Magazine article Sunset

New Game Plans for Cooking Light

Magazine article Sunset

New Game Plans for Cooking Light

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New game plans for cooking light

What's the difference between Light Cuisine, a new Sunset cook book, and a diet cook book?

Plenty. In its 112 pages, Light Cuisine (Lane Publishing Co., Menlo Park, Calif., 1986; $6.95) speaks to a life style. The book merges a healthy outlook toward eating with foods you'll be proud to serve. The book, by the editors of Sunset Books and Sunset Magazine, features fresh, familiar ingredients in 150 attractive, appealing recipes, 24 shown in full-page color photographs. These recipes are designed to use every day of the week, both for the family and when you entertain.

You'll find many of your favorites from Sunset Magazine, some as they originally appeared, others streamlined with reduced fat and sodium content to meet today's dietary recommendations.

Chapters are devoted to soups, salads and vegetables, eggs and cheese, fish and shellfish, chicken and turkey, lean and trim meats, and light desserts. Dishes range from the anticipated poached, steamed, or stir-fried combinations to lean versions of quiche, pastas, Dutch babies, tostadas, and sauteed meats. Also featured are many popular international foods and showstopper desserts that you wouldn't expect as part of a light cuisine. Each recipe has a calorie count per serving and a content analysis for protein, carbohydrates, total fat, unsaturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. This information is especially helpful if you are on a therapeutically directed diet.

Also included with each recipe are estimated preparation and cooking times; most dishes are quick and easy, going from kitchen to table in less than an hour.

Special features address party menus, crisp thin breads, vegetarian main dishes, and multipurpose salad dressings and slimming sauces. Fresh ways with fish in the microwave oven (a most effective cooker for fish) and steeping turkey and chicken the Chinese way also highlight this useful book.

The following recipes from Light Cuisine are typical of its attention to good-tasting, attractively presented dishes.

Garlic Chicken and Grapes

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Baking time: about 45 minutes

Calories per serving: 267

Per serving: 30 grams protein, 17 grams carbohydrates, 9 grams total fat, 1 gram unsaturated fat, 156 milligrams cholesterol, 760 milligrams sodium.

Vegetable oil cooking spray

6 whole chicken legs, thighs sttached (about 3 lb. total)

3 tablespoons each Dijon mustard and soy sauce

2 tablespoons each honey and white wine vinegar

2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed

1 tablespoon sesame seed

2 cups red or green seedless grapes (about 3/4 lb. …

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