Monday, December 29, 2014

Review: The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor

I recently had the opportunity to review the new Skinnytaste Cookbook through blogging for books. I jumped at the opportunity because I have seen skinnytaste recipes being pinned all over Pinterest and I was interested in seeing was all the buzz was about. The book is written by Gina Homolka who is the creator of skinnytaste.com. 

The cookbook itself is laid out beautifully with big, colorful pictures and sections organized by type of recipe. There were over one hundred recipes to chose from and quite a lot of variety.

Now onto the recipes...I was very curious to find out if a cookbook that many people use to lose weight would actually have recipes full of flavor. Here was my menu for the week: 

Slow-Cooker Picadillo- I picked this one because it looked quick and inexpensive and an easy dish to use leftovers later. I served it originally as tacos with a cabbage slaw and then leftovers as a taco salad and quesadilla. There were a few different spices in the recipe so I thought there would be more flavor than there was. I was thankful that it wasn't too spicy because my kids gobbled it up but it could have used a couple dashes of hot sauce. 

Crockpot Santa Fe Chicken- This was a super fast soup to throw together in the morning and have simmer all day in the slow cooker. I have to admit that we added cheese and avocado to the top when we ate it which kind of defeats the "skinny" recipe but the soup had a lot of flavor on it's own. 

Bangin' Good Shrimp- This was a copycat recipe of Bonefish Grill's Bang Bang shrimp and was really tasty.

Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken and Broccoli- this is Gina's most requested recipe makeover on her blog. Everyone knows that the regular fettuccine alfredo is full of calories but this slimmed down version was still very, very good. This was my favorite meal of the week for sure. 

Slow-cooker Jerk Chicken Tacos which is very similar to these pork tacos- Lots of flavor. I couldn't find jerk seasoning in the grocery store so I made my own blend using this recipe.

Coconut Panna Cotta similar to this panna cotta recipe- this dessert was my favorite recipe I tried from the cookbook. I love panna cotta and I couldn't believe how creamy and smooth this was! It wasn't missing the heavy cream at all!

PB&J Overnight Oats in a jar similar to these oats with the addition of grapes and PB&J

If someone is trying to lose weight but still enjoy food, I would definitely recommend this cookbook. Some of the recipes require a bit of prep work but that is usually the case if you are going to have good tasting, fresh food. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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