Baby, Give It Up To Me: Dinner with Rocco

by Rachel on January 17, 2011

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!

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1 Paige January 17, 2011 at 10:45 am

Oh, snazzy! I’m always looking for healthier versions of comfort foods. Awesome.

I picked a word for the new year (“flourish”), but one of my major health related goals is to run a 10k. I have very little running experience and have had a hard time sticking to a regular exercise routine, so having a definite goal and deadline is really helping me stay on track.


2 Jaclyn January 17, 2011 at 10:48 am

I’m making a conscious effort to cut down on sugar overall. I know I feel better when I have less of it.


3 Rachel January 17, 2011 at 10:53 am

This book looks awesome & the chicken tenders look delish!

My two main health related new years resolutions are to drink more water & run a 5k! I’m not a runner but think that this will be a good goal to get me into running.


4 Bethany @Bridezilla Bakes January 17, 2011 at 10:53 am

Oh man — those chicken tenders look awesome and super flavorful! Thanks for the flour tip.

I’ve decided to start… Core Fusion! Thought you’d like to know, since you planted the seed in my mind last year :)


5 carmen January 17, 2011 at 10:53 am

i’m also making a conscious effort to cut down on sugar – not omit it completely, but i give in to my sweet tooth way too often.


6 Manon January 17, 2011 at 10:55 am

Less Booze. Consistently use my bodybugg. Bone Rocco.


7 Jessica January 17, 2011 at 10:57 am

My resolution is to be happier, healthier and more fulfilled in 2011! And I don’t mean more fulfilled in a dirty way but that would be okay too.


8 Jennifer January 17, 2011 at 10:58 am

My resolution verb for the year is “open”–open up myself to different things. I would like to open myself up to running an 8k (baby steps, right?) I would also like to open myself to new forms of exercise, new foods, cooking more, and maybe even opening up myself to love (that’s a form of health, right?). Also, opening up my produce drawers and taking out the beer/cider that currently occupies those drawers and replace them with fruits and vegetables. :)


9 Nikki January 17, 2011 at 11:00 am

My new year’s resolution is to “leave only footprints” when it comes to my life+fitness. This has involved (so far) walking to work, biking to bodypump, eating less packaged foods, and the hardest one… stop using disposable coffee cups!!


10 Nicole January 17, 2011 at 11:03 am

My 2011 verb is “positivity.” 2010 was a really tough year for a variety of reasons- in 2011, I want to leave all that behind and truly be present in every moment. I would be present in the moments where I was cooking Rocco’s delicious food!


11 Stephanie January 17, 2011 at 11:03 am

I started the year out with a 30 raw food detox. I set some personal and physical fitness (running) related goals as well! My goal is also to win as many giveaways as possible. Now it’s up to you to make sure I don’t fail at my goals. :)


12 Bridget@PavementandPlants January 17, 2011 at 11:04 am

My resolution is to make this The Year of Not Settling-not settling for a job, a man, an apartment, a location, ANYTHING that isn’t right for me! All the other goals I want to to achieve this year (start dressing like an adult, love only that which lets you love it, etc) all fall under this category of not settling. Maybe I should also include not settling for crappy imitation fat free food and enjoy the real stuff!


13 jessica g January 17, 2011 at 11:06 am

i have goals.. not resolutions.
this year i plan to become more organized personally and professionally. last year, i worked toward become healthier. i started running, quit smoking, started eating cleaner, and ran 2 half marathons! this year, i’m trying to pay more attention to portion sizes and have already registered for 4 half marathons and 1 full


14 Lauren at KeepItSweet January 17, 2011 at 11:08 am

This year I am trying to lose a few pounds and KEEP it off! Last year I worked so hard dieting for my wedding and then gained it all back:-(


15 Tiffany @ Simply Shaka January 17, 2011 at 11:08 am

Rawr. Rocco is such a babe.

My resolution?

I’m quitting my job this spring. It hasn’t been good for my physical or mental state of being and I am completely miserable. I have no clue what I’m going to do but I really can’t go on like this so yeah….I’m quitting my job. So psyched!


16 Devon (Run Sleep Rinse Repeat) January 17, 2011 at 11:08 am

Rocco is rockin’ quite a come hither look on the cover of that book… Just sayin’.


17 Stina January 17, 2011 at 11:09 am

I did choose a verb for 2011: dedicate. Part of my execution is (re)dedicating myself to running and establishing a solid fitness routine. In the last half of 2010 I really fell away from running and fitness, and I’ve had a really difficult tuime getting back into the groove of things. I miss it though so it’s time I get my act together.


18 Melissa Whalen January 17, 2011 at 11:09 am

This book looks fantastic!! My resolution is to “Stay fit and positive.” I wanted something short and easy to remember this year, so I’m going to continue going to the gym and eating (and cooking!) healthier, and I’m trying to be more positive and have a more optimistic outlook on life. I finally realized no one – myself included – wants to hear me complain!


19 Jennifer January 17, 2011 at 11:11 am

I love Rocco!!

My New Year’s resolution is to lose the weight that I have always wanted to lose and feel better and healthier about myself. I have started the 30 day shred and cooking/eating healthier. One step at a time.

