A quick, easy, family-friendly cookbook for the millions of Zone households around the world.
Millions of people worldwide have discovered the incredible weight-loss and health benefits of living in the Zone. For almost 10 years, Lynn and Barry Sears have maintained a completely Zone-friendly kitchen. With two daughters - one a finicky first-grader and one a vegetarian teenager - Lynn has had to use all of her creative and culinary skills to keep her family healthy and happy. Zone Meals in Seconds combines Lynn's hard-won wisdom and valuable experience with Barry's Zone expertise and medical knowledge in the first-ever family-friendly Zone book. From quick and easy family dinner recipes and snack tips, to advice on packing school lunches and surviving backyard barbecues, this book is a must-have for people who want to experience the incredible benefits of the Zone but need help answering the all-important question, 'What do I eat?'Written with the help of an experienced chef and recipe developer, Zone Meals in Seconds offers more than 200 fast and family-tested recipes for Zone-approved breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.
"My favorite type of meal preparation is getting dressed to go out to dinner," writes Lynn Sears, whose husband, Barry, created the now famous Zone diet. Lynn's chatty voice welcomes readers to the couple's 10th Zone book, which focuses on simplifying the diet for busy readers. Sears's voice charms and encourages: she writes of her daughter eating nothing but chicken, grapes and apples and modestly jokes about her formerly plump days. The book is broken into sections on breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks, as well as food for children, prepackaged food, slow-cooked food and special occasions. For Thanksgiving"in the Zone," forget the yam with marshmallows: stick to barley stuffing. In Shrimp, Asparagus and Tomato Salad with White Beans and Goat Cheese, a lunch recipe, Sears carefully explains how to blanch and chill asparagus using a collapsible metal steamer and a bowl of ice water. Though the recipes are easy to read and follow, with accurate prep and cooking time approximations, the ingredients read more like formulas than"recipes," broken into unappetizing blocks of carbohydrates, protein and fat. There is lavish use of expensive, processed ingredients: stevia extract, protein powder, dried egg whites, frozen bags of vegetables and fake mayonnaise. Not one breakfast recipe could be made in a typically stocked kitchen; all require special ingredients. Lunch and dinner are slightly better, and though they still rely heavily on packaged ingredients, the section contains diamonds like Salmon and Apricot Tajine with Spinach in a Spicy Walnut Sauce. Most helpful to someone already interested in the Zone, the book may also interest those readers who currently eat fast food, canned soup and frozen dinners but are looking to make healthier choices without a time commitment.