Review: Substitute Yourself Skinny
For many Americans the battle of the bulge is predicated on the fact that diet food tastes nasty. Those pre-portioned pseudo-meals shipped directly to your door are not only dreadful tasting but processed to the point you can’t really call it food. They may make your tummy smaller but they wreak havoc on your liver, pancreas, heart, kidneys, et al. Nothing that tastes bad is good for you. After all your taste buds are as much a part of your body as your abs and glutes. Why abuse them?
Susan Irby has made her career by designing foods that fit what she calls “the Bikini lifestyle.” It is an approach that has earned her the nickname the Bikini Chef. Often identified as spa food, her style features healthy, local, sustainable ingredients prepared with sophistication. But Irby’s food also has comfort and that’s what makes her healthy fare so satisfying.
Susan’s latest book is her best offering to date of figure-flattering flavors. Substitute Yourself Skinny (Adams Media, 2010) includes 175 super-slimming recipes and dozens of gorgeous color photos. This is one diet book that deserves serious food porn props! Irby’s previous books include $7 Healthy Meals (read review) and $7 Quick and Easy Meals (read review) as well as Cooking with Susan, Southern Family Favorites. All are available at amazon.com. For more on Irby check out my exclusive interview from earlier this year.
The true voodoo of Substitute Yourself Skinny is not that Susan takes great, time-tested recipes that are packed with flavor and substitutes one or two high fat or high calorie ingredients for healthier alternatives while maintaining the soul of the dish. No, the real magic is that Susan teaches you how to do it yourself.
Despite what the mail-order meal people would have you think, the path to getting that Bikini body is through your kitchen. There is no such thing as a healthy diet that does not involve fresh ingredients cooked from scratch. If cooking for yourself sounds horrific then what you eat is not the source of your excess tonnage, your laziness is.
Irby addresses this by making her recipes easy and quick. First she starts you off with a shopping list of the staples needed for eating healthy and cooking quickly. Then she offers recipes like I’m Feeling Lazy Lasagna and others engineered for that busy family on the go.
Finally, and most astonishingly, Irby has filled the pages of Substitute Yourself Skinny with foods you actually like and even crave: Creme de la Creme Cream of Broccoli Soup, Cinnamon Raisin Waffles, Not So Scalloped Potatoes, Biscuits and Gravy, Cajun Red Beans and Rice, I Love New York Cheesecake, Slidin’ Home BBQ Sliders, Sausage Pizza, Banana-rama Banana Pudding Cake and Fudgy Chocolate Brownies to name just a few.
Each delicious recipe is accompanied by a calorie count, serving size and nutritional breakdown. Scattered throughout you will find helpful bits of information the author calls Skinny Secrets. As mentioned before the photographs are stunningly clean and colorful.
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