Cook Yourself Thin

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Cook Yourself Thin is a new culinary show from my friend Lauren Deen. In a nutshell the show shares how to prepare skinny alternatives to favorite foods.

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Lauren is the producer of this smash new series. The stars (culinary experts Harry Eastwood, Allison Fishman and Candice Kumai) help guests shed pounds with a bit of clever cooking. The show premiered May 4th and coincided with a new book launch.

The show is based on the successful, British series. In the premiere episode, one woman has her normal lunch of traditional lasagna (858 calories per serving) and dinner of ribeye steak and mashed potatoes (1,040 calories per serving) swapped for a spinach and mushroom veggie lasagna (343 calories per serving) and steak with cauliflower mashed potatoes (389 calories per serving). Lauren says, "We give your favorites a makeover and slash the fat and calories for you without sacrificing the flavor and giving great tips and advice." Works for me Lauren, but I had to know more.

Can a busy mom really find the time to cook herself thin?
Yes! The biggest challenge for a busy mom is making food that everyone wants to eat so you don'??t feel like a cruise ship chef, keeping it healthy but yummy and not taking too much time out of your already busy day.

We worked really hard on taking a realistic and still delish approach to creating recipes and tips that a busy mom could really find doable. Our recipes have a short list of ingredients, don'??t require fancy kitchen gear and you can find all of the ingredients in the supermarkets'??we don'??t want to add any more shopping trips! As a busy mom myself I'??m proud of the recipes and the incredible raves and response'??the book has been #1 bestseller for almost a week and the community cheers on mylifetime.com have been incredible!

What are some big traps/mistakes moms make that pack on the pounds?
-Ordering in or takeout or fast food that has hidden fat, calories and sugars.
-Using more pasta then you need'??we suggest using 1/3-1/2 a box instead of a whole box to feed your family and bulking up with extra veggies and protein like shredded chicken, turkey sausage or even rinsed, canned beans to add protein not just carbs.
-Cheese'??we all LOVE it and you don'??t have to skip it'??but swap hard cheese and grate less. -Don'??t skip the sweets and your beloved desserts'??you'??ll sneak them and eat more! Don'??t deny yourself-- try our fabulous cupcakes and cakes where we replace the butter with grated veggies and ground nuts, and try meringue frosting'??no fat!!

Have you struggled with mommy weight gains?
Definitely. The lowest point was when I pretended it had been 3 months and not three years since the birth of my second child! But I'??m happier when I'??m in shape and I'??m eating balanced meals. So some of the recipes are favorites that have helped me lose weight!

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And as a special treat--Lauren is sharing the recipe for
BREADED NOT FRIED PANKO-CRUSTED SHRIMP

Serves 4/Calories per serving: 289

2 Tbsp mayonnaise
2 Tbsp creamy dill mustard
2 Tbsp capers, drained and chopped
2 egg whites
½ tsp salt
2 cups Panko crumbs
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
1 lb jumbo shrimp, peeled, deveined, and butterflied

1. Stir together mayonnaise, mustard, and capers in a small bowl for dipping sauce; set aside.
2. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Whisk egg whites with 1/4 teaspoon salt in a shallow dish until frothy. Toss together crumbs, cayenne, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a shallow dish. Dip each shrimp in egg whites, dredge in panko crumbs, and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until shrimp cooks through and crumbs are golden, about 12 minutes.
3. Serve hot with the dipping sauce.

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The cookbook includes all of the recipes featured on the show as well as a calorie guide, a list of the big (and surprising) calorie offenders, skinny alternatives to your favorite meals, a food personality quiz and more.

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