Love your blog!


20 Danielle January 17, 2011 at 11:13 am

My New Year’s resolution is to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night! I haven’t been successful every night, but I’m making progress!


21 Tenecia January 17, 2011 at 11:13 am

My verb for 2011 is “conquer” – I want to conquer the figure competitions that I enter, the job search I’m currently on, and my fear of heights (bring on bungee jumping!!)…among other things. It should be a year full of adventure!!!



22 Nicole January 17, 2011 at 11:14 am

My resolution is to finally shed the extra baby weight that I have been carrying around for the last year. My son will be 2 this year and we are planning to start trying for a second at the end of this year. I would like to lose the weight before getting pregnant again.


23 Melissa January 17, 2011 at 11:15 am

My resolution (now that I’ve stopped psycho-dieting, which resulted in my body hating me and ended in weight gain once I ate like a human again) is to finally be ok with myself, lose whatever weight I want that makes me happy, and stop caring about numbers. And, thanks to your inspiration, continue Core Fusion. Since I was a cardio whore, I never cared about being strong. Thanks for changing my opinion on that, and at the same time giving excellent advice/stories about guys that make me feel better! Even if I don’t win a book, I wanted to tell you that.


24 Alicia at Poise in Parma January 17, 2011 at 11:16 am

Fabulous giveaway! My mantra for 2011 is to “strive to blissfully thrive” as I’m continually looking to seek a happier, healthier mental place. Physically: I’m looking to improve my 1/2 marathon time.


25 Malorie January 17, 2011 at 11:18 am

My new years resolution is to eat more veggies. I’ve been doing pretty good so far!


26 Julia January 17, 2011 at 11:20 am

I have about four million resolutions this year and I don’t know if that means I’m an overachiever or that I need to get my life together. I’ll spare everyone the non-health related resolutions and just give a few of the healthy ones:

1. Keep up with team or semi-organized sports. Last fall I played in a co-ed flag football team and it was a lot of fun, a great workout, and a good way to meet new people. I don’t do a lot of sprint work in the gym or outside so it really worked a different set of muscles I had probably been neglecting since high school track. I’m in another co-ed league for the winter and I want to play more tennis and maybe soccer in the spring/summer :) Plus, this can count as one of my workouts for the week because running around like a crazy person for 40 minutes is more tiring than you’d think.
2. Floss. Every day. Seriously. I got an electric toothbrush for Christmas so this could really be the year for great dental hygiene.
3. Do Core Fusion Abs and Arms twice a week. I was really excited to get this CF DVD for Christmas and I did it for the first time last week. Needless to say, my whole body was shaking and I definitely have a long way to go before I’m on the same level as the couple that leads the workout.


27 Lexie Bond January 17, 2011 at 11:24 am

My resolution is to not let my new Garmin Forerunner 305 get dusty. Even though it’s really cold in Pittsburgh!


28 Caitlin January 17, 2011 at 11:34 am

My new years resolution is to actually start working out again and not just talk about it =)


29 Marie D January 17, 2011 at 11:36 am

My New Year’s health resolutions are to beware of my alcohol intake (like actually count the number of drinks I consume) and attend one group fitness class a week at my gym.


30 kate January 17, 2011 at 11:37 am

love the idea of cooking easy, healthy recipes with hopefully rocco’s delicious spin. he’s had that going for him, delicious food. i will be running a triathlon in may, to get healthy for that is my biggest goal. i’m also working on lightening my life as well, less stuff. maybe my word should be light instead of balance…


31 Madeleine January 17, 2011 at 11:37 am

I’m a resolution queen, but my main health resolution is to cook more this year!


32 Robin January 17, 2011 at 11:39 am

I don’t really do resolutions for many of the same reasons you state. My verb for the year would be CHANGE. I have had a lot of it recently (move, new house, new job etc). So I want to change on my terms now- change the way I manage my time, change the way I look at things – stuff like that.


33 Julie B January 17, 2011 at 11:42 am

My New Years resolution is to stop chewing on pens! Haha seriously. It’s gross and I’m just waiting for the day one explodes in my mouth (that’s what she said).


34 Lindsay January 17, 2011 at 11:47 am

One of my health goals is to control my sugar cravings! they got completely out of control over the holidays and I need to get them back on track!


35 Brittney January 17, 2011 at 11:51 am

I just started reading your blog and this post came just at the right time! One resolution I have (because I can’t decide on just one because I like options) is to be healthier. I know, ridiculous because how can you really keep track of that. But that resolution led me to want to run a 10K this summer, so I guess that’s two resolutions in one. Going on a diet just wasn’t an option for me (I don’t do well if you take away food options…like I could really live without bread or carbs? No thank you.)


36 Dani B January 17, 2011 at 11:55 am

I didn’t do resolutions last year.. instead I made a “10 in ’10” list.. I list of 10 things I had never done, always wanted to do, or my BF suggested I should do. Together we did this and had a blast supporting each others list. On it was run a 10k, go snow shoeing, look at a house to buy, ect.
So on this years list one of my main healthy goals is to go to the gym or do some form of exercise (minimum of 25 minutes of cardio) EVERYDAY for 100 days. Today is day 12 (yeah I didn’t start right away :) and yup some days I only got the minimum- but you know it is slowly becomming a habit, realizing at 4:30 that shit- I missed body pump! what class can I take!


