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Give the gift of cheat days

As the new year approaches, many people are gearing up to make get-healthy resolutions, including eating more healthfully. But let's get real: How many of us can really, truly abstain from all those "cheat day" foods we love so much long term? I, for one, don't want to live in a world where I can't have poutine every once in a while. If you know someone like that (and i think everyone does) I have the perfect gift idea for this Christmas!

Delish, by Joanna Saltz and the Editors of Delish (the fastest-growing food media brand on the internet) includes more than 275 ideas so that your recipient can "Eat Like Every Day's the Weekend." This book isn't the kind of book you'll want to refer to for everyday cooking, but when you want to indulge, celebrate, or just plain let loose and let your cravings take the lead, this is the perfect resource.

Let's take a look at some of the recipes you'll find inside:

  • In the chapter "Party Starters" you'll find a variety of party-perfect bites such as Jalapeno Popper Wonton Cups, Sloppy Joe Potato Skins, Reuben Egg Rolls, and many others.

  • the "Fun Dips" chapter includes such yummy offerings as Pretzel Ring Beer Cheese Dip, Texas Trash Dip, and 5 Ways to Make Guacamole

  • "Wiches, Bitches" offers up recipes like Chicken Parm Burgers, and Bacon-Sfuffed Burgers, Pigs in a Quilt, and Chicken Cheesesteaks

  • In "What the Fork's for DInner?" you'll find Crack Chicken, Chicken Parm Soup, Buffalo Chicken Chili, Cheeseburger Cups,

  • "You Wanna Pizza This?" includes recipes for things like Pizza Rigatoni Pie, Pizza Pinwheels, and Pizza Pot Pie

  • In "Carb Your Enthusiasm" (the chapter that makes my carb-loving heart flutter) you'll find recipes like Tuscan Chicken Pasta, Creamy Three-Cheese Spaghetti, 31 Mix-Ins for Boxed Mac & Cheese! ('Cause sometimes ya gotta have the boxed stuff),

  • In "Tex-Mex Madness" (another personal fave) Mexican Chicken Pasta, Tamale Pie, Tex-Mex Meatballs, and a Quesadilla Burger!

And so much more!

But wait! Before you think this book is full only of indulgent treats (of which it does have many) there is a whole chapter on "Good for You!" foods like Taco Tomatoes, Buddha Bowls, Bang Bang Brussels Sprouts, a Baked Bloomin' Onion, Parmesan Garlic Carrot Fries, Jalapeno Popper Crisps (low carb!) all of which also sound delicious.

No matter what you're craving, this book has you covered with easy to make, delicious and definitely Insta-worthy recipes. It's like the Delish motto says: "You don't have to know how to cook, you just have to love to eat."

DELISH is a popular food website owned by Hearst. JOANNA SALTZ is the Editorial Director of Delish. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and children.

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