I know, I know! It’s time to eat cookies and other yummy things and worry about the diet on January 2nd. But, if you’re not ready for January 2nd, it will turn into February 2nd and then June 2nd, and pretty soon it will be Christmas 2015 and you’ll be eating cookies again. So humor me. After all, I’m trying to share a really good thing with you.
I discovered skinnytaste.com back in May when I decided to get serious about eating right. I love Gina Homolka’s website. It has saved me from getting bored with cooking light and from giving up on healthy eating.
However, I absolutely detest having to take a laptop or tablet to the kitchen when it’s time to cook. Sorry…I love ebooks and don’t buy nearly as many “real” books as I used to, but when it comes to cooking I need paper and ink.
So, usually I find a recipe on sites like skinnytaste.com, print them out and pop them into my recipe notebook. However, I’ve been having a lot of computer problems lately and one day, while trying to come up with a menu and grocery list, I was having one of those computer problems. I was desperately trying to access a recipe on skinnytaste.com and just couldn’t do it.
Just so you know, I find computer problems frustrating beyond belief. I was a little beside myself and grumbling about needing to buy Gina’s printed cookbook when my husband took care of the problem. A couple of days later one of those wonderful Amazon packages turned up on my doorstep and The Skinnytaste Cookbook was in my hands. Ahh!
The Skinnytaste Cookbook
Can I just say – I love this cookbook? I do! The subtitle is “light on calories, big on flavor” and it’s not an empty promise. Listen to some of the recipe titles – Apple ‘n’ Spice Baked Oatmeal, Chicken Philly Cheesesteaks, Bangin’ Good Shrimp, Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions, Sunday Night Roast Beef and Gravy, Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Chipotle Mayo, Double Chocolate Chunk Walnut Cookies…that’s right…COOKIES!
Do those sound like boring, bland, awful diet food recipes? I don’t think so! And they’re not.
On Monday night I made Gina’s Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken and Broccoli.
Oh my word! There’s very little butter in this recipe and there’s no heavy cream in it either. Wow! However, there is low-fat cream cheese and 2% milk AND Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese AND Pecorino Romano cheese. Do you like cheese like I like cheese? Oooh!
Gina says that her solution to our craving for high fat Fettuccine Alfredo is: “Use whole-grain pasta, add lean protein and vegetables, and use the best-quality cheese to make up for the lack of butter.” Did you hear that? “Best-quality cheese”? Music to my ears. And believe me, this dish was good! I will definitely make it again.
Now, The Skinnytaste Cookbook is not just recipes. The first nineteen pages give all kinds of practical help including getting over your excuses for not cooking healthy food and making over your kitchen to be a “skinny kitchen”. Those few pages are a mini-education in eating and cooking healthy food.
And one last thing that I love about The Skinnytaste Cookbook is a page called “Crave-Worthy Snacks”. My particular diet calls for two low-fat snacks a day. Now, really, in the past my idea of a snack has been two or three cookies or maybe if I was feeling like being really good pita chips and hummus (quantities undefined!). Even now I like my snacks to be easy to grab – very low prep. This one page in Gina’s book provides 16 ideas for easy snacks. Yesterday I had Pears & Blue which consisted of 1 sliced pear with 1 ounce of blue cheese (140 calories). I had never had this combination before. It’s like a revelation…an epiphany..I’m just in awe! Why have I never had pears and blue cheese before? Especially if it’s only 140 calories?
Anyway…if you’re looking to start eating right after you get done eating Christmas cookies, please buy Gina Homolka’s book, The Skinnytaste Cookbook and check out her website www.skinnytaste.com. You’ll love both, I promise.
Now, how about some Chicken Cordon Bleu Meatballs for supper?