Skinnytaste Fast and Slow: Knockout Quick-Fix and Slow Cooker Recipes

Skinnytaste Fast and Slow: Knockout Quick-Fix and Slow Cooker Recipes

by Gina Homolka, Heather K. Jones


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80+ Under 30 Minute Dishes and 60 Slow Cooker Recipes

The easiest, tastiest, most convenient healthy recipes—ever!

With Skinnytaste Fast and Slow, you can get a nutritious, flavor-packed, figure-friendly meal—complete with a flourless chocolate brownie made in a slow cooker—on the table any night of the week. Gina Homolka, founder of the widely adored blog Skinnytaste, shares 140 dishes that come together in a snap—whether in a slow cooker or in the oven or on the stovetop. Favorites include:
Slow Cooker
Chicken and Dumpling Soup
Korean-Style Beef Tacos
Spicy Harissa Lamb Ragu
Peach-Strawberry Crumble
Under 30 Minutes
Zucchini Noodles with Shrimp and Feta
Pizza-Stuffed Chicken Roll-Ups
Grilled Cheese with Havarti, Brussels Sprouts, and Apple
Cauliflower “Fried” Rice
Each recipe includes nutritional information, which can help you take steps toward weight and health goals, and many dishes are vegetarian, gluten-free, and freezer-friendly—all called out with helpful icons. Gina’s practical advice for eating well and 120 color photos round out this indispensable cookbook.

(Please note that nutritional information is provided with every recipe, but the most up-to-date Weight Watchers points can be found online at

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553459609
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 10/11/2016
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 32,202
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

GINA HOMOLKA is the author of the New York Times bestselling The Skinnytaste Cookbook and the founder of Skinnytaste, the award-winning blog that’s been featured on Fitness and Better Homes and Gardens, among other media outlets. She lives on Long Island with her husband and their two children.
HEATHER K. JONES, R.D., is a registered dietitian, the author of several nutrition books, and the founder of, a weight-loss site about healing and hope instead of diets and deprivation.

Read an Excerpt


I cook because I love to eat. I’m not talking about just good-for-you foods like salads and quinoa—although, yes, those are great. The foods I crave range from classic comfort dishes to global cuisine, and everything in between. At the same time, I try to eat a light and balanced diet, and these two things don’t necessarily go together. That’s what led me to start experimenting in my own kitchen eight years ago. I wanted to find ways to eat the foods I craved, but without throwing off all of my hard work to lose weight and keep it off. Plus, as a mom, I had to find a way to please not only my palate, but my picky family’s preferences as well, because cooking separate meals is just not an option for me. The results of those experiments ultimately became my blog, and later inspired my first cookbook, The Skinnytaste Cookbook.

My mission with my first cookbook was to help people create low-calorie food without sacrificing flavor. I also wanted to help take away some of the fear and intimidation that people—especially beginners—feel about cooking. I was thrilled that the book was received so well—thanks to loyal Skinnytaste fans and so many others, it was a bestseller. What a dream come true! But, as I talked with people about the book, I kept fielding similar questions: “Are the recipes easy?” and “Are the recipes fast? I don’t have time to cook.” At the same time, I was receiving emails and Facebook requests for more superquick weeknight ideas, as well as recipes for the slow cooker. With all of this feedback, I knew exactly what my next book should be about.

Skinnytaste Fast and Slow is filled with two types of recipes: quick and easy dishes that are ready in 30 minutes or less, and those that are made in a slow cooker. With this book, no matter how busy you are, you can enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal. Tasty, light, and time-saving! I want everything in these pages to help simplify your life, because I totally get it—I understand the stress of having to come up with healthy meals the whole family will enjoy on a limited time schedule. Talk about pressure!
In this book, you’ll find 140 recipes that are light on calories and packed with nutrients and satisfying flavors, while being simple enough to make anytime. Many of these dishes are versions of the comfort foods I loved during my childhood, and others are my current favorites. All of them have been simplified and skinny-fied, so they slim your waistline and fit into your busy schedule. I’ve spent a year testing and tweaking everything here, and I learned a lot along the way (you’d be amazed what you can make in a slow cooker . . . hello, brownies [see page 296]!). I hope that as you flip through this book, you’ll discover that you can enjoy great taste and good health, even when time is tight.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Serves 6

All the flavors you love from Buffalo wings, without all those darn calories—it’s time to get your fingers dirty! I love making shredded Buffalo chicken in the slow cooker because it’s super easy and so versatile. I use leftovers on sandwiches, over salads, as tacos, and in just about anything I can think up.

