Cook More, Weigh Less
Sometimes the best way to start losing weight is to start cooking your own food. Thankfully, wellness coach Allison Task is here to show how! Start your day with quick-and-easy breakfast tortillas and make-ahead dishes that reduce morning stress. Then, whip up spreads, sauces and dips that transform veggies into delicious snacks, minus excess calories, fat and sodium. Next, create crave-worthy romesco and babaghanouj dips for nutrient-packed munchies. Master a chimichurri marinade and a mole simmer sauce, perfect for healthy, lean meats. Find out which ingredients you should always have on hand, and learn how to use spices to add flavor to your dishes while reducing calories. Plus, Allison shows you how to roast a week's worth of veggies at once, and how to make salads that satisfy. Finally, create a variety of delectable main courses, from shrimp risotto to moist turkey!
Allison Task is a wellness coach, television host and cookbook author with a passion for helping people discover how delicious healthy eating can be. Allison was the host of TLC's "Home Made Simple" and Yahoo!'s "Blue Ribbon Hunter," and co-host of Lifetime's "Cook Yourself Thin." She is the author of the Cooking Light cookbook "Lighten Up, America! Favorite American Foods Made Guilt-Free" and "You Can Trust a Skinny Cook." Allison also serves as a life and wellness coach from her home in Montclair, New Jersey.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
In your first lesson, meet Allison and learn her principles for healthy eating. They're sure to change the way you look at food.
Start the day off right! Allison shows you how to whip up quick-and-easy breakfast tortillas. Then, find out how to make two breakfast dishes in advance, one sweet and one savory, for stress- and mess-free mornings.
The key to eating your veggies with pleasure is the sauces, spreads, dressings and dips you'll make in this lesson. Find out how to build incredible flavor without adding excess calories, fat or sodium as you make vegetable-based dips, a delicious Greek vinaigrette, a traditional chimichurri marinade and a mole simmer sauce.
Make your pantry work for you! Learn which ingredients you should always have on hand, and find out how to use spices to flavor dishes while reducing calories. From gazpacho to Texas caviar, black bean soup to pasta with clams, you'll create dishes that prove healthy eating doesn't have to be boring.
Vegetables are an essential part of weight loss, but steaming often leaves us with lackluster results. In this lesson, discover the power of roasting large batches of veggies for flavorful results you can enjoy all week long. And, learn how to incorporate grains into your diet as you create quinoa and farro salads that satisfy.
Your last lesson is all about mains. Start by mastering a healthy and colorful risotto recipe featuring shrimp and peas. Then, Allison shows you two ways to cook salmon without stinking up your kitchen, and how to enjoy turkey anytime of year. Plus, instead of gravy, discover the secret to a sauce that's not only healthier, but also easier!