Lighten up, y’all is a new cookbook by Virginia Willis who modifies old favorites into healthier meals. Since I have been placed on a low fat diet some of these modifications won’t work for me, yes…even with reduced fat alterations. BUT, the author does make some very delicious looking dishes which are healthier than the traditional versions.
I wish there had been more photos and healthier choices on the oils she chooses to cook with. There are some tasty sounding recipes such as Chicken, Apple and Cheddar Burgers and Broccoli and Cheese Grits which use cheddar (a higher fat cheese) as well as Beer Battered Shrimp – none of which would be particularly light fare. She makes them lighter than the traditional versions but hey, fried is still fried.
I like that she advocates drinking plenty of water, using yogurt in replacement of mayonnaise (sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn’t) and has an honest forward about her weight issues.
Overall I would give this cookbook a 3.5 for honesty and nice southern cookin’ with a slightly lighter touch.
*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions, nice and no-so-nice are my own 🙂