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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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Dysfunctional Chef: Mexican Chili Corn Pie

I totally blew the fat cells from everyone’s mind when I delivered this incredibly tasty and beautiful Mexican Chili Corn Pie to the table. In other words, it looks as good as it tastes and visa versa!  Try it, you’ll love […]

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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 […]

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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 – 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 […]

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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 […]

Kick in the Tush Tuesday: 4 Bites to Permanent Weight Loss

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Easy Weight Loss: How to Change Your Relationship With Food

  Our Lady of Weight Loss wants me to encourage you to think about taste, because “Taste is No Small Thing.” Dig It:  Taste is always with us, ever present. Even when you detect “no taste,” there is a flavor […]

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 […]

6 Fun Chocolate Facts

Remember the old days when folks thought chocolate caused acne, rotted your teeth and made you fat?   Boy-oh-boy, were they misguided or what?! Scientists now tell us that dark chocolate (the kind that contains 70% cocoa solids) is good for […]

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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Extreme Food Diets: Post Thanksgiving Quick Diet Fix

Janice Taylor, Weight Loss Success Coach and host of the Our Lady of Weight Loss blog, gets it! We know that Extreme Food Diets are unhealthy, unsustainable and unrealistic, yet the desire for a quick and easy fix that eliminates […]

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: Depressed? Down a Stuffed Mushroom

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 […]

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 […]

Best Weight Loss Tip: How to Lose Belly Fat

Looking for a magic bullet? A miracle cure? Something that will add health to your life and help you lose that fat belly? If you’re looking for the ‘magic bullet,’ then you’ve come to the right place!!! Our Lady of […]

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 […]

Food Myth: Does “greasy tasting” equate to “more grease?”

Does “greasy tasting” equate to “more grease?” I thought so, but was I wrong?! *** “If you look at a French fry under a microscope, you’ll see that while it’s being fried, the water inside the food is rapidly expanding […]

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 […]

PLAY, TOSS and LOSE: Weight Loss JigSaw Sunflower Girl Salad

This week’s Get Jiggy Weight Loss JigSaw Puzzle – “Sunflower Girl” – was inspired by the Sunflower. The sunflower stands tall.  She keeps her face looking toward sunshine, thus eliminating shadows.  With her head full of seeds, she is readied […]

Foodborne Illness Survivors Tell President Obama, We Can’t Wait

This morning a coalition of food safety advocates, medical experts and foodborne illness victims held a telebriefing to discuss the critical need for full implementation and funding of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).    I participated in same and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Play and Lose: Weight Loss JigSaw Puzzle – “Enriched? That’s RICH!!!””

This week’s GET JIGGY Weight LOSS JigSaw Puzzle, entitled “ENRICHED? That’s RICH” is inspired by “enriched white flour!” As it happened, I was reading, once again, about the ills of enriched, processed foods; which as it turns out can be […]

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: 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: 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 […]

News Alert: Paula Deen – Comes Out of the Closet

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 […]

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 – 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 […]

Chicago Schools take Healthy Lead: Antibiotic Free Chicken

Are you against the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture?  Do you wish that healthier foods were being served to our school children? Yes?  Then I’ve got some promising news for you! During a media telephone briefing, hosted by the Pew […]

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: 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 – 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: […]

Hard Math: 29 million lbs of antibiotics = how many mutated bacteria??

Livestock ‘grown’ in the U.S. consumed about 29 million pounds of antibiotics in 2009.  (I thought that animals were ‘raised’ and not ‘grown?’ Huh?) On August 3, after ground turkey was linked to an antibiotic resistant strain of salmonella that […]

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 – Sinfully Sensational Summer Smoothies

These smoothies are simply sensational.  What can I say?  It’s the truth!  And even though I am ‘the’ Dysfunctional Chef, I can whip up a smoothie like nobody’s business! Please be sure that your ingredients are fresh.  It would be […]

Dysfunctional Chef – Summer of Love Potion Pie

Today’s Righteous Recipe from your favorite Dysfunctional Chef (that’s me) is pretty much guaranteed to be a major hit, and it’s been said that it gets the mojo juices flowin’.   You dig? Are you picking up what I am putting […]

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 […]

Meatless Monday – Edamame Hummus (OMG! Heavenly!!!)

Happy Meatless Monday to you!!!   Did you know that you can improve your personal health and the health of the planet by eating less meat?  Meatless Monday, a non-profit initiative of The Monday Campaigns in association with the Johns Hopkins’ […]

The Dash Diet – The ultimate sexy plan? Seriously?

