Thursday, March 12, 2015

Lighten up, y'all

I just got a new cookbook, called "Lighten up, y'all-Classic Southern Recipes made Healthy and Wholesome. It's written by Virginia Willis who is a columnist for, a contributing editor to Southern Living, and was named one of the "Seven Food Writers You Need to Know" by the Chicago Tribune.
The photography in this cookbook is suburb. It really made me want to try the recipes. I like the fact that the nutrition facts are with the recipe. I also like Virginia's little stories that she tells throughout the book.
I decided to try the Turkey Meatloaf with Mushroom Gravy. It took me about 30 minutes to put this recipe together because of chopping onion, mushrooms, parsley and garlic. I also had to shred carrot. Then everything had to be cooked before I added it to the ground turkey. It took an hour to cook in my oven. I was being kind of lazy and wasn't going to make the gravy until  I took  the meatloaf out of the oven and it looked totally dry and unappetizing. I quickly made the gravy. My husband's reaction was that this is a keeper recipe. Mine, not so much. It didn't really taste bad, it just didn't make me want seconds. The gravy did make it look more appetizing, but I still don't think I want to make this again. I will try some of the other recipes that sound really good, like "Beer Battered Shrimp, Lemon-Basil North Georgia Trout, Chicken Tortilla Soup, or Brown Sugar-Strawberry Shortcakes.

I received this book from "Blogging for Books" for my honest review.