Cookbook Corner – Lighten up, y’all

I know this is shocking coming from me…but I’m in love with Virginia Willis’ new cookbook which features “Classic Southern Recipes made Healthy and Wholesome”. Believe me – you will want this book!

Lighten up, y'all Cookbook Corner Blaise the Baker

“Lighten up, y’all” By: Virginia Willis

First, let me say – I know, I’m as shocked as you are that I’m featuring (and currently LOVING) a “healthy” cookbook. But really, I don’t consider this a “health” cookbook. What Virginia Willis has managed to do with her delicious southern recipes, is amazing! She’s taken them, lightened them up, and somehow – managed to find a way to keep ALL of their delicious flavor!

I’ve tried a few recipes from this book, and I can’t believe how much I enjoyed them!

What kind of delicious southern recipes are featured in the book!?

How do these sound…

“Sinless Seven Layer Dip” (page 18), “Slice and Bake Parmesan-Herb Cheese Straws” (page 22), “Barbecue Meatballs” (page 28), “Shortcut Chicken Pasta Salad” (page 37), “Broccoli Slaw with Light Buttermilk Ranch” (page 49), “Creamed-Corn Stuffed Tomatoes” (page 63), “Green Beans with New Potatoes and Candied Garlic” (page 67), “Baked Zucchini Crisps” (page 75), “Red Beans and Greens” (page 85), “Broccoli and Cheese Rice Grits” (page 89), “Buttermilk Potato Gratin” (page 95), “Beer-Battered Shrimp with Spicy Ketchup” (page 113), “Smothered and Covered Chicken and Gravy” (page 125), “Turkey Meatloaf with Mushroom Gravy” (page 137), “Pulled Pork Tenderloin with Red Pepper Vinegar Sauce” (page 151), “Creamy Broccoli-Parmesan Soup” (page 163), “Beef and Farro Soup” (page 174), “Buttermilk Biscuits with Turkey Sausage” (page 183), “Stovetop Apple Pie” (page 206), “Chasing the Carrot Cake” (page 208) and “Big Rich Chocolate Sheet Cake” (page 212).

And that’s not even a FOURTH of the delicious recipes that fill this book!

The gorgeous picture on the cover? “Makeover Broccoli Mac and Cheese” (page 96) – is well worth the price of the book. And it doesn’t even TASTE “lightened up”! It’s amazing…

I’ve really learned quite a bit from this book. I usually flip through “low fat / healthy” cookbooks, and put them right back on the shelf. This one has been in my kitchen for awhile – and I don’t see it leaving anytime soon. I’m still so impressed with how the simple “swap” of a few ingredients can make all the calorie differences in a dish. Certain ingredients really add up in calories, without even realizing it.

This book is informative, a fun read (believe me, I can’t say that about most “lightened up” cookbooks), delicious looking photos and great “comforting” recipes! You will want to add this one to your collection!

To learn more about Virginia Willis, please click here…

To buy “Lighten up, y’all”, please click here…

Want to TRY some of the delicious recipes featured in the book? Click here…

The personal views and reviews of this blog are mine and mine alone. Any opinion or thought expressed are strictly my own. I received this book from “Blogging for Books” for this review. More information can be found by emailing me your questions.



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