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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Get the recipes everyone is talking about in the debut cookbook from the wildly popular blog Skinnytaste   Gina Homolka is America’s most trusted home cook when it comes to easy, flavorful recipes that are miraculously low-calorie and made from all-natural, easy-to-find ingredients. Her blog, Skinnytaste is the number one go-to site for slimmed down NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Get the recipes everyone is talking about in the debut cookbook from the wildly popular blog Skinnytaste   Gina Homolka is America’s most trusted home cook when it comes to easy, flavorful recipes that are miraculously low-calorie and made from all-natural, easy-to-find ingredients. Her blog, Skinnytaste is the number one go-to site for slimmed down recipes that you’d swear are anything but. It only takes one look to see why people go crazy for Gina’s food: cheesy, creamy Fettuccini Alfredo with Chicken and Broccoli with only 420 calories per serving, breakfast dishes like Make-Ahead Western Omelet "Muffins" that truly fill you up until lunchtime, and sweets such as Double Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies that are low in sugar and butter-free but still totally indulgent.   The Skinnytaste Cookbook features 150 amazing recipes: 125 all-new dishes and 25 must-have favorites. As a busy mother of two, Gina started Skinnytaste when she wanted to lose a few pounds herself. She turned to Weight Watchers for help and liked the program but struggled to find enough tempting recipes to help her stay on track. Instead, she started “skinny-fying” her favorite meals so that she could eat happily while losing weight.   With 100 stunning photographs and detailed nutritional information for every recipe, The Skinnytaste Cookbook is an incredible resource of fulfilling, joy-inducing meals that every home cook will love.


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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Get the recipes everyone is talking about in the debut cookbook from the wildly popular blog Skinnytaste   Gina Homolka is America’s most trusted home cook when it comes to easy, flavorful recipes that are miraculously low-calorie and made from all-natural, easy-to-find ingredients. Her blog, Skinnytaste is the number one go-to site for slimmed down NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Get the recipes everyone is talking about in the debut cookbook from the wildly popular blog Skinnytaste   Gina Homolka is America’s most trusted home cook when it comes to easy, flavorful recipes that are miraculously low-calorie and made from all-natural, easy-to-find ingredients. Her blog, Skinnytaste is the number one go-to site for slimmed down recipes that you’d swear are anything but. It only takes one look to see why people go crazy for Gina’s food: cheesy, creamy Fettuccini Alfredo with Chicken and Broccoli with only 420 calories per serving, breakfast dishes like Make-Ahead Western Omelet "Muffins" that truly fill you up until lunchtime, and sweets such as Double Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies that are low in sugar and butter-free but still totally indulgent.   The Skinnytaste Cookbook features 150 amazing recipes: 125 all-new dishes and 25 must-have favorites. As a busy mother of two, Gina started Skinnytaste when she wanted to lose a few pounds herself. She turned to Weight Watchers for help and liked the program but struggled to find enough tempting recipes to help her stay on track. Instead, she started “skinny-fying” her favorite meals so that she could eat happily while losing weight.   With 100 stunning photographs and detailed nutritional information for every recipe, The Skinnytaste Cookbook is an incredible resource of fulfilling, joy-inducing meals that every home cook will love.

30 review for The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor

  1. 5 out of 5

    Belinda

    4,25 stars - English hardcover - lovely tastes.... 🌷🌷🌷

  2. 4 out of 5

    etherealfire

    I just realized I never reviewed and shelved two out of the three fantastic SkinnyTaste cookbooks I own. Purchased in 2017 and read the same year and have been using the books ever since. Love them all!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anna's Herding Cats

    If you're going to buy a cookbook...make it this one! omg I love this thing. Review to come... Amazon: http://amzn.to/2hr10i2

