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Skinny Meals in Heels
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2012
I love cooking and baking and have quite a substantial collection of cookery books. I really like Jennifer's new cookbook because all of the recipes are tasty, easily explained,healthy and best of all quick to make. Usually with a cookbook, I may only make five recipes from this book. I've only had this book for two days and already I've made four recipes and I'm making two more tomorrow. So far I've made the vegetable and spring onion pancakes ( so tasty and super quick to make). I made the stuffed chicken breast with spinach, cinnamon and dates for the girls last night and today I had the light chicken Vietnamese salad. For dinner since it's a Saturday and I'm having a lazy day, I'm making the Jamaican Chicken Curry.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys tasty healthy food that is quick to prepare.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
TOP 100 REVIEWERon 17 April 2012
I have Jennifer Joyce's 'Meals in Heels' - aimed at dinner party food that could be made ahead and finished at the last minute. This book is aimed at more everyday meals. The 'skinny' shouldn't be seen as a diet book - really more healthy eating - the food is less rich but still flavoursome. There aren't any calorie counts or details about carbs, proteins, etc. which a mainstream diet book would include. Most of the recipes can be made in 30-60 minutes. There are notes indicating the extent to which recipes can be made ahead, either wholly or partially which is always useful. Recipes are generally intended for four people.

The book is divided into chapters as follows: Snacks & Nibbles; Starters; Salads; Soups; Weekday Dinners in under 1 hour; Weekend Cooking; Puds.

Snacks include oven-dried cherry tomatoes with lemon-oregano salt, pickled vegetables and Turkish salsa with pitta crisps. Starters range from sashimi tuna, to steamed asparagus with an egg vinaigrette, beef & mango spring rolls, vegetable & spring onion pancakes with a chilli dipping sauce, vegetable yakitori, steamed globe artichokes with lemon & oregano dipping oil & spicy scallops with avocado & mango salsa to name a few. The salads are more in the line of main course salads such as palm heart with orange, prawns & avocado; Vietnamese chicken salad; potato & smoked trout. There are some really lovely soups of which my favourites are celeriac & roasted garlic; chipotle black bean with lime-pickled onion; tomato & chickpea with cumin; & caramelised onion & fennel.

There is a good range of main courses including a lovely vegetarian selection (although I doubt that the recipe involving squid ink pasta will go down well with true vegetarians). Recipes include pork & fennel tray roast with lemon & coriander paste; lamb steaks with parmesan pea purée; lamb with borlotti beans & roasted cherry tomatoes; Korean beef with sesame seeds; pork scallopine with lemon wine sauce; tostadas with spicy tomato turkey; crisp mustard & tarragon chicken. Veggie mains include Thai pumpkin curry and polenta with roasted aubergine. There are also some fish & seafood recipes such as Bengali salmon parcels with mustard yoghourt paste, seared scallops with crushed potatoes, steamed lemon ginger fish, & prawn tacos.

The weekend dishes aren't particularly complicated but take longer mainly because the cooking time is longer or they require marinading e.g. slow roasted pork with a spice crust or mustard rack of lamb with a shallot port sauce. There are still recipes which will be ready in a little over an hour. The short pudding section is mainly simple, fresh desserts including pineapple & mint granita, caramelised grilled mango, elderflower sparkling berries (vegetarians will need to use an alternative to gelatine) and raspberry sorbet.

The recipes are appealing and generally uncomplicated, and whilst healthy don't feel as is you are depriving yourself of anything.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 29 February 2012
Anyone familiar with Jennifer's writing will know that it is all about flavour. Skinny Meals in Heels cleverly packs a tasty punch with simple and satisfying everyday recipes that you wouldn't think we're 'skinny'!

Through Jennifer's understanding of winning flavour combinations and ingredients from all around the world (fresh aromatic herbs, pungent spice pastes and zingy dressings) it is easy to eat low fat food and find healthier ways to cook it. A ready supply of tuperware is a must however - even my boyfriend has loved making the salads and soups for packed lunches. Try the filling Chipotle black bean soup with lime-pickled onion and crisp baked tortillas or Potato, smoked trout and dill salad with a caper and whole grain mustard dressing.