37 Bobby @ boymeetscake January 17, 2011 at 12:01 pm

My resolution was not to change my diet, but to change my thinking on food. My diet is pretty healthy, but the way I think about food has to change. Ties in with my verb: Enjoy. To enjoy my life without guilt or shame or remorse if I indulge occasionally.


38 Toree January 17, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I have so many New Year goals…but 2 imparticular:

1- complete the Men’s/Women’s Health Urbanathalon (I just started running about 6 months ago…)
2- start a blog…not for any real reason except for personal accountability. I have no reason to believe anyone would actually want to read it but I have found that putting things in writing can help with achieving goals and even gaining some valuable insight. I have created one…now I just have to figure out how to start it. I want to write about my own fitness journey this year along with some foodie disasters that usually happens when I end up in the kitchen!


39 Lauren January 17, 2011 at 12:09 pm

To focus more on eating lots of fruits & veggies! And to start strength training each week


40 Mel January 17, 2011 at 12:12 pm

This is awesome Rachel, thanks! I bet my mom (my ultimate cooking/ baking idol) would love it too!

My resolution is to this year be the best me possible: eat foods that make me feel good (and doesnt instill regret), give my body the exercise it needs (have been loving Corefusion since Dec!), be a supportive friend even when I’m not feeling up for it (bc my friends deserve that) and to remember to stay positive and confident even when I get down. I think this is my year of “getting it* and I’m excited!


41 Suzanne January 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I have lots of New Years health resolutions, but the one I’m having the most trouble with is drinking more water. I always drink a lot of water while I’m working out, but then I sort of forget about it for the rest of the day. I’m slowly getting better at it!


42 Marg January 17, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I have a 30 before 30, but it’s almost in line with New Year’s. Some health related goals are to run a 5K and to get to my ideal weight.


43 Rachel January 17, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Yum! I have lots that I want to accomplish, like usual. But I’m focusing right now on two:
1. Packing my lunch everyday
2. Drink more water and less diet pop.


44 Maddy January 17, 2011 at 12:41 pm

My new years rez last year was to get healthy. I made it a little later (February) but I was actually ready for it. I lost 80 pounds and I’ve never felt better about my body. I vowed this year, on New Years day to take care of my brain. Can’t just have the ass right? I applied to school on January 1, have already been accepted, and I am hoping the next four months fly by so I can get back to working on my long term goals of being a pediatric occupational therapist and college graduate in general. Year 22 for me is all about moving. That was my verb :) I am training for a marathon, moving forward with school, and moving out of my shabby apartment. Yay 2011!


45 Dani January 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm

My verb for the new year is save. It applies to calories and money. I figure if I eat less, I’m saving money at the same time.


46 Sarah January 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm

YUMMY! (and the recipes also look good)
This year, my mantra is “BE BOLD.” I’m going to cook new things, try new workouts (Just finished my first Core Fusion Challenge!!), push myself to apply for law schools I’m not certain I can get into, and probably move really far away from home come August.
Instead of waiting timidly for things to happen, I’m going to BE BOLD and MAKE them happen – and then BE BOLD enough to deal with the changes that will follow.
This cookbook would be a great start to BOLDLY trying new healthy recipes.


47 Erica January 17, 2011 at 1:08 pm

I have lots of being healthier resolutions. I have been so terrible for the past two years because I’m a student, and it’s shameful because I used to teach little kids nutrition! This year, I want to focus really hard on eating LESS. I may make healthy food, but I still will eat all of it in one sitting because it’s so good. I also want to do more working out in my home. A lot of times, I think I associate working out with going to a gym and getting on an elliptical or going outside for a run, and now that it’s winter/I’m too poor to belong to a gym, I need to get better about it. I bought Core Fusion MONTHS ago and have yet to do it and I have a Kinect with Dance Central. I can easily work out more, I just don’t-so I need to get on that.


48 Heather January 17, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I have vowed to run (not walk!…this year) a 5K. I have a bad knee and no stamina, but damnit, I will conquer this goal. I’ve also resolved to learn how to cook, so you can see how this prize could help me out here.


49 Parvin January 17, 2011 at 1:13 pm

My verb for this year is CREATE. This permeates all facets of my life from want to write and draw more to organizing my apartment to cooking and preparing more food in my kitchen to moving out to California and finding my dream job. This year I plan to CREATE a better life for myself. Making healthier food choices and improving my cooking skills is a big part of this.

Sidenote: I just read your post on vision boards. Inspired, I’m gonna visualize the crap out of my hopes and dreams for 2011.


50 Kelly January 17, 2011 at 1:20 pm

OK, so my new year’s resolution is a bit strange (and shows I’m a bit older than your other readers), but I’m trying to get pregnant with my 2nd baby. I gained 40 pounds with my first one, which is an entirely normal/healthy weight gain for pregnancy, but man was that weight hard to lose! (I’m now 8 lbs below my starting weight from that pregnancy.) So my new year’s health resolution is to eat healthier during pregnancy so I don’t gain so much, and so what I do gain is from the good stuff, not Doritos and ice cream. Sounds like this cookbook would be a great help!


