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I went back and forth on ordering this cookbook. While Gina most definitely has tasty recipes, I have a wheat allergy and I thought that there would be too many things that I could not make. But I was very wrong! All in all, it is a beautiful book. I have so many recipes that I want to try and it is great to know that I will be eating healthy, moderate calorie foods. I have been celebrating my recent 10 pound weight loss. It’s not a lot but compared to where I have been in my struggle, it is a start. That is why this book is so amazing to me. There are so many unique recipes that I can't wait to try - loaded nacho potato skins, pages of fabulous salads, thai mussels, zucchini lasagna...I don't know where to start. I am sure that everyone will find something in this book that appeals to them. And if these recipes are all the quality of the recipes on her blog, then this is certainly a winner! My PB&J Overnight Oats in a Jar is already in the fridge.
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Posted October 3, 2014
Don't waste your money purchasing this as a Nook Book. The photos are tiny, cannot really see and do not do Gina Homolka's work justice! Instead, BUY THE BOOK and enjoy every photo, full page recipe and Gina's commentary. This is a great cookbook, just not Nook worthy. I'm surprised as they are able to get better coverage for magazines on Nook. Disappointed that Barnes & Noble will require I buy this in both forms in order to enjoy/use the cookbook.
I give the book itself a five star rating.
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Posted November 13, 2014
I do like the cookbook, I just feel she has so many better recipe's on her blog site. I was hoping alot more online would have been in this cookbook. I was left feeling a bit underwhelmed and I was so excited to get this book.
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Posted April 24, 2015
Posted March 30, 2015
I love this cook book. My husband raves about the meals and the flavors are amazing. I am going to purchase this book for gifts.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 13, 2015
Posted March 4, 2015
I am a gourmet cook, with over 200 cookbooks who thinks cooking is soothing and relaxing.
The kids use to say if mom has had a bad day, dinner will be off the charts good!
It takes a lot for a cookbook to impress me and this one did. Can't wait to get into all the amazing recipes I saw in and grateful for the reviews that said the food tasted great too. I have bought too many "loow calorie/diet " cookbooks that promised great things and the food tastes like cardboard boxes. Intrigued by the Overnight oats and can't wait to try it. .
Posted February 27, 2015
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Posted January 11, 2015
The nutshell: Gina Homolka puts together a cookbook that has you cooking more healthy. The subtitle is: light on calories, big on flavor. An assortment of recipes ranging from appetizers to sandwiches to meat, poultry and fish dishes to veggies. Her introduction helps you learn how to navigate through her cookbook and gives you tips as to what to look for. Some recipes are dairy free, some gluten free, some veggie only. With freezer friendly and slow cooker recipes included, this cookbook covers everything you can think of.
Pro's: I love the pictures. I'm a lover of cookbooks and I love pictures. Being a visual learner, it's what my eye goes to first. I find I skip over recipes that don't have pictures and am drawn to the recipes that do have the pictures. The pictures in this cookbook are vibrant and eye catching.
Con's: As in any cookbook, there are recipes I wouldn't necessarily make. Some I am turned away from as I am cooking for a teenager and a pre-teen and I know they wouldn't eat muscles or seafood stew.
Recommendation: I'm enjoying this cookbook now that my husband and I are counting calories and with it being a low-cal book, it's fitting perfectly in my recipe planning. The recipes are fairly easy and some do call for unusual items (but that depends on your personal cupboard).
The recipe I made out of this cookbook:
Chicken Marsala on the Lighter Side
2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts (8 ounces each)
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour (I substituted gluten free flour)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 teaspoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup finely chopped shallots (I substituted a white onion)
8 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms (I substituted regular sliced mushrooms for the cremini and shiitake mushrooms)
3 ounces sliced shiitake mushrooms
1/3 cup Marsala wine (I substituted sherry cooking wine)
1/2 cup Swanson 88% fat-free chicken broth (I used natural chicken stock)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Preheat the oven to 200°F.
Slice the chicken breasts in half horizontally to make 4 cutlets. Put each cutlet between two sheets of plastic wrap and lightly pound them until they are about 1/4 inch thick. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and a pinch of black pepper.
