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Dysfunctional Chef: Seconds Anyone? Back-on-the-Bandwagon Baked Beans

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 […]

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Dysfunctional Chef Does It AGAIN! Curried Carrots on Couscous

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 […]

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Dysfunctional Chef: Spinach Spoon Bread

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.  […]

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Eat This: Lose Weight – Smokin’ Turkey Chili

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 […]

Cooking Up a Healthy Storm: Christmas Carrot Risotto

Greetings Tushkateers, Devotees of Our Lady of Weight Loss,  Last week, we were invited to a dinner party at a friend’s house.  Nice, yes?  Always!!! Most of the time when I ask, “What shall I bring,” my dear, sweet friend […]

Thanksgiving: Best Leftover Sandwiches Ever!!!

Here, Our Lady of Weight Loss and Janice Taylor (that’s me), whip up 4 amazingly delicious and artfully presented turkey sandwiches. The Day-After Thanksgiving Our Lady of Weight Loss approved Sandwich Recipes! TURKEY BACON CLUB. NO joke! Use fat-free mayo […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Hot off The Griddle Banana, Peanut Butter Sandwich

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 […]

Eat This: Be Smart – You Don’t Have to Be Einstein Tuna Casserole

This recipe hails from the insanely funny, motivating and smart book:  All Is Forgiven, Move On: Our Lady of Weight Loss’s 101 Fat-Burning Steps on Your Journey to Sveltsville!  The book is chock-a-block with all kinds of good information that […]

Eat This: Be Happy – Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Nachos

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 […]

Eat This: Be Happy – 6 Super Mood Boosters

One thing I know for sure is that happiness is connected to two key mood regulators that our brains produce: serotonin and noradrenaline. Serotonin is a mood enhancer that has an effect on pain, pleasure, anxiety, panic, arousal, and sleep […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Warning–One Must Hard Boil Their Eggs Correctly!

While perusing and cruising the vast world of food and recipes, I stumbled upon one recipe that warned, “One must hard boil their eggs correctly.” Correctly?  You mean you don’t just boil them?  It’s more complicated than that??? My head […]

Eat This – Totally Satisfying: Caramelized Onion Tart

A friend unexpectedly rolled into town just in time to lunch with us.  It was kind of funny, because lunch was a “happening,” which is seldom the case. Generally speaking, it’s every man-for-himself, catch-as-catch-can, you-are-on-your-own-buddy.  For whatever reason, the mood […]

Eat This: Lose Weight — Back-On-the Bandwagon Baked Beans

Just in case you fall off the weight loss bandwagon, and I’m not saying you will, but just in case, here’s a recipe that has magical powers.  It will get you back on the bandwagon.  It’s delicious, easy to make, […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Sweet Potato Salad

Last night, we went to a small gathering; a dinner party. Big fun! Aside from the 5 yum food, the great conversation, giggles, chortles and belly laughs, we climbed up onto the roof and looked down on Tucson. What a […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Pickled Eggs the Easy Way

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 […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Zucchini, Chickpea Salad

I’ve gone mad with power, “spiralizing” my way through the kitchen.   Cucumber noodles, zucchini noodles, beet noodles, alike!  I don’t generally endorse products, but I’m having so much fun with the Spiralizer,  the best gadget/kitchen aide that I’ve purchased in […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Cucumber Noodles and Feta Salad

If you want to lose weight, be healthy and glow happy, then eat more vegetables.  It’s a simple as that.  This morning I “cooked” up a batch of Cucumber Noodles and Feta Salad.  I don’t know how long it’s going […]

Eat This : Lose Weight – A Lip-Smackin’ Side of Israeli CousCous

If you are looking for a healthy side that is going to produce a lot of lip-smackin’ yums, then you’ve come to the right place!  Try this Israeli Cous Cous Salad! Ingredients: 1 cup of Israeli cous cous 2 cups […]

