February 23, 2014

Skinny-licious Cookbook Review and Giveaway

The publisher provided me with a copy of this cookbook for the purpose of this review, but the opinions expressed herein are my own. 

Skinny-licious: Lite and Scrumptious Recipes for a Slimmer You, by Shauna Evans

I'm going to be completely honest with you . . . I was really excited to get this cookbook.  I have been searching for healthier food ideas and I couldn't wait to have a whole book of them.

Well . . . the recipes in this book were not quite what I was expecting.  I found ingredients like whipping cream, sour cream, butter, cheese, cream of chicken soup and so on.

Is it possible to really lose weight while eating this food?

Now, being a food blogger, I sometimes stretch the idea of "healthy."  Like saying zucchini bread is good for you, because it is loaded with zucchini or saying a cupcake recipe is healthier because it is loaded with greek yogurt or calling a cake recipe "skinny" because it only has 4 Tbl. of butter as opposed to 8 Tbl.  Compared to an alternative, maybe they are a little bit better?

That is kind of the same idea that I get from this cookbook.  

I knew there had to be a reason behind these recipes.  Turn to the front of the book and you can read all about the author's weight loss journey.  She has a unique way of losing weight.  Her plan involves only eating during a certain "window" throughout the day.  It is about changing your metabolism.  After struggling for 5 years, she has had success losing almost 60 pounds, in 7 months, while still eating foods she loves, all by using her plan.

Whether you think the recipes in this book should be considered "skinny" or not, they all sound delicious.

A few that I cannot wait to try are:
General's Barbecue Chicken Skewers
Harvest Garden Chili
Greek Salad Sandwich
Peanut Butter Cookies

I tried the Cashew Chicken and we thought it was good and it did feel like a light meal.

You can purchase this cookbook at Costco, Barnes & Noble, AmazonCedar Fort Publishing and several other places.

*Congratulations to Carol E. for winning this giveaway.*  Winner has been notified via email.
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31 comments:

  1. to lighten up cookies I love replacing butter with natural (no sugar or oils added) PB! Not super light I know, but still 140 cal for 2TBSP vs 200 is a little better. and I LOVE PB!

    For savory things, if it calls for sour cream or cheese I like using cottage cheese or greek yogurt, less calories, more protein and it tastes great most of the time

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  2. To make yummy food skinner I often look for recipes that uses yogurt so that the cake is still moist and soft with the reduced amt of butter! recently I've also saw some recipes replacing butter with AVOCADO!! I haven't tried it yet but it sounds like a good plan!! can't wait to try it (:

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  3. I replace sour cream with yogurt in savory dishes and use PB2 when backing to save about 150 calories per 2 Tbls

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  4. I use greek yogurt in place of sour cream in most everything, I also almost never use butter or oil for baking, I just add applesauce or pureed fruit . And I agree with Bryn the PB2 is awesome!!!!

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  5. To lighten up most recipes I use would either be to use greek yogurt as a substitute, or to replace the butter.

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  6. Lately I've been steaming veggies to avoid using any oil!

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  7. I don't think I know how to lighten up recipes. I'm pretty much a by the book type of cook.

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  8. i like to use whole milk instead of half and half, or half and half instead of heavy cream!:)

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  9. I love to use applesauce instead of oil when baking. It is a great healthy substitute and makes it sweeter!

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  10. I know you can add applesauce in place of shortening in some recipes.

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  11. I use half applesauce for shortening and always use "light" ingredients.

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  12. I would love this book! I have been losing weight, and need some new recipes.
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  13. I use applesauce instead of butter or some other fattier products.

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  14. I add extra vegetables, healthy side dishes and cut the portion size of the higher calorie dish.

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  15. I have several recipes that call for sour cream, I substitute yogurt. Also, I try to substitute reduced fat cream soups when called for. Some recipes need 1/2 and 1/2 whole, reduced fat to maintain consistency.

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  16. Thanks for all the tips and tricks! Lisa

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  17. Applesauce is good for baking

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  18. Using eggbeaters for exchange in recipes too!

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  19. I always use "light" ingredients, such as cream cheese, sour cream, etc. Also use the applesauce to replace all or part of the fat. I've been using some coconut oil recently as well. It's a healthier fat.

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  20. I have been trying lately to be really good when I eat. I don't always make it, but I try. I'd love to win this great-sounding book. As a diabetic, I know how important it is to eat healthy, which usually equals "skinny" 8-)

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  21. I use a lot of chicken broth in place of butter...like if I make instant potatoes I add bullion to the boiling water before adding the flakes & then I don't need to add butter or milk :) Depending on what I am serving them with I add garlic &/or onion powder & sometimes add fat free sour cream or fat free french onion dip or sometimes low fat cream cheese or even just some shredded cheese. This looks like a neat book...thanks for the chance to win! Andrea H

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  22. I like substitution Greek yogurt for sour cream! Such a fun giveaway! Thanks Jenn :)

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  23. We make these delicious chicken wraps and it calls for sour cream, well we use non-fat Greek yogurt and it's just as delicious. We also use fresh lettuce and tomato and we use grilled chicken instead of fried.

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  24. I am interested to read how she lost all that weight eating these yummy foods! I sure do need the help!

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  25. I swap out sour cream for greek yogurt!

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  26. we like to use applesauce in some of our recipes instead of oil.

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  27. My favorite way to lighten up a recipe is to use the "fat-free" version of the ingredient called for..if available.

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  28. The best way we have found to lighten up is to measure our food. Other than that I have used applesauce in place of oil also.

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  29. I like to sub applesauce and yogurt in some of my baking recipes. I also like to use banana as a sweetener in some recipes.

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  30. One of my "tricks" is to use plain yogurt instead of sour cream. Usually you can't tell the difference.
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