As well as soups and salads there are also sections to take you right through the week for snacks, starters, weekday dinners in under an hour, weekend cooking (for when you have more time and want to impress) and skinny puddings. Stuffed chicken breasts with spinach, cinnamon and dates has become a firm favourite as have Sizzling Korean-style beef with sesame seeds and Vietnamese stir-fried fish with dill and rice noodles, to name but a few. All the recipes have great little tips explaining what can be prepped ahead, as well as the all important skinny 'sell' to help you understand the healthy thinking behind the recipe. Also useful is the definitive guide to stir-frying which, once mastered, is the prefect healthy fast-food option.

This is the kind of easy, delicious and healthy food we should all be eating on a daily basis...like Jennifer says, diet is a dirty word!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2012
This cookbook is a must-have for anyone who loves food and entertaining. Jennifer's user-friendly writing style means that this book is pleasure to cook from. She explains why the recipes are healthy, and includes lots of tips about preparing ahead of time.

So far I've been introduced to some amazing ingredients and am working my way through the rest of recipes. My family and friends have been delighted with all the food so far. I'd definitely recommend this book!
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A new female-friendly recipe book featuring a range of lighter, diet-compatible dishes by Jennifer Joyce, author of the successful "Meals in Heels" book has landed.

Designed in a stylish manner to particularly appeal to younger female readers, this book presents a range of easy-to-make, quick meals for both entertaining and regular at-home eating. The book itself states that it is not a diet or a stripped-down healthy eating book, but one which sets out to provide a range of great meals that just happen to use a range of healthier cooking styles and ingredients.

After a fairly light-hearted but interesting introduction to the concept behind the book and many "skinny tips" over how to eat well without putting on the kilos, it is straight into the multitude of recipes that are on offer.

Split into different categories - snacks & nibbles, starters, salads for dinner or on the side, soups for dinner or to start, weekday dinners in under one hour, weekend cooking and skinny puds - each recipe is simply but nicely laid out with an overview, the ingredients required and an easy-to-follow no-nonsense set of cooking instructions. Many tips are given with the recipes to suggest when and how meals could be prepared ahead of time as well as general "did you know?"-type factoids.

Looking through the recipes one finds a pleasant, diverse range of things to try and hopefully enjoy. It is not just a "jazzed up" and rebranded cookery book designed to appeal to a young female audience. A nice balance between simple sophisticated and regular staples is provided, all with the promise of healthier eating served on the side.

There are not so many colour photographs of the actual finished dishes but for some unfathomable reason this does not seem to be disturbing. Perhaps it is something to do with the overall impression given off by the book, or perhaps it is because the book is not a direct, "cold" recipe book. In any case it is quite appealing, even to the male of the species (who though may prefer to claim that it is their wife/girlfriend/female friend's copy due to the overt female branding). This reviewer does not particularly like overtly branding for a given sex as invariably it does not universally work, yet this female branding is not offensive (no overkill of pink text and fluffy things, no faux inspiration about how you can do it all, etc.) and it seems to be on the quirky side of positive rather than the negative side of empty platitudes.

When this reviewer first looked at the book, it was questionable whether it could appeal to a wider audience. After careful consideration, one can say that first impressions can be misleading and that this book can be recommended for all. An optional brown paper cover should, however, have been provided for those who might be out off by the female branding!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2013
Tried 2 recipes so far and both uncomplicated and tasty. Very pleased with book but hadn't realised that Americans have so many different names for things! Had to Google terms like cilantro (= coriander) and not sure if some ingredients are available in the UK - hard to know equivalents.
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on 18 July 2012
I adore Jennifer Joyce's recipes and have been wowing my friends with her incredible salads for years, when I heard about this recipe book I couldn't resist. As a vegeterian I find it difficult to find delicious, low fat recepies which don't require hours of preparation, or hundreds of different ingredients - but there are many included in this book. It's a must have if you love cooking, are on any kind of weight watching programme, and are also short of time.
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on 12 November 2012
I bought two of these one for me and one as a Christmas present. Super book the pictures are fun and the recipes and tips are great. As a serial dieter this book is great as it gives wonderful easy to prepare tasty low fat meals. The cover of the book looks really inviting and I love the title. Would make a fab present for any woman I am sure I will be buying more.
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on 16 June 2015
The other positive reviewers already gave the book justice and have gave detailed enough reviews, just wanted to add another 5 star rating to this brilliant book(her two other ones I love too, lunch ideas and meals in heels), every recipe has been a keeper.
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on 26 April 2015
Prompt delivery...very pleased with the book.
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