Red, White and Blue – 4th of July Smoothies

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, […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Crisp, Cool, Quick: Watermelon and Cuke Salad

It’s time to join your favorite Dysfunctional Chef as she cracks open  the summer salad recipe book, isn’t it?  A simple, refreshing, healthy meal in less than 15 minutes sounds ideal to me.  Ready, set, don’t cook! Crisp, Cool and […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Sunny Summer Solstice Breakfast, Quinoa and Figs

Set your clocks, Tushkateers*! The longest day of the year a.k.a. the Summer Solstice, is scheduled to arrive on Saturday, June 21 at 6:51 a.m. EDT, at which time the Earth’s northern hemisphere faces, most directly, toward the sun. In […]

Anti-Gravity Salad: Baby Spinach and Apple

Gravity, as you surely remember, is the attractive force between objects.  The number of the scales of injustice measures that force.  The higher the number, the more the very attractive force between you and Earth. Gravity holds you to planet […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Gracefully & Lovingly Drizzle Good Fat

As we know, I am the Dysfunctional Chef.  Not only do I have an ambivalent relationship with the kitchen, the last time I whipped up a fig sauce, I had to duct tape my mouth shut, lest I tasted away […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Lentil Stew Over Basmati

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).  […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Super Duper Pow Slimming Edamame

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 […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Divinely Pious Pears

Positively divine and delicious, these pious pears will delight your taste buds as well as light up your olfactory system.  An Our Lady of Weight Loss 5-yum favorite! Divinely Pious Pears Ingredients: 2 large ripe pears 1/2 cup white wine […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss-Green Eggs and Ham Recipe

In celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, Our Lady of Weight Loss and I would like to take this opportunity to share our favorite Green Eggs and Ham recipe! Green Eggs n’ Ham, Our Lady of Weight Loss Style Ingredients: non-stick […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Flat not Fat Belly Chili

This recipe, Flat not Fat Belly Chili, is one of my favorites, because it is, of course, a 5 yum dish.  And, as most of the ingredients are already stocked in the pantry, it’s quick n’ easy to whip up! […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Salmon Burger

This Dysfunctional Chef was searching through her Eat This: Lose Weight files, hoping to find an Our Lady of Weight Loss approved recipe that would ignite her taste buds!  Happily, she found the perfect dish to serve with a salad! […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – A Righteously Roasted Vegetable Stew

I went wild at the supermarket yesterday, filling up my cart with a beautiful assortment of colorful vegetables.  And then…when I arrived home, in Antioxidant Girl style, I unpacked the reusable grocery bags, chopped, sliced, cubed, sprinkled, baked and ate…healthy! […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Super Slimming Fat Burning Breakfast

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 […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Hot Doggities circa 1963

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 […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Scrumptious Sausage Stuffed Butternut Squash

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 […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – 3 Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Recipes!!!

Tushkateers, Devotees of Our Lady of Weight Loss, and those who found their way on this page via divine intervention (whether they know it or not), dig it:  Thanksgiving foods do not have to be dripping in sugar and fat.  […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Bubala, Thanksgiving Latkes a MUST!

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 […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Curried Chicken Salad

Who doesn’t love a great tasty one bowl dish?  For sure, this Dysfunctional Chef is in favor of this tasty, healthful, happy one dish delight!  Mix up a batch or two.  Serve on a bed of lettuce.  A 5 yum […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Righteous Ratatouille, Gastronomical Gift from the Gods

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 […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Pleasingly Pious Pumpkin Pudding

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 […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Fruity Quinoa

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 […]

Food and Sex: The Power of Poached Figs

Want to serve a desert dish that has the power to put a pretty smile of your friend’s face, is sure to deliver a bucket load of culinary compliments and just happens to be an excellent aphrodisiac?  Then…try this delish […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Simply Sensational Salmon Salad

Our Lady of Weight Loss and I had a grueling morning.  We went shopping!   We picked up a heavy shelving unit that need to be assembled, dragged it to the car, loaded it up, drove it downtown to my art […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Sweet Potato Appetizer

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 […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Peach Cobbler

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 […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Liquored Up?

