Win This book: The Slim Down South Cookbook (plus recipe for Shrimp and Grits!)

Win This book: The Slim Down South Cookbook (plus recipe for Shrimp and Grits!)


When you think about southern fare, the word “healthy” isn’t exactly rolling off your tongue. Instead, thoughts of mouthwatering biscuits and greasy bacon will probably pop into your head. But now, you can eat lighter versions of traditional southern classics all thanks to Carolyn O’Neil. In her new book The Slim Down South Cookbook: Eating well and living healthy in the land of biscuits and bacon she lightens up southern classics that are just as satisfying.

About The Book
The Slim Down South Cookbook instills the fact that deprivation doesn’t work long-term. By taking it one day at a time, Carolyn offers tips on how to navigate through sticky situations and avoid overindulging so you can maintain a healthy lifestyle. With over 100 delicious recipes, there are plenty of southern options your whole family will enjoy! Carolyn also stresses the importance of enjoying and cherishing meals with the ones you love – this is an important concept which I always stress.

Carolyn was kind enough to share a delicious recipe from her new cookbook. I hope you enjoy!

Shrimp and GritsShrimpGritsSLIMDOWNDOUTH
Recipe and photo courtesy of  Carolyn O’Neil

Makes: 6 servings
Hands-on: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes

Parmesan Grits:
½ teaspoon table salt
1 cup uncooked quick-cooking grits
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Creamy Shrimp Sauce:
1 pound unpeeled, medium size raw shrimp
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon table salt
Vegetable cooking spray
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 ¼ cups reduced-sodium fat-free chicken broth
½ cup chopped onions
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
¼ teaspoon table salt
¼ teaspoon hot sauce
2 cups firmly packed fresh baby spinach

  1. Prepare Parmesan Grits: Bring ½ teaspoon salt and 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan; gradually whisk in grits. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 8 minutes or until thickened. Whisk in cheese and pepper. Keep warm.
  2. Prepare Creamy Shrimp Sauce: Peel shrimp; devein, if desired. Sprinkle shrimp with pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Cook in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat 1-2 minutes or each side or just until shrimp turn pink. Remove from skillet. Remove heat to medium. Add oil; heat 30 seconds to 1 minute. Whisk in broth and next 5 ingredients; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until thickened. Stir in shrimp and spinach; cook 1 minute or until spinach is slightly wilted. Serve immediately over grits.

Serving size: ½ cup grits and about 1/3 cup shrimp sauce
Calories: 235; Fat: 6.1 grams (Saturated Fat: 1.9 grams, Mono Fat: 2 grams; Poly Fat: 0.6 grams); Protein: 19.1 grams; Carbohydrates: 25.2 grams; Fiber: 14 grams; Cholesterol: 119 grams; Sodium: 749 milligrams; Calcium: 177 milligrams

Enter to Win!
One randomly selected commenter will win a copy of The Slim Down South Cookbook.

Giveaway begins: Tuesday February 4, 2014 at 8:00 am ET
Giveaway ends: Thursday February 6, 2014 at 11:59 pm ET

Mandatory Entry: Tell me in the comments area “What are some of your favorite southern dishes you’d like to see slimmed down?”

Additional Entries: For additional entries do any or all of the below and come back and create a new comment to tell me. Use a separate new comment for each or it will only count as one entry.

  • Follow me on twitter
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  • Copy and paste this tweet, then come back and comment with the link of your tweet. (allowed only once per day)

Enter to win The Slim Down South Cookbook by @carolynoneil via @tobyamidor #giveaway


When entering, be sure to include your email address in the “Email” field when posting your comment so I can let you know if you won. You do not need to purchase anything to win. Only open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to enter. Carolyn O’Neil  has sponsored the prize offered and is responsible for shipping.

  • Lauren Mintzer
    Posted at 09:40h, 04 February Reply

    This book looks awesome!

  • Sarah H
    Posted at 09:47h, 04 February Reply

    She is my old teacher at LSU!! I didn’t know she was writing a cook book!! My favorite recipes here (South LA) are crawfish etoufee, turkey gumbo, and of course shrimp and grits!

  • Toby Amidor
    Posted at 10:02h, 04 February Reply

    Hi Sarah,
    Your former teacher at LSU is quite the superstar:) The cookbook really rocks!

  • sylvia nakhumicha
    Posted at 12:35h, 04 February Reply

    what a good book i really loved it.

  • Virginia
    Posted at 15:53h, 06 February Reply

    Mmmm, shrimp and grits, fried chicken, (fried anything)!

  • Virginia
    Posted at 15:55h, 06 February Reply
  • Virginia
    Posted at 15:56h, 06 February Reply

    And finally, I follow Carolyn on Twitter. 😀

  • Jena Marie
    Posted at 17:12h, 06 February Reply
  • Jena Marie
    Posted at 17:14h, 06 February Reply

    Muffins.. grits.. biscuits.. you name it!

  • Jena Marie
    Posted at 17:16h, 06 February Reply

    I now follow you on twitter 🙂

  • Jena Marie
    Posted at 17:17h, 06 February Reply

    And I follow you on facebook.

  • Jena Marie
    Posted at 17:18h, 06 February Reply

    I follow Carolyn O’Neil on twitter. (haha I feel bad about so many posts in a row!! But I really would LOVE to win this book)

  • Jena Marie
    Posted at 17:20h, 06 February Reply

    AND finally.. I like Carolyn O’Neil/ Slim Down South Cookbook on Facebook. Whoo!

  • Cindy Chan Phillips
    Posted at 09:53h, 07 February Reply

    I married a Southern man – actually cook southern when I can. Shrimp and Grits tops my favorite!

  • Toby Amidor
    Posted at 09:21h, 11 February Reply

    Hi everyone!

    Thanks for the fun giveaway! And the winner of The Slim Down South Cookbook is Virginia. Congrats and please keep your eyes peeled for an email from me so I can have your new book shipped.

    Thanks again and stay tuned for more fun book reviews and giveaways.

    Happy, healthy eating!

  • Anita Waghmare
    Posted at 07:01h, 20 February Reply

    Amazing Blog & very useful too.

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