1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 medium celery stalk
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth*
1/2 cup cayenne pepper sauce (I like Frank’s RedHot Original), plus more for serving
6 tablespoons low-fat buttermilk
1 ⁄4 cup light mayonnaise
5 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
2 tablespoons chopped scallion, white parts only
1⁄8 teaspoon garlic powder
1⁄8 teaspoon onion powder
1⁄8 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1⁄8 teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
12 outer lettuce leaves, such as green leaf, red leaf, or iceberg
3⁄4 cup shredded carrots

*Read the label to be sure this product is gluten-free.

1. For the chicken: In a slow cooker, arrange the chicken, celery, onion, and garlic. Pour in enough broth to cover the chicken (add water if the broth isn’t enough).

2. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours or on low for 4 hours, until the chicken is cooked through.

3. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and discard the liquid and vegetables. Shred the chicken with 2 forks and return it to the slow cooker. Add the hot sauce and cook on high for 30 minutes.

4. For the blue cheese dressing: In a blender, combine the buttermilk, mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons of the blue cheese, the scallion whites, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, salt, and pepper to taste. Blend until smooth. Stir in the remaining 3 tablespoons blue cheese.

5. To serve, put 2 lettuce leaves on each of 6 plates. Place a generous 1 ⁄4 cup chicken on each leaf, top each with 1 tablespoon shredded carrots, 1 tablespoon celery, and 1 tablespoon of the dressing.

FAT 8.5 g
FIBER 1.5 g
SODIUM 1,140 mg

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Skinnytaste Fast and Slow: Knockout Quick-Fix and Slow Cooker Recipes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
FoodieMom More than 1 year ago
Just lost 10 pounds using The Hungry Chick Dieting Solution from Chef Jai Scovers after struggling with this weight for over two years after the birth of my son. Woohoo! I tried everything and she really kept it simple using a common sense approach to weight loss. I am now on the hunt for any cookbooks that will help me maintain this weight loss and continue to help my family eat better. I recently tried the Buffalo Chicken Meatballs from Gina and even my fussy husband loved them. So I am looking forward to this book. I really want to see Gina's spin on the flourless chocolate brownie. I have had them before. But, when I tried to make them something was missing. The Peach Strawberry Crumble has my attention. Will try that this weekend. I wish I could update this post so I could let everyone know how they turn out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Foodie Mom, you rock! Saw your review about Skinnytaste and decided what the heck and bought Hungry Chick Dieting Solution too. It's been two weeks and I already loss six pounds using it. The first week journal was so helpful and I did it eating what my kids left over from the Peach Strawberry Crumble from the Skinnytaste. Great advice. It is a must have.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
When I opened this up this cookbook and the first recipe I saw was Slow Cooker Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread, I knew I was in trouble. The accompany page showed this delicious bread which made me doubt that I could actually make this in my own crockpot but if I had a rectangular crockpot, a loaf pan and small rack, I was in business. I am being honest here when I say I like normal food, I don’t do fancy food and I like things to be fairly simple. I kid you not when I flip further into this book, I found Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup (which I have already fallen in love with), a Chicken Taco Chili that looked hearty enough that I had to look twice to see where the broth was and a few Ragu and Bolognese recipes. There are eleven main topics including: Mexican, seafood, breakfast, meatless, sides, sweets and many more. Lots of variety in here and located across from every recipe is a picture of the featured dish. The ingredients for each of these recipes are ordinary items and things that I might already have in my pantry or would be items that I would be able to find at my neighborhood store. Each recipe has the nutrimental information for it and its serving size which is a huge plus for me. The author includes a brief paragraph about the recipe and the directions for making the recipes are easy to follow. If you are looking for dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, quick recipes, pressure cooker, crock pot or freezer friendly recipes, the author was also thinking of you as she has labeled each of her recipes with a color-coded circle. If they fall into one of these categories, she labeled it. I am a follower of Skinnytaste on the internet and have made many of her recipes before and I have really enjoyed them. What a great cookbook.