Cookbook #2 Giveaway: French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook

The winner of ‘We Sure Can’ is commenter #68 Nancy.  Congrats, Nancy!


The second cookbook giveaway this week is an intriguing-looking book called the The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook  This book is an interesting mix of healthy-living commentary and recipes loosely organized by different meals of the day.  Most of the recipes seem simple and straightforward– not too fussy, not too many ingredients.  I haven’t gotten time to try any recipes yet.  But ones that caught my eye include Chicken A La Tunisienne (chicken made with cinnamon and apricots served over couscou), and Eggplant with Curry and Honey.

Would you like to win a copy of this book?  I’d love to hear what you cook for dinner when you’re thinking ‘thin’, but you also need to get something good and healthy on the table for your family’s dinner.  I often will make a Chinese chicken salad  or a crab salad with an Asian vinaigrette. Yum!

How about you?  Tell me your healthy dinner ideas in a comment and you’ll be entered to win this book. For an additional entry, go like Owlhaven on Facebook and mention that in a second comment, OK?


PS– Don’t forget to enter the contest for the Country Crock $100 gift card too if you haven’t yet!



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  1. Rebecca Jacobson says:

    I love black beans with avacado and brown rice and a side salad.

  2. I always like to have a salad of some sort 1-2 times a week.

  3. Liked on FB

  4. Stir fries, using whatever vegetables are in the fridge, are my go-to menu item for easy and nutritious. I’d love to see this book. Thanks for sharing!

  5. We usually go lower-carb when we are trying to be healthy. Chicken and salad or a roast minus the potatoes.

  6. Like on facebook

  7. Ha! My mom (who is living in France now) has suggested this book several times. For lower calorie menus, I will either bake some chicken with a variety of herbs sprinkled over it, or do a stir-fry with a ton of veggies. Or some fish. I have a lot fewer people to feed than you, though, so fish is probably an expensive meal for you.

  8. i have little ones so i have found the more basic i am the better. so our healthiest eating is a plate full of fruits and veggies cut up.

  9. I generally do a stirfry with brown rice for dinner if I want super healthy and yummy. Always a winner at my house!

  10. Soup. I love soup and mostly is pretty healthy!

  11. Hi! My healthy dinner practice lately is to make my own salad dressings. We tried it once and loved them and since have had a difficult time using the bottled stuff from the grocery store! Appreciate the section of home made dressings in “Family Feasts”!!

  12. i love to make a grilled chicken salad (or, if i’m not feeling *too* healthy, maybe fried 🙂 with strawberries, nuts, gorgonzola cheese and homemade dressing. yum!

  13. We eat very little meat (some of us, none at all) so dairy and sodium are the usual concerns. I make either a chickpea – leafy green – crushed tomato sauté served with egg noodles or salads loaded with fruits and vegetables (and easy on the dressing!).

  14. One of my favorite healthy meals is a Quinoa and Black Bean salad with all sorts of veggies (Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Green Peppers, etc)and a lime/cilantro vinagrette and then some grilled Chicken Thighs on the side.

  15. I try to eat salad with all the miscellaneous in my fridge four times a week (easy way to “eat the rainbow”) and I also eat soup as much as possible (I love it so much I could eat it every meal but my family might protest) and make sure it is broth (not cream) based.

  16. Amber Howard-McGinnis says:

    It’s always veggies or fruit dressed up a bit. Stir frys, veggie salad with light dressing or a fruit salad with a light mint dressing on top.

  17. Amber Howard-McGinnis says:

    Already ‘liked’ on facebook 😀

  18. When we want something a little lighter we usually do a soup and salad. So many combinations between those two dishes alone and healthy too!

  19. We make grilled chicken breasts and salads.

  20. My FAVORITE healthy meals are shish ka bobs! Chicken or steak medallions, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, squash, zucchini, and pineapple all cut to appropriate bite sized morsels. Then scewered on sticks, sprinkled with olive oil, dusted with salt and pepper (or any seasoning really, I love “Lantana of Texas” All Purpose Seasoning) and grilled over a hot fire for a few minutes until they look yummy (maybe 8 minutes? Depends on the size of your meat)! One trick is to chop each veggie according to how fast they will cook. Tomatoes, mushrooms, and squash should be bigger than bell peppers, onions, and pineapple because they will get mushy and fall off if cooked to long. Takes a little prep time but it’s so very worth it!!