 Our Lady of Weight Loss is lounging on the zero-gravity recliner in the back courtyard.  Every so often she “yells” something to me.  Directions, you might say. “I have a request,” she says.  “Be sure to wish all the Tushkateers […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Cold Cucumber Soup

This Dysfunctional Chef has been experimenting with cold cucumber soup. Woo Hoo, Yahoo and Lah-Di-Dah!   Most recipes that I’ve stumbled across, tripped over and dipped my Dysfunctional tasting finger into include heavy cream or olive oil and I get […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Sloppy Joe

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 […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Peaches Wrapped in Serrano Ham

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 […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – 100% Happy Summer Fruit Salad

Try this Our Lady of Weight Loss approved, best ever summer fruit salad, by far, no exceptions!  Seriously!  As is, this mix of fruit n’ honey is the most awesomely delish summer fruit salad, and if you want to add […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Tomato, Smoked Salmon, Baby Spinach

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 […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Sexy Summer Fusilli Salad

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. […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Sweetly Satisfying Peach Parfait

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 […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – 3 Sexy Summer Solstice Cucumber Smoothies

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 […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Father’s Day “No Tears Caramelized Onion Tart”

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 […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Tomato and Chickpea Salad

Side dish? Main dish? The perfect healthy summer snack? Yes to all! This Tomato and Chickpea Salad is simple yet refreshing, oh so satisfying, and Our Lady of Weight Loss approved!  Can it get any better than this?! Tomato and […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Watermelon Gazpacho

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 […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Crunchy, Satisfying, FAT-Burning Broccoli Salad

Last weekend, we (DH and I) were invited to a Garden Party!  Imagine that!!!  Outside, in a garden!  Thus the name, garden party! Duh   Nevertheless, thrilling for this CityGrrrl. I asked, “What can I bring?”  A Broccoli Dish was […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Best Gazpacho Ever

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 […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Mother’s Day Blueberry Cobbler

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 […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Cinco de Mayo Tacos ‘n Salsa

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! […]

Eat This, Lose Weight: Cinco de Mayo Rice n’ Beans

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 […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Ribbons of Pesto Pasta

Our Lady of Weight Loss preaches to her friends, family, clients, as well as her devotees that the secret to permanent fat removal, a.k.a. weight loss, is to fill up on, enjoy, get into, and worship (yes, worship) fruits and […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Mad Men Mac ‘n Cheese

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 […]

Dysfunctional Chef: She’s Got a Peanut Butter Jones?

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 […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Eat This, Lose Weight-Sicilian Eggplant Caponata

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 […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Deviled Mexican Eggs

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 […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Cantaloupe and Tomato Salad

This morning, this Dysfunctional Chef (that’s me), was sort of in the mood to cook, but sort of not in the mood, which ultimately led me to this very fabulous, easy to make, simply delish recipe that I am sure […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Creamy Squash n’ Corn Casserole

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 […]

Eat This: Lose Weight – Oscar Cocktail Roundup

My friends at Polar Seltzer shared a bounty of Oscar cocktail recipes with inspired names for your Sunday night Oscar party pleasure! Remember to: Drink (and eat) in moderation. Make wise choices (some of these are lower in calories than […]

Eat This, Lose Weight: Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding

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, […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Moroccan Lentils

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 […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Shrimp “Ceviche”

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 […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Tasty, Smart – Einstein Tuna Casserole

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: […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Slow Sexy Peppers

Imagine a platter full of stuffed red, green, yellow, and orange peppers. Beautifully arranged, two rows of each color, maybe even three rows, tops cut off, beans, rice and shredded jack cheese melting atop. You carry the platter of stuffed […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Jewish Christmas Dinner – Mock Egg Foo Yung

