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a. Cookbooks

ADA Cooking Healthy Across America
ADA; Food and Culinary DPG; Kristine Napier, MPH, RD
New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, 2005, 648 pp.
Drawing on the unique flavors, history and culinary traditions from all corners of the U.S., American Dietetic Association's Cooking Healthy Across America offers over 350 region-specific recipes that are nutritious and easy to prepare. Written by a panel of experienced dietitians and distinguished culinary professionals, each recipe provides easy-to-follow instructions and helpful cooking tips. Nutrition facts per serving are included.

American Heart Association Meals in Minutes Cookbook
American Heart Association
New York, NY: Crown Publishing Group, 2002. 368 pp.
ISBN: 0609809776
Description: This spiral-bound cookbook features heart healthy recipes each with a preparation time of 30 minutes or less. Nutrition facts per serving are included.

The Complete Cooking Light Cookbook
Cathy A. Wesler
Birmingham, AL: Oxmoor House, 2000. 528 pp.
ISBN: 084871945X
Description: Features over 1000 recipes compiled from 13 years of Cooking Light magazine. Nutrition facts per serving are included.

Cooking Light 5-Ingredient, 15-Minute Cookbook
Anne Chappell Cain
Birmingham, AL: Oxmoor House, 1999. 240 pp.
ISBN: 0848718526
Description: From the publishers of Cooking Light magazine, this cookbook contains healthy recipes that can be made from no more than 5 ingredients and in 15 minutes or less. Nutrition facts per serving are included.

The Mayo Clinic Williams-Sonoma Cookbook: Simple Solutions for Eating Well
John Phillip Carroll
New York, NY: Time Life Custom Publishing, 2001. 272 pp.
ISBN: 0737020687
Description: A resource for healthy cooking, this cookbook includes a variety of challenging recipes with unique ingredients. Nutrition facts per serving are included.

The New American Plate Cookbook Recipes for a Healthy Weight and Healthy Life
American Institute for Cancer Research
Berkeley , CA : University of California Press , 2005, 307 pp.
ISBN: 0520242343
Description: The AICR has developed a collection of over 200 recipes designed for health to help manage weight and reduce the risk of disease. Recipes emphasize fruits, vegetables and whole grains as part of a healthful menu. Nutrition facts per serving are included.

b. Recipes on the Web

American Institute for Cancer Research- Recipe Corner
American Institute for Cancer Research Website
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Description: Here you can click on links to recipes for every meal course including appetizers, soups, salads, desserts and many more. Each category has dozens of healthy menu options, each with nutrition facts included.

Delicious Decisions
American Heart Association
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Description: This online book features heart-healthy recipes, including their nutritional content. The Recipes section under the Cookbook tab allows you to search for recipes with specific ingredients you might be interested in using. Also included is general nutrition information and shopping tips. Healthy Recipes for Citizens
FirstGov. Gov for Citizens Website
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Description: Website lists links to different types of recipe pages with topics to include; kids recipes, cooking for a crowd, and special food collections. This unique government site also links recipes ?From Famous Americans,? for some historical American cooking ideas.

5 a Day Recipes for Fruits and Vegetables
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Website
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Description: Website offers dozens of recipes with fruits and vegetables as the main ingredient. Here you can find ideas for every course including beverages and desserts. Nutrition facts per serving are included.

Mayo Clinic Healthy Recipes Center
Mayo Clinic Nutrition Center
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Description: This site offers recipes organized by preparation method, ingredients, number of servings, and special nutrition modifications (such as Low-Sodium). All recipes include a "Dietitian's Tip" on preparation techniques and food safety. Nutrition facts per serving are included.

Meals For You
Meals For You Website
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Description: Search over 8,000 recipes for meal ideas by entering your ingredient of choice. Using the advanced search feature, you can choose to exclude ingredients (like food allergies) from the recipes or request recipes with distinct nutritional content such as low fat or high vitamin C. Nutrition facts per serving are included.

Michigan.Gov Healthy Recipes
Michigan State Cooperative Extension Publication
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Description: Designed for kids and family cooking, this printable-book has quick and easy recipes that showcase the healthy ingredients such as beans, fruits and vegetables. Nutrition facts per serving are included.

A Parents Guide to Healthy Eating & Physical Activity
Strang Cancer Prevention Center Publication
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Description: Geared towards parents, this printable-pamphlet contains a variety of health information. Over 30 child-friendly recipes are included for building a healthy diet. Helpful cooking tips and fun food facts are linked to each recipe.

Stay Young at Heart Cooking the Heart Healthy Way
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute- National Institutes of Health Website
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Description: Recipes with heart healthy ingredients to serve the whole family. This site has recipes from a variety of ethnic cuisines including; Spanish, German, Italian, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Mexican and Creole. Nutrition facts per serving are included.

Note: Most of the above materials contain some vegetarian recipes; for additional resources on vegetarian cooking and nutrition, see Vegetarian Nutrition Resource List for Consumers at

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