  21. I do low carb when I think thin. Usually steak and a salad or some other veggie.

  22. I stay away from “thin thinking” as I believe it puts the focus in the wrong spot. I prefer “what is the healthiest meal I can come up with for the family?”. The answer generally involves the crocpot, which I fill up with herbs, veggies and legumes.

  23. Mmmm….this time of year, I love to make a big pan of roasted veggies. Or maybe a whole wheat pizza crust topped with a little fresh mozzarella and caramelized onion, topped with an arugula salad, lightly dressed in balsamic vinegar and good olive oil. Yum.

  24. One of my favorite healthy recipes is to Santa Fe Chicken… Put frozen chicken in crock pot with drained can of corn and drained and rinsed can of black beans. Pour a can of rotel over the top and cook on high 4 hours (or low 8 hours), until chicken is cooked. Shred chicken with forks and serve mixture over rice or on tortillas. We have sour cream and/or cheese on top, but you don’t have to add that if you’re trying to keep it light. It’s delicious, and even my youngest likes it (has a bit of a kick, but not enough to scare my kids off…)

  25. I already “like” owlhaven on facebook, does that count?? And I’m intrigued by this cookbook, since when I was in France I ate bread, cheese and the most glorious desserts and certainly wasn’t any thinner coming out of it… 🙂

  26. A family favorite is Lemon Pepper Chicken with Sauteed baby carrots and a little salad of fresh greens. So yummy!!

  27. I like Owlhaven on FB!!

  28. Taco salad: spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, corn, a little taco meat, a little cheese, dressing, and some fresh cilantro to top it off! So yummy, filling, and healthy.

  29. I like Owlhaven on FB.

  30. My thin dinner is broiled or baked salmon, brown rice and roasted broccoli.

  31. I like you on facebook! How fun.

  32. For a healthy dinner, my DH and I LOVE grilled chicken with a salad and usually another vegetable. We are odd in that salad is one of our favorite meals!

    Oh and a salmon pasta with just lemon, garlic, and a little oil!

  33. Hi Mary!

    Lately, I’ve been thinking “thin” and COOL! We had spinach salad with mini-crabcakes and blackberries last night. (Raw mushrooms, red onions, celery, feta too.) You could substitute the crab for salmon or chicken. Really, really good.

    I have the “French Women Don’t Get Fat” book, and I’d love to have her cookbook too. Thanks for the opportunity to win!


    e-Mom @ Susannah’s {Kitchen}

    P.S. How’s your Blue Bubbles apron? All worn out? :~D

  34. Second entry: OK, now I LIKE you on Facebook too! :~d

  35. I like to have fresh fruits and veggies readily available and set out in the fruit dish for a quick snack, so that is what the kids see and ask for that instead of expensive packaged snacks.

  36. I love salad and it is so good for you. With spinach and chickpeas on it, it’s even better!

  37. just this week we had one of our healthy favorites – vegetarian corn tacos (baked, not fried), loaded on top was black beans, onions, pico de gallo and salsa verde.


  38. I really enjoy cooked veggies, soy sauce, and brown rice. It’s fast and has all the nutrients I need 🙂

  39. When I’m trying to fix healthy meals, I tend to use brown rice, lots of veggies, and just a small amount of meat. I use low-fat cheese rather than full fat, and rely on low or no-calorie seasonings for flavor. I can’t think of a specific recipe I make, but I just try to structure meals around veggies rather than meat.

  40. Liked you on facebook!

  41. Salads! We love meatless taco salad, or grilled chicken salad… lots of salads.

  42. Salads, fruit, and soup. Well, soup when it’s not 105 degrees every day.

  43. Tonight I made chicken lettuce wraps with sugar snap peas & brown rice. Yummy.

  44. Melissa Allison says:

    I love to have a side salad or caeser salad at least once or twice a week!

  45. Melissa Allison says:

    I “like” Owlhaven on Facebook! 🙂

  46. I love to make a meal out of a salad. Grilled chicken, sunflower seeds and some oil and vinegar. My girls love it.

  47. I have to admit (not sucking up here) but I love the beef lettuce wraps from your cookbook. I also love to do a stir-fry and throw lots of veggies in it and just a bit of meat.

  48. I liked you on Facebook.

  49. I liked you Facebook!

  50. kelli trickey says:

    I love to make soup and salad, although my boys don’t think that’s enough food, or red beans and rice or stir fry chicken.