Our Lady of Weight Loss heard through the Christmas Grapevine that a good many of her Jewish friends and family go out for Chinese food on Christmas.   In fact (here’s a juicy tidbit for you), when Justice Elena Kagan was […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Sweet Potato Custard

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!!!   […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Shed 15 Fast-Holiday Food Tip and Recipe

One strategy that is sure to help you wake up thinner on new year’s day is to eat an apple 15 minutes before your meals! According to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, you can reduce your calorie intake by […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Baked Potato Latkes

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 […]

Eat: Holiday Lentil Pâté

Last Thanksgiving, for a change of pace, I whipped up “Janny’s Lentil Pate” that was to die for.  It was a mega-hit.  People asked for the recipe!  It’s delicious, it’s healthy, it’s amazing and it’s Our Lady of Weight Loss […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Poached Figs and Duct Tape

This dish is so good, it takes all kinds of restraint NOT to eat it before it hits the table, which frankly I seem to be lacking.  I’d be lost without my duct tape (hilarious video!)!   It is DIVINE!  […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Hummus, Avocado, Roasted Tomato on Toast

I found this Hummus, Avocado, Roasted Tomato recipe on Eat Live Run last week.  It hit all my happy spots.  Easy to make.  Familiar ingredients.  No specialty shopping required.  Relatively low in calories (unless you go hog wild with the […]

Dysfunctional Chef: 3 Foods that Cure Belly Fat (recipes included)

Got the Fat Belly Blues?  Has your mid-section grown a section of its own? You’re not alone. Researchers have found that the fat cells in the abdomen produce a hormone called neuropeptide Y (NPY), an appetite stimulant previously believed to […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Spinach and Roasted Red Pepper Fritatta

Is there anything better than a Spinach and Roasted Red Bell Pepper Frittata? Well, maybe – but still, it’s a fabulous dish that’s not only healthy, low-calorie, and inexpensive, but it serves as a grand main dish!  And … Oh […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Monterey Jack Bread Pudding

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 […]

EAT: Our Lady of the Garlic Roasted Potatoes

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 […]

(Recipe) Healthy Eating Matters – Mozzarella, Tomatoes and the Virgin

One of my favorite dishes is fresh mozzarella with tomatoes and basil.  It is to die for good, especially when you get seriously fresh mozzarella. Back in the day, my high school friend and I would visit her uncle in […]

Eat Healthy, Eat Cheap: Green Noodle Fun for the Family

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 […]

Eat More, Weigh Less: The WALDORF

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 […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Labor Day Special – Pineapples, Peaches, Oh My!

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, […]

3 Recipes: Dysfunctional Chef – the Peanut Butter, Grilled Banana diet

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 […]

Dysfunctional Chef: 3-Bean Chili Fever (with an oxymoron twist)

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, […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Banana Rice Pudding

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,” […]

Dysfunctional Chef: She’s a Stacked Tomato Slider (Triple Decker Style)

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 […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Best Sweet n’ Creamy Oatmeal … ever

Like a mad scientist, I have immersed myself into experimentation mode, assembling my personal best cooking tools, which include but are not limited to my beloved slow-cooker, spectacularly beautiful measuring cups from Anthropologie (wait for a sale to purchase), a […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Power Up and Fuel Me Up Happy

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 […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Secretly Slenderizing Summer Ratatouille

When people ask me how I permanently removed over 50 pounds (11 years ago – my oh my, how time flies), I tell them that first and foremost I changed my mind (as Albert Einstein says, “You cannot solve a […]

EAT THIS: Save Yourself Salad – The Sexy, Juicy Cuke

 Save Me from Myself 4th of July Sexy Cucumber Salad: Whenever there’s a gathering and the temptation to eat more than I really want seems likely, I whip up a salad or two and bring with. Sometimes I share; sometimes […]

EAT Scrumptious: Cherry Walnut Salad

I just returned from the corner fruit stand where I scored 2 pounds of fresh cherries, just in time to ‘cook up’ a fabulous lunch. Well … I don’t mean to imply that I am going to actually cook, as […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Man’s Healthiest Food !!!