Place an 18-inch-long length of wax paper on the counter. Put the flour in a shallow bowl and lightly dredge the chicken pieces in the flour, shaking off any excess. Put the chicken on the wax paper; reserve the 1 teaspoon remaining flour to use later.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1/2 tablespoon of the butter and 1 teaspoon of the olive oil to the pan and swirl the pan until the butter has melted. Add the chicken and cook until slightly golden on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a baking dish and place in the oven to keep warm.
Add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon butter and 1 teaspoon olive oil to the skillet. Add the garlic and shallots and cook until soft and golden, about 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms, season with 1/8 teaspoon salt and a pinch of black pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle in the reserved 1 teaspoon of flour and cook, stirring, for about 30 seconds. Add the Marsala wine, chicken broth, and parsley.
Cook, stirring and scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon, until thickened, about 2 minutes.
Return the chicken to the skillet with the mushrooms, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer in the sauce to let the flavors blend, about 4 to 5 minutes.
To serve, put a piece of chicken on each of 4 serving plates. Spoon the mushrooms and sauce evenly over the top, and serve hot.
Per serving (1 breast + mushrooms and sauce): calories 241; fat 8 g; saturated fat 2.5 g; cholesterol 80 mg; carbohydrate 10 g; fiber 1 g; protein 26 g; sugars 2 g; sodium 428 mg.
Adapted from The Skinnytaste Cookbook by Gina Homolka, Clarkson Potter 2014.
Waterbrook Multnomah sent me this complimentary book to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.
Posted January 5, 2015
Posted January 2, 2015
Got this book as a Christmas gift after following Gina's blog for the past year or so. It was everything I had hoped for and more. I own MANY cookbooks with healthy recipes, but nothing has ever inspired me to cook nutritious foods like this beautiful book. STRONGLY RECOMMEND!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 12, 2014
I Love this book!!! I've made her heavenly Banana Oat's muffin and it came out delicious, and my husband and I love the buttermilk oven fried chicken. I mean it was a bit of work but very tasty. I also love her recipes on her Blog.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 12, 2014
Already made a bunch of recipes from the book and they have been really good. I have been wanting to get this book for a bit and utilize her online resources, but I like to have some "real and actual" cookbooks in my hands. My son is a wrestler in high school and we have been looking for new ways to prepare food lightly - this has done the trick. He tabbed all the pages of recipes he wants to us to make, it's practically the whole book. Anyway, good purchase, delicious light and healthy recipes.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 1, 2014
I got this book because I recently started the weight watchers program and since her blog is all about providing healthy meals with their points plus values, I thought it would be nice to have her cookbook on hand so I wouldn't have to always resort to looking online. I'm not disappointed and a lot of the recipes look delicious! The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is because her book and site are all for the WW Points Plus but she doesn't give the values on her recipes. I had to sit there and calculate the value of each serving in the book. Very time consuming but very worth it still in the end!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 14, 2014
The recipes in this cookbook are very tasty - my husband declared tonight (after I made the Chicken Marsala recipe) that there was NO WAY this recipe was good for our diet. He LOVED it, and it was so delicious!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 31, 2014
The photos are absolutely mouth watering! I plan on cooking my way through Skinnytaste Cookbook, trying updated old favorites and newer unique recipes. I'm starting with Kiss My Grits Shrimp.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 29, 2014
Posted October 29, 2014
The Skinnytaste Cookbook contains recipes that I felt tasted amazing compared to other cookbooks that feature "light" options. Personally I am not a vegan or vegetarian but I loved the meatless options that this cookbook offered, especially the Cheesy Baked Penne with Eggplant. I am not usually crazy about Eggplant but this was amazing. The other recipe that stood out was the Baked Fried Chicken. I think most people will agree that fried chicken is awesome, but horrible for you. This was a great easy way to get that fix. I have followed this site for a long time on Pinterest and the book was definitely worth it!
(I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review)
Posted October 24, 2014
I have cooked 6 recipes so far and they have not disappointed. My husband has not suspected that he is eating lighter versions. Recipes are very tasty and turn out looking like their pictures.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.