Announcing the 2011 Keep Your Resolution Giveaway!

We all know that planning meals and eating less processed food is the way for us to attain our newly minted health goals for 2011.  I love taking classic comfort foods and making them healthier.  One of my favorite makeovers was macaroni and cheese.  I actually had the best macaroni and cheese at a work pot luck several years ago.  I probably had the equivalent of three cups I just couldn’t stay away from it.

I asked the woman who brought it for the recipe and was shocked that her recipe called for a dozen eggs, and four cups of cheese! No wonder it tasted so good! 😀

I’ve made Clean Eating’s Mac N Cheese and its as close to the real deal as you can get.  And look at the difference in the stats!

So I was thrilled when the publishers of Rocco DiSpirito’s new cookbook, Now Eat This! offered me the opportunity for two of my readers to win this cookbook – and I know most of you are cookbook whores like me – but get this – they are giving me two autographed copies of the cook book to give away!

One of Hannah’s favorite dishes is coconut shrimp – I had no idea that a typical serving is over 1000 calories!  Rocco revamps this dish for a mere 178 calories.  And every recipe in the book is under 350 calories:

  • gooey jalapeno poppers (um, yes please!)
  • crab cakes with red pepper sauce
  • buffalo and blue chicken tenders
  • crispy mozzarella sticks fra diavolo (um, spicy cheese – that screams me!)
  • lobster bisque
  • spaghetti carbonara
  • deep dish pizza
  • loaded nachos
  • and for the rest of the world that loves onions: leek and sweet onion quiche! 😀

So by now you are wondering how you are going to get your pretty little hands on the two autographed cookbooks that are up for grabs?  It’s easy.  Give me your best lightened up recipe.  It doesn’t even have to be your recipe, you can leave a link from recipezaar, or maybe its a Cooking Light recipe that’s in your stack of recipes to make and you just haven’t done it yet.

Clarification:  Your can type in a recipe in the comment section, or leave the link in the comments below.  You can submit more than one recipe, but it has to be a separate comment – you can better your chances with more recipe submissions!  This contest will run for 1 week, and two winners will be randomly picked on Friday, January 14.  (Unfortunately, its for U.S. Residents only) The best part?  I plan on making a healthy eCookbook with all the recipes and you’ll get a copy if you leave a comment.

Rocco’s cookbook is a great way to enjoy the foods we love without the guilt.  And as an added bonus, the cookbook also includes healthy tips and ingredients substitutions that can help keep you on track to your healthy living goals.

And if you aren’t lucky enough to win a cookbook, you can still follow Rocco on Twitter @RoccoDiSpirito and on his Facebook page (  Do you remember all the cool things he cooked on previous episodes of Biggest Loser?  I seriously can’t wait to make the spicy mozzarella sticks! 😀

Now on with my day from yesterday 😀  I got up early and got to the gym.  Two swim lanes were open – sweet!  I picked the middle one, and about 15 minutes into the swim, a woman stands at the end of my lane and as I get closer she asks “can I share your lane?”  I look over to the last lane on the right, its still empty, I look at her and say “I am kind of slow” to which she replied “then you should be in the slow lane” and pointed to that last lane.  I’ve never heard of such a thing!  So I asked her if she could move my stuff to the end of that lane and she did.  Have you ever heard of such a thing?  It’s not like its the expressway!  I swam 35 minutes without stopping 😀

I was hangry when I got to work.  When I was at Whole Foods I got these multi-grain pita breads – 3 points each.  I made a pita pizza – 1 pita, 1/4 cup pizza sauce, baby spinach, red pepper and an ounce of goat cheese.  I put it in my office’s toaster oven – 15 minutes baked at 350, then a few minutes under the broiler.

only 7 PointsPlus and so filling 😀

At lunch I did 30 minutes of strength training, and then ran a mile.  Sadly though my blood sugar was falling and I couldn’t push myself that hard – I ran the mile in 13:25.  When I got back to work, my blood sugar was 38 😦  So I had two clementines and a banana – still loving that fruit is free!

