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Bobby Deen’s Not My Mama’s Meals Episode 3 Recap

Episode three and I still like the show. It’s the accent, guys…

Anywhoo, for last week’s episode, Bobby decided to re-do Paula’s shrimp and grits. Paula’s grits were originally filled with cream, butter and salt, so Bobby added a few ingredients while taking away others to lighten the recipe. Instead of grits, which require a lot of ingredients to taste better, Bobby used polenta (after a quick visit to chef Manu Malparta) which need no cream or butter. He added onions, peppers, garlic, crushed tomatoes, adding a whole other layer of taste to the dish.

And suddenly, out of nowhere, Daphne Oz showed up at Bobby’s door. I’m not opposed to guests, but there’s yet to be an episode where BD hangs by himself, I’m looking forward to that one but I feel like brother Jamie and girlfriend Kate are bound to make a cameo. (I can already see the themes: Bro Day and Date Night, respectively.)

Good ol’ Daph, yes, Dr. Oz’s daughter, stopped by to catch up with Bobby, and sample the lightened dishes. And, boy were they light. The shrimp-and-grits-turned-shrimp-and-polenta went from 1,422 calories and 47 grams of fat to 258 calories and 4 grams of fat.

The thing I love about Bobby is that, even as a dude who’s not really into sweets, he still adds a dessert to the 30-minute show!

For episode three, BD lightened Paula’s Fried Apple Pies into No-Fry, Baked Apple Pies. The butter usage went down to about 1 tablespoon (BONUS TIP: Daph says you can replace butter with coconut oil to cook up the apples), along with 3 tablespoons of sugar. The rest was just apples and spices in a flax-and-pecan-filled whole wheat dough. The pies went from 841 calories and 60 grams of fat to 190 calories and 5 grams of fat.

I’m going to take a minute to talk about Paula’s announcement from last week. After three years as a diabetic, PD went public on her disease. Unfortunately, she did this while endorsing a diabetes drug and launching a new site with healthy diabetic recipes (this is also a point of contention). Basically, she’s banked from sharing butter-heavy recipes with Southern food lovers and she’ll be banking as she promotes a “healthier” lifestyle, using drugs to regulate diabetes and not acknowledging any changes to her diet.

As one of the first TV chefs I latched onto while learning how to cook back during my second year at UTSA, I have to say I’m disappointed. You never want to think of someone you learned something from as manipulative. It’s just a little sad.
Anyway, what are some substitutions or additions you make to lighten meals? What are your thoughts on Paula’s announcement?

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Recap: Bobby Deen’s Not My Mama’s Meals Ep. 2

There are only a handful of things better than good ol’ Southern boys. There’s just something about the accent.

So of course when I heard Bobby Deen was doing his own show on the Cooking Channel, I knew I had to watch. But wait, there’s more. He’s taking his mom’s recipes (Paula freakin’ Deen) and making them lighter to fit his new lifestyle (I guess he moved to NYC and he’s super buff now). Who wouldn’t love that?

In episode two, Bobby turned Paula’s Pimento Cheese sandwiches and her Ooey Gooey Butter Cake into better-for-you versions of themselves.

Originally, her sandwiches were 736 calories and 57 grams of fat per serving. The cake was 330 calories with 15 grams of fat per serving. Those are kind of scary numbers when you stop and think eating the sandwich and a slice of the cake would be half of your calories (if on a 2,000 calorie-diet). Whoa.

Cute cute!

This week’s show was actually quite fun because Paula surprised Bobby at his apartment. I love her. If I could take her out for a beer or cocktail, I totally would. This put the pressure on Bobby to make the meals just as good as PD’s.

The biggest takeaway from the show is that you can make lighter food without losing the taste. This is actually a huge thing for me because diet food is the least appealing thing on earth. Substitutions are easy when they make sense.

For the Pimento Cheese sandwiches, Bobby replaced mayo with Greek yogurt and added more fresh veggies including a red and green pepper and a touch of jalapeno to give it some kick. For his Gooey (with Less) Butter Cake, he replaced regular cream cheese with neufchatel cream cheese, reduced the sugar dramatically, added only 1 tablespoon of butter (which made for some awesome Paula reactions) and added Greek Yogurt to the topping.

The result was a sandwich with only 261 calories, 6 grams of fat and a serving of cake with 222 calories and 9 grams of fat.

Bonus recipe! Bobby made spicy sweet potato chips that made me want to bust out my mandolin.

Best of all, Paula seemed to enjoy all of the lightened versions (especially the cake). I really do hope we get to see more of her, or at least big brother Jamie.


  • Bobby on Paula using her finger to try the pimento: “Oh, I forgot. You’re Paula Deen, you eat with your fingers.
  • Van has a crush on Bobby!
  • Paula’s reaction to her original cake’s calorie count: “I need a pants-down spanking, don’t I?” Followed by Paula slapping Bobby.

The episode ended with Bobby and Paula passing out box lunches outside Bobby’s apartment. I was terrified they’d get  mobbed! Then we got some history on The Bag Lady, Paula’s first business. It really did leave me wanting more. I’ll be making the spicy sweet potato chips tonight!

Back with another recap this Wednesday!

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Here’s a shiny new post for ya

Actually this post is for me. So you can stop reading, or you can keep reading, no biggie.

Kickin' off the new year with mustachioed buds

A week into the 2012 and my “goals for the year” are going, slowly. I won’t be divulging the major one yet, because I’m still working on it and because of this little article right here.

As far as the little ones go, I’m making it a point to not do several things this year (and in years to come): I’ve given up soda and fast food. I took both up last year and we all know where that got me, so no more. This actually helps another of my goals which I can share: making and keeping a budget. I’m working on this one as well since I’ll be paying for a lot more things in the new year.

A while back I started taking pictures of myself to keep note of progress. I won’t be doing that on the blog, I’ll be doing that on my twitter feed so follow me there. And if you’re so inclined, you can also keep track of what I’m eating on my Twitter feed, too.

For now, I’ll be posting three little, bitty, pequeno posts a week. One on Sundays for weigh-ins and progress reports, the other on Tuesday after watching Biggest Loser (this season looks legit, guys!) and the third on Thursdays after watching Bobby Deen’s Not My Mama’s Meals, where he takes Paula’s crazy recipes and modifies them into “better for you” recipes.

Oh, I’m working on another project, but I can’t really say much right now. I’m cloaked in secrecy!

But in summation, I’m posting three times a week. You can follow me on Twitter at @shrinkinfoodie and see what I’m up to there.

Oh! My bestie is blogging and you’d be silly not to check her food adventures out. And! My co-worker Stef is also blogging, check her out if you’re looking for a fun creative outlet.

What were some of your goals for the year? Are you telling people? How do you make sure you keep said goals?

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