Lighten Up, Y'all: Classic Southern Recipes Made Healthy and Wholesome by Virginia Willis

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  • Sautéed green beans with summer corn

    • Gio on September 23, 2015

      Pg. 61. Loved this recipe! Followed everything as VA wrote it and the finished dish was a pure, clean, fresh tasting plate of Summer. Brilliant use of basil here.

    • josephinetomato on September 10, 2015

      I served this as a side for a dinner of loaded baked potatoes. I cooked some bacon to crumble on the potatoes and then sauteed the corn and green beans in ~ 1 Tablespoon of the bacon fat. It was a simple and delicious dish. I also did not have any fresh basil so just used salt and freshly ground pepper.

  • Coffee-braised pot roast

    • southerncooker on February 17, 2019

      Very good and loved the gravy. Used an immersion blender to mix up cooking juices and veggies to make the gravy as suggested.

  • Creamy broccoli-Parmesan soup

    • jenmacgregor18 on November 19, 2015

      I used 2 leeks, a 10 oz package of spinach and added additional broth & milk... as well as more parm & asiago. Very satisfying texture and flavor.

  • Cocoa-crusted top sirloin with mushrooms

    • MidwesternerTT on June 19, 2019

      Rub recipe is tasty but makes about 4-times what's needed for a pound of steak; plan to store the extra. Don't start cooking the mushrooms until steak is done - cook while it's resting for 10 minutes, and add more oil (or shhh - a pat of butter) to the skillet to cook the mushrooms. Steak needed at least 20 minutes to cook in my oven as one slab and was still rare in center - consider dividing for more even cooking.

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  • ISBN 10 1607745739
  • ISBN 13 9781607745730
  • Linked ISBNs
  • Published Mar 03 2015
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 232
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Ten Speed Press
  • Imprint Ten Speed Press

Publishers Text

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.

Virginia Willis is not only an authority on Southern cooking, a French-trained chef, and a veteran cookbook author; she is also a proud Southerner who adores eating and cooking for family and friends. So when she needed to drop a few pounds and generally lighten up her diet, the most important criterion for her new lifestyle was that all the food had to taste delicious.

The result is Lighten Up, Y’all, a soul-satisfying and deeply personal collection of Virginia’s new favorite recipes. All the classics are covered—from a comforting Southern Style Shepherd’s Pie with Grits to warm, melting Broccoli Mac and Cheese to Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie. Each dish is packed with real Southern flavor, but made with healthier, more wholesome ingredients and techniques. Wherever you are on your health and wellness journey, Lighten Up, Y’all has the recipes, tools, and inspiration you need to make the nourishing, down-home Southern food you love.

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