Cookbook giveaway - Lighten Up Y'all

Lighten Up Y'allDo you love Southern food but are trying to eat healthier? Southern food expert and French-trained chef Virginia Willis has come to your rescue with Lighten Up Y'all, a collection of classic Southern comfort food recipes--including seven-layer dip, chicken and gravy, and strawberry shortcake--made lighter, healthier, and completely guilt-free.

If this concept piques your curiousity, Virginia has provided us with two recipes from her book for you to try. And you can check out her book tour dates in our Events Calendar.

In addition to the recipes, we're delighted to offer three copies of Lighten Up Y'all to EYB Members in the US and Canada. Click on the Rafflecopter image below to view entry details and requirements. One of the entry options is to answer the following question on this blog post:

Which Southern classic would you most like to see reworked for healthier eating?

Please note that you must enter the comment after signing into Rafflecopter or your entry won't be counted. The contest ends April 10, 2015.



  • KimChi  on  3/13/2015 at 2:03 PM

    sweet potato casserole

  • babyfork  on  3/13/2015 at 3:15 PM

    I love southern food!

  • Lizwizz  on  3/13/2015 at 3:20 PM

    Hoppin' John

  • AGENT99  on  3/13/2015 at 4:13 PM

    Fried Chicken

  • nicolthepickle  on  3/13/2015 at 5:27 PM

    I would like to see Fried chicken. I'm not sure it's possible though. It is fried chicken after all.

  • madelainelc  on  3/13/2015 at 8:00 PM

    I agree, a lightened up fried chicken would be awesome...

  • HeatherLynn  on  3/13/2015 at 9:22 PM

    I would love to see mac and cheese lightened up!

  • contest718  on  3/14/2015 at 4:02 AM

    got to me mac n cheese or chicken fried steak!!

  • dbielick  on  3/14/2015 at 7:11 AM

    fried catfish and hushpuppies

  • TraciB  on  3/14/2015 at 7:40 AM

    Chicken and Dumplings would be the recipe I'd like to see Lightened Up

  • Drmiggy  on  3/14/2015 at 8:47 AM

    Red velvet cake

  • robin0red  on  3/14/2015 at 1:41 PM

    Shrimp and Grits!

  • chawkins  on  3/14/2015 at 7:38 PM

    Fried chicken for sure.

  •  on  3/15/2015 at 12:59 AM

    chicken fried steak with gravy

  • Pianogirl  on  3/15/2015 at 7:09 AM

    Shrimp and Grits

  • sarahawker  on  3/15/2015 at 11:47 AM

    Shrimp and Grits

  • AggieDesigner  on  3/15/2015 at 3:17 PM

    Sweet Potato Casserole

  • DJBWA  on  3/15/2015 at 4:15 PM

    Any thing with sweet potatoes or grits.....

  • bfg67  on  3/16/2015 at 3:36 PM

    shrimp and grits

  • QueenofNoHo  on  3/16/2015 at 5:52 PM

    Please look into a lighter version of Key Lime Pie :)

  • Aggie92  on  3/17/2015 at 9:03 AM

    Red velvet cake & cornbread dressing

  • matag  on  3/17/2015 at 9:11 AM

    Fried chicken

  • decklededges  on  3/17/2015 at 9:57 PM

    Mac and cheese!

  • reno2014  on  3/18/2015 at 10:33 AM

    Deep fried chicken and biscuits would be great to eat more often if the calorie content could be reduced.

  • sgump  on  3/18/2015 at 7:27 PM

    The classic Kentucky Hot Brown

  • Nsteinen  on  3/19/2015 at 4:45 PM

    Chicken and dumplings.