Lunch was tomato soup and grilled cheese.  I love Campbell’s tomato soup, but its so high in sodium.  This tomato soup could not be simpler to make – and I love how the fire roasted tomatoes give the soup some smokiness.

Simple Tomato Soup 

Course: main meals
PointsPlus™ Value:    4
Servings:  4 Preparation Time:  5 min
Cooking Time:  15 min
Level of Difficulty:  Easy


  28 oz canned tomatoes, one diced tomato, one fire roasted tomato
  1 Tbsp olive oil
  3 cup(s) chicken stock
  1/3 cup(s) heavy whipping cream
  1 Tbsp parsley, freshly chopped
  1 serving(s) Hot Sauce, Tabasco
  1 clove(s) garlic clove(s) (medium)


Gently heat the olive oil over medium heat and add garlic, taking care not to brown the garlic.
Stir in the canned tomatoes and chicken stock. Bring to a boil.
Remove from stove, let cool slightly. Using a stick blender puree soup. Add in cream and hot pepper sauce, and adding salt and pepper to taste.


4 points for two cups of soup - I sprinkled about a tablespoon of goat cheese on top

 And I had a pepper jack cheese and deli ham sandwich on pumpkin seed bread.

Here is a picture of the bread I’ve been using:

If I hadn’t opened this package, it’s good until November 2011!

When I was at Whole Foods I wanted to pick up some tuna steaks – Tony loves them and I always say we’ll eat more fish/seafood dishes, but I am kinda picky about it.  They didn’t have any fresh, so I picked up this package for $8.99 for two steaks.

They defrosted in our refrigerator all day.  I just rolled the sides in sesame seeds.  Tony likes his really rare, I like mine more medium (although I did end up over cooking mine a tad).  I made a brown rice fried rice on the side, however Tony didn’t approve of my lack of butter and skimpy 1 tsp. of oil.

Dinner is 13 PointsPlus

Stats for Thursday:

  • 36 Points (7 Flex Remaining, 42 Activity points not used)
  • 35 minute swim
  • 30 minutes strength training
  • 13:35 mile
  • average blood sugar 91

Can’t wait to see all the healthy recipes!   Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on Monday. 😀


91 thoughts on “Announcing the 2011 Keep Your Resolution Giveaway!

  1. Thanks for the photo of the pumpkin bread. I’m going to look for that around here!

    Just to clarify, does the recipe have to be linked? Or could I just post a recipe right here in the comments?

  2. I’ll give you two…not to double my chances but because they are both so good and I like to share.
    Thanks for the chance to win a cool cookbook. I oh so love cookbooks.
    Moist banana bread and it can even be made a bit healthier if anyone wants to try…
    And green tomato bread…
    Take care Biz. Have a blessed day.

  3. I bought this book over the weekend, I love it (total cookbook whore here, have 3 more on order at amazon). I have to post a recipe later.

  4. Mmm…tuna steaks! Looks delicious!

  5. What a great contest! Can we enter more than one recipe? I can’t wait to see them all!
    I love tomato soup, yours looks fantastic

  6. Biz, if that’s diet food, sign me up!!!

    I love Rocco… One of my favorites, so if enthusiasm gets me an extra entry, get me two extra… if not, how about trying my…

    Sautéed Vegetable Melange on a bed of Spinach Blue Polenta.

  7. The sesame crusted tuna looks wonderfully delicious, an excellent dish!

  8. I think my favorite lightened recipe would be waldorf salad. How they can call it a SALAD when there are a TON of calories in it. Here is my lightened version that I LOVE.

    It was either this or my homemade tortilla chips that I was eating yesterday. 100 calorie whole wheat tortillas, sprinkled with salt, pepper and garlic powder, toasted in the oven. Yummers!

    That pumpkin seed bread looks AWESOME! I so want that!

  9. Ooh, I’d love to win that cookbook! My favorite lightened-up recipe is one for Stuffed Shells I’ve made many times from Cooking Light. My boyfriend declared it “as good as Olive Garden” and so now I make it all the time 🙂 I do use about 1/2 the spinach it calls for, because otherwise I find the spinach flavor too strong.

