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How Ree Drummond is lightening up classic comfort foods in her new cookbook

TODAY logo TODAY 6 days ago Aly Walansky

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17:  Ree Drummond speaks onstage at Hearst Magazines' Unbound Access MagFront at Hearst Tower on October 17, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Hearst) © 2017 Getty Images NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Ree Drummond speaks onstage at Hearst Magazines' Unbound Access MagFront at Hearst Tower on October 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Hearst) Ree Drummond, the host of Food Network's wildly popular show "The Pioneer Woman," is adding something special to her ever-expanding lifestyle empire: a new cookbook. 

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New cookbook, new cover, new food, new frontier! I actually stepped outside the kitchen for this cover and it was nice to get a little fresh air for a change! 😂 (Also, I wore a top that was definitely NOT loose and flowy, which in my world is the same as “skin tight” so I felt like I was wearing a latex catsuit, but those are my issues to sort out.) This cookbook has been many, many months (almost a year) in the making: Lots of testing, tasting, taking photos, writing, editing...it was a blast! I think you’re going to love what’s inside (swipe to see a peek!); it’s a mix of all the hearty, tasty dishes my family and I love, but with some delicious curveballs thrown in to keep things fun. “The New Frontier” will be here October 22 and is available to preorder now (link in profile). I’m planning my cookbook signing tour now, and I hope to be able to meet you somewhere along the way! ❤️❤️❤️

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“New cookbook, new cover, new food, new frontier!” Drummond said in an Instagram post announcing her latest collection of recipes, “The New Frontier.” The book, which is due out in October, is currently available for preorder. 

Though Drummond is best known for her heartier fare like meatloaf, mac and cheese and even a pepperoni-studded potato salad, her new endeavor is focused on healthier bites that still taste amazing.

"So much has happened on Drummond Ranch over the last couple of years: The kids are growing up, another left for college, Ree’s schedule is crazier than ever…and through it all, her cooking has evolved," reads the cookbook's description.

"While she and her family still love all the hearty comfort foods they’re accustomed to, Ree’s been cooking up some incredible new dishes that reflect the flavors, colors, and texture she’s craving these days."

Drummond recently shared that she’s been trying to embrace a keto diet-friendly lifestyle, which means eating very few carbs and focusing on higher fat foods and proteins. On the cover of her cookbook, Drummond is clearly ushering in a new mindset by holding up a platter of grilled meats and vegetables. Hungry cowboys can still enjoy hearty, healthy fare, too!

Drummond also posted some images of recipes that will appear in the new book including scrambled egg whites, mini zucchini "sandwiches" served caprese style, and some sweet treats like chocolate cake and little doughnuts.

“This cookbook has been many, many months (almost a year) in the making: Lots of testing, tasting, taking photos, writing, editing…it was a blast!” the food blogger said, adding "it’s a mix of all the hearty, tasty dishes my family and I love, but with some delicious curveballs thrown in to keep things fun.”

"The New Frontier" is Drummond's sixth cookbook. Her first cookbook, "The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier," was a best-seller when it debuted in 2012.

Ree Drummond's Instant Pot Chocolate Lava Cakes by Ree Drummond

The very busy author and TV show host hasn't just been sitting on the ranch thinking about food all day, either. She recently launched a line of dog treats, several items of cookware and even a bedding collection.

We can't wait to see what a lightened-up Pioneer Woman-style meal might be! Knowing Drummond, there will still probably be some butter, bacon and cream ... but perhaps just a little bit less of each.

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