51 anne January 17, 2011 at 1:22 pm

my new years resolution is to cook at home more and buy prepared food less. i eat relatively healthily most of the time, but it’s still too much processed food and too much money! this cookbook would be a great start.


52 Frances January 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm

To really live and to stop sitting around waiting for my life to start. This is it.


53 Barbara January 17, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I know myself too well to make a drastic “diet” or “no more THIS” resolution, so my resolution has been “make healthy swaps.” Every time I get a craving for something, I think of something similar that would be the healthy version of it, while upping my fruit and veggie serving.

I want pasta? Whole wheat noodles, pick an organic healthy sauce, add veggies to it. I want something sweet? Grab some pineapple or make cookies with healthy ingredients such as oats, wheat flour, etc. So far, it’s a LOT easier to make healthier substitutions for my cravings instead of just telling myself I can’t have something.


54 Heather January 17, 2011 at 1:39 pm

I decided that 2011 is going to be my healthiest year yet. I made a list of what this means which is filled with a whole bunch of things – some are “easy” and some are really really scary and difficult for me – all of which I want to make a priority. #1 most scary – get tested. [oh, snap – did heather just get real on rachel’s blog space? why, yes, yes she did.] My ex cheated on me. A lot. And although I am terrifed of the process [by the way, i am ignorant and uninformed and have NO IDEA what the actual process is – I must research] I know it is what I NEED to do. Sooner than later.

and saying it “outloud” – even on your blog space – helps to keep me accountable. booyah.

so, you know, the universe should really send the winning of this book my way, as a reward for honesty.



55 Heather January 18, 2011 at 4:41 pm

FYI – I’m totally copy, paste, editing this comment for a post on THS tomorrow.


56 Dori January 17, 2011 at 1:43 pm

My health resolution is to heal my hip so I can run the NYC Marathon. That means I need to be healed by June to start training. I was stupid and let the injury get really bad. Now is the time to do EVERYTHING it takes to get better. Physical therapy AND the homework they give me, extra icing, etc.


57 Emily @ aladyinlove January 17, 2011 at 1:49 pm

healthy resolution: learn to love a food group that isn’t carbs or dairy. additionally, embrace green veggies. Oh and hopefully probably not take more than 4 antibiotics in a 6 month period. this has yet to happen.

for the record: i too would not mind that whole rocco lip sucking thing…


58 Jess January 17, 2011 at 1:51 pm

I’ve set lots of goals for 2011. I’d say my #1 goal that I intend to accomplish this year is to obtain my AFAA Group Fitness Certification and begin teaching classes!


59 Amanda January 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm

So… was the chicken good? Aside from having the magical flour-dip step?


60 Rachel January 17, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Yes it was! I didn’t follow the recipe properly and as a result, it ended up a bit too hot, but that was my own fault.


61 Kate January 17, 2011 at 1:58 pm

My healthy New Years goal? To say NO FOODS ARE OFF LIMITS! What an amazing revelation – I can eat what I’m craving, just in moderation. So for breakfast I had french toast, and subbed egg whites in the side rather than regular egg-and-cheese scrambles!

Since I’m graduating this year, I would love a great cookbook for my kitchen!!


62 Laura January 17, 2011 at 1:58 pm

2011: the year of me finally kicking my Diet Coke habit. And hopefully doing a triathlon in August.


63 Carlee January 17, 2011 at 2:03 pm

My goal for the year is to just weigh less at the end of the year than at the beginning of the year. The amount doesn’t matter (much). I just want it to be less.


64 Beth January 17, 2011 at 2:08 pm

My new year’s resolution was to stop settling. Not just in my dating life, but in my work life, and in other areas of my personal life! I’ve quickly discovered my favorite new phrase is “Sorry I’m not sorry”!! :)


65 Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks January 17, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Verb: Participate.

I have a habit of retreating into my own world and not getting involved. I aim to take part in things that I would have never tried in the past and to be more active in life itself.


66 Suzanne January 17, 2011 at 2:22 pm

My New Years (health resolution) is to take better care of myself. That seems kind of broad, but it’s kind of a broad resolution.
I want to go to the gym more, read more, write more, and *maybe* consider drinking less.


67 blair January 17, 2011 at 2:45 pm

My new years resolution is to improve my running. I’d like to follow a real training plan for a race and see what I’m capable of, instead of just strolling a few miles around the block whenever the mood strikes me.


68 Marisa @ Mind Over Booty January 17, 2011 at 3:06 pm

My New Years Theme is Try It! I’m adding new fitness routines and recipes to my repertoire in hopes that I’ll learn more about keeping myself healthy and sane.


69 Erin January 17, 2011 at 3:23 pm

I work in a coffee shop and we get a free shift drink and snack. The snacks include scones, muffins, coffeecake, cookies, and biscotti. My 2011 New Years Resolution is to only have one snack and one ridiculous coffee drink per week. The rest of the week I’ll bring food from home and stick to brewed coffee. Hopefully then I wont have to spend my tiny paychecks on gigantic pants.


