One of my favorite things to do when I need to relax is cook. Or bake. I love trying new recipes out or doing some little twist to an old favorite. I saw this cookbook over on Blogging for Books and wanted to try it right away. Just had to try the baked zucchini crisps too :)
Type: Cookbook Difficulty: Easy Rating: 3-3.5 out of 5
Southern Girl. Southern recipes. Comfort foods. Um. Yes, please! Lighten Up, Y'all was a very nice cookbook that had me ready to bust out my pots and pans and whip up a few of the dishes. Everything was simple and familiar comforting while having little twists to make the dishes a little lighter and healthier.
There were lots of yummy recipes in Lighten Up, Y'all. It's geared more towards those who eat meat in my opinion but there are still a number of tasty veggie sides and appetizer or soup type recipes. Plus desserts. The ingredients were easy and flipping through I didn't see anything really that would be difficult to find. Craziest thing is panko bread crumbs and those are pretty easy to find too.
This was where I was a bit disappointed with the cookbook. Photographs of the dishes are important to me when I'm looking for a cookbook. There were a decent number of photos but the majority were of the author doing food prep, or random veggies or ingredients. And while they were nice photos and colorful I'd prefer seeing what the actual dish looked like.
The photos that were included of the dishes, though, were pleasing and had me wanting to try the recipes. But this is where the cookbook rating dropped even with some pretty photos included.
Southern food made just a little lighter and healthier.
I'm a Southern girl so this was right up my ally.
I really liked the author's voice too.
She shared some bits that were personal and hard concerning her weight and growing up and dealing with body image. I appreciated that and could relate to what she went through.
Baked Onion Blossom
Spring Pea, Leek and Cauliflower "Couscous"
Baked Zucchini Crisps
Makeover Broccoli Mac & Cheese
Creamy Broccoli-Parmesan Soup
Vegetable Corn Bread
Big Rich Texas Sheet Cake
I decided to try out the Baked Zucchini Crisps.
I happened to have some in the fridge and, well, a Z post was in order.
And they were super easy and pretty tasty.
I did end up adding a bit of extra cheese with a few shakes of parmesan as well.
(so forgot to include the panko bread crumbs)
Slice, dip in whipped eggwhite, press into the breadcrumb mixture then bake.
I liked them! The only problem is they cool very quickly.
And they're best served hot. They're okay warm but then...not so much.
I'll make them again though for sure.
HerdPup loved them too.
*I received Lighten Up, Y'all for review from Blogging for Books
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