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Monday, March 21, 2016

Review: From Junk Food to Joy Food

Title: From Junk Food to Joy Food
Author: Joy Bauer
Format: ebook
Release Date: February 23rd 2016
Length: Novel (276 pages)
Genre: Cookbook
Source: Publisher
Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars

Melissa's Review:

I thought I'd mix things up and review a cookbook today. I've been trying to eat healthier and it seems that all of the delicious stuff is unhealthy. So when I saw the premise of this book I knew I had to request it. From Junk Food to Joy Food is exactly how it sounds, we take the junk food that is high in calories we all know and love and find ways to reduce that calorie count while staying delicious! I'll admit I was a bit skeptical at first and so was my boyfriend but we tried a few recipes and they actually tasted quite good! I had to make a few substitutions or my boyfriend wouldn't eat the dishes but we still chose the low-calorie options where we could.

I have two pictures of different dinners we made below. I forgot to take pictures of the other dishes. Oops.

Fettuccine Alfredo
Normal version: 1090 calories | This version: 364 calories (445 calories with my additions/substitutions)


The Fettuccine Alfredo recipe doesn't call for chicken but I know how much my boyfriend enjoys it with the dish so we added that. He also doesn't care for the taste of whole wheat pasta, so I did the normal kind. On the sauce, which is normally the heavy calorie hitter we stuck with the cookbook recipe. While it did taste a tiny bit off due to the low/reduced fat products used in the sauce it was still quite tasty! BF gave this recipe a 3/5, I'd say 4/5.



Chicken Enchiladas
Normal version: 600 calories | This version: 315 calories


I'm a huge Mexican food lover so of course I had to make a low-calorie version of Chicken Enchiladas. These were super easy to prepare and the chicken filling is actually how I do chicken tacos so that was easy! I already know we will be remaking these again in the near future. Boyfriend gave this recipe a 5/5, and I'd have to agree it was amazing so a 5/5 from me too.

All in all this book was a huge hit at my house. I'll be trying out more of the recipes in the future and will probably post food pictures on Instagram. If you want to be updated follow me: @lilyelement.

20 comments:

  1. Why not, it's always interesting

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    1. It really was :) Loving the recipes so far!

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  2. I might have to check this out. See if there is anything in there that I could try. DH and I are such picky eaters it is hard to find food to fix. We rarely cook out of cookbooks, we normally just throw something together. I tried the whole wheat pasta for spaghetti and didn't like it either.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. I really enjoyed it, and BF is the picky one with lower calorie options and he liked it too :) We're actually making the enchiladas again tonight!

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  3. How did you make the Alfredo sauce low cal?

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    1. Fat free/low fat cream cheese, I'm pretty sure that's why it had a slightly odd taste, you could tell it was low fat. It also had evaporated milk that was reduced fat and some parmesan cheese.

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  4. Yum! I love to concept of the cookbook. I'm always looking for healthier ways to make some of my favorite non-healthy dinners.

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    1. It actually turned out pretty tasty too! I need to check out more of her books :D

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  5. Mmm enchiladas, I like Mexican too

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  6. oh wow....I like the idea of this book. I am working on eating healthy too...what I do is if i want to eat something that isn't really healthy--small portion it. It seems to help. And I work out every day so if I didn't do that...well working out so hard would probably be pointless hehe Great review.

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    1. That's smart, doing smaller portions for the not so healthy foods :D

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  7. I like the idea and heck who wouldn't want junk food to enjoy ;)

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    1. Exactly! The ones we've tried so far have turned out yummy too so that's always a plus!

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  8. I'm not normally one for cookbooks, especially "healthy" ones. They take out all the good stuff and have you substituting soybeans and tofu, blergh. But those chicken enchiladas looked amazing. I will keep my eye out for this one to at least skim through. Great post!

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    1. BF and I loved them so much I've made them twice *nods* they are so yummy! :D

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