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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Medifast Lean & Green Meal Cookbook Review

Medifast recently published a new cookbook called "Medifast Lean & Green Meal Cookbook." They sent me a complimentary copy to review, and since I love to cook I decided to make a few dishes before writing this up. So far, I've made 4 recipes from the book. The results are below.

But first, let me say that this cookbook is *not* just for people who are on Medifast. In fact, the Lean & Green meal guidelines recommended by Medifast are great guidelines for anyone trying to eat healthier. All of the meals are low carb and include 5-7oz of lean protein and 3 servings of healthy vegetables, as well as enough healthy fat for your body without *too much* fat. All of the recipes include photographs of the finished meal and complete nutrition information including calories, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbs, fiber, and protein. Also, for Medifasters, each recipe includes a list of what exactly the recipe counts as (lean, green, healthy fats, condiments).

Now for the review:
The book itself is smallish and is spiral bound, with a soft cover and a cardboard "stand" back so that you can stand the book upright on the counter while you prepare the recipes (see photos below). The recipe sections are divided into "lean," "leaner," and "leanest" recipes, and there are helpful tips and success stories in between some recipes. There are 34 recipes, total.

Some examples of recipe titles are: Spicy Garlic Lime Shrimp, Carolina Greens with Baked Tilapia, Bruschetta Eggplant with Tofu, Tropical Chicken Medley, Zesty Pork Stir-Fry, and Steak with Portabella & Pepper Summer Salad.

First, I made this: Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms. It's a simple recipe involving Portabella caps brushed with a tasty soy sauce/olive oil mixture and stuffed with cheese, herbs, and tomatoes.

The result was very tasty and filling. I think I will make this one again, but with a twist: I'd use pizza seasonings for more of a mushroom pizza concept... although the rosemary garlic flavor was a nice change. I think a little Parmesan would be nice, too.

Next, I made Zucchini Fritters. I am a big fritter fan, so naturally this appealed to me. It's another simple recipe of grated veggies in an egg batter, fried in a small amount of olive oil in a skillet.

Well, these were good, BUT they were more like "eggs and zucchini" than fritters, to me. They were not very crispy, but more soft. The flavor was fine, and this was SO filling that I could only eat about 2/3 of it and then went back and finished the rest later. One of the meals I used to make often is scrambled eggs with grated zucchini in them, so this was not a huge difference for me. But for an inexperienced cook or someone who never tried zucchini and eggs, you may just love this! *However*, there IS a typo in the nutrition information on this recipe. It says that it counts as 3 vegetable servings, when in fact it only has TWO vegetable servings in the recipe (confirmed this with Medifast). Since every meal in this cookbook is supposed to be a FULL Lean & Green, some Medifasters may not notice this and they may short themselves a veg serving if they aren't careful.

Then, I made the Wasabi Tuna Asian Salad. I am a huge fan of seared ahi tuna in restaurants, but I've never tried to make this at home. I was excited for a delicious salad of bok choy, cucumbers, and dressing topped with 7 ounces of wasabi tuna. I went and got a good piece of tuna steak and started cooking.

I did not take a photograph of this dish, as it was not pretty like the recipe card showed. I also had my doubts whether I'd be sharing the results. The tuna in the cookbook is pretty and pink, seared like you get in a restaurant; however, the recipe says to cook on medium-high heat for 5 minutes per side. This would result in *very* well done tuna steak, with absolutely no pink in the center. So I did vary from the recipe and seared each side for a minute and a half so that the center was pink, as I like it.

I knew things were going south when I got to this part in the recipe: "toss bok choy and cucumbers with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste." Okay... I don't know about you, but salad tossed in *just oil* does NOT sound appetizing. Usually there should be some vinegar or lemon juice or some kind of acid to balance things out, and maybe something for flavor.. Well, I started eating this salad and about 1/3 way through I could not eat the rest. It was super bland and the oil-covered raw bok choy was just too much. The tuna was quite bland as well. Sorry, Medifast, this one gets a thumbs down.

Finally, I went with the Broccoli Chicken Dijon. This is another super-simple recipe of chicken breast strips, garlic, and broccoli in a light Dijon mustard sauce. Bingo! This one was pretty good! Medifast consented to my sharing this recipe here on my blog, so you can try it at home!

Broccoli Chicken Dijon
(this recipe makes TWO servings. I froze one.)
1 lb raw, boneless, skinless chicken breasts
6 cups fresh broccoli, trimmed and chopped
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
2 tsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced

Remove visible fat from chicken breast. Cut chicken into thin strips. In a bowl, coat chicken with soy sauce; set aside. (For increased flavor, marinate for 30 minutes).

