Resolutions Fading? (Giveaway)

I once read that about a third of new year’s resolutions go by the wayside before the end of January. I lived that more than a few times, especially when it came to changing my eating habits. I’d swear off {insert offensive foods of the year} forever and resign myself to a future of lettuce and baked chicken. The future usually lasted a couple of weeks.

Fortunately, I came to my senses a few years ago and realized that in order to honor my commitment to a healthier diet, I needed to find ways to have the foods I loved, only prepared in a way that didn’t clog my arteries or raise my blood pressure. And I did! Sort of, and not at all on my own–many of you have provided tasty recipes and cooking tips!

I had an opportunity this past weekend to peruse another potentially helpful resource when celebrity chef/author/part-time dancer Rocco DiSpirito‘s PR folks suggested I take a look-see at his book Now Eat This!: 150 of America’s Favorite Comfort Foods, All Under 350 Calories. What better way to spend the weekend than looking at food porn, right?

Chef Rocco’s approach with this cookbook is to use a combination of (mostly) healthy substitutions and cooking methods to create lowfat, less caloric versions of some of our favorite foods: Coconut Shrimp for 178 calories per serving, Broccoli Cheese Soup for 114 calories, Chicken Parmigiano for 332 calories, etc. Most of the recipes use wholesome ingredients and are a good starting point for finding flavor combinations that satisfy your palate and your appetite.

I honestly don’t think fat or sugar, when used properly, are the handtools of Satan, but I also know that many of us have problems with the “properly” part of that equation. Success in the long-term sometimes requires compromises, and recipes like these could be quite useful for folks just beginning or other folks (not naming any names or looking in the mirror) who would like to have fried chicken more than once a year while still keeping the overall diet in balance Plus, as clearly articulated in the book’s introduction, we are completely free to make our own substitutions to the chef’s substitutions based on on our own goals. Win-win!

Here are my only major quibbles with this book:
1) The insistence that mashed cauliflower is a tasty substitute for mashed potatoes. Not happening for me, Cheffie!
2) The lack of a healthy substitute recipe for Little Debbie Swiss Rolls, which I don’t think is asking too much.

There’s a complete list of recipes on Chef Rocco’s website. I also highly recommend you take advantage of the Look Inside feature on Amazon to read the book’s introduction. Rocco’s recounting of his marathon and triathlon experiences alone are worth the read, but you’ll also learn more about his intentions with this book.

Chef Rocco and his PR elves are generously offering two signed copies of Now Eat This! to two lucky U.S. readers! Yes, you read that right: a signed copy! There are rumors he may have even kissed the page.* All you have to do to enter is leave a comment letting me know to enter your name in the drawing and telling me which dish you’d love to see a healthy makeover on. Drawing will occur Monday, January 24th, at 5 a.m. or whenever I wake up.

In the meantime, if you’d like healthy tips and recipes, Rocco DiSpirito style, you’ll find him on Twitter (@RoccoDiSpirito) and Facebook (]. You can also sign up for a newsletter

* I totally made that up.

FTC note: My own signed copy of this cookbook is the only compensation received. All thoughts and opinions are my own, as inarticulate as they may be. Amazon links are to my affiliate account, on which I would earn $0.56 if someone purchased a book.

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