no "exotic" ingredients too. My husband loves everything I have made from it so far. It got me out of a rut of using the same recipes over and over. Get this cookbook!...more info
- Great Cookbook
We bought this book about 2 months ago. I have tried several of the recipies and even my 6 year old eats them well. They have been all fairly easy to prepare and all have tasted wonderful! Not a week goes by when we don't have at least 2 dinners from this book. I'd recommend it to anyone who's trying to eat healthier and please a family at the same time....more info
- Great Cookbook
A friend of mine had this cookbook and I had to have it. I got it for half price on amazon and it was fast shipping. Thanks...more info
- Pretty decent
I have tried a few recipes and I will say they have all come out fairly good. The only problem i've run into is I can't find some of the ingredients they ask for. For example, the recipe may call for fat free ricotta, but i'll find reduced fat. Not the book's fault of course. Overall, my kids have liked the meals I've prepared. Some of the prep time can be a little time consuming, but I plan ahead. It's worth the effort if I want a tasty, healthy meal.
I would recommend this to anyone to add to a healthy cookbook collection....more info
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