Skinnytaste Fast and Slow by Gina Homolka

Skinnytaste

Skinnytaste Fast and Slow by Gina Homolka with Heather K. Jones, R.D. is now available wherever books are sold! Check out this exclusive interview about prepping healthy meals for your family.  

What are your secrets for cooking Skinnytaste Fast and Slow healthy meals for families in a slow cooker?

I love taking the foods my family loves and finding ways to make them healthier. Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring. Start by swapping fattier meats for leaner cuts. Then finish the dish with tons of flavor from fresh herbs or citrus. You can make great tasting meals in the slow cooker. My kids love taco night in my home. So, I created a delicious slow cooker version of my daughter’s favorite beef tacos made with leaner beef. The slow, low heat of the slow cooker is perfect for making lean ground beef tender, not dry.

What are some essential ingredients we need to stock in our pantry?

Canned beans and legumes, tomatoes, tomato sauce, salsa, olives, and green-chili peppers are great to keep on hand in the pantry anytime you want to whip up a dish in the slow cooker. These ingredients are perfect for making chili, soups, and easy dishes that don’t require a ton of meal prep in the morning. I also keep whole grains on hand like quinoa, farro, brown rice, and whole wheat pasta.

What is your go-to breakfast choice that not only satisfies your hunger but also passes the taste test with the kids?

My kids love crepes and pancakes, which I save for weekend breakfasts when we are not in a rush to get out the door. I use whole grains and mashed bananas mixed into the pancake batter or top the crepes with fresh fruit. During the week we eat eggs, fruit, and whole wheat toast. I serve avocado toast for me and my oldest.

What is the best way to incorporate more veggies into our diets?

I make it a point to cook and eat vegetables with every meal. Whether it’s part of the main dish, roasted or stir-fried vegetables on the side, or a big salad with dinner, veggies are included. My youngest daughter loves raw veggies and salads. I make her a colorful salad every day for lunch or after school with red cabbage, carrots, and raw brussels sprouts. I like a simple dressing of lemon and olive oil. If your kids are picky eaters, try adding some spinach in their morning smoothies. You can’t taste it!

Looking Forward

What cooking tips can you share with moms to help us make better meal choices in 2017?

Kids of all ages love helping out in the kitchen. Cooking with your kids is a great way to help them build healthy eating habits. Encourage them to chop, mix, stir, and measure ingredients, or even create their own snacks. When they help out in the kitchen, they are more excited about trying new foods because they made it.

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