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{Cook Book Review} Slim Down South Cookbook

Having lived in the South for five years, I am very aware of the finger-lickin’ good cuisine served up down there on a regular basis. From fried chicken to buttery biscuits, temptation is there whether you want it or not.

I wanted it when I lived there! So many of the foods were foreign to me as a mid-Westerner, I was simply curious. I had never had collard greens, grits, or fried green tomatoes. And, oh my, were they yummy. My good friend still sends me photos of homemade biscuits from the Loveless Café—and yes, my mouth waters.

With all that fried, smothered, cheesy goodness, how can you live and eat in the South and still be healthy?

Thanks to Carolyn O’Neil and Southern Living, you can! Carolyn shows us how to do it in her new cookbook, The Slim Down South Cookbook. She has trimmed up and slimmed down many of the southern food staples, making them healthy, delicious and irresistibly good-looking.

In this cookbook, you will find recipes (lots of them) with gorgeous photos showing you the end product, as well as sample meal plans to keep you slim while you indulge. Figure-friendly desserts anchor the tail end of this book, and why not? Who wants to live a life without the occasional dessert? Not me. Carolyn also features slim Southerners who share their secrets for eating down South and staying slim {my secret on page 50}.

Best of all, Carolyn delivers this book in her quirky, funny, and sassy manner, making it an entertaining read.  You’ll get her vibe when you read her introduction and find out that she really loved the cookbook titles, Kiss My Skinny Grits!, and Gone with the Girdle. Funny.

Here are a few recipes on my list to make and which will give you a good idea of what’s in this cookbook:

  • Hoppin’ John Parfait
  • BBQ in a Jar
  • Pecan Pancakes
  • Oatmeal Scones
  • Fried Green Tomato Sliders {oh my goodness}
  • Chicken and Mini Waffles
  • Shrimp and Grits
  • Texas Caviar Rice and Beans

If you’re a Southerner looking for a way to step up the health in your daily fare, or you just want some new and interesting recipes that sound sinful, but ooze health, this cookbook is for you!

{Disclosure: This book was given to me by the publishers. All opinions are my own.}

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