The Perfect Portion Cookbook

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Each square = 100 calorie count

I’m a huge fan of Fitbit ever since I got one for Christmas. I love getting all this feedback such as how many steps I’ve taken (close to my daily goal), how much sleep I got the night before (not very much) and how many calories I burned. This last bit of data would mean something if only I knew how many calories I was consuming. And I’m not one for calorie counting, measuring or weighing out serving sizes or sacrificing good tasting food for fewer calories.

So when I had the opportunity to review The Perfect Portion Cookbook by Anson Williams, Bob Warden and Mona Dolgov, I knew it was the universe (or maybe Fitbit) telling me it’s time to pay attention to how much I eat.

Flipping through The Perfect Portion Cookbook, I was immediately drawn to the easy-to-read recipes, great photography and simple visuals of what equates to a 100 calorie-count. There are 150 comfort food recipes categorized by Breakfast, Soups, Salads & Sandwiches, Casseroles & One-Pot Meals, Everyday Meals, Sides, Entertaining, Holiday Favorites, Dressings, Sauces & James, Satisfying Snacks, and Desserts. And the book is loaded with helpful tips such as substitutions and shopping tips.

I decided to make the Ratatouille & Sausage Bake (I love me some one-pot meals) and 100 Calorie Brownie Bites for our Sunday supper. Both were incredibly easy to make and very tasty. And for the first time, I can feel good about portion sizes and better understand what's okay for lunch or dinner. And maybe one day soon, I can log in “Calories Eaten” into my Fitbit and really be boss of my personal data.

100 Calorie Brownie Bites. Photography by Christian Stella and Elise Stella

Disclosure: Thank you Partners in Publishing for sending me a copy of The Perfect Portion Cookbook. As always, all opinions are my own.

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