Monthly Archives: March 2010


I collect cookbooks, and I picked up one yesterday that fits my hasty tasty meals philosophy: Weight Watchers® in 20 minutes (Wiley Publishing, Inc., Hoboken, NJ ©2009).  It retails for $29.95 USA but I found it on sale.

If you’re a follower of the Weight Watchers® program, you’ll find the Points® value posted for each recipe an added convenience.  It’s printed in my preferred format, a spiral bound book that lies flat for easy reference while cooking.  Weight Watchers® in 20 minutes includes 250 recipes including ten that use the “cooking ahead” method (or what I call creative leftovers) in which you cook one food that pulls double duty. Robin Miller, of Food Network’s Quick Fix Meals would approve, I’ll bet.

For example, a meal of Kielbasa with Peppers and Onions today morphs into Sausage and Red Bean Gumbo tomorrow.  Each recipe serves 4 and can be halved or doubled, as needed.  Plus–and this was, again, right up my ally–several recipes are for the pressure cooker, such as Moroccan-Style Lamb or Honey and Spice Porridge.  These are not your routine recipes, yet they’re simple and fast.

If you’re in the market for a healthful meals cookbook, try Weight Watchers® in 20 minutes.  Tonight we’re having, New Orleans–Style Chicken, my first try from this collection.  I look forward to it!



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