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The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor Hardcover – September 30, 2014
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Buttermilk Oven 'Fried' Chicken
Fried chicken is one of my biggest weaknesses, so naturally I’ve been perfecting this lighter version for years. I’ve managed to achieve the same crispy golden texture you get from frying from my oven. Yep, it’s skinnier, easier, quicker, and (bonus) there’s no greasy mess to clean up. Soaking the chicken overnight (sometimes two nights) in a buttermilk bath is a must for meat that’s moist and juicy. To easily remove the skin from the drumsticks, use one paper towel to grasp the joint end and a second one to pull off the skin.
- 8 chicken drumsticks (about 3½ ounces each), skinned
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon sweet paprika
- ½ teaspoon poultry seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup buttermilk
- Juice of ½ lemon
- Cooking spray or oil mister
For the chicken: In a medium bowl, season the chicken with the salt, paprika, poultry seasoning, garlic powder, and black pepper. Pour the buttermilk and lemon juice over the chicken and refrigerate for 6 to 8 hours, preferably overnight.
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place a rack on a baking sheet and lightly spray with oil.
For the coating: In a shallow bowl, combine the panko, cornﬂake crumbs, Parmesan, salt, parsley, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and chili powder.
Remove the chicken from the buttermilk, dredge each piece in the crumb mixture, and put the pieces onto the prepared baking sheet. Spray the tops of the chicken with oil.
Bake until golden brown and cooked through, 40 to 45 minutes.
Per serving (2 drumsticks).
Fat 8.5 g.
Saturated Fat 2.5 g.
Cholesterol 182 mg.
Carbohydrate 12 g.
Fiber 1 g.
Protein 41 g.
Sugars 2 g.
Sodium 709 mg.
Serve this with corn on the cob, Cheesy Cauliflower 'Mash' (page 269), or Seasoned Sweet Potato Wedges (page 277) and a side of Confetti Slaw (page 285).
- 2/3 cup panko bread crumbs
- ½ cup crushed cornflake crumbs
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley ﬂakes
- 1½ teaspoons sweet paprika
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon chili powder
Featured Recipes from The Skinnytaste Cookbook
"These easy-to-assemble dishes keep both family mealtime planning and healthy eating in mind with kid-friendly, 'simplified and skinny-fied' dishes. Using Homolka’s strategies, home cooks can deliver balanced, delicious meals even when time is an obstacle."
- Publishers Weekly
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It makes me wonder who this cookbook is written by and for. I really like gina's blog and recipes but am disappointed to think she would disparage her brand by selling out to Campbell's. If I wanted Swansons chicken broth recipes I would go to their website.
First, let's touch on how "now" this cookbook is...by that I mean it has stepped out of old school cookbooks and how they have always been done, and considered today's audience and what they might need. So many of us are on special diets or have to entertain for a family member or guest who is and pull something together--whether that be gluten-free, vegetarian, something for a family who works during the day and needs crockpot meals, something for a family who works all the time and only wants to cook on weekends and then freeze the meals... this book took that all into account. Beside each recipe there is a color and letter coding-V for vegetarian, GF for gluten free, freezer friendly, crockpot etc. And, for those of us who count calories and want to know nutrients or carbs, it also has all that too! That took some time, but boy is it handy, even if you yourself only use it occassionally.
The photos are plentiful and throughout and professionally done with good lighting that makes you want to eat it. I have had a few cookbooks that actually made me turned off to the meal due to the grey lighting or even ones I knew were fake like a slow cooker photo of mac and cheese that showed it browned on top (that does not occur in a slow cooker). Not so for this one, it's how the recipe turns out and they make you want to lick the page!
But no cookbook is complete without good recipes and this one sets the bar. You could honestly set down any of these dishes in front of a family of boys who who never diet in their lives and they will want seconds and thirds--the taste is fantastic! These are truly restaurant quality meals, that are obviously tested and tried and perfected. I have seen many recipes for fish tacos, for example, but the ingredients here are totally different and more full of flavor. It's also easy to substitute things for even stricter diets.
I LOVE that when the author finds brands that work best in a recipe, she also lists those. It feels like you are reading someone's personal cookbook that has cooked the recipe many times but found what brands stand out (for example King Author flour when using wheat flour. I agree.) Not in a commercial way or trying to sell it, but just to say which ones she personally uses. Some authors will not do this unless the company pays them to use their name in the book. This is clearly not the case and also clearly only done when it makes a difference in taste.
