What a terrific book! I love a good cookbook and Skinnytaste’s recipes are ones that I know are great on flavor and good on my health. I don’t have all of the equipment that this cookbook pertains to (instant pot, pressure cooker) but that’s alright. Some of the recipes give alternative ways to cook the dish, should you not have the proper kitchen cookware. The recipes in this cookbook look amazing, the ingredients are typical items that I would normally buy, and these are dishes that I would normally prepare during the week. Sure, there are some recipes that I could prepare for company or for a holiday but these recipes aren’t strictly for high heel and champagne occasions.
At the beginning of this book, the author mentions each type of kitchen cookware featured in this book. In this one-pot cookbook, Gina covers the basics for each of these options from how to buy them to how to use them. As I read this section, I thought it was very informative and I learned a few things. I liked how she broke things down and it gave me an idea of what I should be looking for in the future.
The cookbook is sectioned off, according to each of the different cookware. It begins with the Skillet, then onto Sheet Pan & Baking Dish, Pressure Cooker, Air Fryer, Dutch Oven, Slow Cooker, and ends with Grill Pan & Grill. Each section has an index at the beginning which I felt was very helpful. I enjoyed seeing all the recipes for that section listed out with their page number and their corresponding-colored dots (see below). There has to be over 15 recipes for each of the different sections in this book.
Each recipe comes with a brief note about the recipe, the serving size, how many this recipe will serve, the nutritional value of the recipe, an ingredients list, and step-by-step instructions. There’s also a key on each recipe as to whether it’s: quick (30 minutes or less), vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, or freezer friendly. Most recipes have 2-4 of these markers (little colored dots) on them. If you need weight-watchers’ points for the recipes, you can get those on her website. Most of the recipes get a two-page spread in this book where one side is the recipe and one side is a photograph of the prepared dish. There might also be additional notes on the page about helpful suggestions or an alternative way to prepare the dish.
The first recipe in this cookbook caught my attention, right away. Fiesta Chicken and Carrot Rice sounded interesting and the photograph looked delicious! The Lazy Veggie Lasagna, and the Spinach, Bacon, and Cheddar Hasselback Chicken looked super good in the photographs. And yes, this is a healthy cookbook and I did say bacon. Mom’s Skillet Chicken Pot Pie with 1/8 of a serving at 333 calories. I couldn’t get past the Carne Asada Fries – yum! 2 cups of fries at 19 grams of fat and 456 calories. I’ll take fries any day. Let’s not forget the soup. American-Style Cheesy Beef Goulash and Macaroni and the Creamy Cheddar-Broccoli Soup. Did I mention the Stromboli, the chicken nuggets, or the calzones? A fantastic index rounds out this book. This book is a beauty, it’s definitely a keeper! 5 stars