A couple weeks ago I acquired Gina Homolka’s cookbook based off her blog SkinnyTaste. I hadn’t read her blog up until this point, but it is a New York Times Bestseller, and there is a wide variety of recipes in here, so it looked promising. The premise of this collection of recipes is to provide, healthier, lower-calorie dishes, that are easily made at home. I think this book hit the mark on that for sure. This book is perfect for the amateur home cook. There is no fancy equipment required or complicated recipes to follow.
This week I made three recipes from this cookbook.
Saturday I made, Cajun Chicken Pasta on the Lighter-Side. As you can see, I switched up this recipe considerably, swapping the chicken for shrimp, linguine for pappardelle, and adding baby kale and spinach. The sauce was a bit thin, in my opinion, but flavorful non the less.
Monday night, I made Slow-Cooker Santa-Fe Chicken, which wasn’t my favorite, but still tasty. Slow-cooker recipes really work out well for us during the week, so I was excited to give this a try. It was very easy to put together (5 mins) and we had enough food for the next couple days. I used it in tacos (which turned out soggy) and again, right out of a bowl. It was okay, but I don’t think I’s make it again.
So this was my favorite of the week, Orecchiette with Sausage, Baby Kale and Bell Pepper. I have nothing but great things to say about this dish. I swapped of the chicken sausage for Italian hot turkey sausage and it turned of great! The veggies and sausage made a delicious sauce that melted all the flavors of the dish together. I can see me making this dish over and over again.
Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who is trying to lighten up their meals. The recipes are very approachable and any amateur would find it easy to make any of the meals in this book.
I rate this book, four out of five stars.