  4. 5 out of 5

    MrsJoseph *grouchy*

    http://bookslifewine.com/r-the-skinny... I was introduced to Gina Homolka and her Skinnytaste Blog by a friend several years ago and I have been following the blog ever since. When The Skinnytaste Cookbook was announced, I was cautiously excited. Sadly, a lot of the food blogs I follow put out cookbooks around the same time so I lost track of this one. Fast forward some time and I'm once again trying to control my diet. I'd started using some of the recipes on the Skinnytaste blog but rarely. Then http://bookslifewine.com/r-the-skinny... I was introduced to Gina Homolka and her Skinnytaste Blog by a friend several years ago and I have been following the blog ever since. When The Skinnytaste Cookbook was announced, I was cautiously excited. Sadly, a lot of the food blogs I follow put out cookbooks around the same time so I lost track of this one. Fast forward some time and I'm once again trying to control my diet. I'd started using some of the recipes on the Skinnytaste blog but rarely. Then I decided to borrow a copy from the library and I loved it. The Skinnytaste Cookbook reminds me of the old school cookbooks I used to get years ago: stuffed to the brim with both photos and recipes. And thank goodness Gina Homolka didn't feel the need to cram pages and pages of her preaching at me - she got right to the good stuff. From The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Make Ahead Western Omelet "Muffins" - pg 29 These are just ok. I can't rave about them but they are easy to make, to use substitutions with and easy to pack/carry. I made my "muffins" with no meat but I added a couple of slices of portobello mushrooms and paired the muffins with homemade beef sausage. I did attempt freezing these "muffins" to grab and go as suggested. Either I did something wrong wrapping the omelet muffins or this is just a bad idea. The omelet muffins were really...juicy when defrosted and full of ice crystals when frozen. I only kept them in the freezer for a week. Normally I have non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt with mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, black berries and raspberries) for breakfast(23g of protein) so I decided to try this to see if it was worth the work switching out to a hot breakfast. Mostly? No. Naked Persian Turkey Burgers (served with Persian Salad) - pg 156 On first bite, these Turkey Burgers were in desperate need of more: more salt, more flavor. It wasn't until the second bite that the flavors hit me. The Naked Persian Turkey Burgers have a rather different flavor profile but it was tasty enough. I did want to add more salt (I didn't) but I feel a lack of salt. In defense of The Skinnytaste Cookbook, I really like salt. The zucchini in the burgers kept them so moist I was shocked. I tried using zucchini in a regular burger and it worked so well! And you couldn't taste the zucchini at all. I made the Naked Burgers and the Persian salad to take for lunch and it was moderately filling. No matter how I contorted, I was still very hungry by the end of the work day. If I make this again, I will have to eat it with something a little more filling. Buttermilk Oven "Fried" Chicken - pg 151 So. This tasted fine (if a little buttery) BUT I will not make this again. There are just too many steps considering the outcome. I found that flipping the chicken was the worst part of the cooking process: I lost a lot of the "breading" at that time. While this is lower calorie than traditional fried chicken, I'd rather just eat traditionally fried chicken as a treat/special occasion instead of making this. Mongolian Beef and Broccoli - pg 190 This is tasty! Very tasty! I put in a little too much brown sugar so it's a bit sweeter than it should be - but it's still amazingly delicious. This one is a major hit with Hubby. I served this alone and with rice. Love it both ways! Slow-Cooker Picadillo - pg 193 So easy but delicious! I spent a lot of time tasting this as it was cooking...with a lot of burning of the tongue, lol. I'm really enjoying these ground beef recipes for lunch. I tried it with rice (basmati) which was fine. BUT then I used it as taco meat in a very simple (and light) taco: soft shell tortilla, .25 oz cheddar jack, some diced mini heirloom tomatoes and diced red onion. OMG. OMG! YUM. Irresistible Vegetable Medley - pg 274 This recipe is pretty simple and delicious! I've made something quite like this before but in honor of my SkinnyTaste Cookbook, I decided to gussy this recipe up a little. I used purple cauliflower instead of regular cauliflower. Please note: purple cauliflower is genetically more like broccoli and has different nutritional value. I also have tried a decent handful of the recipes located on the Skinnytaste blog. These are delicious, too. I find that the Skinnytaste blog is a great place to go when I'm out shopping and didn't meal plan. I just pick something tasty right from the blog. From the Skinnytaste blog: Avocado Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette *loved* I made this for my mother-in-law the last time she came to visit. OMG. Both of us LOVED this. But my MIL was in heaven. Cilantro Lime Cauliflower "Rice" This is delicious but hubby isn't a fan of cauliflower rice, lol. I haven't made this often. Korean Beef Rice Bowls *loved* Ok. This right here? This is my jam! I loved this one soooo much. I tried it with and without rice - it was great both ways. I also tried it with Quinoa and I liked it. I also tried it with sriracha and *OMG* divine. Chicken Parmigiana Burgers I made this recently but I substituted turkey for the chicken. Not the best idea, lol. It was ok. I spread garlic bread spread on the buns which was pretty delicious. But the turkey tasted strange with the other flavor profiles. I do plan to make this again. One day. Shawarma-Spiced Grilled Chicken with Garlic Yogurt *loved* OMG. This has such BIG flavor. HUGE flavor. And the garlic yogurt is strong, lol. Every time I opened my lunch bag the scent of garlic would smack me in the nose. But I really enjoyed it a lot. This is staying in the rotation. Kenyan Braised Collard Greens and Ground Beef (Sukuma Wiki) *hated* I was so surprised by how much [hubby and] I disliked this. We both like spicy/hot foods but there was something about this flavor profile that just didn't work. I'm not sure but I think the cinnamon is what bothered me. One of my co-workers is Kenyan and a fabulous cook. I keep meaning to ask him for his opinion on this one. Make-Over Breakfast Sausage and Mushroom Strata I liked this just fine. I would want more sausage for flavor, however. I do plan to try this again. Crock Pot Chicken A La Criolla I quite liked this. My mother-in-law liked this, too. Hubby was not a fan. All in all, I love this book (and the blogs)! I'm so glad hubby got it for me and it will be getting a pretty good workout!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kristie

