Yesterday afternoon, I decided to try out a new vegan “chicken” dish. I was so sure that it would be great, that I called a few friends and said, “Come on over for dinner. I’m making a vegan meal and […]
Yesterday afternoon, I decided to try out a new vegan “chicken” dish. I was so sure that it would be great, that I called a few friends and said, “Come on over for dinner. I’m making a vegan meal and […]
Here’s the great thing about slow cookers (a.k.a. crock-pots). You lovingly and carefully load it up in the morning with all kinds of healthy ingredients, and when you return home at the end of a hard day’s work, you are […]
Greetings One n’ All, I spent all day yesterday; yes, every second of the day (no exaggeration), researching, perusing and deciding on what appetizer to make for tonight’s potluck dinner. There are five of us bringing a variety of dishes. […]
Once again, my slow cooker came to the rescue. Here’s how it went down… …We invited a few friends to come on over for an easy, breezy, informal “hang out.” (Do people say that any more?) I ran to the […]
In the mood for something decadent, delicious and comforting? Try this amazing, Our Lady of Weight Loss approved Hot Off the Griddle Sandwich! Ingredients: non-stick cooking spray 2 tablespoons peanut butter 2 slices light bread 1 banana, sliced Directions: Heat […]
If you want to whip up something to impress your overnight guests (or, if you want to whip up something to impress yourself), try this marvelously delish dish! Guaranteed to keep you sated and smiling for hours to come! Huevos […]
Do you love pickled foods? I do! Pickled beets, pickled beans, pickled cucumbers a.k.a. pickles, and pickled eggs! Love the taste and the color! That pickled red is amazing, is it not? In fact, I’m wondering why there’s no crayon […]
Happy Independence Day! Our Lady of Weight Loss thought that it would be fun to share three smoothie recipes today, in red, white and blue fashion! Because smoothies offer big nutrition! Being healthy is your patriotic duty. “Let’s go retro, […]
Hey there, Tushkateers! We had a little dinner party last weekend with our vegan friends, which was fabulous! Great conversation, lots of laughs, fabulous martinis and an incredible Lentil Stew (served over rice of your choice, although I recommend Basmati). […]
Helloooo Tushkateers, Devotees of Our Lady of Weight Loss, Friendly Readers, While leafing through a stack of vintage magazines, I happened upon a recipe in the Good Housekeeping, September 1963 issue that captured my imagination and inspired me host a […]
A tongue twister and holiday recipe from the Our Lady of Weight Loss kitchens that delights and feeds the soul! Ingredients: 1 Butternut Squash 1/2 cup Organic Chicken Stock 1 pound Turkey Sausage 1 slice bread, cut into cubes 1 […]
Bubala, sweetheart, darling, did you know that the first day of the eight-day Jewish festival of light, Hanukkah, falls on Thanksgiving! It is a once-in-a-lifetime happening! The last time Thanksgiving and Hanukkah overlapped was in 1888 and the next time […]
Righteous Ratatouille – A guilt-free gastronomical gift from the Gods. This is a great recipe for any and all and especially for bulk eaters. If you want to eat a lot, feel uber-full, make this and eat as much as […]
For whatever reason, probably because Our Lady of Weight Loss encouraged me to do so, I researched the color “Pumpkin.” As if I didn’t know that the color pumpkin is orange! But whatever, she insisted, so I did what she […]
Dearest Tushkateers! My head is spinning. Today is the 15th of October! Halloween, Day of the Dead, and the rest of the fully loaded holidays are right around the corner! Hard to believe, but there it is. The calendar […]
Variety is the spice of life and is uber-important in the world of permanent weight removal. Lest we get bored and dive off into the deep end of the chocolate pool, here Our Lady of Weight Loss shares with you […]
This week’s Eat This: Lose Weight recipe from your favorite Dysfunctional Chef (that’s me) is inspired by fall colors, in particular and especially, Autumn Orange. Orange, an optimistic, uplifting and rejuvenating color, has the power to bring a positive outlook […]
This morning, Our Lady of Weight Loss and I took a quick ride down the road to the local market to buy some fruits n’ vegetables. (OLofWL road gunshot.) Upon entering the market, we eyed the most beautiful display of peaches […]
Sloppy Joe’s are an American creation that has been around since at least the 1950s. Popular with most children, a favorite in lunch rooms in schools from sea to shining sea, Sloppy Joe’s are also a favorite of parents, as […]
This is, by far, one of the best dishes I’ve ever had. No kidding! The mix of sweet, salty and fresh satisfies every taste bud! My dear friend, Ms. P., served these before dinner just last night. Honestly, I would […]