Want to help your man lower his risk of prostate cancer?  Then, according to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, you best feed him tomatoes!  Ripe, juicy, red tomatoes! From the Our Lady of Weight Loss kitchens here follows […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Summer Cooking – 5-YUM Mexican-Style Casserole

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 […]

Dysfunctional Chef: 3 SUMMER Salads – Salacious Strawberries, Succulent Nectarines, Precious Plums !!!

Greetings from the Land of HOT!  I’m currently in Tucson, Arizona (Attending a June wedding! Rehearsal dinner tonight!  We’re so excited!!!) and it is hot, hot, hot. Get this:  the weather-person promises that the high of the day will be […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Super Pow Slimming Breakfast

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 […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Blackberry Salmon

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 […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Cinco de Mayo Tortilla Pie

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 […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken

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 […]

Dysfunctional Chef: 420 National Weed Day (Recipe)

When I first heard that 420 was National Weed Day, I thought that meant that we’d all hit our respective gardens and weed.  But no!  It has to do with Marijuana! I thought a ‘feel good’ recipe that includes in […]

Eat: Dysfunctional Chef – 100 Calorie Pancake

I was perusing my recipe files, looking for something that is both Our Lady of Weight Loss approved and classifies as comfort food, which brought me straight to my infamous 100 Calorie Pancake Recipe!  Fantastic for a Sunday brunch.  a […]

Kick in the Tush Tuesday: Is a Calorie Just a Calorie?

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 […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Matzo Brie Wars … hot? cold?

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 […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Pasta with Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Greetings Foodies one n’ all!  Today’s Dysfunctional Chef recipe is a gourmet treat that weighs-in at under 350 calories per serving!  Amazing, no? A healthy mix of comforting pasta and shiitake mushrooms (an anti-inflammatory food).   Serve with big salad, […]

Dysfunctional Chef: BLT Salad with Egg

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 […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Rosemary Beef Hash

As promised in my last Monday’s post, which mentioned the unmentionable, here follows the best beef hash recipe ever, courtesy of Sunflower Farmer’s Market monthly magazine, which is always chock-a-block with healthy and delicious meals! The Rosemary Hash weighs in […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Pink Slime in Your Ground Beef ? Probably. Yes. Ought Oh.

Just as I was about to preheat, so to speak, and whip up a platter full of Rosemary Beef Hash, a dish I carefully pulled from the pages of one of my favorite healthy cooking/living magazines, when the words “pink […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Best Ever QUINOA BERRY Salad

This Best Ever Quinoa Berry Salad is – well – the best ever! An absolute MUST MAKE; a 5 Yum event if ever there was one. Peter and I and the kids (who are hardly kids – but once a […]

Dysfunctional Chef: You say POTATO Frittata (I say potato Frittata)

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 […]

Dysfunctional Chef – Sexiest Vegetable of All Time???

As most of you know, ten years ago I permanently removed over 50 pounds with Our Lady of Weight Loss by my side.   Part of my permanent fat removal plan was to ‘fill’ up on life; to get involved in […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Sloppy-Joe, the Ultimate Comfort Food

  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 […]

Dysfunctional Chef: “Diet” Blueberry Cobbler

Want to lose weight?  Put a blue light in your refrigerator, as well as in your dining room.  And … dye your food blue. Why?  Blue food is rare in nature.  Aside from blueberries and blue-purple potatoes, blue foods don’t […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Orzo, Tomatoes, Capers … Oh My!

