16 March 2019

Weekend Cooking: Skinnytaste One & Done

review of Skinnytaste One & Done by Gina HomolkaI'm probably the last person in the universe to jump on the Skinnytaste bandwagon. I know, I know, especially because you all have had only wonderful things to say about the cookbooks and about Gina Homolka's website.

When her newest cookbook Skinnytaste One & Done came out last fall (Clarkson Potter, October 2018), I zipped over to my library's site, only to see that I was on a long, long wait list. My turn finally came about 10 days ago.

I was so afraid that the ebook would expire before I had a chance to explore it, I decided that all our dinners this past week would come from that cookbook.

You want the fast answer? Buy, buy, buy! That's what I did, and my very own copy is on its way to me right now.

First off, I really liked the premise of this book: All dinners require exactly one pot, pan, or appliance. Can you say "fast cleanup"? The traditional cooking methods use a skillet, Dutch oven, or sheet pan, and the appliances are the electric pressure cooker, slow cooker, and air fryer. I can already hear you saying, "Wait! What if I don't have one of those machines?" Homolka is a step ahead of you, and offers alternative cooking methods that don't require a gadget.

Second, I so appreciate that each recipe is clearly marked for quick (under 30 minutes), vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, and freezer friendly. That's such a help when I'm cooking for friends or family with dietary restrictions. And if you happen to be on Weight Watchers, the Skinnytaste website lists up-to-date points for each recipe in the book. Nice.

review of Skinnytaste One & Done by Gina HomolkaAll the recipes we tried from Skinnytaste One & Done were very good (truly) and full of flavor. So often cookbook recipes are too bland for us, but each meal we tried was perfectly seasoned. I was also impressed that the number of servings seemed fairly accurate, at least for the way we eat.

I made a chicken soup (recipe below) in the pressure cooker, which had just the right level of heat. The curry-flavored roasted vegetables, a sheet pan dinner (shown at the right), was delicious as is but would also be good over rice or couscous. Note that I didn't make the green chutney but used my own homemade fruit chutney instead.

Finally, I made the lamb stew in the pressure cooker. This too was delicious and perfectly seasoned. In full disclosure, I need to say that I made two changes. First, I cut the cooking time from 35 minutes to 25 minutes. Why? Because I've been using a pressure cooker since the 1990s and I've never cooked lamb stew that long. Second, I didn't add the canned beans until after I released the pressure, stirring them in at the end. I was afraid they'd turn to mush.

I ordered my copy of Gina Homolka's Skinnytaste One & Done before the week was over. I can't wait to cook my way through this book. Note: if you have a pressure cooker and are still not sure what to make in it, buy this book. I promise you will find plenty to try.

Scans and recipe come from the cookbook and are used here for review purposes. All rights remain with the original copyright holders. The review copy of the book came from the library, but I've already added the book to my personal collection.

Click image to enlarge recipe. Enjoy!

review of Skinnytaste One & Done by Gina Homolka
NOTE: This recipe is a perfect addition to Deb's (from Kahakai Kitchen) Souper Sunday link-up. Follow the link for full information. The short take: it's a place to share soup, sandwich, and salad recipes. Join in or just check out the great recipes!
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rhapsodyinbooks 3/16/19, 6:05 AM  

I went to the website per your recommendation and link, and was wowed right away with the recipe for and picture of sesame crusted tuna steak. The tortilla soup looks great too. Looks like the book would be a great purchase!

Mae Travels 3/16/19, 6:58 AM  

You are definitely right that a lot of people are blogging about their experiences with this book! Now that you are with them, I guess I must be "the last person in the universe to jump on the Skinnytaste bandwagon" as you put it! We're exploring our existing cookbook collection at the moment, so probably no jumps soon.

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

bermudaonion 3/16/19, 8:01 AM  

My mom is all about "one pot" meals so I'm going to check this out. It sounds like it could be a great Mother's Day gift for her.

(Diane) bookchickdi 3/16/19, 8:07 AM  

I’ve looked at a few Skinnytaste cookbooks but never bought one. This rave review from you means I should pick this one up. I have an Instapot but haven’t really used the pressure cooker much. I like that this book has so many pressure cooker recipes.

Tina 3/16/19, 8:14 AM  

Glad you liked this book, I have been cooking from all of her books lately and thought my posts were starting to be 80% SkinnyTaste. Funny, today I brought you zucchini fries from SkinnyTaste!

Jackie McGuinness 3/16/19, 8:33 AM  

Just when I was thinking of culling my cookbook collection!

Tina 3/16/19, 8:34 AM  

I also brought kababs inspired by The Moroccan Girl. Forgot to add that I. My previous comment.

jama 3/16/19, 8:34 AM  

Your rave review will definitely make me look for this book! Thanks.

Mae Travels 3/16/19, 9:29 AM  

Hello again, Beth. I attempted to comment on some of the Weekend Cooking posts that have been entered this week, but suddenly I'm shut out of commenting on a number of them. The rules for commenting on WordPress blogs seem to have changed. I wonder if other people are also having difficulty with commenting where it worked fine as recently as last week! This isn't exactly relevant to your post, but it affects the community spirit of Weekend Cooking.

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Les in Oregon 3/16/19, 11:09 AM  

It sounds like this cookbook is as good as her previous books (which I own and love). My husband will be happy if I get it and make the lamb stew, which he loves. I'm not a fan of lamb, but if it's an easy recipe, I won't mind making it and fixing something else for myself. Thanks for the great review!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 3/16/19, 11:11 AM  

This is the sort of cookbook I could have used when I was working. Just now I'm expanding to use more than one pot when I make a meal.

Deb in Hawaii 3/16/19, 11:48 AM  

I have not tried the Skinnytaste books although I have lived vicariously through Tina and now you. ;-) Everything you made sounds delicious--especially those sheet pan dinner veggies. Yum!

Vicki 3/16/19, 1:35 PM  

Glad to know you like this book so much, as do a lot of other bloggers. I decided to check it out at the library and I'm #3 on the list.

Carole 3/16/19, 4:48 PM  

Now ordered from the library - thanks

Literature and Limes 3/16/19, 10:14 PM  

I always love a good cookbook recommendation!

Deb in Hawaii 3/17/19, 7:28 PM  

Thanks for sharing your soup with Souper Sundays this week! ;-)

Greg 3/19/19, 5:24 AM  

Yum, sounds good and just reading this post is making me hungry lol. The chicken soup sounds delicious. Nice too that the recipes are seasoned so well.

Meg @ write meg! 3/21/19, 12:41 PM  

Ooh, thanks for sharing this one! I'm all about quick and easy dinners, and have absolutely exhausted the books I have by Mary Younkin (love those). Will add this to my wishlist. Thanks!

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