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21-Day Tummy Diet Cookbook: 150 All-New Recipes that Shrink, Soothe and Satisfy

21-Day Tummy Diet Cookbook: 150 All-New Recipes that Shrink, Soothe and Satisfy

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21-Day Tummy Diet Cookbook: 150 All-New Recipes that Shrink, Soothe and Satisfy

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Dec 22, 2014


Belly bulges plague millions of Americans. So does bloating, heartburn, and other tummy troubles. It’s no coincidence. As Reader's Digest editor-in-chief and weight loss expert Liz Vaccariello revealed in 21-Day Tummy Diet, the same foods can both pack on the pounds and lead to gastrointestinal problems—and the culprits may surprise you. Luckily, there are also foods that can help us both shrink and soothe our stomachs. In 21-Day Tummy Diet Cookbook, you’ll find 150 all-new quick and easy recipes featuring amazing Belly Buddies such as blueberries, potatoes, and tomatoes, including: • Fast and filling breakfasts such as Potato, Ham and Cheddar Hash and Blueberry Corn Muffins, plus all new variations on the Belly Soother Smoothie • Soothing and satisfying soups such as Italian Tomato and Meatball Soup and Chicken Chard Soup with Pasta • Nourishing entrees and one-dish mains such as Tex-Mex Cheeseburger, Hazelnut-Stuffed Pork Chops, and Chicken Mac and Cheese, • Simply delicious sides and salads such as Cherry Tomato and Forbidden Rice Salad, Tuscan Green Beans, and Home-Fries • Delectable desserts such as Chocolate-Chip Walnut Cookies, Blueberry Shortcakes, and Mochachino Cupcakes Plus you’ll find sample menus for each phase of the 21-Day Tummy Diet, easy-to-follow tips on how to create your own Belly Buddy recipes, and inspirational stories from the Tummy Testers, who collectively lost 90 pounds in 3 weeks, shed 29 inches from their waists, and all reported fewer digestive symptoms and happier tummies.
Dec 22, 2014

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ABOUT LIZ VACCARIELLO Liz Vaccariello is the editor-in-chief and chief content officer of Reader's Digest, one of the world's largest media brands, with 26 million readers. A journalist with 20+ years experience in health and nutrition, she's also the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestselling Flat Belly Diet! and The 400-Calorie Fix. Vaccariello regularly appears on national programs such as Good Morning America and The Doctors, and has been featured on The Biggest Loser, Today, Rachel Ray, and The View. Previously, Liz was the editor-in-chief of Prevention. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and twin daughters. Her blog, Losing it with Liz, lives on She has over 3,000 followers on Twitter (@LizVacc). ABOUT READER’S DIGEST RDA is a global media and direct marketing company that educates, entertains and connects more than 130 million consumers around the world with products and services from trusted brands. With offices in 43 countries, the company reaches customers in 78 countries, publishes 91 magazines, including 50 editions of Reader's Digest, the world's largest-circulation magazine, operates 78 branded websites and sells 40 million books, music and video products across the world each year. Reader's Digest, the world's most read magazine with 26 million readers, 2.7 million users on, and more than 1 million Facebook Likes. Further information about the company can be found at

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Note to our Readers


Chapter 1: Tummy Troubles Begone!

Chapter 2: Belly Buddies in Your Kitchen

Chapter 3: Your Personal 21-Day Plan

Chapter 4: Breakfasts

Belly Soother Smoothie

Tomato and Mozzarella Egg Pizza

Breakfast Tortilla Cups

Potato, Ham, and Cheddar Hash

Poached Eggs and Grits

Breakfast Sliders

Quinoa and Oat Bran Cereal

Toasted Almond Oatmeal

Crunchy Granola Bars

Toasted Oat Muesli with Peanuts and Grapes

Multigrain Pancakes

Breakfast Fruit Salad

Cheddar Scones

Savory Seeded Almond Breakfast Shortbread

Blueberry Corn Muffins

Chapter 5: Soups

Beef Borscht

Smoky Lentil and Ham Soup

Pork and Ramen Soup

Chipotle Pork and Pepper Soup

Spring Chicken Soup

Italian Chicken and Escarole Soup

Chicken-Chard Soup with Pasta

Mexican Spinach and Chicken Soup

Italian Tomato and Meatball Soup

Butternut Squash, Turkey, and Red Quinoa Soup

Turkey Soup with Multigrain Dumplings

Coconut Shrimp Soup

Provençal Fish Soup

Fennel-Potato Soup

Rich Carrot and Chickpea Soup

Kale and Basmati Soup with Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Spiced Tofu and Vegetable Soup