Saute broccoli, garlic, and 1 tsp olive oil over medium heat until lightly browned. Remove from skillet and cover to keep warm. Add remaining olive oil to skillet. Stir-fry chicken 4-7 minutes or until cooked through. Add chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, then stir in mustard until blended. Return sauteed broccoli to skillet. Mix until heated through, stirring occasionally. Divide into two plates and serve.

Each serving: 400 calories, 12g total fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 145mg cholesterol, 500mg sodium, 14g carbs, 6g fiber, and 60g protein.

This recipe was mild and tasted very good and was quite filling. Once again slightly bland for me but really this is a great meal.

What do I think of this cookbook?
The recipes are simple. Easy. Anyone could make them. Good variety. Decent flavor. I like having the nutrition facts right there. Photos are nice. Easy to create a Lean & Green without worrying about getting everything in. The recipes are healthy... lots of protein and veggies.
If you are an experienced cook like I am, you may have to restrain yourself from tweaking the recipes. They are a little bland for my tastes, but that's because we count condiments on Medifast. If you're not on Medifast you could season it up a bit more. They might be TOO simple for some people, but even I enjoy having an easy, no-brainer recipe for dinner on busy days sometimes.

The price of this cookbook is $12.95. You can purchase one here. I have no idea what they charge for shipping.

But you can get one for free! I'll be giving away free copies of the Lean & Green cookbook to THREE lucky winners. To enter, just leave me a comment telling me how you'd use this cookbook and either 1) what you think of Medifast, or 2) what your favorite Lean option is (see Lean options here). I will choose 3 winners on Tuesday, May 18th. USA residents only for this giveaway. Good luck!

***edited to add: winners have now been announced on my weight loss blog (link above).***


lynn in oregon said...

Thanks so much for your detailed review. I've been debating about purchasing this book and now know that I am definitely interested in having it. I have a husband and three children at home and for the most part tend to fix my lean and green meal separate from what I make for them. It sounds like with this cookbook I could find more recipes that I could fix for the WHOLE family and not feel excluded. Instead I would be including them into my lean and green and they wouldn't even know it.

Love that you included the pictures.

I also love your comment that it can also be useful after MF, especially when we could even add more seasonings.

Thank so much.

360lbsman said...

Oh US only :(

Rebekah said...

Thank you for your review! The mushrooms look SO good, something I def. could not come up with on my own.
to enter your contest... my favorite lean is the 6ounces of chicken because I get the 1 healthy fat. I prefer it grilled on my george foreman if that matters :)

Great review! I was curious if it was worth it or not! Thank you for the recipe, I think i will try it after I go grocery shopping!

Winner at a Losing Game said...

Was debating on purchasing too. It sounds like I can do better on my own, however the mushrooms peaked my interest. I love Medifast for the portability, ease of use, and that it is always ready for me.

Monika said...

Hi Lyn,
Thanks for the review. I'd seen the advert for this cookbook and was debating whether to purchase or not. Am glad to hear the recipes are easy and follow MF guidelines. I HATE to cook (and I don't use that word lightly, trust me), and would rather spend time doing just about anything else. As a result I am now on MF - too many bad food choice over the past years because it's always easier to have someone else prepare the stuff for you! But being on MF for 5, almost 6 weeks now and seeing the weight come off because of the forced portion control, as well as eating far more balanced meals, is giving me a new appreciation for what goes into making an appropriate meal. So I am definitely in the market for a cookbook that will help me continue to eat decently, the proviso being that it has to be recipies that are quick and easy - I still don't like spending time in the kitchen. Sorry, I know for a dedicated cook like you this must amount to near-heresy, but after a half century of avoiding the kitchen as much as possible, I don't think I am going to turn into a gourmet cook anytime soon. :)
Thanks again for the review and I am definitely one way or another going to get this cookbook and try my luck at the stove/oven!

Donita said...

We have several members of my extended family currently using Medifast and this cookbook will be a great gift for my sister. I can't wait to try out the recipes myself.

Teale said...

Those mushrooms look great! My favorite lean option has always been white meat chicken. It's my go-to meat! This cookbook looks pretty good, I like the fact that they have pictures with everything, and it seems simple! My husband is diabetic & watches carbs, and I'm on WW and count points, so having all the nutrition info right there would be helpful to both of us!

Donna said...

Having a lot of chx breast while on Medifast, I would love some more recipe ideas.

WorshipGladly said...

