I mentioned a few posts ago that I’d be having another giveaway for a cookbook with healthy recipes, and here it is! It’s a Southern Living cookbook–they always have such great recipes!–and it’s called The Slim Down South Cookbook. I had a chance to review it, and the publisher is also providing a giveaway copy for one of you! See the end of the post for details on how to win this giveaway!
This cookbook is written by registered dietitian and award-winning journalist Carolyn O’Neil and includes nutritious versions of Southern-style favorites for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desserts. You’ll also find lots of great full-color photos of most of the recipes, like these…
…which will inspire you to start making some healthy, appetizing food!
The book begins with a chapter called “A Healthy Southern Plate” which includes some great healthy lifestyle tips along with a 14-Day SLIM Eating Plan. You’ll find additional healthy tips in the other chapters, too, which have recipes for every meal, along with desserts and snacks. Calorie and nutrition information is included with every recipe.
Some of the great-sounding foods you can make include:
- English Muffin French Toast
- Zucchini-Onion Frittata
- Baked Cheese Grits
- Peach-and-Tomato Gazpacho
- Salmon and Vegetable Salad
- Crunchy Pecan Slaw
- Chicken and Mini Waffles
- Texas Caviar Rice and Beans
- Mocha-Pecan Mud Pie
- Lime-Raspberry Bites
I thought I’d try something from the chapter on breakfast food called “Rise and Shine!” These Carrot Cake Muffins sounded really good and I love trying new muffin recipes! I thought they came out great–crushed pineapple gives them a great moistness, and there are lots of healthy shredded carrots in them, too! It’s nice to start the day with something tasty as well as healthy!
CARROT CAKE MUFFINS from The Slim Down South Cookbook
Makes 18 muffins
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon table salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used light olive oil instead)
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 (8-ounce) cans crushed pineapple in juice, drained
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups shredded carrots (you can use the pre-shredded carrots to save time if you want)
- Paper baking cups
- Cooking spray
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture.
Whisk together oil and next 3 ingredients; add to flour mixture, stirring just until moistened. Fold in carrots. Place paper baking cups in 18 muffins cups, and coat with cooking spray; spoon batter into cups, filling two-thirds full.
Bake at 350˚F for 22 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Based on 18 muffins: Serving Size 1 muffin Calories 128 Fat 3.8g (sat 0.5, mono 1.6g, poly 1.5g) Protein 2.1g Carb 21.5g Fiber 0.9g Chol 21mg Iron 0.8mg Sodium 223 mg Calc 11mg
I must have filled my muffin cups a little fuller, because I ended up with 17 muffins instead of 18. But I liked how full and rounded they turned out, so I’d probably do that again. My baking time was 22 minutes. I was out of cooking spray, so I filled my paper liners without spraying them and that worked out fine–the muffins just stuck slightly to the liners.
Now for the Giveaway…if you’d like to enter to win a copy of The Slim Down South Cookbook, leave a comment on this blog post between now and Wednesday, January 29, at 10 p.m. (CST)–the random drawing will be made from the comments on this post only! The winner will be chosen randomly via Random.org and announced on Thursday evening, January 30. Winner will be notified via email (if winner does not respond in 3 days, I’ll do another drawing). Giveaway limited to readers in the Continental U.S. and Canada.
First entry: Leave a comment on this post–it would be great to hear what your favorite Southern dish is-even if it’s not that healthy!
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