Friday, July 6, 2012

The Digest Diet: Review & Shrimp Scampi Recipe

The Editor-in-Chief of Reader's Digest and co-author of The Flat Belly Diet has released another book, The Digest Diet. This book is all about using groundbreaking science and collective wisdom to help people safely lose weight....quickly! I am all about the science behind it, but what matters most to me is, "How does the food taste?" Let's get real, people! You want to know the same thing too! So, naturally, I tested one of the best lookin' recipes in this cookbook and this is what I found. This "fat releasing" food is great! If you love this recipe for Shrimp Scampi with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil, then you will love the rest of the recipes in this book. Check out this recipe and then check out the Reader's Digest: The Digest Diet!

Serves 4

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil


In a large skillet, cook the garlic and red pepper flakes in the oil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until pale golden...about 1-2 minutes.

Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, 3 minutes.

Pat the shrimp dry and sprinkle with the black pepper. Add the shrimp to the skillet and cook, turning the shrimp once, until just cooked through, about 4 minutes. Stir in the basil and serve.


This dish is delicious and filling. My only criticism is that if you leave out the side of rice, if seems like this recipe amount may not be enough for two people. Other than that, the flavor is great and the recipe is great! It is definitely one of those recipes that is so good, it doesn't feel like you are on a diet! If this was an introductory dish to a diet, everyone would sign up! Looking for a diet or not, this book is a great resource for healthy and hearty recipes!!! The recipes are simple, delish and nutritious!! In addition to recipes, you will also find a workout plan and tips for adjusting to a "new" lifestyle. This is a resource you can't afford NOT to have!

NUTRITION FACTS (per serving):

143 calories / 6.5g fat / 5g carbohydrate / 16g protein / 1g fiber

FAT RELEASERS:  Garlic, red pepper flakes, olive oil, tomatoes, shrimp, black pepper and basil.

To learn more about "Fat Releasers", The Digest Diet, the author (Liz Vaccariello) and recipes ....log into

About the author....

She is the editor-in-chief content officer of Reader's Digest, which reaches more than 26 million readers. She is the coauthor of the # 1 New York Times bestseller FLAT BELLY DIET! and 400 CALORIE FIX. Vaccariello regularly appearso n national programs such as GOOD MORNING AMERICA and THE DOCTORS  and has been featured on THE BIGGEST LOSER, TODAY, RACHAEL RAY and THE VIEW.  Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of PREVENTION. She lives in New Jersey with her family.


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