70 sabe January 17, 2011 at 3:34 pm

I’m working on cutting back on sugar. I feel so much better when I eat very little sugar and have successfully cut it out in the past, but it slowly crept back in.


71 Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep January 17, 2011 at 4:16 pm

My resolution this year is to suck on some Rocco lips.

Heehehe. Mine were to run a marathon (check!!!), drink more water, buy a house, and read more.


72 Kristina January 17, 2011 at 4:27 pm

This book sounds like it has a lot of good recipes! I wouldn’t mind a new cookbook..especially with him on the cover.

One of my resolutions is to cut back on the refined sugar and stick to natural sources.


73 Teri [a foodie stays fit] January 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm

My goal this year is to increase the intensity of my cardio workouts. I tend to do a lot of steady-pace treadmill and elliptical work. And I need to step it up!


74 betsy January 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm

great tip on the tendas!


75 Sara @ Running In Pink Project January 17, 2011 at 4:33 pm

My fitness goal this year is to get down to a healthy weight. I have a VERY long way to go (100 plus pounds) but am off to a healthy start. Ive lost 14 pounds since my 1-1-11 start date. :) Plus, I ADORE cookbooks and this one looks pretty awesome.


76 JaNelle @ January 17, 2011 at 4:37 pm

My hubs and I signed up for a 10k in April. It’ll be my first and his second. I really excited! And the training helps with my overall goal to loose weight and get more active.


77 Katy H. January 17, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I’m signed up for my first half marathon in May. In the process of training, I hope to also shed some pounds, eat better foods (Thank you Rocco!), and booze less, but still have a riotously good time.


78 Katie January 17, 2011 at 5:01 pm

My resolution is to eat less sugar & other refined carbs.


79 Courtney January 17, 2011 at 5:05 pm

My resolution is to try to figure out the foods that bother my stomach


80 Cassie January 17, 2011 at 5:31 pm

My goal is to do more yoga. So far I’ve done it once, and my hamstrings still hurt (granted, I did it YESTERDAY) but whatever. Already more yoga than I did in 2010!


81 Jenny January 17, 2011 at 5:34 pm

My resolution is to get back in shape before medical school. To do this I plan on working out in the mornings before work so that when I get home and am tired after I do not have to worry about leaving the house again!


82 Cassie January 17, 2011 at 5:52 pm

I have two this year: 1) to run the Chicago Half-Marathon in September, and 2) to take a real vacation to somewhere new by myself this summer. (I’m thinking San Francisco right now!)


83 Alyn January 17, 2011 at 6:06 pm

My new year’s verb is “invigorate”. I want to approach everything I do in the new year with a new sense of purpose and energy!


84 hatethekate January 17, 2011 at 6:06 pm

one of my new years resolutions is to eat slower. i eat really fast and a lot of times dont realize when i;m full. ive read a million times everywhere that you have to eat slower to realize when you are full but actually doing it is much harder than expected.


85 Becca January 17, 2011 at 6:28 pm

One of my goals is to run more 5ks this year, something like one a month when the weather gets better :)


86 Lisa Klow January 17, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Resolution to eat better. Eating less sugar is my first step.


87 chelsie January 17, 2011 at 6:56 pm

My 2011 verb is cultivate. I will cultivate my life by making choices each day that will help me grow into the person I want to become. Making this about little choices convinces me that I can be who I want to be in 2011.


88 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) January 17, 2011 at 7:14 pm

My resolution: relax. Stop being hung up on how many calories were in that one bite of cookie or how many minutes and seconds I spent on the treadmill. Just calm down and enjoy.


89 Carolyn January 17, 2011 at 7:15 pm

My health goals this year are to lose 60 pounds and become mentally stronger.


90 Megan H January 17, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Would totally love to check out this book. My NYRes is to MAINTAIN my new healthy weight and continue eating better in 2011.


91 Natalie January 17, 2011 at 7:51 pm

New Years Resolutions: lose 15 lbs by Easter, find a doctor who is able to get my thyroid under control, and to be happier with myself this summer (instead of sweaty and fat!)


92 Kelly Mc January 17, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Eating in a way not to undo what I’ve done at the gym. I don’t have enough time to be wasting!!


93 Ashley January 17, 2011 at 8:42 pm

My resolution is “to do”: To do better, to do more! I neeeeed that cookbook!


94 Mary January 17, 2011 at 9:20 pm

My resolution is to sell all the clothes I’m sick of in my closet on eBay. Ahem, so I can buy new clothes.


95 Karen January 17, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Just found your blog…it’s great!!

My New Years resolution (goal) is to run a 5K race!


96 Elizabeth January 17, 2011 at 10:03 pm

I need to let myself believe that I’m worth the extra effort.

It sounds silly, but sometimes I need reminding that my body is the one that, to me, matters most.


97 Emma January 17, 2011 at 10:13 pm

My resolution is to walk instead of drive as much as possible.


