Ellie Krieger has a simple philosophy about healthy eating — it shouldn't hurt.

That's the message behind the Food Network star's recent cookbook, "The Food You Crave" (The Taunton Press, 2008, $28) — that a healthy diet can taste and look satisfying. And her recipes make her case.

As in her New York Breakfast, which tops pumpernickel with a smear of cream cheese and chopped veggies. Or Chicken Sate with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce. Or her Meatball and Pepper Hero.

Krieger calls for sensible cuts and swaps, the sort of changes that are easy to live with. For example, the New York Breakfast uses full-fat whipped cream cheese, which has the same calories as low-fat version, but tastes better.

The book is nicely illustrated and contains plenty of tips for giving your own recipes a healthy overhaul.