  10. My fave lightened recipes are WW recipes. You have to be a WW member to see the original recipe on line, but I also found it here. Au-gratin potatoes.

    Great job on the points counting. You inspired me to start counting again. I’m a little hampered that I didn’t start until Tuesday, and went back and found that I’d eaten 64 pts on Monday. Oops. I’m outta flex points.

  11. Hey – man, if I don’t win, I’m totally going to buy it and make mac’n’cheese first thing! Here’s a link to clam chowder I made just last night…it was great!

    It was really good, even with using skim milk. I made it exactly according to the recipe, and actually got it from a link on KERF’s blog yesterday. See, when I see something that sounds good and doable, I’m on it like white on rice!

    Pretty shocking stats on coconut shrimp…gulp. I always get that at a local upscale Chinese restaurant. Never again.

    All your food looks good. So what else is new? Keep em coming, and I’m sitting on ready to win that cookbook!

  12. Recipe #3: Japanese Fritatta aka Okonomiyaki –

    (I could keep going with these recipes! I will do a few more 😀 )

  13. Recipe #4 – Zaru Soba.

    (1) Soba noodles with dipping sauce
    Soba noodles
    Soy sauce
    Chopped scallions
    Bits of Nori seaweed

    1. Prepare the noodles as the package directs. Bring water to a boil, boil them for however long the package says, then drain them and pour cold water over them so that they cool.
    2. Prepare the sauce – mix together the remaining ingredients.
    3. Dip the cold soba noodles into the sauce and eat!

    Link here –

  14. 42 activity points?! You really are doing awesome!

  15. Recipe #8 – healthy mashed potatoes.

    I should really get back to work 😀 This is good though. I’m remembering all these recipes and now maybe I’ll make them!

  16. I like that you were “hangry” at work! heehee – I know it is an honest typo, but when I read it I thought “Bizzy was a little angry & hungry. Wow.” ha!

    I want to enter – I will have to find the link on my blog and come back. Just a wee bit tired this morning.

    That pita pizza looks yum. Now I need goat cheese.

  17. Andddd last one… Recipe #11 – healthy (crustless) zucchini broccoli cheddar quiche:

    Happy Friday Biz!

  18. Our family’s favorite mac and cheese recipe has a qt of whole milk, over a stick of butter, about a pound of cheeses, and half a pound of bacon. And that is why I only make it once a year! 🙂

    Well, a lot of my favorite lightened up recipes are yours and I’m not about to submit yours back to you! LOL (BTW…I made your Buffalo Chicken Chili last night and there are barely any leftovers!) One of my favorite high calorie dish is Buffalo Chicken Wings so when I crave that, I make Buffalo Chicken Wraps from Volumetrics. (

    Have a great weekend! See ya on the other side! (Of the weekend, that is!) 🙂

  19. This lasagna with Amatriciana sauce is soooo delicious, and it’s baked in individual portions to keep me in check from overeating 😉 It’s a bit labor-intensive since you’re making your own dough, but the end result (and the fact that it’s just under 350 calories a serving) makes it worth it!

  20. The other night I made an awesome saffron corn chowder that was low fat (practically fat free), but that recipe is in a book, so call me lazy, but I decided to find a link online for a similar dish. This is a vegan corn chowder, and we all know that regular cream soups pack in the fat and calories, so this is a much better option.

  21. This is a great recipe we love it in our house!

  22. Biz, you are such an inspiration with your wonderful, delicious and healthy meals. That tomato soup is calling my name. My first submission is my Double Chocolate Banana Muffins:

  23. I’m not a huge fish lover but I would kill for this salmon. OK, maybe not kill, but I really like it. 🙂

  24. These falafel pita pockets are ridiculously low in calories, and ridiculously good. Why do I feel like Zoolander right now? 😉

  25. I was wondering why you would use heavy whipping cream in the tomato soup instead of the reduced fat cream?

    I am also excited to see the recipes that are submitted.