    I just borrowed this from the library and read through all of the recipes. There are so many that I would like to try that I've decided to buy the book for my library. I love that she adds nutritional information for each recipe. The recipes look delicious and I love that she includes whole grains, almond milk, egg whites, etc. The recipes are healthier and the ingredients are accessible. I may come back after making some of the recipes to adjust my review/rating, but if they are as yummy as the I just borrowed this from the library and read through all of the recipes. There are so many that I would like to try that I've decided to buy the book for my library. I love that she adds nutritional information for each recipe. The recipes look delicious and I love that she includes whole grains, almond milk, egg whites, etc. The recipes are healthier and the ingredients are accessible. I may come back after making some of the recipes to adjust my review/rating, but if they are as yummy as they look, it won't be necessary.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Diane Hernandez

    If you're ready for a more gourmet Hungry Girl, this cookbook is for you! Skinnytaste lightens up meals in innovative ways like Chocolate Cream Pie (made with Tofu), Chocolate Walnut Cookies (made with avocado instead of butter), Chili Verde (made with chicken and white beans instead of pork) and Lasagna (made with zucchini instead of pasta). I agree with the author's suggestion to make a weekly menu plan and then shop for the ingredients because most people won't have these types of items in th If you're ready for a more gourmet Hungry Girl, this cookbook is for you! Skinnytaste lightens up meals in innovative ways like Chocolate Cream Pie (made with Tofu), Chocolate Walnut Cookies (made with avocado instead of butter), Chili Verde (made with chicken and white beans instead of pork) and Lasagna (made with zucchini instead of pasta). I agree with the author's suggestion to make a weekly menu plan and then shop for the ingredients because most people won't have these types of items in their pantry already. Most of the recipes have a lot of ingredients and will take more time than I have after coming home from work on weekdays. However, I'm looking forward to making several on the weekends. I particularly appreciated the notes regarding new foods like farro and her perfect pairings.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    This is a freaking awesome cookbook. I can see why so many people love it. Let's first start with the food. I have made two recipes out of the book already: The Easy Broccolini Flounder Bake and the Oven "Fried" Chicken. Both exceeded my expectations. The rest of the recipes look like they won't disappoint either. Now for the nuts and bolts. The book is filled with gorgeous pictures of the recipes. Recipes are laid out easily with nutritional information, which is my personal favorite.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ivonne Rovira

