We've all survived the cleanse here at Whole Living, but the biggest post-detox challenge is learning how to incorporate what we learned and loved from doing an elimination diet into our everyday---without completely revisiting old habits. One way to stay motivated? Find recipes that embrace balanced nutrition and are satisfying. For this, we've been loving the new cookbook from Everyday Food, our sister publication: Everyday Food Light ($24.99, Clarkson Potter).
The 250 seasonal recipes range from salads and soups to stews and main courses to sides and desserts. And the best part? They're all under 500 calories and you would never know it. Rich comfort food favorites like Baked Gnocchi with Ricotta and Marinara and Chicken with Cornmeal Dumplings are made slim-down friendly with low-fat cooking preparations and simple tricks for boosting flavor without adding extra fat.
Plus, what we love most about EDF recipes is their ease: they're accessible for busy cooks who want to eat their healthiest, but need to also accommodate a hectic schedule. The book has plenty of weeknight-friendly options that will let you get a meal on the table in 30 minutes or less.
Use the book to help you stay on track this month (it's key to not throw away what you accomplished in January!) and stay inspired to eat light in the year ahead. Buy it here.