98 Eunice January 17, 2011 at 10:22 pm

I love that baked chicken recipe! I think Rocco got it from my mom.

As far as a health resolution, I really want to work on my flexibility. For obvious reasons. I’ve been doing yoga a few times a week, so I think I’m off to a good start!


99 Veronica January 17, 2011 at 10:34 pm

fear less (fresh college graduate stepping out into the real world), and wear more sunscreen!


100 elaine! January 17, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Sign me up! These aren’t New Years reaoltions per se, but my 2011 goals include running my first marathon and recommitting to martial arts.


101 Emily H. January 17, 2011 at 10:42 pm

I want to get over the junk food hump. When I am out of shape or eating unhealthily, I always crave junk, but I find that after a while of eating well I no longer want bad foods! It’s been a while since I reached that point and I’d really like to get there again. Other than that, I want to exercise more and find balance.


102 Amy @ amyBITES January 17, 2011 at 10:55 pm

One of my “resolutions” was to get at least 3 servings each of fruits and veggies everyday. I’m focusing on real, whole foods instead of just cutting calories and fat.


103 mamaof4boys January 17, 2011 at 11:06 pm

my new year’s resolution if to feed my family more natural food. no more of that nasty processed food. no more food with all those preservatives and ingredients i have no clue what the hell they are. try to eat what God gave us. raising 4 boys ages 4, 7, 11, and 14 is hard work in itself but i take a few more minutes in planning out my menu for them so i know they’re getting the right food that will be good to their bodies. i feel so much better after knowing they’ve eaten what i’ve made and not some 17 y/o kid at a fast food joint.


104 Sarah January 17, 2011 at 11:08 pm

I totally want that cookbook. Good looking guy and healthy recipes? I’m down.

New years health resolution – to get over my fear of running in public/at the gym/prettymuch anywhere not isolated in my room/basement running in place to a dvd. Whenever I run I get so self-conscious about the fact that I think everyone can see my entire body jiggling (even though its not). I figure, its time to get over that! And also, I’d like to run a complete mile without stopping to wheeze or for a cramp.


105 Kayla @ Let's Live Wholesome January 17, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Oh man, what is it with male chefs? You can take a totally average looking guy, tell me he’s a chef, and suddenly he’s the hottest man alive.


Sexiness aside, I’d still love a copy of his book.


106 Bianca January 18, 2011 at 12:12 am

Nice, I always love free stuff! One of my New Years resolutions is to join a co-ed softball league this spring (I haven’t played since junior high and thought it would be a fun way to exercise).


107 Kiki January 18, 2011 at 1:24 am


My resolution is to “be present.” I originally thought of this in my relationships, but it seems to apply to food and exercise, too. When I’m mindlessly sitting on the couch watching some Grey’s, just to acknowledge that that is what I am doing instead of running, or walking, or whatever. Acknowledging that I’m munching on a cookie instead of a carrot, whatever, just “being present.” Being aware. Most of the time I just don’t think about, my mind is elsewhere and only later do I feel the grossness of what I did, so I just want to “be present.”



108 Christie January 18, 2011 at 4:16 am

Its “Year of the Christie” for me. I am going to do one thing I have never done before- Enter and complete a race. It’s 4 miles long and it’s September 24, 2011. I am going to run the whole thing, start to finish. I’ve never run in my life. Even during gym class, I was all “No effing way- when will I need to run ever?” Apparently, this year. I can’t wait to start.

I love cooking. I love pasta, I love to make a big meal. This cookbook would be like a dream come true. Aside from the fact if Rocco showed up and cooked it all for me. In the nude. Now that’s an entirely different dream!


109 caitie January 18, 2011 at 7:26 am

My New Year’s resolution is to run a half! I just moved to Chicago from Florida and was used to running outside. BUT, come December there is no way in hell I could continue to run outside if I wanted to last more than 5 minutes (and not bust my ass). Needless to say, I did not run very much in Dec. First week of January I joined the Y near my house and now I’ve been going 6 days a week!! I love it and am so excited to start training in a month or two!!


110 Kavi January 18, 2011 at 8:48 am

My New Year’s health resolution is to practice Bikram Yoga. I’ve already taken a few classes, and I’m getting hooked!


111 Michelle M January 18, 2011 at 9:07 am

My resolutions are to drink more water everyday and get some sort of workout in at least 3 days a week. Baby steps, right?


112 Sue January 18, 2011 at 9:27 am

I’m trying to cut back on my coffee addiction little by little and hopefully in turn that will help me reach my other goal of going to sleep earlier!


113 hilray January 18, 2011 at 9:34 am

My ‘resolution’ is to do things that I’d normally steer clear of, since I’m such a stickler for routine.


114 Jen January 18, 2011 at 9:53 am

I have too many health related goals to mention them all, but since I am a believer that weight loss is about 75-80% food intake, I’m trying to reign in my portion sizes and make some healthier choices so I can actually see the results of my hard work in the gym! The cookbook looks awesome.


115 Chandra January 18, 2011 at 10:23 am

My New Years health resolution is to be accountable to the food I eat. I have started off on the right foot with a Fitbook and so far so good. I have some other fitness goals that I am aiming for this year, but will only be able to accomplish if healthy eating is the norm. Perhaps this awesome cookbook will make it easier to be accountable .. ?