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 […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Roast Vegetables, Add Peas, Take Politic-O-Matic Quiz Until Tender

While you are roasting vegetables and eagerly awaiting your onions and carrots to soften, log onto Beliefnet and take the Politic-OMatic Quiz.  An interesting buffet of political questions are presented to you that assess your beliefs and values in order […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Sweet Noodle Kugel

Whether you celebrate Chanukah or not, you just gotta’ bake yourself a kugel!  This sweet Noodle Kugel is my favorite.  Is it Our Lady of Weight Loss approved? Well … not exactly.  But she did issue Holiday Coupons: Free Food!   […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Clementine Soup

Oh My Darling, Oh My Darling, Oh My Darling Clementine!   Clementines are in season! Yesterday, when I walked into the supermarket and saw the boxes of clementines piled high, I nearly cried tears of  joy.  I mean it!!!  I heart […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Holiday Bursts of Sugary Sweetness

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, […]

Dysfunctional Chef – On the Decadent Side: Honey Glazed Sweet Potato Chips

Sweet Potatoes!  OMG!  Is there anything better?  Eat ’em baked or mashed or slice ’em thin into simple chips!   OR … for Thanksgiving … GLAZE ’em. Yup! Glaze those chips.  Here follows the most decadent version of Sweet Potato Chips, […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Broiled Salmon with Mango Jalapeno Mint Salsa

Christianne Klein, author extraordinaire, Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist, television host and former national news anchor for ABC News; she who has appeared on numerous television programs, cooking her favorite healthy recipes, and also worked alongside Chef Emeril Lagasse on […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Ancho-Marinated Skirt Steak with Warm Black Bean Salad

Want to know what magazine offer up platters of some of the ‘best,’ tastiest and healthiest recipes?  Here’s a hint:  it’s not a recipe magazine, a women’s magazine, nor a diet magazine.  It’s a ‘living in the west’ magazine, called […]

Dysfunctional Chef – Sultry, Sexy Potato Salad

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 […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Mashed Sweets with Ginger

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 […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Chicken & Sexy Lentil Salad

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 […]

Dysfunctional Chef – Simply Smart and Sassy Raisin Bread Pudding

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: […]

Dysfunctional Chef – Orange Poached Apple

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 […]

Dysfunctional Chef – 10 Summer Recipes

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 […]

Dysfunction Chef Friday – Pow Papaya-Avocado Salad

Did you know that Christopher Columbus called papayas the “fruit of the angels?”  True enough!!!  And it’s no wonder, because papayas are at the same time both deliciously sweet and musky. I’ve been told that this spherical or pear-shaped fruit […]

Lunar Eclipse brings Demoniac Frenzy, Moping Melancholy, and Moon-Struck Madness

LUNAR NEWS:  The longest and darkest total lunar eclipse of the CENTURY will occur tomorrow! Specifically at 11:29 PM tomorrow night (June 15). A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth, while orbiting around the Sun, comes between the Moon and […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Most Delish Vegetable Quesadilla ever!

A few weeks ago, I happened upon Tumaro’s Gourmet Tortilla Wraps in the market.  They are low-in-calorie, low-in-carbs, low-in-fat, so I thought, “Hey, what the heck, I’ll give ’em a go!”  And guess what!  Not only do Tumaro’s wraps fit […]

Dysfunctional Chef – Huevos Rancheros Breakfast

Last week, we went out for brunch.  (We, as in my immediate, non-extended family.)  People (as in them) ordered some very ‘heavy’ dishes, one of which was Huevos Rancheros with Nachos, beautifully served, with sides of beans, guacamole, etc.  (Sorry, […]

James Durbin – A Sweet Potato Tribute

Close to 72 million votes were cast Wednesday, but not enough of them to save the best of the best, James Durbin.  His Wednesday performance of Journey’s classic “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” and “Love Potion No. 9″ were brilliant and […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Cinco de Mayo Recipes

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, here are two (not one but two!!!) Kick Tush recipes from the Our Lady of Weight Loss kitchens!  They are simple, easy, fast, delish … and perfect for your Cinco Celebration! Corn Salsa Ingredients: […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Breakfast Fit for a Queen, Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Pudding

I thought, “wouldn’t it be fun to whip up a breakfast, fit for a Queen or a Princess … in honor of the Royal Wedding?”  In an effort to limit the amount of sugar in my diet, I scoured the […]

Dysfunctional Chef – How to Hard Boil an Egg the Correct Way!

