The Slim Down South Cookbook | Simply Southern Baking


Is one of your goals for the new year to start eating healthier, but you love southern food and wonder how you’re going to stick to the plan?  Southern Living has come to the rescue with their new health-focused cookbook, The Slim Down South Cookbook.  Carolyn O’Neil, registered dietician and TV personality, shows you how to have your biscuits and stay fit too.  She says that enjoying great food and good health come down to four fundamental elements (SLIM):

“S” Savor the South:  Discover the healthy variety of Southern foods
“L” Linger Longer:  Take your sweet time to enjoy meals
“I” Indulge a Little:  Incorporate little splurges that keep you satisfied
“M” Make It Happen:  Use Southern grit and grace to stay the course

Along with all the great tips sprinkled throughout the cookbook, there’s also a 14-day SLIM eating plan.  This book will get you on track to healthier eating in no time.  In fact, you’ll find yourself wondering how some of these delectable dishes and desserts could be good for you!  Take a look below to see what I mean.

The Slim Down South Cookbook | Simply Southern Baking

Here’s just a portion of the amazing recipes inside this cookbook:

Rise and Shine! – Dried Cherry-Pecan Oatmeal, Carrot Cake Muffins, Sweet Potato and Edamame Hash, Oatmeal Scones with Pecans, English Muffin French Toast, Veggie Frittata, Baked Cheese Grits, Breakfast Sausage Tostadas

Let’s Do Lunch – Peach-and-Tomato Gazpacho with Cucumber Yogurt, Oregano-Feta Dressing, Barley-Pine Nut Salad, Corn and Black Bean Salad, Tabbouleh Salad, Thai Noodle Salad, Sweet-and-Sour Shrimp, Chicken BLT Salad, Crunchy Pecan Slaw, Peanut Chicken Pitas

Good Grazing – BBQ Peach Summer Rolls, Corncakes with Tomato-Lima Bean Relish, Fried Green Tomato Sliders, Veggie-Hummus Rollups, Hoppin’ John Parfaits, Chicken and Mini Waffles with Spiced Honey, Marinated Shrimp & Artichokes

Dinner Bell – Butternut Squash Soup with a Kick, Herbed Tomato-Zucchini Tart, Lemon-Herb Cornmeal Madeleines, Turnip Greens Stew, Greens-and-Beans Risotto, Cornbread Crab Cakes, Lime-Orange Catfish, Country Chicken & Buttermilk Soup, BBQ in a Jar, Baked Smokin’ Mac & Cheese, Honey-Grilled Pork Tenderloins, Molasses Glazed Flank Steak Soft Tacos

Desserts to Live For – Almond Biscotti, Blackberry-Lemon Buttermilk Sorbet, Cinnamon Swirl Cake, Classic Strawberry Shortcake, Key Lime Pie, Mini Berry Cobblers, Mocha-Pecan Mud Pie, Molasses-Spice Crinkles, Vanilla Bean Baby Pound Cakes, Toasted Pecan Caramel Sauce

Company’s Coming – Baked Pears with Tasted Oat Topping, Shrimp and Grits, Brown Sugared Turkey Bacon, Lime-Raspberry Bites, Boiled Peanut Hummus, Pecan Sandies, Honey-Pecan Chicken Thighs, Sugar & Spice Acorn Squash, Buttermilk Biscuits, Mini Grits and Greens, Two-Layer Salted Pecan Bars

Are you ready to get in the kitchen and start cooking healthier?  Make sure to enter the giveaway to add this cookbook to your collection.  There are so many fabulous recipes in this new cookbook that I don’t know which one to make first!

This giveaway has ended and the winner has been selected.

Congratulations to Kelly from Simply Kelly Designs


Here’s how to enter the giveaway for this cookbook:  Leave a comment on this post and tell me what recipe above would be at the top of your must make list.

For 4 additional entries, leave a separate comment for each of the following extra entries:

  1. Subscribe to Simply Southern Baking via e-mail and let me know you did or are already a subscriber.  New subscribers: make sure to click on the verification link sent to you from Feedburner.
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  4. Tweet:  “Enter to win a Southern Living Slim Down South Cookbook from @SimplySoBaking  #giveaway” and come back and leave a comment that you did with the link.

