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Monday, May 24, 2010

Cookbook Review - Substitute Yourself Skinny By Chef Susan Irby

I recently received a copy of Substitute Yourself Skinny by Chef Susan Irby, the Bikini Chef.
This is truly a collection of great recipes for anyone looking to either lose weight or maintain their weight by eating better with substituting lower fat or lower calorie ingredients. "Cut the calories, keep the flavor."

The book includes 175 Super Slimming Recipes. Some of the recipes you'll find in the book are Biscuits and Gravy, Chinese Chicken Salad, Blooming Onion with Bacon, Spinach Artichoke Dip, Queso Dip, BBQ Sliders, Chicken Satay, Molten Chocolate Cake, Tiramisu, I could go on and on. Lots of great recipes, along with lots of photos. And bonus! Each recipe includes a Nutritional Breakdown and compares a regular full fat/calorie versions calories to the Substitute Yourself Skinny Recipe calories.
Kung-pow Pork
1 TBS Canola Oil
3/4 lb Pork Loin, trimmed of fat and cut into 1" cubes
1 Clove Garlic, minced
Fine zest of 1 Orange
1 1/2 TBS Sherry Wine
4 dried Chili Peppers, minced
1/2 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
1/2 Yellow Bell Pepper, chopped
1 Cup Snow Peas, left whole
4 Green Onions, green and white parts, minced
2 TBS low-sodium Soy Sauce
1/2 TBS fresh Gingerroot, minced
1 TBS Honey
1 TBS roasted peanuts, chopped

1. In a large saucepan, heat the oil on medium and add the Pork. Cook until just cooked through, about 3 minutes. Add the Garlic and Orange zest. Cook for about 1 minute. Add the Sherry, Chili Peppers, Bell Peppers, Snow Peas, Onions, Soy Sauce, Gingerroot, and Honey. Saute for about 3-4 minutes.
2. When the vegetables are just tender, add the peanuts. Serve on plates in 1 Cup portions.
Original Recipe 500 Calories
Substitute Yourself Skinny Recipe 275 Calories.
Recipe from Substitute Yourself Skinny by Chef Susan Irby, the Bikini Chef.
Wouldn't this be great served in lettuce wraps?

About the Author:
"Chef Susan Irby has worked with multiple Master Chefs including George McNeil, Todd English, and Ming Tsai. Known as the Bikini Chef, specializing in figure "figure-flattering flavors", Chef Susan is host of The Bikini Lifestyle with Susan Irby The Bikini Chef on KFWB News talk 980 in Los Angeles and author of The $7 A Meal Quick And Easy Cookbook, The $7 A Meal Healthy Cookbook and Cooking With Susan. She has cooked for several celebrities including Patrick Swayze, David Spade, Kate Sagal and Bill Handel, and appeared on the Patti Gribow Show and KLAC Los Angeles and numerous other media outlets. She lives in Orange County, CA. Visit Susan"
Substitute Yourself Skinny by Chef Susan Irby, the Bikini Chef is currently available online at,, Barnes And, and at your local bookstore.

Lola's Diner Disclaimer: I was given this cookbook to review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.

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The Diva on a Diet said...

This sounds like such a great book - and its my favorite way to cook. Love it! The Kung-pow Pork looks scrumptious and I agree that it would be fab served in the lettuce wraps.

Great review, Lola!

Lisa said...

Now here's a cookbook I could use. Thanks.

lee said...

i had both of the cooking thin books but i was often put off by the weird ingredients. i actually gave both of them away!

this book will be added to my wish list, for sure!

StaceyC4 said...

Wow...that's a great idea. Now if only I could actually follow a recipe...hmmmm...

I am Harriet said...

So...does it work cause I need something.....

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