The heat is on. The stove is off. Here is a fabulous, light, Our Lady of Weight Loss approved no-cook meal that you can cool down to! Tomato, Smoked Salmon, Baby Spinach Stacks Ingredients: 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard 1 tablespoon […]
Either as a side salad or a main dish, this is my kind of sexy summer salad! It’s fast, simple and delish! Ingredients: 16 ounces Fusilli pasta, cooked1 jar (7 ounces) roasted red peppers, drained and cut into thin strips. […]
Just in case you pigged out on the 4th of July and are feeling bloated, guilty–dare I say it–you’re feeling fat (oh no, I didn’t!), then here is an amazingly sweet, delish dish (healthy, too!) that I serve for breakfast […]
If you are wondering, what IS the sexiest vegetable of all, I’m here to tell you, “The Cucumber, of course!” As most of you know, it’s been well over ten years (closing in on 12 years, actually!!!) since I permanently […]
Are you looking for the best Father’s Day recipe ever? Something good to serve on Sunday (or any other day for that matter) that falls into the “comfort food” and “healthy eating” and “lose it” categories? Yes? (If not, think […]
Dig it! Watermelon season is here. From May through-out the summer, the best, sweetest and most delicious fruit ever is readily available. AND at 46 calories per cup, you’re gettin’ a whole lotta bang for your calorie buck! What is […]
Q: How amazing and magical is it when someone (a good friend, neighbor or even a relative) shows up at your front door with a bowl of somethin’ special that she (or he) has just whipped up to share with […]
In search of a special Mother’s Day recipe? Something light, healthy and delicious? Look no further. Straight from the Our Lady of Weight Loss kitchens, a Blueberry Cobbler that is sure to bring a smile to your face and set […]
Last week’s EAT THIS: LOSE WEIGHT recipe featured a delightfully delicious Cinco de Mayo Beans n’ Rice dish. Not to be missed! AND a great complement to this week’s EAT THIS: LOSE WEIGHT recipe, Cinco de Mayo Tacos n’ Salsa! […]
Cinco de Mayo, the fifth of May commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in […]
There was a man whose name was Graham: Sylvester Graham. He was a man on a mission; his main thrust was to curb lust. Graham (1794 –1851), the 17th child of the Reverend John Graham was – in 1826 – […]
As you probably know (you’d almost have to be dead not to), the season premiere of Mad Men is scheduled for this coming Sunday (check your local listings). In its honor, I am planning a 1960’s themed dinner, which brings […]
As I am about to head up to Rowe, Massachusetts this morning to teach my weekend workshop entitled “Feed Your Soul: Change Your Weight,” and I am thinking, “What can I pack for the train ride? For lunch, for a […]
This week’s less guilt, healthy-living recipe, Slow-Cooker Sicilian Eggplant Caponata, was a major-league, big-time, booyah success! It can be served as a side-dish especially for fish, over pasta (preferably whole grain), on top of polenta and/over thin, toasted slices of […]
I was thrift shopping and found an “deviled egg tray” in the “fancy” cabinet that holds all the really prized and expensive household items. It was marked $18, which I thought was crazy high for the corner thrift store; and […]
Heavy in comfort, low in calories, this recipe is brought to you by your favorite Dysfunctional Chef. Creamy Squash n’ Corn Casserole – a.k.a. Mellow Yellow Blend Ingredients: 2 cups (16 ozs.) cottage cheese (full fat, 2% fat, low fat […]
Is dessert a food group? Is comfort food a food group? If they were, this recipe would be included in both categories! This Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding recipe is old-fashion, lip-smackin’ good! Try it for size Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding (slow cooker, […]
Early yesterday, I “dressed up” in no less than six (6) layers, braving Storm Nemo, making my way to the supermarket to buy the ingredients that would ultimately manifest no less than 10 servings of Moroccan Lentils and Rice for […]
Ceviche (“seh-BEE-chay”) is an extremely popular dish in South America, whose basic ingredient is raw fish. Raw fish, cut into bite-sized piece, marinated in the juice of an acidic fruit (usually lime), salt and various seasonings. The juice changes the […]
In the mood for comfort food that increases brain power as it ignites happy energy? Who’d say no to that? You Don’t Have to Be Einstein Tuna Casserole, one of my favorite recipes, is from All Is Forgiven, Move On: […]
Sweet Potato Custard is the perfect dessert for your holiday party! I’ve been searching through my recipe cards (so old school of me, looking for something that lights up the happy food neurons in my brain, and I found it!!! […]
