From that picture, it’s hard to tell if “Now eat this!” is in reference to the burger or is an invite to suck on Rocco’s lips. Both are fine by me.
A couple weeks ago, some of Rocco Dispirito’s PR friends got in touch with me and asked me if I’d like to give away two signed copies of his new cookbook Now Eat This! on my blog. I said yes, under the condition that they let me read it first and cook a recipe from it. Lucky for all of us, they obliged, and I received my copy last week.
The premise of the new cookbook is simple and delicious comfort foods, all under 350 calories per serving. Flipping through it, there were recipes for lighter versions of simple, normal foods — burgers, mac & cheese, peach cobbler. There are also some fancier ones — seared tuna with green beans, lemon, and wasabi, filet mignon bearnaise with roasted cauliflower — and a whole chapter devoted to pastas. I dig it. I had a hard time choosing which one to make first, but I ended up going with the buffalo and blue chicken tenders.
I’ve made plenty of baked “fried” chicken tenders before using panko, but this recipe had one step in it I’d never heard before: dip the chicken in flour, then egg, then the bread crumbs. It made the breading stick a million times better. I was thoroughly impressed! Apparently, Rocco isn’t just easy on the eyes..he actually knows his way around the kitchen. And his interest in healthy recipes isn’t just for show — in the intro he writes about how he went from a food-loving chef who ate anything and everything he wanted to a wannabe triathlete (who got smoked in his first tri by the last wave of women over 60) who had to learn to eat healthier. Then he started developing recipes for “The Biggest Loser,” which led to the cookbook.
The fact that everything is under 350 calories rubbed me the wrong way at first, but in many cases, that’s for a main dish. So you can add veggies with butter, bread, a beer, or whatever to make it more of a complete meal.
Anyway, it’s a bright, fun paperback cookbook with a lot of recipes and not a ton of “filler” and I’ll definitely be trying more recipes from it!
If you’d like to win one of two signed copies for yourself, here’s how:
Leave a comment on this post and share with us your New Year’s health resolution. Even if you didn’t make a resolution or just chose a verb, I’m sure you have some sort of health-related goal to start the year! You have from today until Wednesday Jan. 19 at 11:59 EST to leave your comment. I’ll pick two winners at random (U.S. Residents only, sorry!) to receive the books and announce them later this week. And if that’s not enough for you, Rocco shares healthy tips and recipes from both his Twitter account (@RoccoDiSpirito) and his Facebook page.
Get to it!