Hey! I, too, was debating over whether or not to purchase the cookbook, but seeing that first pic of the stuffed mushrooms won me over. I'm glad that you're real about the recipes, too - will NOT be trying the one with the raw bok choy in oil - yucko! Have enjoyed following your blog - congrats on your success and best wishes on the rest of your journey! :)

Kimberli said...

Yay! I have been lurking at your blog, waiting for the L&G cookbook review! Thanks for posting! I have been doing MF for just about 4.5 months and I have lost 52 pounds :) I'm loving the program and I am loving learning to cook for myself! I also really like that cooking can actually be easy and tasty! I'm definitely thinking of ordering this cookbook for more simple L&G :) Thanks again for your review!

Red Rooster said...

I love to cook. I love to eat. Thats why i am on MF. 2weeks in and im down 4.5%. My Wife, who doesn't cook (but makes a mean Grilled Cheese) wants to learn how to cook better, more healthy meals for me, and our 5 kids. I think that this cook book would help her learn how to do both of those things. Please enter me into your contesr.

Kimberly Knudson said...

Thank you for the review of the cook book. I have been on Medifast for 4 months now and am down 42 pounds!! I love this program. The only challenge I have ran into is getting tired of the same lean and green. You can only have boca burgers, stuffed peppers, and taco salads so many times. I will definitly check this book out. Will it be sold at Barnes and Nobel at all? or ?

Deb said...

I just received my medifast box of food for the next month..and I would use the cookbook to vary my meals! I enjoy medifast, it has eliminated my binges and brought some control to my life!

Laryssa said...

Thank you so much for your honesty in this review. This would be a great cookbook for anyone, it seems, whether they can cook or not or whether they are looking to lose weight or just eat healthier foods. Those portabella mushrooms look so good!

I'm not working so I can't give Medifast a try but I've been trying to decrease my carb intake per doctor's orders; kinda hard to do with most cookbooks I have since they focus on low glycemic and low fat rather than low carb.

My favorite lean option is fish, hands down. I can eat fish for lunch and dinner every day .. and I'm not talking fried fish. Nope, I love having baked and grilled fish - salmon, tilapia, flounder, whiting, tuna or I'll eat sushi. I've even had grilled shark! Yum!!

beth said...

I love to cook! And I've been looking for some healthy new recipes for the summer!

Stiney said...

I would DEF love to try the Medifast plan but unfortunately my gluten intolerance would not work well with the packaged plan but boy howdy the recipes you showed from the cookbook look awesome and I'd more than easily be able to eat probably most of the Lean and Green meals. The Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms I'd love to try those out for sure.

jennymartin116 said...

Hi Lynn--Thanks so much for the review! I have been wondering if it was worth me purchasing--I had purchased the other MF recipe book and felt it was a waste of money. I like MF for the routine and mindlessness of the meals during the day--my biggest problem is the L&G--so I really could use this!

C.I.W. said...

I have been reading your blog for a long time- and I would love the opportunity to be entered to win the cookbook!

thanks! and great job with the review-- and your PROGRESS!! WOOT!


rip said...

I found your site via facebook. I was also curious about the new cookbook. Thank you for posting your review!

Medifast has been what I need at this point in my life. I am ready to get rid of years of "baby fat" (my youngest of four kids is almost ten.)

I eat a LOT of grilled chicken, I am definitely willing to try new things!

Wishing on a star said...

Medifast seems like a good healthy option. My go to lean meat is chicken, chicken, chicken. We are going to starting clucking soon!

Jasmine Bonner said...

Hey, Lyn - thanks for the great reviews! My favorite lean is 96% lean ground beef because I can still have a healthy fat with it and it is so versatile! If I won a copy of the L&G cookbook, I would have more ideas for lean and green meals that my whole family would eat. :)

Amy said...

I love you blog and Congrats on all the success. I would love the cookebook to help me eat better. I am currently doing WW with a Southbeach twist, (eating more veggies and protein) and would LOVE to have this cookbook to help me continue on this journey. I love grilled chicken, so that would be my choice, but I also love all the ideas you give using egg beaters. I had no idea you could do so much with them and cauliflower or zucchini. Thanks!!

PatriciaW said...

My favorite lean option used to be swordfish but that's hard to find these days so now it's salmon.

bfiori said...