    Gina Homolka does the impossible: She takes delicious — but calorie-laden — dishes like Eggs Benedict, baked potato soup, Panzanella Salad, Chicken Parmesan, French silk pie, and much, much more and remakes them into low-cal recipes. Are the recipes always as scrumptious as the calorific originals? Not always, but they’re usually pretty good, and sometimes you really can’t tell that Homolka has shaved hundreds of calories off. For those who favor the Paleo diet or any low-carb diets, The Skinnyta Gina Homolka does the impossible: She takes delicious — but calorie-laden — dishes like Eggs Benedict, baked potato soup, Panzanella Salad, Chicken Parmesan, French silk pie, and much, much more and remakes them into low-cal recipes. Are the recipes always as scrumptious as the calorific originals? Not always, but they’re usually pretty good, and sometimes you really can’t tell that Homolka has shaved hundreds of calories off. For those who favor the Paleo diet or any low-carb diets, The Skinnytaste Cookbook isn’t for you; however, readers who are counting calories will love this cookbook.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This is a fantastic cookbook! If you're looking for a cookbook with great food that are more healthy and low in calories, this may well be your best bet! Although I've heard of Gina's website, I haven't been spending a lot of time there regularly but I've decided to change that based on what I'm seeing in this cookbook! The book itself is beautiful - well constructed, with great photography and lots of good tips! The content is well done and includes the following areas: Skinny Basics, Sunny Morn This is a fantastic cookbook! If you're looking for a cookbook with great food that are more healthy and low in calories, this may well be your best bet! Although I've heard of Gina's website, I haven't been spending a lot of time there regularly but I've decided to change that based on what I'm seeing in this cookbook! The book itself is beautiful - well constructed, with great photography and lots of good tips! The content is well done and includes the following areas: Skinny Basics, Sunny Mornings, Skinny-Licious Soups and Chilis, Sandwiches on the Lighter Side, Skinny Bites, Fabulous Main-Dish Salads, Perfect Poultry, Lean Meat Dishes, Fabulous Fish, Meatless Mains, Veggie-Licious Sides, Skinny Sweet Tooth. There is something for everyone in this cookbook! Although most of the recipes have a photo associated with it, some of them don't which frustrates me since I'd prefer to have a photo for ALL of the recipes. But, I do appreciate that most of them have a photo. Some of the recipes that I'm planning to try soon include - Winter Potato, Kale and Sausage Frittta, Rustic Italian Gnocchi Soup, Summer Lobster Rolls, Guiltless Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms, Tuscan Panzanella Salad with Grilled Garlic Bread, Chicken Marsala, Slow Cooker Mexican Pork Carnitas, Cilantro-Lime Shrimp, Black Bean Burrito Bowls, Silky Chocolate Cream Pie, and Baked Bananas Foster a la Mode. Yum! I can't wait to dig in and make some of these dishes! I highly recommend this cookbook for pretty much anyone! Definitely a great one! NOTE: I received this book from the publisher for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Leah Craig

    I just finished this, and immediately ordered it off Amazon. It's full of seriously approachable, delicious food. I usually steer clear of healthy cookbooks, because I can't keep up with the constantly changing trend of healthy ingredients that I often find out of my budget. I also often see a lack of animal protein and more vegetarian oriented recipes, and I am a big meat eater. This cookbook is actually written for a real person on a real budget. You don't have to make a stop to a specialty sh I just finished this, and immediately ordered it off Amazon. It's full of seriously approachable, delicious food. I usually steer clear of healthy cookbooks, because I can't keep up with the constantly changing trend of healthy ingredients that I often find out of my budget. I also often see a lack of animal protein and more vegetarian oriented recipes, and I am a big meat eater. This cookbook is actually written for a real person on a real budget. You don't have to make a stop to a specialty shop for every recipe, and I was so happy to see it's full of meat! I can't wait until it arrives and I can get started! The photos are beautiful and the instructions are so easy to follow. I believe my first dish will be the Sriracha Salmon. :)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I didn’t realize I’d never reviewed this cookbook! After making another delicious recipe from it tonight, I decided it was about time. The recipes here are easy to make and although they’re health-conscious, they’re extremely flavorful. I also love that each recipe includes information about sodium content, which is important for a lot more readers than you might think. I don’t know why I haven’t picked up Gina’s other books, but I will now!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    Cookbook club enjoyed it. One of my absolute go-'tos for dinners. Every time, I find something new but shrimp and grits is one of our all time favorites.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Coleen (The Book Ramblings)

