Review: The Skinnytaste Cookbook

January 16, 2015 book review, Cookbook, Weekend cooking 13

Skinnytaste cookbook

  • Written By: Gina Homolka
  • Published By: Clarkson Potter Publishers, an imprint of Crown
  • Length:  320 pages
  • Source: Blogging for Books in consideration of an honest review

I think I must be the only person in my circle of foodies and blog lovers that was not familiar with the Skinnytaste blog and website.  Gina Homolka has been sharing her recipes for a few years now and I never knew!!  I was thrilled when I was offered this book and when it arrived even more excited.

The cookbook is gorgeous to hold in your hands and peruse.  It’s organized very simply in understandable categories.  The photography of the food is beautiful.  The recipes appeared fairly simple and I like how Gina gives easy substitutes and pays attention to things like gluten free, etc.  I also like the notes on suggested side dishes to the main course recipes.  We all know these are important things in a cookbook, but the real test is, the food.

Last week I picked out three dinner entrees from the book and shopped to assure I had all the ingredients.  I made:

Skinny Chicken Enchiladas

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Teriyaki Glazed Pork with Pineapple Salsa

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Rustic Italian Chicken Gnocchi Soup

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Recipe:

3 TB all purpose flour

14 oz fresh sweet Italian chicken sausage, casings removed

4.5 cups Swanson 33% less sodium chicken broth

1 cup fat free milk

1 small onion chopped

1 celery stalk, chopped

1 carrot chopped

4 garlic cloves minced

Rind from Parmigiano-Reggiano (optional)

2 large roasted red bell peppers, jarred

1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

1 16 oz pkg  gnocchi

3 cups baby spinach, chopped

2 TB copped fresh basil

Freshly grated Parm for serving(optional)

In a small bowl, make a slurry by whisking together 1/2 cup cold water and the flour

Heat a large non stick pot over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook, using wooden spoon to break up the meat into small pieces, until cooked through and slightly browned,4 minutes.

Add 1/2 cup water, broth and milk and bring to a boil. Add the onion, celery, carrot, garlic, Parm rind(if using) , roasted peppers, and black pepper and return to a boil. Partially cover the pot, reduce the heat to low and simmer until the vegetables are soft, 15 to 20 minutes. Uncover, slowly stir in the slurry, and continue stirring while the soup returns to a boil. 

Add the gnocchi, spinach and basil. Cook until gnocchi start to float to the top and become puffy(or according to gnocchi package directions) and the soup thickens. Season with pepper to taste. Discard Parm rind. To serve, ladle the soup into 8 serving bowls and sprinkle evenly with grated Parm, if desired. 

All the dinners were a hit!!  We enjoyed every last bite, and leftovers and I’m planning more meals this week!!  I think the biggest thing was that the food was fresh, all ingredients added layers of flavor to the dishes and we never felt like we were being punished by eating light. Each recipe has the serving size, calories, fat, cholesterol, carb, fiber, protein, sugars and sodium content listed.

While one of the recipes I made is available on Skinnytaste website, the cookbooks offers 125 new recipes and more favorites.  I do cook from online recipes and Pinterest but call me old fashioned I love a nice cookbook! The Skinnytaste Cookbook is quickly becoming a favorite in our house.  I hope you’ll check it out.

I’m linking this to Beth Fish Reads Weekend Cooking.  Feel free to link up any post that has anything to do with food.  A book about food, a recipe, anything at all.

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13 Responses to “Review: The Skinnytaste Cookbook”

  1. Sarah's Book Shelves

    My sister in law just gave me this for Christmas! I’ve already flipped through it and there are a ton of recipes that I can’t wait to try. I’m also going to check out her blog.

  2. Beth F

    Oh you know my love of good cookbooks. I too have/had never heard of this blogger. I’m definitely checking out the site because the food looks good.

  3. whatsheread

    I just discovered this food blogger and have been pinning recipes for future use like crazy. I’m glad to hear that the food tastes as good as it looks!

  4. booksnyc

    I have made stuffed peppers and chili from Skinnytaste recipes and both were delicious! Glad to see she now has a cookbook out. That pork with pineapple salsa looks delicious!

  5. Janel

    I’ve had my eye on this cookbook. Glad to hear the recipes are very tasty along with being healthy.

  6. Trish

    I’m so tempted to get this one right away! Would you consider it kid/family friendly? My kids are fairly wide eaters but like classic/simple type foods.

    • Anita

      Yes Trish, I think it is family/kid friendly. Tomorrow I’m making buttermilk over fried chicken. I would try the recipes on her website first if you’re unsure, but its quickly becoming a favorite in our house. Later this week I’m making Chicken pot pie soup.

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