Hi Lyn,

Thanks a bunch for the review. Since I'm on a very strict budget, I was waiting for a detailed review like yours.
Here are my answers:
how you'd use this cookbook:
I don't know how to cook so it would be great to be able to add a little variety to my veggie burger with broccoli or grilled chicken breast with lettuce...That's what I've been eating for my L&G for the last 4 months. I started MF on Jan 15 and lost 50 pounds so far, 44 more to go : )

1) what you think of Medifast:
I absolutely love Medifast because it is simple, straightforward, based on science and I'm seeing great results - pants size down from 18 to 12!!
2) what's your favorite Lean option: Veggie burgers

Again, thanks for the review. I'll try the Broccoli Chicken Dijon.


Julie said...

Thanks for this review! I could totally use this cookbook because I am NOT a good cook, and I need all the help I can get! I also love how it would make my L&G so much easier. I love Medifast because it is so portable and most of the meals are a 'no brainer.' This cookbook seems like the perfect tool to have!

nursecj- getting skinny said...

I am so glad you did a review of this cookbook! I am a former caterer and experienced chef and I too have enjoyed cooking my lean & green meals but wanted more direction on low carb cooking. I was hoping someone would share their experiences with it. thanks for taking pictures of the recipes too- I take food pictures alot of my finished recipes too- helps for repeats.
My favorite lean is 7 oz of sea scallops. MMM pan seared in olive oil is heaven! add spinach salad and some steamed asparagus. PERFECT.

Shawn said...

I love that you give honest reviews on the Medifast products. I am considering starting with them, and this would be a nice starter recipe guide. I love tilapia, shrimp and chicken breasts.

Keep up the great work!

metro612 said...

Oh Thanks so much for your review of the book. You made everything look so tasty. Medifast has been a Godsent program for me because Im kind of a by the book person when it comes to a healthy eating plan. I love instructions on how to do things and this cookbook would benefit me in just that way and keep me on a lifetime of healthy eating habits. The quick grab and go Medifast meals have benefited me so much because of my occupation and helped me stay focused and on-plan. Thanks again and good luck on your journey also!!

Renee said...

Stiney - Just FYI: Medifast just had 29 products certified gluten-free AND many of our products are under 20 ppm!

PR Coordinator
Medifast, Inc.

Jenn said...

I adore cookbooks. I actually read them like novels! (It's a sickness, I know.) My favorite lean option is crab! :)

Georgia said...

I love to cook! Every weekend we pick a cookbook and a new dish to make...there have been some duds, but also some favorites!

Donna said...

Hi Lyn,
Just found your blog last week and love it! I work 12 hour shifts and really can't cook so well so I need the Easy and Simple. Your blog has inspired me to go out and buy the veggies I've never bought before--spagetti and butternut squash.
Thanks so much for all you do.

Kristi S. said...


I would love this cookbook. I am an obese vegetarian with an obese son that loves meat. I would love to have some dishes that I can make for him that are good, and maybe find something that I would like as well. Broccoli is my favorite and chicken is my son's.

Thanks for considering us!

PamL said...

Would always love a new cookbook!

retro_80s_chic said...

Hi Lyn!!
Thanks for the inspiration first off and good luck on your continuous jouney!!
I have been using Geoge Stella's, "Low Carb and Lovin' it"
for a while now and some variety to my cooking creations would be so wonderful!! BEST lean protein is always chicken. You can do so much with it like lettuce wraps, stir fry or a basic salad!!!

In Honor of Me! said...

Hey Lyn - My favorite lean option is egg whites. It probably sounds weird, but I love egg whites. I throw away the yolk of boiled eggs and eat the white...my friends laugh at me.

I would use the cookbook to get off this last 80 pounds I have to lose. I have been off usgar for 2 days...one more day and it will be mostly out of my system. Usually after 3 days, I can stick with it.


Gin22464 said...

Lynn-My favorite lean is chicken. I don't like fish, so hardley eat any. I do love chicken though. I am doing medifast, & I, like you, like some things & hate others. It's funny that when I real your reviews, some things you like, I don't & vise-versa! I would use the cook book to help me out with my lean & green choices as I'm not very creative & don't know what kind of food to cook with what or what goes together, etc. Love your posts. Thanks!

LoseWeightMomof6 said...

I love that you took pictures of the cookbook & then made it on your own to prove that it looks as good as the photos do!
I can't wait to try the mushroom recipe. It looks delectable!!!!!!
sometimes you get stuck with only a few recipes here n there. I am so happy to be able to try some new ones..
I would definitely start creating new lean & green recipes that would really help me stick to the program & not want to wander off &eat something else. It would help me greatly!

Eva Burns said...

