Dietitian Carolyn O'Neil writes a cookbook with a Southern flair with "Southern Living: The Slim Down South Cookbook."
O'Neil writes that she wanted to write the book to show that Southern dishes can fit into a healthy diet. She further writes that the key to indulging is portion control.
O'Neil also includes not only tips for a healthy lifestyle and cooking, but also a two week food diary from her own journal, to show menus, snacks and more to eat healthier.
The back of the book also includes a section on food choices for specific occasions, like a road trip, busy work day, a party and more.
The recipes are divided into six chapters: Rise & Shine, Let's Do Lunch, Good Grazing, Dinner Bell, Desserts to Live For and Company's Coming.
Rise and Shine includes breakfast recipes like Carrot Cake Muffins, Blueberry Smoothie, English Muffin French Toast and Baked Cheese Grits.
Let's Do Lunch has recipes for Peach-and-Tomato Gazpacho with Cucumber Yogurt, Corn and Black Bean Salad, Salmon and Vegetable Salad and Peanut Chicken Pitas.
Good Grazing has snacks like BBQ Peach Summer Rolls with Sweet Pepper-Peanut Sauce, Fried Green Tomato Sliders, Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Crisps and Sweet Pea Crostini.
Dinner Bells has recipes for Herbed Tomato-Zucchini Tart, Lemon-Herb Cornmeal Madeleines, Greens-and-Beans Risotto, Texas Caviar Rice and Beans, Lime-Orange Catfish, Skillet Fried Chicken, BBQ in a Jar, Baked Smokin' Mac & Cheese, Honey-Grilled Pork Tenderloin and Molasses Glazed Flank Steak Soft Tacos.
Desserts to Live For include sweet treats like Angel Food Cake with Lemon Glaze, Blackberry-Lemon Buttermilk Sorbet, Easy Tropical Banana Sundaes, Flourless Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Mocha-Pecan Mud Pie.
Company's Coming has recipes for parties and even menus. ?There's Baked Pears with Toasted Oat Topping and Avocado Fruit Salad, Boiled Peanut Hummus and Spicy 3-Bean Chili and Honey-Pecan Chicken Thighs.
I made Country Chicken and Buttermilk Soup because it is supposed to have a taste somewhat like chicken and dumplings. The recipe used chicken and boiled it, and I decided to cut out an extra step and just used a store bought rotissarie chicken. There is also potatoes, celery, onion, carrots, peas and corn in a buttermilk broth. It was good, and I liked the combination of the vegetables and chicken. I?thought the buttermilk was a good addition, but might not use as much next time, as the flavor seemed to overpower some of the other flavors. Picky youngest saw vegetables and was immediately afraid. The oldest ate more, but agreed with me that the buttermilk was a bit overpowering.
There's a lot of variety of Southern recipes for home cooks who want the flavor, but less fat!
"Southern Living: The Slim Down South Cookbook" is published by Oxmoor House. It is $24.95.