  • Zosia  on  3/19/2015 at 4:55 PM

    Fried chicken

  • diannerh49  on  3/19/2015 at 7:16 PM

    Chicken and dumplings

  • Angie206  on  3/19/2015 at 7:18 PM

    Macaroni and Cheese for sure! And a nice chocolaty devils food cake or chocolate iced bundt cake

  • rchesser  on  3/19/2015 at 7:47 PM

    Biscuit pudding

  • bren  on  3/20/2015 at 4:57 AM

    Fried chicken

  • JamieK  on  3/20/2015 at 8:15 AM

    Love Southern Food!

  • Cjelineo  on  3/20/2015 at 10:40 AM

    Shrimp and grits!

  • DanieleK  on  3/20/2015 at 6:48 PM

    Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy and Mac-n-cheese

  • jlh39  on  3/21/2015 at 10:09 AM

    Is it even possible?....Chess pie.

  • Mimmi  on  3/23/2015 at 7:44 PM

    Sweet potato biscuits

  • trudys_person  on  3/24/2015 at 8:37 PM

    I don't know if it's possible, but Chicken Fried Steak? Thanks!

  • jd5761  on  3/25/2015 at 10:13 AM

    fried chicken

  • louie734  on  3/25/2015 at 10:17 AM

    Chicken thighs & dumplings and similar chicken stews.

  • jenlhawes  on  3/26/2015 at 8:26 AM

    This cookbook looks fantastic - can't wait to try the pork chops!

  • DFed  on  3/26/2015 at 8:29 AM

    sweet potato casserole!

  • Ordinaryblogger  on  3/26/2015 at 9:01 AM

    fried green tomatoes

  • giantsis  on  3/26/2015 at 12:59 PM

    Sweet potato casserole!

  • Julia  on  3/26/2015 at 4:40 PM

    Fried chicken!

  • JaneC  on  3/26/2015 at 7:43 PM

    Fried chicken

  • fourseasonskitchen  on  3/27/2015 at 4:50 PM

    pimento cheese

  • vinochic  on  3/27/2015 at 6:30 PM

    pecan pie

  • Elise.Barry  on  3/29/2015 at 4:29 PM

    Lowcountry Shrimp and Grits

  • fraserkr  on  3/29/2015 at 11:56 PM

    I would you most like to see the Southern classic CHESS PIE reworked for healthier eating.

  • Randalb  on  4/1/2015 at 10:46 AM

    Salmon croquettes

  • footprint  on  4/2/2015 at 3:41 PM

    Pecan pie, I love it too much. And in return it loves me back by putting inches on my waistline, lol.

  • rstuart  on  4/2/2015 at 7:47 PM

    Sweet potato casserole

  • clare_b74  on  4/3/2015 at 3:26 PM

    To be honest, any of them! I was just reading my Fried Green Tomatoes... cookbook the other day and think I gave myself diabetes there and then ;-)

  • tjnelson1hotmail  on  4/3/2015 at 3:54 PM

    Fried chicken!

  • pgarcia  on  4/3/2015 at 7:10 PM

    Mashed potatoes!

  • Nasus  on  4/3/2015 at 9:22 PM

    Banana pudding

  • infotrop  on  4/4/2015 at 2:22 PM

    Fried oysters and remoulade

  • dbcurrie  on  4/6/2015 at 10:57 PM

    Biscuits and gravy

  • Rosesrpink50  on  4/7/2015 at 12:38 AM

    Hummingbird cake, is it possible?

  • bellagigi  on  4/10/2015 at 11:35 AM

    Fried Chicken

  • auntietina  on  4/10/2015 at 2:50 PM

    I would love a lighter version of Chicken Fried Steak and Gravy, as long as it still tastes good!

  • mamuller  on  4/10/2015 at 3:13 PM

    Fried Chicken

  • laureljean  on  4/10/2015 at 4:07 PM

    Would love to own this book! A huge fan of Southern cooking and baking.

  • Atelford  on  4/10/2015 at 4:40 PM

    Mac and cheese

  • PiaOC  on  4/10/2015 at 6:28 PM

    Seven layer dip! Every time.

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