    This cookbook is a must have in every kitchen. It’s filled with recipes that are healthy, and will please just about anyone’s taste. It has recipes we all love, but in new, innovative ways to lighten the dishes, keep it healthy, and enjoy it. In the beginning of the cookbook, there is a Recipe Key to find throughout the book for vegetarian, gluten-free, freezer friendly, quick meals in less than 30 minutes, and slow cooker recipes. Included in the introduction is basically explaining how this co This cookbook is a must have in every kitchen. It’s filled with recipes that are healthy, and will please just about anyone’s taste. It has recipes we all love, but in new, innovative ways to lighten the dishes, keep it healthy, and enjoy it. In the beginning of the cookbook, there is a Recipe Key to find throughout the book for vegetarian, gluten-free, freezer friendly, quick meals in less than 30 minutes, and slow cooker recipes. Included in the introduction is basically explaining how this cookbook is about to change all and make cooking easy, affordable, and enjoyable for everyone involved. The Skinny Basics follows, explaining the key to affordable, healthy eating is planning meals ahead of time with a shopping list, and buying just what you need to make those meals at the grocery store. Even dumping the junk (processed foods) and taking the time and effort that goes into cooking. That it is important to make calories count with healthy fats, lean proteins, and high fiber carbohydrates. The section Kitchen Makeover is one of my favorites, because it goes into detail on what to get rid of in the kitchen, such as disposing of store bought dressings, giving up nondairy creamers, and keeping it real with the main importance: health before weight. It is finished off with freezer and pantry tips that we all could use when it comes to cooking in the kitchen, meal preparing, and planning ahead. Not only is this cookbook filled with delicious recipes that are lightened up and healthy, but there are nutritional information for each recipe, such as serving size, per serving of calories, fat, fiber, etc. I found the Skinny Scoop, which could be found throughout the book, to be extremely helpful. It had informative tips and advice on the dish, such as freezing leftovers in labeled portion sized containers for quick go-to’s when there isn’t time to cook. It had Food Facts throughout as well, with health benefits, research, and info from studies. There is even little notes for Perfect Pairings, such as chili toppers, or alternative ingredients. I found it vital that in the beginning, there was a section for staying motivated with surrounding yourself with people who inspire you, think small when it comes to weight lose because every pound lost is closer to your goal, and just really vital reminders that come along with changing up one’s lifestyle to be health and smart when it comes to choices and food in the kitchen. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this cookbook, and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a healthy alternative to create those dishes that are scrumptious, but entirely homemade. I received this cookbook through Blogging for Books for read-to-review purposes.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Irene

    My boyfriend purchased this cookbook as a gift two Christmases ago, after I had talked about one of the recipes in passing conversation. I love Skinnytaste and it's on my list to purchase Gina Homolka's slow cooker recipe book! I highly recommend this cookbook for beginners that are looking for a lighter version of North American recipes with a dash of Colombian influence. Gina's food philosophy is all about good portion control when it comes to eating seasonal, clean and whole foods that the en My boyfriend purchased this cookbook as a gift two Christmases ago, after I had talked about one of the recipes in passing conversation. I love Skinnytaste and it's on my list to purchase Gina Homolka's slow cooker recipe book! I highly recommend this cookbook for beginners that are looking for a lighter version of North American recipes with a dash of Colombian influence. Gina's food philosophy is all about good portion control when it comes to eating seasonal, clean and whole foods that the entire family can enjoy. What I like the most is that she puts the calories front and centre, and this stems from her connections with Weight Watchers. I've tried the majority of the recipes from each section (breakfast, meatless mains, sweets, salads, fish, soups and chilis) that I've wanted to try and can confidently say that everything has tasted amazing. A lot of the recipes are simple, as Gina promised, and a lot of them are lighter versions of dishes we are all familiar with. So, don't expect dishes you haven't heard of before - they should all be fairly recognizable! Below is a partial list from memory of some of the recipes that me and my boyfriend love and have made on several occasions: Chilled Carribean shrimp salad: The first time we made this we picked up ingredients at the local market so the flavour and taste was even more amazing. Chicken enchilada soup: We went back for three servings the first time we made this in the slow cooker. Chocolate walnut cookies: So delicious. I made a batch this weekend. Melted buffalo melts: Remarkably easy but full of flavour. Tumeric cauliflower Hummus Steak with Colombian Aji Picante: The recipe for Aji makes a huge portion, it was good, but it is super spicy. French onion soup: Yummy but without the asiago cheese crisp, it can be a bit bland. Winter frittata Butternut squash lasagna roll: Loved it. Lamb loin chop with yogurt sauce: Loved it. I've mostly modified the salad recipes. For the Baja steak salad, I served it without the steak and had chopped up the Romain lettuce instead of leaving it in leaf form. The only thing I didn't love was the heavenly banana oats muffin recipe but I'm not sure if it's because I oversoaked the oats or if I don't like oats - it did not have a lot of flavour but I may try this again. Some recipes I got from her blog were not included such as the five-ingredient flourless chocolate cake that is honestly yummy! I will be making the carrot risotto this weekend and plan to work my way through the rest of the salad dressings and sweets. Highly recommended.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Edythe Hamilton

