On the Side: Low-Calorie Side Dish and Salad Recipes


I love salads, and side dishes. The difficulty I had when losing weight, however, was to find a salad dressing, or a salad or side dish, which was tasty but not loaded with calories. These dressings, saucers, side dishes, and salads are all under 250 calories per serving.
All recipes include calories, fat, fiber, carbs, and protein content per serving.

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Morning Goodness: Tasty Low-Calorie Breakfast Recipes

Breakfasts cookbook cover
Breakfasts cookbook cover


The importance of a good breakfast cannot be overstated. Breakfast fuels your body for the day and reduces feelings of hunger for the rest of the day (especially if the breakfast includes protein). Studies have shown that people who eat breakfast are healthier than those who don’t.

The key to a great, healthy breakfast is to find foods that you love, which are also low-calorie and easy to make. This cookbook contains recipes for a wide variety of foods, for just about every taste. All are under 250 calories per serving. To make a more hearty meal, you could add one (8 oz.) glass of skim milk and a half glass (4 oz.) of orange juice, if desired.

All recipes include calories, fat, fiber, carbs, and protein content per serving.

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The Main Course: Healthy and Hearty Main Dishes

The main meal of the day can be filling without a high calorie count. The important components of a good main dish are healthy ingredients, a low calorie count, and a high protein count. Protein is what gives a feeling of fullness, and satisfies hunger.

In this cookbook, I have included main dishes using chicken, beef, and fish, as well as recipes which do not have red meat or fish. All recipes are under 300 calories per serving, and many are well under 300 calories per serving.

Important note: this is not a cookbook with zero calorie (or near-zero calorie) recipes. The very nature of these main dishes and their ingredients mean that the calorie count will never be zero, or even close to it. Those looking for minimal calorie main dishes are advised to seek commercial preparations specifically made for very low calorie diets.

Also, these recipes are not necessarily low-carb. With healthy ingredients such as fat-free milk and vegetables, they often include GOOD carbs.

Disclaimer: The contents of this cookbook may not be construed as a medical diagnosis, treatment, advice, claim, or substitute for a physician’s care. Consult a physician or other health care provider before starting a weight loss or exercise program. Joan’s results are not typical, and she cannot guarantee you will have the same results. Your results are up to you!

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Snack Time: Lite and Tasty Snack Recipes

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Snack Time cover


A lot of excess calories can come from between-meal or after-meal snacks. The USDA has recommended that no more than 10% of someone’s daily calories come from snack foods (or recreational eating; that is, food eaten just for fun and not for nutrition).

In this cookbook, every effort has been made to find snack foods that are filling but have fewer calories and/or less fat than their commercial versions. You may even enjoy these more than ones you buy in the store!

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First, the Soup: Healthy Soup, Stew, and Chili Recipes

Soups cookbook cover
Soups cookbook cover


Several studies have shown that people who consume soup before a meal eat measurably fewer calories during the meal than those who have nothing prior to mealtime. Soup can be filling and satisfying without having an excess of calories. It can, in itself, be a meal (or a snack).

This cookbook has soup recipes which are generally lower in calories than their full-calorie counterparts. Avoiding fillers such as cornstarch and including healthy ingredients makes them more nutritious and less fattening. Even better, the recipes taste great, too! Time after time I’ve received compliments on these recipes from people who are watching their weight, and people who aren’t (and seem surprised that they’re eating a lower-calorie recipe).

So try these out, and enjoy!

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Fruit Is Not Dessert: Rich Low-Calorie Desserts cookbook

Fruit Is Not Dessert cookbook cover
Fruit Is Not Dessert cover


Want to save calories on dessert? Tired of people saying, “have a piece of fruit for dessert?” Then this cookbook is for you! It contains recipes for cakes, pies, pudding desserts, and much more! Why settle for a piece of fruit for dessert when you can have much more?

Recipes include:

Lite Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Lite Lemon Pie
Lite Key Lime Pie
Magic Pumpkin Pie
Quick and Easy Chocolate Pie
Lemony Cheesecake
Lite Fudge
Homemade Low-Fat Brownies
Rich Chocolate Roll Dessert
…and many more!

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Review of this book on eKindlereviews.com:
Fruit Is Not Dessert: Rich Low-Calorie Desserts (Scrumptious Low-Calorie Recipes Cookbook) by Joan Holcomb – via @Shareaholic