When I ask people, “Why do you want to lose weight?” people often say, “Health and better energy.”   While this may be true, it is often not the primary reason (or solo reason) that they want to lose weight. They […]

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, […]

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 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, […]

Rise & Grind Wednesday: Am I a bad mother? Would you tell your daughter the truth?

Yesterday, while perusing my Facebook account (more specifically, looking in on my kids’ pages, so I know what’s happening in their life, like – oh, like they left town and forget to tell me …),  I noted that my beloved […]

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!

Forks Over Knives: What has happened to us? (Video)

What has happened to us? Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are sicker than ever by nearly every measure. Chew on these facts! Watch the video! and then … WAKE UP!!! to the truth and do something about it!

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!

Motivational Monday: 5 Steps to St. Valentine Love

Today, Janice Taylor, your Weight Loss Success Coach, shares 5 tips to St. Valentine’s (self) Love. Janice said, “I’m not quite sure why it is so difficult to ‘love thyself,’ the number one commandment of Our Lady of Weight Loss’ 10 Commandments of Permanent Fat Removal (a.k.a. weight loss) but apparently – it is!”

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.

Dysfunctional Chef: Best Ever Spinach Frittata

Praise be, the Frittata, an Italian omelet that is made with cheese, meat and/or vegetables mixed into – rather than folded inside – the eggs. The Frittata is perfect for any time of day; for any meal. Breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Diet Tip Tuesday: Foods that Seduce

Mother Nature knew what she was doing when she created fruits and vegetables colorful enough to seduce. From the brilliant red tomato to the powerful purple grape, all the colors of the rainbow are represented – and between them they offer a range of nutrients, antioxidants and other healthful compounds that are powerful enough to fight cancer, prevent strokes, protect the eyes – even lower ‘bad’ cholesterol.

New Year 2011: Go Nuts!!!

Did you know that just one or two ounces of almonds, peanuts, cashews, pistachios or walnuts – delivers a fully-body health punch??? Studies show that nuts help prevent type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Nuts also promote longevity! (Talking about longevity, my mom is almost 95 and she’s plenty nuts! :)

Cook with Me Friday: Christmas Lasagna

While rifling through my Our Lady of Weight Loss approved recipes, I came across my best ever lasagna recipe and decided to add it post haste to my holiday dinner menu! Not only is it easy to cook, as are all my recipes, but it is also delicious, low in calorie, and your guests will ohhh and ahhh their way through it! Oh, and you can make it ahead of time, which is a major plus – given all that one has to do at the last minute!!!

Cook with Me Friday – Baked Vidalias

Praise Be! A 5 ingredient Recipe that is easy to make, delicious, nutritious and can dress up your holiday table, or not!!!

Cook with Me Friday: All You Can Eat Winter Fruit Salad

Even though WW has deemed fruits to be ‘zero point’ foods, you don’t want to eat till you can’t breath, do you? Practice mindful eating.

Cook with Me Friday: Big Fat Turkey Sandwich

Want to eat your Thanksgiving leftovers and “get back on the wagon” at the same time? Our Lady of Weight Loss leads the weigh!!!

Cook with Me Friday: Thanksgiving Walnut Pâté

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.”

Cook with Me Friday: Turkey Taco Pizzas

Based on past Thanksgivings, I guarantee you that there will be leftovers.
So … In addition to planning my Thanksgiving day recipes (see my last Friday’s Sweet Potato Recipes!!!), I am gathering and trying out leftover recipes! Turkey Taco Pizza is to die for!

The Truth: Sweet Potato Season, a good thing?

Now that Thanksgiving is around the corner and we have entered the Sweet Potato Season, I thought I’d serve up some shocking news about the sweet potato. Are you ready? Brace yourself.

Diet Tip Tuesday: 9 Halloween Healthy Ways to Start the Season with a Svelte Smile

Halloween, and its platters full of candy, is also the unofficial kick-off to the holiday season. For many that means that the season within which the healthy living goes out the window with ghosts and goblins and 7 extra pounds are delivered to thy stomach, thighs and hips is upon us! Is that what really want? To be out of control? Padding your body with another 7 extra pounds? OR … would you like to start the holiday season witha self-loving svelte smile?

Cook with Me Friday: Blood Orange Halloween

As we get closer and closer to Halloween, I am beginning to think ‘orange’ … ‘blood orange,’ thus this very colorful, juicy and 5 yum delish recipe! Blood Orange Halloween and Jicama Salad from the Our Lady of Weight Loss kitchen.

Paranormal Activity: Are You a Sugar Addict?

How many times have you tried giving up the three c’s (cookies, cakes and candy)? Were you up-ended by a deep and inexplicable craving for Dulce de Leche Caramel Haagen Dazs ice cream? Are you a sugar addict?