    “Once I was in my twenties, those days of eating whatever I wanted without worrying about weight gain soon came to an end, as pregnancy, children, a slower metabolism, and a love for eating out led to weight gain.” Gina Homolka says “I uncovered the secret formula to kitchen and waistline success” in the introduction of her cookbook filled with recipes that “you skinny-fy on dishes you already love.” She has teamed with Heather K. Jones, Registered Dietician for a collection of 150 fantastic ‘ski “Once I was in my twenties, those days of eating whatever I wanted without worrying about weight gain soon came to an end, as pregnancy, children, a slower metabolism, and a love for eating out led to weight gain.” Gina Homolka says “I uncovered the secret formula to kitchen and waistline success” in the introduction of her cookbook filled with recipes that “you skinny-fy on dishes you already love.” She has teamed with Heather K. Jones, Registered Dietician for a collection of 150 fantastic ‘skinny-fied’ dishes sure to please any palate. There are good tips included in each recipe for freezer friendly storage, if feasible and recipe key symbol denoting vegetarian, gluten-free, slow cooker, or quick cooking (30 minutes or less). In addition, a nutritional value key guide is listed for those counting calories, watching cholesterol levels, sugar intake and sodium consumption. The many familiar recipe instructions are easy to follow and prepare with adjustments to ‘skinny-fy’ for a healthy version of your favorites. Some of my favorites I will prepare are: Sunny Mornings: Make-Ahead Western Omelet “Muffins” Skinny-licious Soups & Chilis: Slow-Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup Sandwiches on the Lighter Side: Greek Salad Pita Pizza Skinny-Bites: Loaded Nacho Potato Skins There are numerous recipes I will try from this great cookbook but are too many to list here. The Skinnytaste Cookbook is full of great recipes and according to the ingredients is flavorful, easy in preparation, and recommended for everyone who want or need everyday healthy recipe suggestions without sacrificing taste or time in the kitchen. The Skinnytaste Cookbook is worth every penny of purchase price and receives a 5-star rating in my cooking kitchen! I received this book free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest opinion in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission Guidelines.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    So many of you are probably noticing that I am doing cookbook reviews here now. There is a very good explanation of that: I absolutely LOVE cooking and trying new foods! I have so many cookbooks and recipes I have found over the internet that I have printed out and have tried. I also love tweaking them to suit my and my families taste, especially when I have a very picky 5 year old in the house. This coming year, I have actually decided to start eating more healthy and low and behold, I won a si So many of you are probably noticing that I am doing cookbook reviews here now. There is a very good explanation of that: I absolutely LOVE cooking and trying new foods! I have so many cookbooks and recipes I have found over the internet that I have printed out and have tried. I also love tweaking them to suit my and my families taste, especially when I have a very picky 5 year old in the house. This coming year, I have actually decided to start eating more healthy and low and behold, I won a silent auction at my daughter's school for a 3 month gym membership, so I will be cashing in on that come the new year plus eating more healthy. Win Win! The Skinnytaste Cookbook has so many wonderful recipes in it, and guess what? You can't even tell they are healthy for you. I'm serious! Well some of them you can, but the majority of them you can't. We recently tried the Too-Good-to-Be-True Baked Potato Soup (my fiance and I love soup) and it was amazing! A lot of flavor and get this, it has cauliflower in it. Yep. And the only way that I usually eat my cauliflower is swimming in ranch or in a broccoli salad, where the broccoli dominates the cauliflower. I can't wait to try out the rest of the recipes! I highly recommend this cookbook for everyone!