Hard boiled eggs! Yes, there is a right way to boil them!!! 1. Do NOT use fresh eggs!!! They are difficult to peel. It’s best to use eggs that are near their expiration date. 2. To help center the yolks […]

Dysfunctional Chef Friday – Roasted Orange Salmon

Today, I am serving up an extraordinarily healthy and delish dinner dish. ROASTED ORANGE SALMON with GARLICKY GREENS Not only are the salmon fillets drenched in a sugar-free orange marinade, this dish provides metabolism-boosting good fats. Served with a side […]

Dysfunctional Chef Friday: Corn Bread Casserole (Mouth watering? No Kidding!)

Have I told you how much I love, love, love my Slow Cooker (a.k.a. Crock Pot)?  Well, I do!   No matter how much I screw up, as in misread the instructions, measure incorrectly, or forget an ingredient, somehow or another, […]

Dysfunctional Chef Friday: Coconut Rice – an alternative to the plain ole same ole

Seriously folks, I know that it may not sound exciting, but trust me – Coconut Rice is beyond exciting; it’s thrilling!!!   A delicious alternative to the hum drum plain boiled rice.  And if brown rice is your thing, that’s fine […]

Dysfunctional Chef Friday: Strawberry and Apple Crumble

While shopping at our local grocery store, I eyed a display of strawberries. Strawberries, big red delicious, strawberries, piled high into the sky! True enough! Even though strawberry season is from June to mid-August, new farming methods extend its season from now (right now) till mid-December!

St. Patrick’s Day: Corned Beef and Cabbage special

This St. Patrick’s Day, whip up the best ever Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe, from the Our Lady of Weight Loss kitchens.

Dysfunction Chef Friday: Seriously Sweet Sea Scallops

Seriously, that’s just how delicious it is … I couldn’t wait to ‘land’ and plug into my son’s wireless. I had the yen, the urge, an itch, a craving to share, share, share now!
A most seriously delicious and heart health recipe that will impress. Beautiful, delicious, heart healthy.

Dysfunctional Chef FRIDAY: Whipping Up Asparagus Facts, Folklore and Food

First, the fascinating facts that make for most excellent “Table Talk.” Followed by the recipe – Roasted Chick Peas and Asparagus with Mint. A non-meat, protein powerhouse of a meal! Please note that it takes approximately 4 years to produce a sizable crop of asparagus. So – when eating – please consider slowly down and appreciating its journey!

Dysfunctional Chef (Friday): Academy Award Winning Sweet and Sour Pasta

I have spent the past 2.5 hours (no kidding – 2.5 hours!) leafing through my recipes, looking for the right delish dish to whip up for Sunday night’s Oscar extravaganza. The criteria: something festive, colorful and comforting, just in case my picks don’t win – and – healthy!

Dysfunctional Chef Friday: American Idol White Bean Stew

Last night, while watching Hollywood Week on American Idol, I whipped up a batch of my best White Bean Stew. Just as Casey Abrams’ was up at the mike, singing and a strumming “Georgia On My Mind,” I was dishing out the bean stew (with a simple salad). It was extraordinary! The stew, the salad and Casey Abrams.

Cook with Me Friday: St. Valentine’s Sex Menu

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!

Dysfunctional Chef: Black Olive – Sweet Potato Hummus

Every time I look at this hummus recipe much less taste it, I salivate! Sorry if that’s TMI (too much info), but I just love black olives, sweet potatoes and garbanzo beans. And when all three are in one recipe it’s almost too much for me to take in! A Thousand Yums.

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