Chapter 6: Main Courses

Barbecue-Glazed Flank Steak

Tex-Mex Cheeseburgers

Egg-Stuffed Meat Loaf

Hazelnut-Stuffed Pork Chops

Maple-Rosemary Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Seared Pork Chops with Pineapple Sauce

Chicken-Fried Pork with Fresh Tomato Relish

Grilled Chicken with Salsa Verde

Tandoori-Style Baked Chicken

Lemon Chicken Under a Brick

Chicken with Pipian Sauce

Braised Chicken with Tomatoes and Olives

Spice-Rubbed Chicken with Grape Relish

Chicken Parmesan

Deviled Chicken

Roast Turkey Breast with Fresh Cranberry Relish

Turkey Braciole

Turkey Cutlets in Spicy Peanut Sauce

Roast Salmon with Radish Raita

Seared Mahi Mahi with Basil Oil

Jerk Shrimp

Crab Cakes

Cod Veracruz

Potato and Cheese Frittata

Cajun-Style Grilled Tofu Steaks with Pepper Relish

Veggie Patties with Chipotle Mayo

Red Quinoa Burger with Tzatziki

Japanese Dinner Pancake (Okonomiyaki)

Chapter 7: One-Dish Mains

Hearty Tomato-Basil Beef Stew

Sancocho Beef Stew

Thai Beef Salad

Beef and Cabbage Stir-Fry with Sesame Quinoa

Red Pork Chili with Parsnips and Chickpeas

Roast Pork and Winter Vegetables

Southwestern Posole

Spinach, Pork, and Blueberry Salad

BBQ Pork Salad

Pork, Kasha, and Kiwi Salad

Middle Eastern Chicken Skillet Dinner

Chicken-Stuffed Peppers with Feta


Arroz con Pollo

North African Chicken Stew with Cilantro Couscous

Chicken Mac and Cheese

Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Ambrosia

Grilled Chicken, Honeydew, and Avocado Salad

Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing

Parmesan-Crusted Turkey Cutlets with Watercress Salad

Turkey Goulash with Broken Fettuccine

Turkey and Shrimp Jambalaya

Creamy Fish Stew

Tricked-Out Tuna Salad

Greek-Style Tuna Noodle Casserole

Fish Taco Salad

Margarita Shrimp Salad

Shrimp Stir-Fry

Scallop Hotpot with Rice Noodles

Tofu Coconut Curry

Fettuccine Alfredo

Savory Vegetable Kugel

Tofu Tabbouleh

Vegetarian Tamale Pie

Chapter 8: Salads

Arugula Salad with Pine Nuts and Parmesan

Honeymoon Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

Crisp Green Salad with Nuts in a Ginger Dressing

Avocado, Tomato, Spinach, and Sprout Salad

Kiwi and Orange Salad

Pickled Bell Pepper Salad

Cabbage Slaw with Jalapeño-Bacon Dressing

Warm Bok Choy and Pepper Salad

Celery Root Rémoulade with Endives

Cucumber, Feta, and Mint Salad

Zesty Orange and White Potato Salad

Provençal Eggplant Salad

Moroccan Carrot Salad

Cherry Tomato and Forbidden Rice Salad

Chapter 9: Sides

Grilled Belgian Endives

Creamed Kale with Bacon and Hazelnuts

Lemony Roasted Bok Choy

Tuscan Green Beans

Sesame-Ginger Green Beans

Pickled Zucchini Spears

Sautéed Cabbage and Walnuts

Crispy-Topped Broiled Tomatoes

Paprika-Spiced Creamed Corn

Broccoli, Corn, and Grape Tomato Sauté

Herbed Sautéed Radishes

Grilled Eggplant and Chard Gratin

Maple-Orange Grilled Eggplant

Maple-Glazed Carrots

Roasted Parsnips and Carrots

Rutabaga Mash

Parmesan Steak Fries

Home Fries

Brown Rice Pilaf with Melted Carrots

Herbed Tricolor Quinoa

Sunny Kasha

Oat Risotto

Chapter 10: Desserts

Cantaloupe Granita

Raspberry Fool

Blueberry-Lime Cream Parfait

Strawberry Mousse

Toasted Coconut Panna Cotta

Banana Splits

Berry-Studded Rice Pudding

Three-Citrus Coconut Macaroons

Almond Biscotti

Chocolate-Chip Walnut Cookies

Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Cookies

Creamy Orange-Lemon Bars

Blueberry Shortcakes

Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp

Carrot-Pineapple Slices with Cream Cheese Frosting

Grape and Almond Custard Cake

Upside-Down Pineapple Corn Skillet Cake

Maple-Glazed Banana Tarts

Mochachino Cupcakes

Espresso Pudding Cake

Appendix A: Your Belly Bully Tests

Appendix B: Belly Bullies


Conversion Chart


The information in this book should not be substituted for, or used to alter, medical therapy without your doctor’s advice. For a specific health problem, consult your physician for guidance.


I’m fortunate to have had a lot of blessings in my life—a devoted husband, healthy and happy children, and a job I adore. As editor in chief of Reader’s Digest, I get a front-row seat to the front lines of what’s happening in America and around the world. I get to hear from folks like you about your concerns and your interests, and I have the privilege of finding and delivering information you can use to live your best lives. That is what Reader’s Digest magazine and books have been doing for more than 90 years.

With my background as a health journalist, I knew that losing weight, especially stubborn belly fat, was a daily struggle for many of you. But it wasn’t until recently that I realized how closely these weight issues were related to other stomach problems—the belly grumbles of digestive discord—and just how many of you have been suffering, all too often in silence. So I went looking for a solution.

I uncovered a connection that scientists are just beginning to understand: The bacteria in your gut play a huge role in inflammation, tummy fat, and digestive woes. Moreover, what you eat can directly affect both your gut flora and the inflammatory response in your cells. This is the latest in cutting-edge medical science—you can say you heard it here first!

To combine this revolutionary science with real-life eating, I enlisted Kate Scarlata, a registered dietitian with 25 years of experience in treating digestive health. After extensive intestinal surgery, Kate experienced firsthand the aftermath of gut bacteria imbalance, which made her belly bloated and crampy. So she has a personal interest in keeping up with the latest digestive health research. She has helped countless clients (and herself) get a grip on their tummy troubles and, with the 21-Day Tummy Diet Cookbook, she will help you, too.

Since many of the same foods that trigger gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms also create belly fat, the revolutionary 21-Day Tummy plan was carefully designed to eliminate them. But it doesn’t stop there. The plan also puts an emphasis on consuming key nutritious foods that ease digestive woes and make weight loss easier. That’s right, finally a diet that combats common GI problems and weight gain at the same time!

The 21-Day Tummy plan works. How do we know? I tried it myself and recruited 11 other testers, and our results were outstanding! Yes, we flattened our bellies; yes, we calmed our digestive systems; and yes, we whittled away the inches. The grand total of weight loss by our test team in 3 weeks was a whopping 90 pounds! One of our testers, Rob McMahon, lost 19 pounds, almost a pound a day, in just 21 days.

Did we lose belly inches? You bet. The test team lost a grand total of 29 inches off their waistlines. One panelist, Gregg Roth, lost 4 ¹/2 inches off his midsection. Talk about moving his belt notch! Dorothy Nuzzo, another tester, trimmed 2 ¹/4 inches from her waist and dropped four dress sizes! I lost 10 inches overall and 10 pounds. I am sure you will be successful, too.

