Brooke Griffin is the founder and CEO of Skinny Mom, a website where moms go to get the skinny on healthy living. She started it as a small online community in 2011 where like-minded women could go to learn how to live healthier without sacrificing family quality time. Six years later with an average of 4.5 million monthly visitors, Griffin is taking things to the next level and releasing a new cookbook, called Skinny Suppers.
“Skinny Suppers is all about serving lightened-up, healthier recipes that everyone in your family will enjoy. They are full-flavor recipes that don’t taste “skinny,” and many are based on the comfort foods I grew up eating as a Kentucky girl. Aside from the recipes being “skinny”, this cookbook is meant to make busy women’s lives easier in the kitchen so they can focus more on family and conversations than stressing over a meal every night,” Griffin says.
Griffin attributes Skinny Supers to her small town upbringing in Corbin Kentucky and the southern cooking her grandmother served with love. “We enjoyed her delicious meals every Sunday after church and I cherish the memories made over tasty food, prayer and laughs. As a mom, I wanted to find a way to create new suppertime memories with my son, but I wanted to lighten the dishes up so we could all enjoy them guilt-free,” Griffin says.
Griffin has been serving up individual recipes and smaller recipe booklets that her readers cherish on Skinny Mom for years but this is Griffin’s first full length cookbook. Skinny Suppers includes 125 lightened up versions of southern comfort foods and features recipes such as Supreme Pizza Pasta Casserole, Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings and Loaded Nacho Soup. “I wanted this book to be a go-to for busy families, so there’s a variety of recipes to suit every member of your family’s tastes. As you flip through the book, you’ll see some classic foods you love made skinny, some southern favorites, and you’ll be able to try some adventurous, new ones,” Griffin says.
Striving to make healthy meal planning a breeze Skinny Suppers has helpful icons that point to “Weeknight Wonders” recipes which require 30 minutes or less of preparation, “Waist Friendly” recipes which consist of main dishes that are 350 calories or less and “Twice as Nice” recipes that make healthy leftovers stretch throughout the week. Included in Skinny Suppers is a 30-day meal calendar to take the guess work out of meal planning. “I really want to encourage moms to get delicious, lightened-up meals on the table while spending less time in the kitchen and more time around their loved ones at the supper table,” Griffin says.
Griffin’s personal favorite is Southern Shrimp and Grits . “In the south, we eat grits morning, noon and night so being able to make a lighter version of a food I couldn’t imagine giving up was pretty great! This meal is also one of the Weeknight Wonders in the book because you can make it in just 15 minutes, which we can all agree is a huge bonus,” Griffin says.
Griffin emphasizes that Skinny Supers is a family centric labor of love that she couldn’t have accomplished without her Skinny Mom Team. Griffin wrote and tasted every recipe in her own kitchen. As proof of her dedication, she gives readers a behind the scenes sneak peak into the creation of Skinny Supers. “My family, including my five-year-old son, were the main taste testers for these recipes, so all the recipes that made the cut were family approved,” Griffin laughs.
Skinny Suppers was released March 22 and is now available wherever books are sold. You can order online at www.skinnymom.com/skinny-suppers-cookbook/. To learn more about Griffin and Skinny Mom, visit www.SkinnyMom.com.