Hey there! I am so glad you did this review...I have been on Medifast for 11 days now. In those 11 days I have lost 10 pounds. Woohoo! I love the program because it has taught me that I do not need an overloaded plate to make myself satisfied. Eating healthy food every 2-3 hours really can be done and I won't be starving all the time. I also love it because it has helped me realize how many little bites I take of things throughout the day. I always thought I was on plan, but those little bites and tastes sure do add up!

I love cookbooks, and I am always looking for ones that have recipes that are tasty, easy to make, and that my family will also like. The Lean and Green Cookbook seems like one that would provide all of those things.

One of the main reasons that I wanted to do Medifast and get healthy was for my kids. I want to live to see them grow up and I want to be a good role model for them. Being able to make delicious meals that we can enjoy as a family is very important to me. I always encourage my children to try new things, and by making these meals, I not only think they will try them, they will ask for them again and again!

Thanks again for doing the review and the give away!

Sandy Carabio said...

Lyn, love reading your blog, and I really appreciate you posting a review on Medifast's newest cookbook. The dishes look great. I'm definitely going to make the broccoli and chicken dish. I, myself, sort of love my food on the bland side, so I think I would love these recipies.

Thanks again for all your posts and pics!

beautifuldisaster88 said...


This cookbook looks so delicious! I just ate my Lean & Green for the day but I was drooling over your pictures, especially that stuffed portabella mushroom. OH MY YUM!

Hmm...honestly? I owe MF my life. That sounds dramatic, but it's true. I've struggled with eating disorders for several years (I'm 22y/o now) and have been in treatment/seen therapists, the whole works. I've tried Weight Watcher and Nutrisystem to no avail. And along comes Medifast. I love it because not only am I NOT hungry, I'm eating constantly AND losing weight. Imagine that!! I never, EVER thought I'd be able to have a good relationship with food again, until now. I look forwards to making my L&G every day because I know that for once in my life, I'm fueling my body and making my whole life that much better, all while ENJOYING my food! ^_^

As far as my favorite L&G so far...I love chicken, as basic as it is. I just marinate it (sometimes for a whole day) and it gets so tender and juicy. I usually bake it but sometimes I make kabobs on the grill. Either way, chicken is my go-to Lean because it's so versatile.

Have a great night!!
<3 Kelsey

Maureen said...

I would use the cookbook for both lunch and dinner ideas. I'm also looking for recipes that I can make a bunch of and have ready to go later in the week or else freeze some of it.

Favorite lean choice is definitely shrimp.

Thanks! And keep up the good posts--I enjoy reading your blog very much.

Darcy maildarcy@yahoo.com said...

These look great! As a new Medifaster I am always on the look out for great recipes!

Thanks for sharing and I look forward to trying this out!


ambycakes said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to post these honest reviews! I have been eying the cookbook ever since it came out, but I was waiting to see what everyone thought of it. I am even more interested in purchasing it since I read your review! Those mushrooms look divine!

I would use this cookbook to expand my L&G options. I have been on MF for 2 1/2 months and I find myself cooking the same thing over and over again (Turkey burgers being my favorite!).

Thanks again for the great review!

Kadyn said...

I,like everyone else, have been waiting for a review of the cookbook. I was on Mediifast 3-years ago and lost 100-pounds. Felt great and did well until I unexpectedly lost my father and the mother was diagnosed with cancer. Multiple family deaths leaving only 4 remaining family members and a reversion to using food to cope has put me very close to where I started. I have continued to use MF products and alot of cheating. I need to get back on plan, lose the weight, feel better, get healthy adn finished this portion of the program. I have gotten pretty bored with the foods and eaitng the same lean and green for 3-yeras. The book will be the motivation I need to start fresh and finish this portion of the program-The book will be a great springboard for post program meals!
Thanks for the review-It's given me the motivation and excitement to try again!!

Kristina said...

Thanks so much for the detailed and honest review! It was nice that you talked about some recipes that you liked and others that "flopped". I hadn't even heard of this cookbook until I saw your post on the MF board. and the MF boards are one of the main reasons I love medifast so much. A wonderful support group where I can find great advice! I also love also the simpleness of the plan and the convenience of the food. My favorite lean is shrimp or scallops so I'm looking forward to trying out the lime and garlic shrimp!

Jennifer said...

Thank you for your review! I'm halfway through Transition and I'm looking for new L&G options. :-)


Deb said...

Oh, I'd love the cookbook!

My favorite lean option is, as always, cheese. It's my greatest weakness, and I honestly don't think I could follow a diet that didn't allow me to have cheese. Mmmmmmm. The Cabot 75% reduced fat cheddar is the best.