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    I have to say, I am a little disappointed in this cookbook. Don't get me wrong - it's a gorgeous book, lots of photos and healthy recipes. But they are recipes I doubt I will ever make. There are plenty of recipes that look delicious and that I think my daughter and I will enjoy, but I don't see myself spending that much effort on cooking. Yep, I'm lazy. I also work, go to grad school, take care of a house, husband, teenagers, and over a ton of animals. I'm tired! There are a few recipes to fit a I have to say, I am a little disappointed in this cookbook. Don't get me wrong - it's a gorgeous book, lots of photos and healthy recipes. But they are recipes I doubt I will ever make. There are plenty of recipes that look delicious and that I think my daughter and I will enjoy, but I don't see myself spending that much effort on cooking. Yep, I'm lazy. I also work, go to grad school, take care of a house, husband, teenagers, and over a ton of animals. I'm tired! There are a few recipes to fit a busy lifestyle of someone who doesn't enjoy being in a kitchen - Some muffins that can be made ahead and frozen and a western omelet muffin that looks pretty awesome. Homolka also has a lot of healthy living tips which add up to a change in lifestyle for someone like me. Maybe that's the trouble I have with this cookbook! In short, if you love to spend time in the kitchen using lots of ingredients for a dish, this is the cookbook for you. If you are looking for quick and healthy meals, pass this one up.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This has some really yummy-looking recipes. I already prepare many of the Skinnytaste.com recipes and I'm sure these will be delicious. However, the best thing about the website recipes is that they have Weight Watchers point values listed for each recipe. Gina has left those out in this cookbook, presumably because Weight Watchers wouldn't give their blessing for her to publish or because Gina did not want this cookbook to focus on that. Of course, I can calculate the points based on the other This has some really yummy-looking recipes. I already prepare many of the Skinnytaste.com recipes and I'm sure these will be delicious. However, the best thing about the website recipes is that they have Weight Watchers point values listed for each recipe. Gina has left those out in this cookbook, presumably because Weight Watchers wouldn't give their blessing for her to publish or because Gina did not want this cookbook to focus on that. Of course, I can calculate the points based on the other nutritional facts which were provided for each recipe, but I am disappointed that they weren't provided for convenience.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I'm a big fan of the blog which bred this book, and this book takes a great formula with well written recipes into a lovely, glossy cookbook. Some great recipes presented in a much healthier way to traditionally created, and the vast majority are really straight forward. Well coded recipes help to quickly find what you are looking for. I've made plenty of the recipes from the site in the past and a handful from the book already with success.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Big on flavor is right! I've made the following recipes from this book (SO good!): Heavenly banana nut oat muffins Buttermilk oven "fried" chicken Chicken rollatini stuffed with zucchini & mozzarella Easy broccolini & flounder bake Chicken cordon bleu meatballs Skillet lemon sole with tomatoes & capers Black bean burrito bowls Skinny broccoli mac & cheese

