Not all my recipes are designed from scratch. Many of them have been modified or adapted from books, magazines and on the internet. I've picked up quite a few ideas from my Men's Health Magazine in their Abs Diet Recipes, they have some really good meals. When appropriate I will reference the source of the inspiration or adaptation along with a link to the reference (when available). These recipes are designed to have 3 key components to them:
- They must be healthy (low in fat, calories, not swimming in salt, etc)
- They must be filling (what's the sense in eating a healthy meal if you are starving 2 hours later)
- They must taste good (no rice cakes smeared with low fat cottage cheese)
Also note that I almost never use anything "light", "fat free", "reduced fat", "diet", "low sodium", or any other label that represents an unnatural form of something that tastes good. You can't be afraid of fat, sugar, and salt. When used in moderation they add flavor and make the meal more enjoyable. Besides, all of those so-called "healthier" versions of these ingredients replace the good stuff with artificial ingredients and I'm not a big fan of artificial sweeteners, flavors, and fillers. Trust me when I say you can eat a healthy diet with all natural ingredients. Good food is about taste as much as about being healthy. In my house our philosophy is to spend a little more and get high quality, great tasting food because if our meals taste like cardboard we'll just end up going out to eat all the time. That's no good for your weight or your wallet!