Cook with Me Friday: Fresh Figs Drizzled with Honey Love

Why would this 50 pound weight-loss-winner, the voice of Our Lady of Weight Loss volunteer to bring – of all things – dessert? And why “Fresh Figs Drizzled with Love?” Tune in, taste it and hum!

Cook with Me Friday: Classic Potato Salad

Imagine, if you will, an Our Lady of Weight Loss approved comfort food! This Classic Potato Salad recipe will wow you and your guests. For the full Zen experience, practice deep breaths while you chop, cube and mix!

Ward Off Depression with Pumpkin Seeds

Studies in the US show that pumpkin seeds may help reduce hormone damage to the prostate, which in turn lessens the risk of developing prostate cancer. They’ve been used in certain areas of Europe to treat learning disorders. In China, pumpkin seeds are used to ward off depression, and pumpkin seed oil has been used for treatment of prostatitis.

Cook with Me Friday: Our Lady of the Baked Apple

Are Apples Really Good For You? You bet your Apple Brown Betty they are! Not only are apples good for you, but they are mighty tasty too and may bolster your weight loss efforts. Set your ovens on preheat and get ready for a 5 Yum Delish Recipe from the Our Lady of Weight Loss Kitchens!

Diet Tip Tuesday: Depressed, Defeated and Deprived?

Are you feeling depressed, defeated and deprived? Are you losing the battle of the bulge? Well, no need to despair. Your Weight Loss Success Coach, Janice Taylor, has the best ever diet tip to share with you, and she can pretty much promise that if you follow it, you will make this journey an easy (relatively speaking) one!

Diet Tip Tuesday. 6 Food Myths

True or False? Janice Taylor shares 6 food myths that you probably still believe to be true.

Is High Fructose Corn Syrup making you fat?

Figures from the USDA show a steady growth in consumption of high-fructose corn syrup: from zero pounds in 1966 to 62.6 pounds per person in 2001. These statistics correspond with the rapid rise in obesity. Coincidence?

11 Eating Styles: What does yours say about you?

Our Lady of Weight Loss, the patron saint of permanent fat removal, she who has devoted a great deal of time to examining the way in which people eat, there are 10 basic eating styles – from Gulp n’ Go to Totally Beige to the Food Architect. Which style is yours?

Diet Secrets from the Fridge: Eat More. Consume Less.

Even though I know that you know, even thought you’ve heard it before, I feel compelled to revisit breakfast, because even after forty years of breakfast related studies, showing without a shadow of a doubt that kick-starting your day with breakfast is the thing to do – you’re not!

Gods, Girls and Artichokes

Zeus had a plan. He thought that whenever his wife Hera was away, he’d get together with Cynara. However, Cynara soon became homesick. She missed her mother, so she slipped back to the earth for a short but meaningful visit with the mortals. When she returned, it was quite apparent that she had a new attitude. Zeus wasn’t particularly happy with her un-goddess-like behavior. He threw a fit and tossed her back to earth, and he changed her into the plant that we now call the artichoke.

13 Tips – Jolt Your January Resolution

Hey! How IS that January resolution working for you? I’m wondering if you’re still on the wagon, or if you’ve fallen off the wagon, and then gotten back on again? Well, just in case you fell off and you’re feeling a bit bruised and discouraged and want some encouragement, Janice Taylor, your weight loss coach and Our Lady of Weight Loss, the patron saint of permanent fat removal, have put together some really small baby steps that you can take today that will get you moving again!

Back to School: Hungry and Cranky Kids

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?

Father’s Day e-cards: Wishing Dad Health and Happiness

On Father’s Day, what better message to send than a healthy and happy one! Lighten Up with Our Lady of Weight Loss’s Glorious Greetings ~ Spirited and spiritual e-cards! More celebratory days! International Sushi Day: does sushi make us fat? […]

Xtreme Eating Awards 2009: and the winner is . . . .

On Tuesday, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a Washington DC consumer group announced its 2009 Xtreme Eating Awards. All award winning dishes were chock a bloc with calories, layered with salt, fat, sugar on top of fat, […]

Thanksgiving Leftovers: The Big-Fat Guilt-Free Turkey Sandwich

Want to eat your Thanksgiving leftovers and “get back on the wagon” at the same time? I realize that the day after is almost, if not more fun, than Thanksgiving Day itself! After all, you’ve been looking forward to that […]

Christmas Diet Tip #6: Eat More!

More is Less. Add food to your diet. Yup, you heard me, alrighty! I’m telling you to eat more… Fruits and vegetables that is! If you want to feel sated, satisfied, full … NOT hungry … then fruits and veggies […]

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