Theresa said...

thanks for the review and photos. It sure makes it easier to decide about buying the book!!

Lynn said...

Hi Lyn,
I've been following your blog for a while now and it's because of you that I tried Medifast. I really could use the cookbook because I don't quite understand the combinations. I'm not used to cooking so"lean". I'm just getting restarted on the program so it would be a blessing.

Your new photo update is awesome. YOu inspire me to get started and suceed this time. Thanks, many thanks. Lynn

Jessica VZ said...

I would definitely use this cookbook to eat healthier! My boyfriend and I do pretty well at eating healthy, but you can only make the same thing so many times before you need something different. I'm with you, I'd probably end up tweaking them since I love to cook, but easy and healthy sounds amazing to me!

I'm not on Medifast but I think I would try it if I had a little more money. I've lost 30 lbs. so far (20 more to go!) and I seem to be stuck at a plateau. I'm still losing a tiny bit here or there, but I feel like a jumpstart would help me feel better about all the good things I'm trying to do. Thanks for the review lady!

Anonymous said...

I just started medifast to jumpstart my journey to lose 80lbs...this cookbook would be an awesome asset to me!!

Stephanie Hill said...

I really appreciate the time you spent writing this review. I was planning to buy this cookbook in a few weeks, and it's nice to know that it won't be a waste of money.

I think I would use this cookbook a lot because I'm about to make some major changes in the way my daughter and I eat. I'll be starting Medifast soon, and I can use some ideas for meals that will work for both of us so I don't have double kitchen duty.

Amanda (WannaBe Chef) said...

What a great review! I would use the cookbook to provide some variety to my weekly meals. My favorite lean option is salmon and eggs, mmmm!

Elle said...

Lyn - I'd love this. As you know (from having prompted me to post recently), I'm really struggling these days. Enough that I've actually been considering Medifast - as a grad student - someone who usually spends $50 per week in total at the grocery store. I buy produce based on what's on sale! I'm still considering it though (investment in the future and what not!), so I guess this reveals that I think Medifast is a useful tool. I'd really like to be able to use it for the summer and get myself on the right foot. It'd also be great to be able to work on the cooking slowly (I can NOT cook - I'm a total sandwich and cereal queen), but I'm trying! I made fish for the first time just a week ago. So sad, I'll be 30 next month. Trying though! Probably a long enough comment!

Mary said...

well, I am in week three, so getting more variety back in my diet would be a good thing. I have promised myself that I would cook my lean and green meal from scratch the first six weeks. this might help.

Lissa said...

Hi Lyn,

I'm trying to lose ten pounds while cooking for a husband who likes fat, likes fried, and salts everything at the table no matter how much garlic and pepper are already on it. My fave option is Leaner - we eat a LOT of chicken breast - and I'd love some more ideas on how to cook it!


Karla said...

Before reading your blog, I would have been very skeptical of "diets" like medifast. But, to be honest, now I see medifast as more of a life style makeover and not just a "diet". It is a way of teaching how to eat using food as fuel. For FAR too long, I have suffered from binge eating and I can't stop. You've talked a lot about how with medifast, you don't have that I HAVE to binge feeling. It makes me want to try medifast for that reason. I am feeling hopeless to stop bingeing. So, I would use the recipe book as a starting point.

JettSetter said...

I've been on MF for about 3 weeks - 10lbs down - and your blog keeps me going. My fav lean dinner is extra lean ground turkey w/finely chopped onions and italian seasonings made into 3 mini burgers, topped with laughing cow cheese, wrapped in bib lettuce - mmmmmm yummy. I'm not the best cook, so this cookbook is a definite need for me. I'm always struggling to find something to make for dinner with the baby running around!

Anonymous said...


I have been on Medifast for 2 months and have been debating whether or not to get the cookbook. I have lost 21 lbs so far and I seem to be at a plateau, maybe the cookbook is what I need. I really appreciated your review of the book and your honest opinion about the tastes and textures. I have actually made the Dijon Broccoli Chicken before and it is pretty good.

Again thanks so much!


Laura said...

My husband and I started Medifast last July both of us with loads of weight to lose. By December, he had lost nearly 80 pounds and I had lost over 40. We have lost practically nothing since. We've had difficulty staying motivated on plan and are bored with our Lean & Green meals. It was great of you to post a review and to include recipes. He is the one who does all the cooking for us while I tend to our 3 boys, ages 1, 6 & 8. I still need to lose another 40 pounds and he needs to drop about 25-30 more. Perhaps if we weren't so bored with the monotony of our food, we could get back on track. Money is tight for us so purchases of essentials take precedent over cookbooks. We'd love for you to send one to us.