There are great make ahead recipes and these feel original. I rarely ever eat out, preferring to cook all meals at home so I feel like over the years I have seen the same old tired recipes made the same old tired ways on the internet. These have new ways and methods and often they are with not only dieting in mind but they have a clear angle of a focus on health as well and satiety. The pages have facts for back up, like a recipe for PB & J overnight oats in a jar (make ahead the night before for a busy morning where you still need a good breakfast.) notes how filling and healthy oats are and why. (Which is true.)
These are FANTASTIC recipes, not just the same ones redone with diet ingredients, but original and loaded with flavor. Nothing comes out bad, nothing comes out off, these are good enough to serve at dinner parties and more importantly--to make you feel like you are not dieting.
TUSCAN PANZANELLA SALAD WITH GRILLED GARLIC BREAD
SUMMER LOBSTER ROLLS
MONGOLIAN BEEF AND BROCCOLI
FRENCH BREAD PIZZA SUPREME
TERIYAKI GLAZED STUFFED PORK CHOPS WITH PINEAPPLE SALSA
ROAST BEEF SANDWICHES WITH CREAMY HORSERADISH SPREAD
CHICKPEA AND POTATO CURRY
SPICY BLACKBEAN BURGERS WITH CHIPOTLE MAYO
PEAR AND BRIE GRILLED CHEESE
BLACK BEAN BURRITO BOWLS
CILANTRO LIME SHRIMP
CHEESY BAKED PANNE WITH EGGPLANT
SILKY CHOCOLATE CREAM PIE
LOADED NACHO POTATO SKINS
ITALIAN SAUSAGE WITH PEPPERS AND ONION
WARM APPLE PIE CRUMBLE
GUMBOS, STIR FRIES, MAIN DISH SALADS, MEATLESS MAIN DISH CHAPTERS
SHRIMP AND GRITS
COCONUT PANNA COTTA WITH RASPBERRIES
DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CHUNK WALNUT COOKIES
WINTER POTATO, KALE AND SAUSAGE FRITTATA
THAI COCONUT MUSSELS
C ROLLATINI STUFFED WITH ZUCCHINI AND MUSHROOMS
LASAGNA (ZUCCHINI STRIPS ARE USED RATHER THAN PASTA AND I SWEAR YOU WON'T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE!)
CUBANA STYLE STUFFED PORK TENDERLOIN
SALISBURY STEAK WITH MUSHROOM GRAVY
You get the idea. That is a very small sampling. At nearly 350 pages, you get loads of recipes and loads of photos. Whether you never eat red meat, eat only white meat, eat only seafood, eat no animal protein...or switch it up all the time, you can easily find a chapter on whatever suits your fancy or your mood that day.
The dishes are GREAT, not just recipes but really things you savor.
This one is done right, not just recipes grabbed to fill a cookbook but original ways of making skinny dishes taste better. It's a gem.
My husband and I have both lost 30 lbs over the past year and Skinnytaste recipes were a huge part of this accomplishment. Gina's Chicken Enchiladas, Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken and Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili are weekly staples in our house. My 2 year old gobbles them all down. My husband adores the enchiladas. There is a fair amount of prep in many of her recipes as others have pointed out (with the exception of the crock pot recipes of course) but pace yourself..it's totally worth it. The recipes have flavor, I promise! I put my toddler down for a nap one day last week and made 6 batches of enchilada sauce and tossed them in the freezer. We had some left over shredded chicken (crock pot style) and we tried her Buffalo Chicken melts (toddler didn't like but I didn't expect her to!) and I made Noodle-less Zucchini Lasagna yesterday (toddler had 2 helpings). After trying over 40 of Gina's recipes I've learned what to keep stocked in the pantry (SWANSON chicken broth, some special hot sauces, chili peppers in adobo sauce, cheeses, kosher salt) and I pick up lean meat and fresh veggies weekly. So nice to see my favorite recipes in the book and many new ones as well.
I sip the Skinnytaste Kool-Aid as you can tell...Great job Gina!
This cookbook has nice pictures and easy-to-read recipes but I don't see myself using it very much. I need more inexpensive, easy-to-make recipes. I hear that the SkinnyTaste.com blog has easier recipes, so I'll check there.
If you love to cook foods that are restaurant-style with many ingredients, this cookbook is for you. If you need something to feed the family, including the little kids, that's ready to eat if less than half an hour, it's probably not for you. To each his own.
**I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review.**