15 Minutes With the Healthiest Food Blogger Around

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We get the scoop from food blogger (and new cookbook author!) Gina Homolka of Skinnytaste.

It's hard enough to make healthy food taste good, but somehow Skinnytaste creator Gina Homolka makes good-for-you dinners look downright indulgent. To celebrate the release of her new (and first!) book, we sat down with the New York-based food blogger for a quick fifteen minutes:

How did you get your start in becoming a food blogger?

GH: While trying to shed a few pounds, I began experimenting slimming down my favorite recipes and started a blog to share those recipes. I never dreamed so many people would actually try and enjoy them.

Your usual breakfast:

GH: Coffee is a must — then a green smoothie, avocado toast or a hard-boiled egg with a piece of fruit.

Your ideal kitchen soundtrack:

GH: Totally depends on my mood, but I love cooking with The Lumineers in the background.

Guilty pleasure:

GH: A glass of Pinot Noir

Kitchen utensil you can't live without:

GH: A good chef's knife

Kitchen utensil you rarely use:

GH: I just bought a chopper on QVC and it's still in the box it came in…

One food you could eat forever:

GH: Avocado

Food you won't eat:

GH: Lima Beans

Indulgence you're currently craving:

GH: Seared duck breast

Last meal on Earth:

GH: Tough one! I'm going with a Veal Chop pounded thin, breaded and fried with arugula, lemon and shaved Parmesan on top.

Recipe you cherish:

GH: My Mom's Oxtail Stew

Recipe from book you're most eager for readers to make:

GH: Buttermilk Oven “Fried" Chicken — it's a favorite of mine!

Restaurant that impressed you so much you can't stop recommending it:

GH: Buddakan in the Meat Packing District of NYC has amazing Asian fusion dishes

Recipe in book that best reflects your personality:

GH: Zucchini lasagna – it's comforting, warm and cheesy without the guilt.

Any recent recipe fails?

GH: Pumpkin polenta, still trying to get that one right.

What's your go-to 20-minute-or-less dinner:

GH: Sriracha salmon with zucchini noodles (it's in the cookbook!)

One ingredient you could do without:

GH: Truffles

One ingredient you can't stop using:

GH: Zoodles!

What advice do you have for people learning to cook for themselves at home?

GH: Following a tested recipe is a great place to start. Don't be afraid to make mistakes — you'll just learn from them.

Who are two of your favorite food bloggers and why:

GH: Jessica of How Sweet It Is — I adore both her blog and Jessica as a friend. She's über-creative in the kitchen and never takes herself too seriously. Then there's Sandy of The Reluctant Entertainer – Sandy is one of those people who makes you want to become a better person. She not only shares recipes and entertaining tips, but she reminds us about the importance of connecting with others when we invite them into our homes to share a meal.

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Gina Homolka is the author of The Skinnytaste Cookbook and creator of Skinnytaste.com

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