  26. OK, one more and I promise I’ll stop. 🙂 Although I could go on forever!! This link is to a picture in my “Diet Food ROX!” album on facebook, but the recipe is in the first comment below the picture. I could eat a million of these Mediterranean Tacos–sooo good!

  27. That tomato soup sounds fantastic. I am a huge fan. That and a little bread or a grilled cheese? Epic meal. This is an awesomeeeeeeeee giveaway. I’d so love to win a copy of this. My favorite lightened up recipe…I have two: Broccoli & Cheddar soup: or spinach and artichoke dip:

  28. Crock pot BBQ chicken form Dana Carpenter-here’s the link (the recipe is towards the bottom of her post)

  29. Yes, I, too, am a cookbook whore…wow, I can’t believe I admitted that. And mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food…and yes I like the fatty version as I’ve never tried a healthy version-gee, I don’t know if I can try a good for you one! However, that tomato soup is to die for…I’m going to try it and yes, I’m going to have a grilled cheese sandwich with it!

  30. Janet in Houston

    Super Hash Brown Potato Soup

    1 pkg frozen or fresh shred hashbrowns
    (Simply Potatoes™ –Shredded Hasbrowns )
    1 pkg. country Gravy Mix
    (Pioneer Country Gravy Mix)
    1 small onion (browned under broiler) 0/0/0
    2 small cloves of garlic (browed under broiler with skins on) 0/0/0
    2 quarts chicken broth or stock
    4 slices of fully cooked bacon diced

    Add browned onion and garlic to a stock pot. Add chicken stockand bring to a boil.
    Add Gravy mix. Stir together. Let simmer for about 10-15 min. Add hash browns. Cook for as long as you for 1 hour or more.

  31. Janet in Houston

    Apple Cinnnamon Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl
    1/2 cup Cottage Cheese
    1 Gala Apple ( diced)
    59 g. Bite Size Shredded Wheat
    Cinnamon and Splenda Mix

    Add all ingredients to large cereal bowl and mix. Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon and Splenda Mix to taste. Filling and yummy!!

    Cinnamon and Splenda Mix:
    4 T. Splenda or sweetner of your choice
    1 t. cinnamon
    (or use the proportions cinnamon to sweetner you like best)

  32. hope no one posted this yet. it is the eating well magazine version of hamburger helper, “hamburger buddy”

    this is a staple recipe in my house, i make it all the time. add extra mushrooms – they make the texture perfect!

  33. That pita pizza looks awesome!!

    I love beef stroganoff, but it is so not healthy! This version is not quite the same, but it is similar enough that if you kind of mix the greek yogurt in your bowl you can get a fair, and yummy, approximation. Personally, I skip the dill and add some garlic to the seasoning, along with a little Worcestershire sauce.

  34. Maggie really wants to win up there! I love her enthusiasm!

    This is one for carnitas. Ryan and I LOVE them!

  35. Recipe time…I have to say I am a HUGE Roni Fan and her Greenlite Bites.

    All of her recipes encourage me to eat healthy. I tried lentils for the first time because of her lentil soup

  36. Pretty darn cool about the cookbook giveaways! I already have the book ( not autographed though! ) so I am going to submit a recipe so I can get the complied recipes in the ecookbook. And yes…I am a terrible cookbook whore! No doubt about it! lol

    this one is my favorite. Can’t even tell its lightened up.

  37. and here is a lighter version of chick pot pie…still using some convenience items such as pie crust and campbells soup….

  38. This isn’t really a recipe, more of an idea. Like a tasting plate of wonderfully yummy things!

  39. Got it! Buttermilk Baked Chicken and Honey Dijon Spiced Coleslaw. Made this for a dinner party as significantly lighter versions of Southern faves.