116 Val January 18, 2011 at 10:39 am

My husband and I have a new years resolution to get up in the morning and work out. We started P90x together. I also decided to start a blog about our efforts- it’s helping us stay motivated!


117 Rebeca January 18, 2011 at 11:24 am

I have a million exercise DVDs and books that I barely glance at before forgetting about them. So, my goal is to go through each set and do the workouts. It’ll keep me from getting bored AND spending money on a gym membership or more media when I haven’t tapped into the resources I already have


118 Jes January 18, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I follow a Tumblr called “BenDoesLife” and totally jacked my 2011 from him. In 2011, Im going to just do life… Make better decisions to make me a better person inside and out… I also signed up for a Half-Marathon. I can’t make excuses if I paid the money already! haha


119 bobbie January 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm

My Verb is Plan And my goals: I want to make a plan for my budget and stick to it. I also want to plan out healthy means and plan to run a 1/2 marathon.


120 LK January 18, 2011 at 3:28 pm

My resolution this year is, simply, consistency. With my eating, my exercise, work, school – everything. I have a tendency to get really into something, go hard at it for a couple weeks, then give up & go back to my old ways.

Thanks for the cookbook review! I looove cookbooks but I’m loathe to buy alot of them, since I’m not much of a cook and wind up only making, like, 4 recipies out of the whole thing. This one looks like a keeper.


121 eliza January 18, 2011 at 3:48 pm

to stop eating huge bowls of cereals and count them as healthy snacks! LOL


122 Michele January 18, 2011 at 4:12 pm

My resolution is to cook more meals at home and eat out less. In fact, I’ve got a pot roast in the slow cooker right now!


123 Kelly January 18, 2011 at 4:13 pm

My main goal this year is to get into shape by cutting out so many carbs. I am a HUGE lover of anything Italian so therein lies my problem! LOL So far so good, I haven’t eaten it nearly as much as I used to.

And along with this I have started speed walking around my neighborhood to get the ole heart a pumpin’ to liven myself up. That’s working well also except for the break because of snow and ice.

So there you go…


124 Allie January 18, 2011 at 4:19 pm

I am working to reduce my “treats” overall. And view soda as a treat! I have only had 3 sodas this year so far!


125 Jacquie January 18, 2011 at 4:46 pm

I would LOVE this book! I am currently in nursing school and i also had a beautiful baby girl 7 months ago so I’ve gained some weight. My healthy goals for 2011 are to get fit (lose 50 lbs and 15% body fat). Most importantly to be healthy and lower my blood pressure.


126 brenna January 18, 2011 at 5:08 pm

My new years resolution is to find BALANCE!!


127 nicole January 18, 2011 at 5:34 pm

I have a few goals for myself this year, but I’d say the main one is just to sweat every day. So I guess my verb would be “sweat”? Sounds….smelly.


128 FoodCents January 18, 2011 at 6:24 pm

2011 I will be a straight up humor addict – great for circultion & abs.


129 Arien January 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I don’t have resolutions so much as fitness goals. My goal for February 1st is to complete 3 consecutive push-ups, and in March I’m going to run 9 miles a week. I think it’s doable!


130 Leah January 18, 2011 at 7:05 pm

I am ALWAYS looking for new low-cal recipes to keep me on the right track. Those buffalo strips look delicious!! I have tried fake fried strips before but found the breading to be inferior. I might have to try that method you mentioned above!!!

My New Years Resolution is to get back in my maintanence range again. I am a few pounds above where I would like to be and after losing 60+ pounds 4 years ago, I have to recommit NOW! So, I will be persuing that goal! Also, making healthier food choices is on the agenda. Just because an item is low-cal doesn’t mean it is healthy!

Thank you for the opportunity to win the book!


131 Darcy @ Ginger's Goodies January 18, 2011 at 7:24 pm

I’ve wanted this book since he was on last season’s Biggest Loser, alas, Santa failed me yet again.

Also, resolutions: no alochol or resuarants until Superbowl Sunday. THIS. IS. HUGE. 18 days to go!


132 Dani January 18, 2011 at 7:40 pm

You know what? My health related goal ties in perfectly with my overall goal – they truly are the same – to be the very best me I can be, at any given time. Physically, mentally, spiritually, whatever – me, the overall whole package…

I’ve been toying with grabbing this book from Borders. If I don’t get lucky here, I will go ahead and take the plunge now that I know you’re digging it :)

Thanks for the giveaway!


133 Margot January 18, 2011 at 7:46 pm

My goal is to make more healthy snacks. I’m trying out one from Oh She Glows tonight!


134 WendyMMP January 18, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I really need this book! I am so trying to eat right this year. Thanks!


135 becky s. January 18, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I joined Jenny Craig last September and have met half of my 40 lb total weight loss goal. My goal for 2011 is to finish the program and to maintain a healthy weight through portion control. My 3 meals average 250 and 2 snacks are between 110-200 calories. The recipes in this book would def help me maintain the portion sizes that I have trained my body to eat on this program. Thanks, Rachel…and Rocco too!


