Review: Skinnytaste Fast and Slow: Knockout Quick-Fix and Slow-Cooker Recipes for Real Life

Skinnytaste Fast and Slow: Knockout Quick-Fix and Slow-Cooker Recipes for Real Life Skinnytaste Fast and Slow: Knockout Quick-Fix and Slow-Cooker Recipes for Real Life by Gina Homolka
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Every cookbook tells a story. This one tells the story of a mother familiar with the infamous “juggle-struggle”, who set out to develop and curate healthy recipes transcending global culinary chasms. Award-winning blogger and author, Gina compiled her newest book to meet the demands of shouting mothers and working women worldwide. While reading this cookbook from cover to cover, I felt Gina whispering her secrets and chatting about the culinary history of the many dishes she wished to share. The marvelous results of innumerable kitchen experiments, leading to her blog and other cookbooks, Skinnytaste Fast and Slow, is filled with 140 recipes divided into two type: quick & easy and slow cooker.

No one has the time to slave over the stove for an hour or more and fix dishes for persnickety family members. Fast is the new slow! This has become a mantra, giving birth to a society of obese children and adults. So, what is the solution? My answer: leverage the power of the slow cooker. Rather than yield to the inevitable temptation of the drive-thru or sodium-laden, low-calorie frozen entrees, Gina presents a way to adjust classic comfort recipes and yield “skinny-fied” alternatives.

Organized in easy-to-read chapters and intelligently indexed, based on ingredient and meal type, this culinary text provides nutrient-dense recipes sure to satisfy any palate. Each recipe is complete with icons, explaining Gina’s categorization (30 minutes or less, vegetarian, freezer-friendly, and more), nutritional information, and serving suggestions. Moreover, she shares the “skinny scoop” on a key kitchen tasks, including stocking your kitchen and converting stovetop recipes to slow cooker recipes.

These tasteful and waist-slimming recipes are light on calories and full on flavor. For those who must lead gluten-free lives, Gina makes sure to remind you to ensure your ingredients are of the gluten-free variety. You will surely channel your inner chef and deliver nourishing, figure-flattering meals without worrying about the time.

Written for the novice and seasoned chef, alike, this text provides the necessary information for those craving classic comfort dishes or global cuisine, while still desiring a quick, light and balanced meal.

*I received a copy of this text from the publisher, through Blogging for Books, in exchange for an honest review.*

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