  40. Healthy Turkey Stroganoff
    1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
    Mushrooms (amount & variety depends on your taste, I used Baby Portobellos)
    6 oz plain Greek Yogurt
    1 tsp Xanthan Gum
    Extra Lean Ground Turkey
    Noodle Substitute: Spaghetti Squash or Shirataki
    Heat soup in a saucepan. Saute Mushrooms in a medium skillet, when finished, mix in with Soup. While stirring constantly, mix in Greek Yogurt and Xanthan Gum. In a large skillet cook Ground Turkey over medium heat. Pour Soup mixture over Turkey and mix together. Eat plain or mix with your favorite low-carb/calorie noodles.

  41. Rachel Palmieri

    I got this meatloaf muffin recipe from a Weight Watchers leader. Not only is it lightened up meatloaf, but it’s also individually portioned out! The recipe says 3 points per muffin but I still need to recalculate points using the new system. This is a staple in the house…we’ve made it with beef, turkey and bison!

    Weight Watchers’ Tried & True Meatloaf Muffins
    1 Pound Extra Lean Ground Beef
    4 oz. Zucchini, unpeeled and shredded
    1 Egg
    1 Cup Ore Ida Shredded Hash Browns, frozen
    1/2 Cup Fat Free Shredded Cheddar Cheese
    1/2 Package (3 oz.) Kraft Stove Top Seasoned Stuffing Mix
    1/4 Cup Reduced Fat Parmesan Cheese
    1/2 teaspoon Minced Garlic
    1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
    1/4 Cup Ketchup
    1/4 Cup Onion, chopped

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
    Mix all ingredients.
    Divide evenly into 12 muffin tins (I used a 1/3 measuring cup to divide the mixture)
    Bake 30-40 minutes or until done.
    Each meatloaf muffin=3 points

  42. AWESOME giveaway! Going to look for a recipe to share. Must.have.coookbook.

  43. One of my favorite lightened recipes is a Thanksgiving stuffing. It’s so simple, but by reducing the butter and cutting out the eggs, it’s a light and lovely dish. And, now I want some tomato soup for lunch!

  44. What an awesome give a way! Count me in!

    This Fallen Chocolate Souffle Torte is often requested at my house for birthdays. You would never know it is the lighter version of a decadent chocolate dessert.

  45. I love granola but it is hard to find one that is low fat or low calorie. I finally found the Perfect granola recipe and I have made 3 batches already. Sent two of them back to Spain with my daughter! I won’t ever buy granola again. Check it out.

  46. I have two recipes (I’ll do them in separate posts)
    Both involve bananas, and I am actually hesitant to post them because I’m afraid there will be a run on bananas and then there’ll be a shortage. But I have enough in my freezer that I’m willing to take that chance. Only for you, my lovelies.
    The first is Banana Soft Serve. It’s all over the blogosphere now but Gena is the one who gets the credit. She was the first to do it, and a genius. Simply take a banana or two (I like them on the ripe side) cut them up and freeze them. When they are frozen, pop them in your food processor and let it go for approx 5 minutes. (I have used my blender before but had to add a little almond milk to thin it out a little). That’s it! Ice cream that will rival the best. If you’re feeling crazy, add a little cocoa or peanut butter.
    Here’s the original link, with pictures

  47. Here’s the second riot inducing banana recipe. You may turn up your nose at first but give it a try. I PROMISE you’ll love it, or I’ll drink it myself.
    Green Monster
    This is another recipe that took off like wildfire. But it first appeared on OhSheGlows, and now has it’s own page!
    Take one frozen banana, two handfuls of spinach, and one cup OJ or almond milk or milk of your choice. Blend till smooth. It’s a nutrient powerhouse and fill you up. Great way to get your fruits and veggies in and your dairy too if you use milk. There are lots of variations but that’s the one I use. It’s delicious!
    Here’s the link!

  48. I love this cook book and will look at buying it either way. I also love Eating For Life too, for very basic recipes. Lately i’ve been craving whole foods and grains like crazy. Oranges, celery, zucchini…that reminded me of my recipe. I made it up last week. Turkey meatloaf. Pureed zucchini, 1lb of ground turkey, garlic, salt, Mrs dash table blend, chopped onions, one egg, 5 crushed grain crackers mixed ans shaped, add just a small drizzle of ketchup on top, and bake at 350 for 60min. Extra moist, tasty, and healthy.