I love reading your posts and am thrilled to see you finding successes in your battle to lose weight, too.

Thanks for sharing with us.


Laurie (GastricGirl.com) said...

I'd love this cookbook to get some variety for my healthy, low fat meals.

I've never tried Medifast, but I've heard many good things about it and heard many success stories.

Tamara said...

I am looking into starting Medifast, but I would really like a cookbook like this. Very affordable, and I am a BIG fan of photos with each meal. Being able to prop it up is a nice bonus too. I am a little surprised at only 30some recipes, but I like the simplicity and speed of them.

One way or another I'll have to add this cookbook to my collection!

staceykingman said...

I could use a little variety in my L&G choices! Great review...it looks like a good cookbook. Oh, my favorite L&G is grilled tilapia. :)

A Sense Of Comfort said...

Hi Lyn
I've just recently been following your blog,I'm so glad I found you.I read what you have to say everyday,you have Really Inspired me to get moving.I even went onto "MyPlate -Food Diary" and I am doing Awesome (i'll weigh & measure myself on Friday Mornings)I have never heard of MF,I'm doing it the old fashioned way (i can't afford anything extra right know)I would LOVE to recieve the Lean & Green Cookbook.Take Care

nikki7 said...

I left my comment on the wrong page!! LOL I am a busy mom of 7, I would use the cookbook to find more recipes to use for ALL of us, instead of cooking 2 different dinners each night (1 for me, 1 for the rest of the fam) Thanks!!!

beerab said...

I would definitely use this cookbook to expand my "culinary horizons" otherwise known as my 30 minute meals cooking style... I love trying new things and I often try recipes that I find online.

I think the best part about medifast is you don't rely solely on eating their packaged foods. You have to pick a meal a day to either cook or eat out. I think that helps people who can't cook either learn how or find healthier choices when they eat out. This way, when you are done with your program and are maintaining you won't gain it all back because you not only lose weight, but you gain the tools to never see that weight again.

I will say if I had the money I'd do medifast in a heartbeat.

Someday..... said...

Looks like a book I would actually use. I like the simplicity, nutrition info, and pics -
I hope I am a winner!!

Nicki Lee said...

I'm in my 6th week of MF... I love the results and how simple it is to stay on track! However, I'm a vegetarian, so the cookbook didn't appeal to me... my favorite Lean is EGGBEATERS... easy, tasty, and filling :-)

HOWEVER... my husband just told me he wants to start MF after seeing how successful I've been. So now I NEED THE COOKBOOK... I want to be able to cook healthy meat dishes for him and help change his health too!

I feel our family tree changing already!!


Darle said...

Thanks for your review, I've been waiting for it. I'm thinking this will be a good start to a "new" cookbook collection that fits my new Medifast eating patterns. My husband already lost weight, but wants to share my L&G to keep it off. I love to try new recipes and can see how you could get carried away with tweeking these. My favorite lean is chicken and last night I made broccoli/red pepper stuffed chicken breasts w/laughing cow cheese served on a bed of raw spinach. Please keep on blogging. I enjoy your insights.

Janice Connors said...

I already have the new MF cookbook but I'd LOVE to win one for a friend of mine who is also on MF and does not have one.What I love about the MF cookbook is that the recipes are simple,easy to make,and don't require a lot of weird ingredients and spices that you normally would'nt have in your kitchen already and I can actually have a meal while on MF that tastes good,doesn't make me feel deprived and doesn't keep reminding me that I'm on a diet.I think we so often don't want to or don't have the time to put a lot of effort into making tasty,enjoyable diet meals and so we get fed up(excuse the pun) with boring meals and go off the diet.With the MF cookbook there's no excuse not to make a tasty,enjoyable diet meal.

Lynna said...

I'm considering Medifast as a result of seeing its effectiveness through you!

Vicki said...

I tend to cook the same things over and over in the kitchen. I would use the cook book to shake things up and to learn to cook for a new lifestyle.

Medifast is the only thing that I have had success in my fourteen years of trying to loose weight. I am down forty pounds and hope to loose a lot more.

My favorite lean and green meal is 7 oz of buffalo sirloin with a cup and a half of sliced mushrooms. I season the meat with garlic powder. Buffalo sirloin has a better flavor then any cut of beef. It is the best!

BrendaKaye said...