One of the traditional dishes for Hanukkah is latkes a.k.a. potato pancakes. I was curious as to the latkes’ origins, so I did a bit of research and found a juicy story on The Jewish Outreach to share. “Originally, latkes […]
Need a lift? Down a Stuffed Mushroom! Studies have shown that those of us those who suffer from depression tend to have low levels of folate. Spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables are some of the best natural sources […]
This Dysfunctional Chef was blown away by this easy to prepare and very satisfying bread pudding! INGREDIENTS 3 large eggs 6 egg whites 2 cups milk * 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme pinch ground nutmeg salt n’ pepper to taste (easy […]
When I say “Comfort Food,” you say … no, you YELL, “Our Lady of Weight Loss’s Garlic Roasted Potatoes!” Here is the best ever garlic roasted potato recipes from the OLofWL kitchen! Ingredients15 whole garlic cloves 2 tbsp olive oil […]
All the dreamers in all the world are dizzy in the noodle. ~ Edie Adams Call me dizzy, call me a dreamer, call me noodle-crazy, but if you ask me, green noodles are fun! Agreed? Green Noodles ARE Fun! Which […]
For those of us who are interested in eating something that tickles our taste buds, satisfies to the point of happy, and fills us up healthy … … Then this recipe is for you!!! Our Lady of Weight Loss’s The […]
Are you ready to get your Labor Day Grill On??? I am! And so is Our Lady of Weight Loss. She instructed me to share the following, because she is 100% positive that once you are turned onto grilled fruit, […]
I woke up with a Jones for Peanut Butter and Bananas! Imagine that!!! My gut reaction to my Jones was to think,” steer away from PB and Bananas; way too many calories.” But, at closer examination, I realized that […]
Are you ready to cook up a vat of full of beans, full of life, high-spirited, zesty and tasty 3-bean chili? Here, your favorite Dysfunctional Chef, Janice Taylor, shares her summer to autumn favorite! CHILI FEVER (that’s an oyxmoron, […]
This afternoon, just as I was thinking, “I sure am in the mood for something sweet,” lo n’ behold, right there on the kitchen counter sat three ripe bananas, begging to be mashed! “Mash me,” they sang. “Okay, I will,” […]
Greetings my fellow chefs, functional or dysfunctional, ‘into’ bread or not, either way, you are going to love, love, love this uber-delish, healthy and fabulously colorful and beautiful recipe! Are you ready??? Good!!! Here we go!!! She’s a Stacked Triple […]
Greetings ! I wanted to remind y’all just how important breakfast is and not just because research shows that those who eat breakfast lose more weight than those who do not. More importantly, those who skip breakfast often find themselves […]
As many of you know (if you’ve been following my this week’s banter), I am in Tucson where it is hot, hot, hot. The weather-person says that we’ll hit a high of 103 degrees today! (Very exciting!!! I just love […]
Did you hear about Edamame and Weight Loss? Going steadily together, researchers tell us that edamame (a.k.a. soy beans) which supplies a full 17 g of protein per cup, is a Super Duper POW Slimming Food! Reports from the Federal […]
This week’s Dysfunctional Chef Recipe shines the spotlight on blackberries, a.k.a. “black caps,” an extraordinarily healthy food. Black Caps are high in antioxidants, a substance that protects the body by neutralizing free radicals or unstable oxygen molecules, which are known […]
Are you ready to celebrate Cinco De Mayo? Me, too! This great tortilla pie is chock a block with vegetables, loaded with fiber, protein and calcium. After you’ve got this in the oven, baking away, check out Our Lady of […]
SLOW COOKER TIME! This Dysfunctional Chef loves her slow cooker rotisserie chicken, for a variety of reasons. 1. It’s really hard to ‘mess it up.’ 2. One-pot clean-up is a dream. 3. The chicken is tender, moist and guaranteed to fall […]
It isn’t until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are – not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within – that you can begin to take control. ~ Oprah Winfrey Good day Tushkateers! Are […]
Passover starts on April 6 and it goes all the way through 14, and Our Lady of Weight Loss admittedly is a Matzo Brie freak! She started heating up the skillet this past Sunday. Seriously! She will whip up a […]
The other night, while reviewing my weekly menu with Our Lady of Weight Loss, I said, “Our Lady, you know what I haven’t had in – gee – over a decade? …. A BLT! Not that I miss it, given […]
You say potato, I say POTATO Frittata is a spectacularly delish dish that weighs in at under 300 calories per serving! And, if done right, with loving kindness in your heart and a steady hand, it is also a work […]