What was truly remarkable was the disappearance of nagging digestive symptoms. In fact, every single one of us reported improved digestion. We saw a reduction in heartburn, pain, gas, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea—and believe me, we were more than happy to say good-bye to those troubling digestive issues. In fact, two of our testers, Rob McMahon and Phyllis Gebhardt, discontinued using daily acid reflux medications.

I have never really had a weight problem, and my digestion has always treated me pretty well. But, after recent surgery and the inactivity that followed, my weight crept up and my digestion slowed down. Not that I like chatting about it, but I began to have constipation and bloating issues. Thankfully, I bid adieu to my newly obtained belly pooch and GI complaints during this innovative 3-week plan. I learned how to avoid all the surprising Belly Bullies causing my tummy woes, and how to enjoy the yummy Belly Buddies that helped me shrink and soothe. I’ve been trouble-free ever since!

A bonus? I slept like a baby while eating this new way. I wasn’t the only one. Rob McMahon noticed how refreshed he felt when he woke up in the morning, after only one full day on the diet! Another tester, Jonathan Bigham, noted that he no longer needed to set his alarm to wake up. And this specific combination of high magnesium, low sugar, high-fiber, and carb-light foods even seemed to make my hair grow faster!

No need to deprive yourself by eating tasteless foods to keep your tummy calm and symptom free. The notion that everyone with digestive issues should eat a bland and boring diet is simply unfounded. In fact, adherents to the 21-Day Tummy plan enjoy a variety of flavorful foods and a calmer belly.

We all loved the foods and recipes on the 21-Day Tummy plan. Since they were so popular, I created this cookbook to provide even more mouthwatering, tummy-taming recipes. I know you will not be disappointed. You’ll never get bored with the vast selection of recipes you’ll find in this cookbook, from energizing breakfasts, savory soups, delectable salads, filling main entrees, and even sweet but healthy treats—all created with ingredients that shrink and calm tummies. These recipes make eating well a no-brainer because they automatically cut out Belly Bullies and pack in Belly Buddies.

Best of all for the busiest among us? Most of these recipes can be prepared with less than 30 minutes of hands-on time. They are easy to prepare, and many can be frozen ahead for easy grab-and-go meals during a hectic workweek.

If you had success with the 21-Day Tummy plan, then this cookbook will provide more tasty inspirations to keep you going. If you’re new to 21-Day Tummy Diet, this cookbook will provide the major highlights of the original book so you, too, can start calming and shrinking your belly right now!

According to the Harvard School of Public Health, 200 million adult men and almost 300 million adult women in the world are obese.¹ The United States has the highest level of obesity worldwide. More than a third of American adults are obese, and nearly 70 percent are overweight.², ³ And, to their dismay, on many people the extra pounds seem to accumulate around their tummy. Not only is that belly fat unsightly, it’s also deadly. Visceral fat deep under your skin smothers your abdominal organs and secretes hormones and other substances that contribute to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and many other serious health conditions.

Along with the extra weight come other tummy troubles. Even subtle weight gain ups the chances for GI problems, not to mention that uncomfortable feeling when your favorite jeans feel tight. According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, even in women with a normal body mass index (BMI), when their BMI increased by just 3.5, they were more likely to experience frequent acid reflux.⁴ So it’s no surprise that the prevalence of digestive disorders has grown along with our waistlines. The occurrence of weekly heartburn, for instance, rose nearly 50 percent over the last decade.⁵

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institutes of Health, 60 million to 70 million people in the United States are affected by digestive diseases.⁶ Among the most common: gas and bloating, heartburn and acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Researchers from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill found in a recent study that 65 percent of respondents surveyed by phone rated their gastrointestinal symptoms as moderate or severe in intensity, which disrupted their normal activities.⁷

A two-for-one diet, the 21-Day Tummy eating plan takes aim at both types of tummy troubles simultaneously so that your stomach slims and calms down right away.

