I am happy to announce that the publishers of Rocco DiSpirito’s Now Eat This Diet Book are giving away 4 autographed copies of this book to my readers! And to whet your appetite, check out this recipe from his book:

No-Boil Mushroom Lasagna

  • 4 servings: Per Serving: 388 calories, 15 fat, 34 carbs, 3 fiber and 28 portein = 10 PointsPlus


  • 2 cups reduced-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leave parsley
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 ounces (about 8 sheets) no boil whole wheat lasagna noodles
  • 10 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 4 ounces white button mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese

Directions:  Preheat the oven to 350.  Coat the inside of an 8x8x2 inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.

In a medium bowl, add the ricotta, basil, parsley and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.  Mix with a spoon until blended.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Set aside.

Line the bottom of the prepared baking pan with two lasagna sheets.  Top with 1/4 cup of the cheese mixture.  Using the back of a spoon, spread the mixture so that the noodles are completely covered.  Top with a layer of mushrooms.  Repeat the procedure two ore time.s  On the last layer, place two lasagna sheets on top of the mushrooms.  Spread a layer of the remaining cheese mixture on top. Scatter the mozzarella and remaining Parmesan cheese on top.

Cover tightly with foil and bake in an oven for 30 minutes.  Raise the temperature to 425 degrees and bake for another 15 minutes.  Uncover the dish and continue to bake for another 15 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

Going on a diet does not necessarily mean saying farewell to all of your favorite foods! Award-winning celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito changed his life and his health-without giving up the foods he loves or the flavor.  He has lost more than 20 pounds, participated in dozens of triathlons, and-after an inspirational role as a guest chef on The Biggest Loser-changed his own diet and the caloric content of classic dishes on a larger scale.  In NOW EAT THIS! DIET, complete with a foreword by Dr. Mehmet Oz, DiSpirito offers readers a revolutionary 2-week program for dropping 10 pounds quickly, with little effort, no deprivation, and while still eating 6 meals a day and the dishes they crave, like mac & cheese, meatloaf, BBQ pork chops, and chocolate malted milk shakes. The secret: Rocco’s unique meal plans and his 75 recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snack time, all with zero bad carbs, zero bad fats, zero sugar, and maximum flavor. Now readers can eat more and weigh less-it’s never been so easy!

Here’s how you can win your own signed copy of Now Eat This! Diet, signed by Rocco DiSpirito himself:  Comment on this post and share the following with me: “What’s your motivation to lose weight?”  For example, some choose to lose the weight to be better parents, what’s your reason?  At the end of the contest,  I’ll pick 4 winners to receive the book and announce them on April 4, 2011.

Whether you’re chosen as a lucky winner or not, Rocco shares exclusive healthy tips from his latest cookbook and recipes from his Twitter account so be sure to follow him @RoccoDiSpirito. Also, feel free to use the hashtag “#choose2lose” on Twitter if directing to the contest!  If you tweet about the contest, that will give you an additional entry – good luck! 😀

Ready to enter and win? Comment away!

*Please note that the contest is open to US residents only.

You can also buy his book at the following sites:

Barnes & Noble – http://bit.ly/hGdqDl
Books-A-Million – http://bit.ly/elumlG
Borders – http://bit.ly/fAOF5J
Hastings – http://bit.ly/dOKm9Z
Powell’s – http://bit.ly/eKmbjv
Tower Records – http://bit.ly/fgdzt5

I’ll be back to my regular posting tomorrow with a recipe for lemon thyme marinated grilled chicken with quinoa and pan fried broccoli.

Also, check out Heather’s BSI recap of Lemon – there were 22 delicious lemon recipes! And check out this week’s hostess, Tina from Life in the Slow Lane at Squirrel Head Manor – she chose . . . salsa!