Anyone out there remember the “Manwich?” In 1969, Hunt’s introduced its Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce and it revolutionized the Sloppy Joe. It sure was a staple in our kitchen. My mother, the gourmet, used to break it out on […]
Does this Dysfunctional Chef love a simple, easy, salty, nutty, cheesy recipe that one can eat in bulk? In other words, a dish that gives you a lot of bang for your calorie buck? And one that you can […]
Paula Deen, the 64 year-old celebrity chef known for her rich Southern diet, is about to come out of the closet and announce that she does, indeed, have type 2 diabetes, a condition that is known to result from unhealthy […]
Perhaps, the 2012 ‘end of the world’ predictions aren’t so far off! After all, Dealbook reported that Hostess Brands, founded in 1930, home of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Ho Hos filed for bankruptcy. Does that mean that Twinkies will be […]
Both Our Lady of Weight Loss and I are heading to the Bronx Zoo this morning, with my husband and the ‘kids.’ (The kids are adults now and as it turns out, we’re all pretty much the same age. […]
It wasn’t until I permanently removed over 50 pounds and developed a taste for baked sweet potatoes plain and simple that I questioned the wisdom of creating a casserole that was topped with toasted white lumps of melted gooeyness. Seriously, […]
Greetings One n’ All! I’m uber-excited about my new way of cooking: combining healthy ingredients (always), creating recipes that won’t ‘weigh you down,’ (always) and NOW adding a sultry and sexy twist. What makes these recipes sultry and sexy? It’s […]
I don’t want to be the first to use the word ‘holiday,’ but OMG! we are slowly but surely entering the holiday season and this year, I have promised myself that I will stay ahead of the curve! Getting my […]
Here’s an easy to whip up, amazing lunch dish, that is sure to impress your guests as it sets every one’s taste buds to happy! The trick is to check out the rotisserie chicken places in your neighborhood and find […]
This week I was contacted by none other than Chef Jenny herself ; Chef and Radio Show Host (Green Tea and Honey Radio Show). Jenny said . . . . “First, let me tell you how much I love you! […]
Are you ready for a 5 Yum dessert? (Who isn’t???) After you whip up this amazing Raisin Bread Pudding, I’m betting that you will love it and feel simply smart and sassy! Simply Smart and Sassy Raisin Bread Pudding Ingredients: […]
Cheap, plentiful and healthy, apples are in season! Today’s Dysfunctional Chef’s Cheap n’ Healthy Eat, showcases the Virginia Winesap, a well-known American heirloom apple whose origins are unknown, although they probably date back to the 18th century. Winesaps are tart […]
Want to whip up some soul-satisfying dishes that will keep your summer eating fresh and your weight in check? Of course! Who wouldn’t want that? It’s time for me to share my favorite summer recipes with you. I permanently removed […]
Today is National Donut Day. Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts are giving away ‘free’ donuts, but are they really free??? National Donut Day was created by the Salvation Army in 1938 to honor American women who served donuts to soldiers […]
Your St. Valentine’s Dinner Menu ~ from the Our Lady of Weight Loss Kitchens – that is sue to get your mojo a movin’, your libido leaping and your sex life succulent once more!
From the Our Lady of Weight Loss Kitchens … Janice Taylor, Weight Loss Success Coach and chef extraordinaire shares, “Eureka! I’ve found the perfect Thanksgiving pâté recipe! It is an amazingly delicious, traditional dish with a twist.”
Halloween is 6 days away! Our Lady of Weight Loss thought a calorie chart might come in handy. See what you are getting yourself.
Today, May 22, is National Vanilla Pudding Day! In celebration of this sweet milk-based dessert, I am offering up one of Our Lady of Weight Loss’s from her “Decadent Delish Diet” recipe collection! Chances are, you’ve got all the ingredients already!
In celebration, Janice Taylor, your weight loss coach, shares her favorite 100 calorie pancake recipe with you, as well as a few tips on how to make the best pancake ever! Enjoy your holiday.
Our Lady of Weight Loss, the patron saint of permanent fat removal shares “The 3 Step Diet,” which inevitably leads you straight into the arms of a gooey grilled cheese sandwich!
Because a number of scientific studies have demonstrated that garlic is a ‘healing’ food and that regular consumption of said garlic cures our ills, I decided to load up on this aromatic vegetable like there’s no tomorrow, adding it in bulk to my recipes! Read on for the best Penne recipe ever!
