Mar 042018

Cooking that Counts: 1,200- to 1,500-Calorie Meal Plans to Lose Weight Deliciously

Cooking that Counts:
1,200- to 1,500-Calorie Meal Plans to Lose Weight Deliciously
by The Editors of Cooking Light

Lose weight and love it with 150+ amazingly tasty recipes and smart tips to stay on track.

Cooking that Counts delivers sustainable 1,200-1,500 calorie-controlled meal plans packed with tasty food in an easy-to-use format. Unlike other weight-loss plans that rely on processed meals and preportioned snacks, the Cooking Light solution emphasizes delicious meals prepared with whole, natural foods and teaches proper portion sizes to ensure you lose weight and keep it off, for life.

With more than 150 recipes, readers will enjoy menu variety (hopefully picking up some new favorite recipes along the way!) as well as some flexibility to enjoy desserts and alcohol while still losing weight. More than just a cookbook, the Cooking Light editors offer suggestions throughout to create full meals that meet daily calorie goals, as well as providing simple serving suggestions for sides to help readers stay on track without feeling deprived. Readers will find information about fresh, convenient options for when time is tight, including suggestions for healthy readymade foods, shopping guidance, and make-ahead tips.

I saw this book in a post at Beth Fish Reads. Since the food on the cover looked light and healthy, I decided to look at the book at the library, and when I saw that the carb count was included for each recipe, I checked it out. I’m watching my carb intake and recipes with the carb count make it so easy to keep track. All the recipes look easy to make and sound good. I usually eat the same things for breakfast so I’m planing on making a few of the recipes for lunch and dinner. I try to eat 35 g. carbs per meal and most of the recipes for lunch and dinner are that or less.

This is a great book for anyone wanting to lose weight, but also for anyone wanting to keep track of the carbs they eat.

I’d give this book a 5★

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 Posted by at 4:10 PM

  15 Responses to “Book Review:
Cooking That Counts by The Editors of Cooking Light”

  1. I know, right? I think the recipes are so appealing and the nutritional information makes it easy to keep track of what you’re eating.

  2. I used to be on 1500 calories diet. It was fun to count and write everything. And then of course I got bored ;0)

  3. Recently there was some new research that suggests that it’s not the amount of carbs OR fat that helps weight loss, it’s the overall quality of the diet. So cooking from the book you reviewed here does seem to be a better idea than buying ready-made food, no matter what the calorie count. The reported research “suggests that health authorities should shift away from telling the public to obsess over calories and instead encourage Americans to avoid processed foods that are made with refined starches and added sugar, like bagels, white bread, refined flour and sugary snacks and beverages”


    best… mae at

    • I’m not trying to lose weight. Like I said in my review, I’m using the recipes with low carb counts. I’m wanting to keep my A1C at 6 or below, which these recipes will help with because they don’t contain a lot of “white” foods.

  4. This sounds like a good, healthy cookbook! I enjoyed your review, Vicki.

  5. I also saw this book at Beth Fish Reads and my copy is on the way at the library. I’m excited to read you liked it also. Looking forward to getting my copy.

  6. Sounds like you’ve got a winner here. I’m going to see if our library has it. Of course I eat good stuff and no processed foods, but you can always get more good dinner ideas.

  7. I have had great success with Cooking Light recipes. Thanks for the review.

  8. Thank you for your review. It looks good!

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