15 Minutes With the Healthiest Food Blogger Around
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.
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:
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:
One ingredient you can't stop using:
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.