Lighten Up Y'all! by Virginia Willis


A collection of classic Southern comfort food recipes—including seven-layer dip, chicken and gravy, and mudslide cookies—made lighter, healthier, and completely guilt-free.

Virginia Willis is a French-trained chef with Georgia roots. She is also one of the most well-loved, trusted, and respected authorities on Southern cooking—so when doctors told her she needed to lighten up her diet, she wanted to do it without sacrificing any of the flavor or richness that makes Southern food so appealing. The result is Lighten Up, Y’all, a collection of easy-to-make, chef-approved recipes for all the Southern favorites. Dishes like Bourbon Grilled Pork Chops with Peach Barbecue Sauce, Baked Cheesy Garlic Grits, and Guilt-free Banana Pudding prove that Southern food can be both delicious and healthy, while family-favorites like Oven Fried Chicken on a Stick with Spiced Honey Mustard and Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Custard Pie will keep everyone—aged five to ninety-five—happy and asking for seconds.

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