Details:  This giveaway closes on Thursday, January 23, at midnight EST.  Winner will be chosen at random and will have 48 hours to respond.  If winner does not respond within 48 hours, an alternative winner will be selected.  Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

Disclosure:  I received a copy of The Slim Down South Cookbook for review purposes.  This giveaway and photos were provided by YC Media.  The opinions expressed in this post are my own.  This post contains affiliate links.

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49 Responses to Southern Living The Slim Down South Cookbook Review & Giveaway

  1. Kel says:

    I would love to make a good Buttermilk Biscuit!

  2. Mary Ann says:

    Carrot Cake Muffins

  3. DeidreSH says:

    I’m an email subscriber. :)

  4. DeidreSH says:

    I follow you on Pinterest

  5. DeidreSH says:

    I’m a twitter follower.

  6. Linda says:

    The Crunchy Pecan Slaw sounds interesting. I’d love to try that one. The recipe titles look awesome.


  7. DeidreSH says:

    I love English muffins and French toast, so I’d love to try the English Muffin French Toast! Genius, I say!

  8. Linda says:

    I subscribe to and thoroughly enjoy Simply Southern Baking.

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  9. Kellie Jo says:

    Toss up between the dried cherry pecan oatmeal and the fried green tomato sliders… Yum!

  10. Linda says:

    Robin, Tumbleweed Contessa has been a follower on Pinterest forever! Thanks for all the great pins.


  11. Jennifer B says:

    So many great recipes but I’d have to say the must try’s would be the cornbread crab cakes and the oregano-feta dressing.

  12. Jennifer B says:

    I am following on twitter! (My handle is trncegrl)

  13. Jennifer B says:

    I also tweeted the link for the giveaway

  14. This cookbook look great. I could definitely use some new recipes. I would love to try the shrimp and grits recipe. It looks so yummy!

  15. I follow you on twitter – @SimplyKellyD

  16. carolinaheartstrings says:

    Turnip Greens stew of course!

  17. Tammie says:

    The buttermilk biscuits. I LOVE THEM!

  18. Joyce Poppell says:

    I would love the pork tenderloin!

  19. Oooooh, I would love to make the Classic Strawberry Shortcake!

  20. Susan Broughton says:

    I like to snack a lot during the day and the Good Grazing category is the one I like, the BBQ Peach Summer Rolls sound like a recipe I would like.

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  22. Susan Broughton says:

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  24. Maureen says:

    English Muffin French Toast sounds so sinful and good.

  25. Susan Broughton says:

    I Tweeted about you giveaway. Here is the link:

  26. jan sanderson says:

    I follow by email

  27. jan sanderson says:

    I follow on Pinterest

  28. jan sanderson says:

    I follow on twitter

  29. Patty Lee Vasil says:

    Herbed Tomato-Zucchini Tart would like to try – I follow you on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and receive your emails. I have also tweeted.

  30. Patty Lee Vasil says:

    “Enter to win a Southern Living Slim Down South Cookbook from @SimplySoBaking #giveaway”

  31. kl says:

    I subscribe to Simply Southern Baking via e-mail

  32. Melissa says:

    Cornbread Crab Cakes sound pretty interesting!

  33. Melissa says:

    I follow on twitter @justtellmewhen

  34. Joan O. says:

    Fried green tomato sliders and crunchy pecan slaw sound mighty fine to me. I’d love to make those. What a great sounding cookbook. Thanks for the oppoturnity to win.

  35. Joan O. says:

    I already follow on Pinterest as Joan Osborne

  36. Joan O. says:

    I already follow on twitter as @southerncooker

  37. Joan O. says:

    I tweeted and heres the link
    Enter to win a Southern Living Slim Down South Cookbook from @SimplySoBaking #giveaway

  38. PatriciaW says:

    Country Chicken & Buttermilk Soup

    I’m subscribed via Feedly subscription. I’m now following on Twitter and I’ve tweeted:

  39. Amber says:

    I would make the cornbread crabcakes!

  40. Amber says:

    I’m a Twitter follower (@ambersconfctns)

  41. Amber says:

    I follow on Pinterest (Amber_Wickard)

  42. Carolsue says:

    I would like to try the Molasses Glazed Flank Steak Soft Tacos

  43. Carolsue says:

    I already follow you on Twitter as MsCarolsueA

  44. Carolsue says:

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