136 nikki January 18, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Woohoo love Rocco! Who doesn’t love a man that cooks?

My goal is to eat lots more veggies and fruits, instead of grabbing junk (goodbye cookies and chips). I have started going to the fruit stands that are on um, every corner in NYC? I used to walk by them daily until I opened my eyes. Plus, oranges and bananas come with their own cases so I can chuck them in my purse in the morning.

Thanks for the chance to win :)


137 Melissa January 18, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Yoga + half marathon with my dad + LIVE (in the moment always) = My 2011 plans!!


138 Becky January 18, 2011 at 11:10 pm

My new year’s resolution is to cook and pack healthier lunches and dinners. I work evenings and usually can’t get through the week without buying an overpriced, unhealthy dinner to eat at the office. I gotta stop!


139 jenna January 18, 2011 at 11:15 pm

My goals are to run a 5k, do more yoga and strength training (I’m a cardio-addict!), and eat better overall. My diet goals are definitely going to be the hardest to keep. I can workout as much as I can make time for, but I still love my food. I lost several pounds when I started college, and now that I’m close to graduation, I’m back to my pre-college weight. So I’d like to lose those few pounds (again)!


140 Sophie January 19, 2011 at 1:54 am

My new years resolution is to finally learn how to COOK! ACK! 26 years old and the best I can do is rice-a-roni?! Well, not for long ;)


141 Laura January 19, 2011 at 10:04 am

My goal this year is to be more conscious of everything I put in my mouth. I don’t want to be a mindless eater, and I also don’t want to limit or stop myself from eating something I’m really craving. If I am totally mindful of my eating, I feel like I can eat what I want within reason.


142 Elisha January 19, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I resolved to eat healthier and exercise four to five times a week. I’m training for a few half marathons in the spring, so they tie in to my ultimate goal of being able to run those.


143 k r January 19, 2011 at 3:37 pm

My healthy resolution for this year is to get back on track with my weigh loss. I had lost over 20 lbs in 4 months with the help of my doctor, but since the holiday eating frenzy, I have hit a plateau. I got engaged for Christmas so I would love to get down to my goal weight for the wedding! (15 lbs to go) Sounds like Rocco’s book sure would help………. ;-)


144 Kim January 19, 2011 at 4:34 pm

My healthy goal of the year?

Stop stressing the f*ck out.

Stressing seriously gets me nowhere except maybe into a pint of Ben & Jerrys while simultaneously crying my eyes out.


145 Alanna Jot January 19, 2011 at 7:36 pm

My coworker and I have decided to lose weight and get healthy this year! So far, we have been sticking with it by monitoring our calorie intake via our handy iPhone apps, taking walks on our lunch breaks and helping each other through dinner dates and work lunches. The Buddy System works!


146 katie January 19, 2011 at 7:44 pm

My New Year’s resolution is to try LESS hard. I spend a lot of time working hard to make everyone happy. This year I’m going to be less demanding of myself, because I am the only one asking this much of me! I need to get over myself and let myself be loved for me, just me, not the overachiever-me.


147 Raven In A Blue Room January 19, 2011 at 8:54 pm

my resolution is to cut down on junk food
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148 Evan Thomas January 19, 2011 at 8:55 pm

I’ve been trying to eat less sweets and more veggies so whenever I’m hungry for a snack I go for a carrot instead of something sweet.


149 shelby January 19, 2011 at 8:56 pm

My goal for this year is just to get faster. :)
Although my cooking skills could always use some improvement too…


150 Meredith @ An Epic Change January 19, 2011 at 9:05 pm

I’ve made some resolutions, but in regards to improving my whole self (spiritual, physical, mental) I chose this verb: “strength”. It says a lot about my goals.


151 Allison @ Happy Tales January 19, 2011 at 9:25 pm

My 2011 new years health resolution is to run the Cincinnati Flying Pig marathon!!!!!!!!!! And to continue with my new bloggy-blog that I just started (and am loooving!)


152 ashlie January 19, 2011 at 10:17 pm

I would love to win this! My new years resolution is to cut down on my soda intake and to get 3 certifications in training! :)


153 Carla January 19, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Hey Rachel! I’ve been a bit of a silent reader lately but I read every post! Congrats on the new job!!!
My verb is Love, which may be over used but i actually got the words “Be Love” tattooed on my left wrist a few days before christmas as a present to myself. I look at it everyday with a smile!

My health resolution is to run the 25k this May, I wanted to do it last year but i ended up doing the 10k last minute. I’m a mentor to a High School running club so hopefully they’ll help motivate me!


154 Kali February 28, 2011 at 7:02 pm

I’m a vegan – do you think I’d get anything out of the book, or would it be a bit of a waste of time for me?

Incidentally, my new years resolution can be summed up as; don’t not do things just because no one wants to come along.

So far, on the back of that, I’ve started krav maga and Argentine Tango lessons, organised a geocaching group, and, this weekend, I’m heading down to London, all alone for the first time, catching the tube and everything, to see a play I heard about and decided to go to.:D


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