The Links Between Weight and Digestion

In researching and writing 21-Day Tummy Diet, I uncovered a connection between weight gain and digestive issues that hadn’t yet hit the national news. Trillions of bacteria live in our intestines, and scientists are just beginning to understand how maintaining the right balance of these microbes can keep our tummies happy. In addition, chronic inflammation adds to our big bellies and triggers our digestive woes.

Unbalanced Gut Bacteria

Conventional wisdom says that the key to weight management is a balance between calories consumed and calories burned by your body. But reality is a bit more complicated.

A recent Mayo Clinic study revealed that the bacterial flora of obese mice and humans include fewer Bacteroidetes and correspondingly more Firmicutes [two of the main types of microbes to inhabit the GI tract] than that of their lean counterparts, suggesting that differences in caloric extraction for ingested food substance may be due to the composition of the gut microbiota, the microbes that inhabit your intestine.⁸ Excessive amounts of Firmicutes promote fat storage. By breaking normally indigestible fiber into absorbable short-chain fatty acids, our gut bacteria make extra calories out of the food we eat. How generous (not)!

In a series of experiments done at Washington University of Medicine, researchers found that, despite eating more, mice free of any gut bacteria had a lower body fat content compared to conventionally raised mice. The gut bacteria from the normal mice were then transplanted into the bacteria-free mice. Within 2 weeks, these mice gained 60 percent more body fat, without changing how they ate or exercised. They also developed insulin resistance (a precursor to diabetes) and had increased levels of the hunger hormone leptin. Even their fat cells got larger.

Gut bacteria may even change our metabolism. After gastric bypass surgery, patients see a rapid and sustained increase of Escherichia and Akkermansia. At the same time, their metabolism speeds up and their weight and body fat drop rapidly.¹⁰

Besides making us fatter, our gut bacteria can throw a wrench into our digestive system. A study recently published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that kids with irritable bowel syndrome have fewer bifidobacteria, among other differences in gut flora, than normal healthy kids. Researchers think these bacteria alterations may cause the diarrhea that these children are prone to.¹¹ Another study shows that an increase in gram-negative bacteria (that is, bacteria that share characteristics linked with disease) in the esophagus coincides with inflammation and cell changes that are commonly seen in gastroesophageal reflux (GERD).¹²

Changes in your gut bacteria don’t just affect your digestive system. Bacterial shifts have been linked with autism, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, and even cancer. And the scientific community is just beginning to connect the dots between our gut microbes and our health and well-being.

It’s important to note that not all bacteria are bad news. Gut bacteria help break down our food for digestion, creating vitamin B and vitamin K to keep our body healthy and strong. Plus, some reduce the risk of certain diseases, including cancer and allergies, and help repel infections and toxins.

Unfortunately, staying healthy isn’t as simple as getting more good bacteria and getting rid of the bad bacteria. Most microbes can both help and harm you, depending on how much you have and how sensitive your system is. For instance, having too few Firmicutes is linked with inflammatory bowel disease, while hosting too many of these bacteria is linked with obesity.¹³ It’s all about balance.

Inflammation That Won’t Stop

Inflammation is not inherently a bad thing. It’s a protective reaction, our body’s way of ridding itself of infections to help us heal. Our immune system kicks into high gear, fighting infectious pathogens with a burst of immune activity to repair and nourish wounds. But when inflammation goes rogue and spirals out of control, it can impact every cell in our body.

This type of chronic inflammation can actually make you fat. Whole body inflammation is a predictor of future weight gain.¹⁴ Our body attempts to defend itself from inflammation by producing anti-inflammatory chemicals. Unfortunately, these chemicals interfere with the normal function of the hormone leptin. Normally, leptin tells your brain to stop eating when you are full. But, if you have chronic inflammation, your brain doesn’t get the message. That means you still feel hungry (even after you’ve just finished a meal) so you keep eating. This leads to weight gain.