I would use this cookbook to cook for my family of nine. I am always looking for new inspiration. My favorite lean is any type of fish. I love salmon with a low carb sauce made with sugar free syrup, mustard, and soy sauce. That picture of the mushrooms looks incredible.

BonnieBresalier said...

thanks for the great review. I am not much of a cook, but the recipes seem easy and I would consider buying the book if I don't win one. I love the ease and portability of Medifast and of course, love the results!!

Anonymous said...

I'd use it to make quick, simple dinner meals. Thanks!

Alice9248 said...

OOOOOOwwww- I've been waiting for an open honest review of the L&G cookbook. Those portabella mushroom look like something even my 7 and 9 year old girls and picky hubby would enjoy. I LOVE Medifast! I lost about 100 pounds before on the program BUT gained it back because I didn't rethink and redo my cooking habits. I love to cook, however my go to ingredients of butter and just too much of everything put the pounds on. So I'm back doing the plan I know works and this time I'm revising my cooking along the way to keep the pounds off and myself and family healthy. This new L&G cookbook is just the tool I need in my kitchen.

Christine said...

I am going to be starting Medifast in June (too much traveling in May) so I look forward to having a variety of recipes to choose from. Hopefully my husband will join me at least in the healthy dinners.

KisMJ said...

WOW -- the stuffed portabella mushrooms looked delicious, Lyn!!! I am not a big mushroom person but I am going to have to try this out now. I was curious about the zucchini fritters too. Thanks for your post!

Okiebelle said...

Hi, Sounds like a great book. I love cookbooks. I am not on medifast, but I am currently doing weight watchers. My favorite lean option is definitely chicken. My family practically lives on it. I would love the chance to win this cookbook.

sabel said...

Your blog is one of my daily check ups. I appreciate that you have reviewed this cookbook and it is one that I would like to have in my collection. The recipes you have reviewed look quite good (loved the mushroom pictures).
Thanks for all of your info and advice.

robin.osullivan said...

I would definitely use this cookbook regularly to make yummy meals for me and my boyfriend. My favorite lean option is tofu. thanks!

aschmid said...

I am loving all of your reviews of medifast. I am seriously considering trying it if I can swing it money wise and your reviews have really been useful.

Katie Ann said...

Those mushrooms look so good! I love cookbooks, if only to give me a starting-off point to make up my own recipe.

Anonymous said...

I have debated whether to buy this book and your review really helped me. I also like reading your reviews about the medifast foods, it has saved me from some pretty bad choices!

I would like the book in order to give more variety to my lean and green meals. I tend to eat pretty plainly because I don't want to measure out and refer to the guide for every spice. It would be nice to have the work already done so I don't get bored with the program.


I used to be a person said...

My husband and I just started a weight loss program. Today was our first day at the gym. (gotta start somewhere, right?) This cookbook would definitely come in handy for helping us cook healthy meals.

My favorite lean protein has got to be shellfish, especially crab or lobster. Yum!

Cynthia said...

I'd be interested in the cookbook because I love stuff that is simple, easy and fast.

My favorite lean is the shrimp!

Speaking of which, I fixed the most lovely shrimp salad last night... farmer's market lettuce, onion, green pepper and MANGO topped with spiced shrimp (garlic powder, chili powder & turmeric). Dressed with a little yogurt/lime/honey/cilantro/flax oil dressing I'd made.

Second favorite lean is fish, fish, fish! Which is weird for a girl who's granddad raised Herefords. I apparently inherited the rice and seafood genes while the rest of the family was meat and potatoes.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I used medifast, lost about 300lbs and have maintained it for almost a year so far.
This cookbook helped me, I altered the recipes, it gave me ideas for cooking L&G more than doing the recipe just as they had it. I recommend it.
Here's my success:

4sonsmom said...

I am going back onto Medifast to lose the last of my weight. The doctor just told my husband that he needs to lose 20 pounds within the next 6 months ( His dad dies of a massive heart attack and it is genetic). I also have 4 kids that I need to cook healthier for. I am a real novice in this area and need LOTS OF HELP! Please enter me in your contest.

Melanie said...

Great review! I am actually placing my first month's order today. Vey excited and very nervous. My nerves are calmer since reading your review of the cookbook. I am a mom of 3 boys and htis cookbook will help me create healthy meals for all of us.

Jamie Craig said...

I just started the Medifast diet and love it. I love the variety and how easy it is to follow. I have been wanting to get the cookbook so i can change up what im eating. diets become boring when they stay the same. I have lot 12 lbs in two weeks. I have found my husband snacking on the bars...

Thank you for the review. Makes me want the cookbook even more now.

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