January 6, 2014 at 10:30 am

Maureen Tisdale

Let's Talk Food (& OK, maybe win another cookbook): '300 Calorie Comfort Food,' and January goals

Oh, what the heck, I can’t resist throwing you readers a free cookbook.

No promises to keep it up weekly, as we did through the holiday season — that’s part of why I decided to switch it up, writing about my friend Dawn’s ways of freshening up leftovers Saturday and hold this giveaway until Monday, to try breaking the Saturday giveaway cycle.

But when “Betty Crocker 300 Calorie Comfort Food” lands on your desk just in time for New Year’s resolutions, what’s a food editor to do but offer it up to our faithful readers?

The book touts these offerings:

■300 recipes, each 300 calories or less per serving

■Desserts, snacks and side dishes that are only 150 calories or less

■Menu-planning, calorie-calculating and smart-snacking tips.

It’s an interesting idea, pinning such a variety of recipes to a specific calorie limit — but after a glance inside, I also think there are simply family-friendly ideas here, too. (I opened to a section on slow-cooker suppers with everything from Chunky Beef Ragu to Cheeseburger Joes, Maple-Sage Pork Roast and more.) So I’m guessing it might meet more than one kind of goal, for some lucky recipient.

Word to the wise, though — the portions aren’t always generous. My copy editor friend Eric asked about the serving on the Cheeseburger Joes — a recipe that also caught my attention, thinking my husband would dig it — and it’s 1.5 lbs of ground beef for TWELVE burgers to keep it to less than 300 calories per burger. Pretty sure my husband would make maybe six burgers out of that. Seems there’s always a tradeoff ...

Meanwhile, we The Media of the United States of America tend to assume everyone is setting New Year’s resolutions come January, and maybe we all are (I know my mind keeps turning toward thoughts of saving money and time, and becoming more efficient in my food prep). But I’m curious about whether that’s true for you, and what it looks like — and naturally, whether anything you’re doing is something I can harness for my own good.

SO — tell me if you set January food- or lifestyle-related goals or resolutions (with examples if you’re willing) in the comments below, then send an email to Eats&Drinks@detroitnews.com with “Cookbook/300Calorie” in the subject line and your name and mailing address in the body. Enter only once by midnight Jan. 12. A winner will be chosen from among entries, with preference given to those who comment below. (If it’s Jan 13, 2014, or later when you read this, the book winner will have been chosen — but feel free to add your comments.)

Good luck — with the giveaway and your New Year’s resolutions.

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