  49. I love finding healthier alternatives for yummy (not so good for you but taste delicious) recipes.
    I made a recipe for mayo free chicken salad I saw from Iowa Girl Eats.

    (Mayo-Free) Chicken Salad (serves 3)
    6 oz shredded chicken
    1/3 cup dried cranberries
    1/4 cup sliced almonds
    2 green onion, sliced
    2 small ribs celery, chopped
    1/2 cup plain Greek Yogurt
    1/2 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
    2 teaspoons soy sauce
    squeeze of lemon juice
    salt, to taste
    Mix dressing ingredients and pour over chicken mixture. Toss to coat. Serve!

  50. wow unreal site love it love it love it

  51. Weighting For 50

    Hi Biz, oh how fun! I’m in Canada, so no entry for me, but can’t wait to read a bunch of the lightened up recipes. And I’m excited for the folks who win the book, I’ve been eyeing it for a while! Looks like there are some great recipes in there!!!

  52. What a great giveaway! I am going to post several recipes…I want to win!!! I’ve turned my co-worker on to your blog and she made your tomato soup recipe. She loved it! I have all the ingredients on hand to make it now, too! I can’t wait!! I made your simple crusty bread to go with – YUM! The bread is only 2 pointsplus per slice, too!

    Here’s my first entry: Blooming Onion (I know you don’t like onions, but it is SO good!)

  53. Oh my gosh, that pizza! I want some right now. I am so, so impressed at how low it is in points for something that looks so decadent. Yum!

  54. Everything looks fabulous as always…good luck with your goal for 2011

  55. My most requested recipe:

    Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf

    1/2 cup skim milk
    2/3 cup old fashioned oatmeal
    1 pound ground chicken breast
    1/4 cup chopped onion
    1/2 cup chopped celery
    1 cup shredded carrot
    2 egg whites, whisked a bit
    4 T Cayenne Pepper Sauce (like Frank’s Red Hot), divided
    1/2 cup reduced fat blue cheese crumbles

    Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 5 x 3 bread pan with olive oil spray.

    Put skim milk and oats in a bowl. Stir and let sit to soften, about 3 minutes. In a large bowl, combine the chicken breast, onion, celery, carrot, egg whites and 2T hot sauce. Add in oats and mix well. Gently stir in blue cheese crumbles. This mixture will be quite wet!

    Put mixture into the prepared bread pan and smooth top. Brush remaining 2T hot sauce on the top. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes or until set.

    Makes 4 servings.

    207 calories, 4.1g fat (2 saturated), 63 mg cholesterol, 918mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate, 2.7g fiber, 27.7 g protein.

  56. OK, call me dumb but I just realized I could link you to my blog where the recipe is…

    New England Clam Chowder:


    This is for homemade taco seasoning…so much less sodium and no preservatives or weird things! I add a tablespoon of onion and garlic powder instead of the teaspoon.

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  58. I don’t know if this counts as a “lightened up classic” but when I think about good, wholesome, hearty food, this is totally it! I usually eat it without the tortilla, but it’s good as a burrito too!

  59. I actually didn’t know this was a lightened up recipe at first–I only recently actually read the description and found out it’s supposed to be steak. SO GOOD LOOKING!

  60. Great giveaway! This is totally up my alley 🙂

    My favorite lightened up recipe that still tastes as sinful as the real thing is my Healthy Taco Salad:

  61. I grew up in the Midwest and we had these restaurants called Runza Drive In. My mom made homemade Runza’s which are bread dough filled with a hamburger, cabbage and onion mixture then baked off in the oven. They are super delicious and filling!

    I found a recipe that is lighter, has more fiber and is super easy using frozen whole wheat bread dough. Now I can enjoy these when ever I want. I think in some places they are called Bierocks. What ever you call them they are scrumptious!

  62. I have to share one more recipe! These buttermilk lemon cupcakes are the best cupcakes ever, light or not! They get rave reviews from everyone who eats them. If you like lemon you have to make these.

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