And, in a vicious cycle, weight gain causes even more inflammation. In a paper published in March 2013, researchers found that when you overfeed your fat cells, they produce a group of proteins that usually only appear to help your body fight off a bacterial or viral infection. In essence, they are initiating a false alarm, but your immune system reacts as if the danger was real and responds with inflammation.¹⁵ In another recent study, 11 healthy men and three women were fed 1.4 times their calorie needs for 8 weeks. Researchers concluded the participants developed enlarged fat cells and greater amounts of visceral fat. The visceral fat released substances called cytokines and chemokines, which trigger an inflammatory response, raise blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and increase blood pressure.¹⁶ This increases your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even more weight gain.

Inflammation can occur anywhere in your body, and along with inflammation often comes pain. Any condition with an –itis at the end of it refers to inflammation—think about arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, or rhinitis, all conditions marked by painful swelling. In your GI tract, inflammation can flare up in your esophagus (esophagitis), stomach (gastritis), and intestines (colitis). These and other inflammatory conditions in the gut have all been linked with bacterial imbalances. Gastritis often follows an H. pylori infection. GERD, Crohn’s, and ulcerative colitis sufferers have alterations in their gut bacteria, too. Compared to healthy individuals, for instance, people with ulcerative colitis have more gram-negative bacteria and fewer healthy Lactobacillus and Akkermansia.¹⁷

What’s Fueling Inflammation and Microbial Imbalance

Scientists have been studying chronic inflammation for decades, so we have a good idea of what causes it. Stress, exposure to environmental toxins, repeated infections, and weight gain all fan the flames. So do some gut microbes. What we eat is the biggest culprit: The standard Western diet, supersized with unhealthy fats and refined carbs but lacking many critical nutrients, is a prescription for chronic inflammation.

While researchers have known about gut microbes for just as long, though, they have only recently begun to understand how widespread the impact of these tiny organisms really is. Mapping the number and types of gut bacteria in humans, identifying how they affect different diseases, and figuring out what foods or habits can change the makeup of each individual’s microbiota are all subjects of ongoing studies. This is very new science, so our understanding of this complex system changes every day. That being said, there are some things we do know for sure about what affects our gut bacteria—and it turns out to look a lot like the list of things that cause chronic inflammation: stress, infections, changes in weight, and our diet.

To create the 21-Day Tummy plan, Kate and I paired the newest discoveries about the foods that contribute to chronic inflammation and imbalances in gut bacteria—most notably, carb-dense and rapidly fermentable foods—together with time-tested knowledge about pro- and anti-inflammatory fats and the effects of magnesium.


Rob McMahon, Age 42

LOST 19 POUNDS and 2 ¹/2 BELLY INCHES in 21 days!

No More Daily Heartburn Medication!

At 6’3, Rob is tall enough to carry his weight well. Most of his colleagues (me included!) were surprised to learn that he had extra pounds to lose—but at 233 pounds, his BMI put him on the high end of the overweight" category.

Plus, he had constant, severe heartburn. He had been relying on daily prescription medication to control the symptoms and, previously, when he had tried to wean himself off of it, as soon as he skipped a dose, he felt a lot of discomfort. But on day one of the 21-Day Tummy diet, I stopped taking the medication, and I did not need it once. My acid reflux is completely gone. Amazing!

Rob’s goal had been to start the journey of losing 15 pounds, but he didn’t necessarily expect to do it all in 21 days. Instead, he blew away his expectations, dropping a whopping 19 pounds—that’s almost a pound a day! To know that I lost even more than I wanted . . . I just simply feel better about myself.

Carb Density

Refined or unrefined. High glycemic or low glycemic. Starchy or nonstarchy. Over the years, as researchers have been working to tease out the differences between various types of carbs and what effects they have in the human body, dieters have been trying to figure out which ones will really help them lose weight and which will cause them to gain.

But while all of these distinctions have helped us learn more about how carbs affect our health, none of them quite explain the paradox of the Kitavan Islanders. These Melanesian people eat a diet that is about 60 to 70 percent carbohydrate, including many starchy foods such as sweet potatoes and bananas that are high-glycemic—that is, they break down into sugars quickly, which is thought to contribute to type 2 diabetes and other health problems. But they have lower blood sugar, insulin, and leptin levels than Westerners—and almost no cases of overweight, diabetes, and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries, which can

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