  21. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    This is a great cook book for my family. There are a lot of real, every day recipes I can use to make well rounded, healthy meals. Tonight I made three recipes out of it but have book marked at least 10 more. This was a great investment.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Love this cookbook! Easy to read recipes and beautiful photos (MUST HAVE for me!) Pressure cooker recipes are included. I can't wait to make some delicious meals. Can't wait to try the broccoli pasta! The acini de Pepe was the best new recipe I've made in many years.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Wide range of recipes including light snacks, main meals, soups, desserts. My family enjoyed: broccoli penne & eggplant, pumpkin scones, quinoa stuffed peppers, potato, kale & sausage frittata and still trying more.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mary Drayer

    The BEST cookbook every household needs! I got my from the library-now I just bought it

  25. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    I cannot wait to try out these recipes!! They all look delicious!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Soni

    I LOVE skinnytaste. Both the book and the website. I love how Gina makes traditional foods but lighter. I also appreciate the detailed nutrition info!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Beautifully presented and lots of variety. Been following her blog for some time and love that I now have so many of her recipes on hand. Already made four and all were great.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marla

    I got this book as a wedding gift and we chose it for this month’s cookbook. Overall it was a big hit - we all loved how easy the recipes were, how good the food was, and that we didn’t feel gross or over-full afterward. * Grilled Portobello Spinach Salad - 4/5. Lots of flavor and the textures were really nice. Yummy and easy salad. * Slow-Cooker Jerk Chicken Tacos w/Caribbean Salsa - 4/5. The corn tortillas kind of fell apart but the chicken was good (could have been a little more spicy) and the I got this book as a wedding gift and we chose it for this month’s cookbook. Overall it was a big hit - we all loved how easy the recipes were, how good the food was, and that we didn’t feel gross or over-full afterward. * Grilled Portobello Spinach Salad - 4/5. Lots of flavor and the textures were really nice. Yummy and easy salad. * Slow-Cooker Jerk Chicken Tacos w/Caribbean Salsa - 4/5. The corn tortillas kind of fell apart but the chicken was good (could have been a little more spicy) and the salsa was delicious. Hallie cooked the chicken on the stovetop instead of in the crock pot, and it might have been drier because of that. * Chicken Cordon Bleu Meatballs - 5/5. We all loved these and got seconds. We served them with brown rice (shared with the curry). Very satisfying and a good cordon bleu flavor. * Chickpea & Potato Curry - 4/5. The recipe doesn’t use coconut milk so it was more watery, and I added a little extra curry powder and garam masala for more kick, but it was so hearty and filling. A great healthy, vegetarian-friendly option that I’ll definitely make again. Very few dishes generated while making it, which is always a plus! Looking forward to trying other recipes from this cookbook!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emily Goodman

    Gina Homolka has the ultimate take on skinny with her delicious recipe book for those hoping to shed a few pounds while eating the most delicious food! The Skinnytaste Cookbook feature a little bit of everything all wrapped up in a skinny little package. Gina includes great tips and ideas to take your low fat lifestyle just a touch further. Her easy to read directions and suggestions make for a wonderful night preparing a meal that the entire family will love. I've been trying several recipes fr Gina Homolka has the ultimate take on skinny with her delicious recipe book for those hoping to shed a few pounds while eating the most delicious food! The Skinnytaste Cookbook feature a little bit of everything all wrapped up in a skinny little package. Gina includes great tips and ideas to take your low fat lifestyle just a touch further. Her easy to read directions and suggestions make for a wonderful night preparing a meal that the entire family will love. I've been trying several recipes from this cookbook along with her other more recent books. Not one left me hungry, disappointed or bored. This is the perfect item to one click if you are looking for great recipes while shedding the weight! ** WeightWatcher friendly! **

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    As expected this book is full of great recipes with interesting takes on how to change some classics to be a bit more healthy without losing the flavor. I love Gina Homolka's cooking style, and of all the cookbooks I own, her two are some of our most used. I also love that the ingredients for most of the recipes are simple. I dislike a cookbook that requires me to plan way in advance and that I cannot find a single recipe to cook without shopping. This cookbook is not like that, most of the reci As expected this book is full of great recipes with interesting takes on how to change some classics to be a bit more healthy without losing the flavor. I love Gina Homolka's cooking style, and of all the cookbooks I own, her two are some of our most used. I also love that the ingredients for most of the recipes are simple. I dislike a cookbook that requires me to plan way in advance and that I cannot find a single recipe to cook without shopping. This cookbook is not like that, most of the recipes are things I already keep around at home and because they're fairly healthy, the ingredients are heavy on veggies (yum!) and lean proteins. Would be a great idea to get for newlyweds to try cooking together since things are quick, healthy and delicious!

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