Take a leap of faith right off that cake, straight into 2010! Our Lady of Weight Loss, patron saint of Permanent Fat Removal and Janice Taylor, your Life & Wellness Coach and 50 lb. big-time-loser, invite you to join with them as they follow the lead of The Fool.
In honor of National Covered in Anything Chocolate Day, I’ve gathered 25 fabulously rich and tasty chocolate quotes! You can now cover yourself in these fun thoughts, phrases, words and thoroughly enjoy one 1-oz. piece of dark chocolate, if you like, at 170 calories per ounce!
If you are in need of the most delicious comfort food ever; the most satisfying and scrumptious dessert ever – weighing in under 220 calories per serving – then you must try the “Best Apple Brown Betty Recipe Ever!” from the Our Lady of Weight Loss kitchens!
Back to School Food Tips: If you had lunch at 11:30 a.m. (or even earlier) and the next time you had access to food was 3:00 in-the-afternoon, wouldn’t you be hungry and cranky, too?
According to the American Heart Association (AHA) the average American will munch through, chow down and/or guzzle 22 teaspoons, or 355 calories of sugar today (and tomorrow and the next day)! And you?
Guilt Free Moon Pie, for those who are craving chocolate but don’t want to get weighed-down by the calories and fat from the Our Lady of Weight Loss kitchens.
Our Lady of Weight Loss celebrates National Lasagna Day with a noodle and a prayer. Join her!
Are you sinking fast? Is your motivation, enthusiasm and energy coming to a screeching halt? As you blood sugar starts its downward spiral, your body clock slowly shifts into its natural lull. You are tempted to stick your hand into […]
What if this Beliefnet blogger were to tell you that there is a healthy and guilt-free food readily available – sitting in your supermarket – waiting for you – that is more comforting than mac n’ cheese, chocolate pudding, whipped […]
We are visiting my 93 year-young mother on Mother’s Day. While she lives along, drives and is A-okay in every way, she no longer cooks! (Not that she was much of a cook to being with … oops, don’t tell […]
It’s a YUM MONDAY!!!!… Snowing like MAD in NYC and it’s Dr. Seuss’s birthday! What an awesome combo.In honor of the great Dr. Seuss here follows my infamous GREEN EGGS n’ HAM Recipe! (See below for more recipe links to […]
Batter Up!!! Pancake Tuesday known also as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, is celebrated the day before the beginning of Lent. This is the time that we remember the forty days that Jesus spent in the desert. It is also […]
St. Valentine’s Day is next Saturday, February 14th (as if you didn’t know), and I wanted to be sure to get your dinner menu to you now, giving you enough time to think the evening through, create your shopping list, […]
I am in the midst of putting my St. Valentine’s menu together. It’s loaded with aphrodisiacs!!! Caviar being one of them, which led me to an amazing Deviled Eggs recipe (topped with caviar). (See below). The instructions warned that one […]
… continuing my ‘blog-O-sation’ with Dr. Norris … Let There Be Cake!!! Dr. Norris … speaking of mothers … have you seen the video of my 92-year-young mother, Harriet, Queen of Cake??? Oh My Goodness!!! Cake reigned supreme in our […]
Hey Y’all …. Dr. Norris Chumley and this blogger were chatting last week on the phone (yup, on the phone – tre retro!), and we thought it would be fun to dish the dirt, chew the fat, blog-to-blog from time-to-time. […]
BECAUSE, YOU SAID SO!!! Chew on this: Which of the following three sentences is most likely to get you a raise? a. Boss, I’ll quit if I don’t get a raise. b. Boss, I need a raise now, please …[and […]
NOT invited to the Inaugural Luncheon in celebration of the swearing-in of our great nation’s 44th President? Don’t feel bad! As it turns out the meal that they are serving, is NOT Our Lady of Weight Loss approved. Oh sure, […]
Oh Me, Oh My! “IT” came out of NOWHERE … I was feeling absolutely fine one moment and the very next I was overcome with aches, pains, fever, stuffy nose, cough! And I couldn’t remember if I was supposed to […]
“Joy” says it best! by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Cert. Hypnotist, Author, Columnist, 50 pound big-time-loser. Here follows an e-mail from Joy, a Kick in the Tush Club member, and fan of Our Lady of Weight Loss. Please […]
Rejoice the Mango! from Janice Taylor, Beliefnet Blogger Mangoes have been around for at least 4,000 years. They grow on huge trees and the mango fruit gracefully hangs down like an upside-down lollipop on a very long stem. They are […]
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