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New Year Chili Recipe


When it’s chilly outside, there’s nothing like chili!

Warm up inside and out with this delicious chili from Go Figure chef, David.


2 Tbsp. olive oil                                                 1 Tbsp. chili powder

1 medium onion, chopped                               1 tsp. salt

2 celery stalks, chopped fine                            1 tsp. garlic salt

1 pound lean ground beef                                 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

15 oz. can diced tomatoes                                 1 tsp. Italian seasoning

6 oz. can tomato paste                                       1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

*15 oz. can black beans (optional)

1 jalapeno (remove seeds unless you like it hot)


Brown ground beef with celery and onion in olive oil.  Add in remainder of ingredients and simmer on low heat for 30 minutes.  Adjust seasoning to taste.  The longer it sits, the richer the flavor.  Serve.  That’s it!


*Hold off on the black beans until you have been on the program at least 6 weeks.  If you try eating them, adjust quantity and frequency to not interfere with weight loss.

©David and Cheryl MacDonald, 2013

Recipe of the week: Cafe mocha

Café Mocha


For those who want an occasional yummy coffee drink, but don’t want the 800 calories

that go with it,here’s a homemade version that we came up with to help you control the

urge to splurge!


8 oz. coffee

1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

Slightly less than ½ tsp. powdered stevia

Slightly more than ½ tsp. agave

1 tsp. non-hydrogenated coconut oil

2 Tbsp. skim, 2%, or half and half  (Optional; find the one you like the best without causing weight gain)


Quick method (Cheryl’s version):  Blend all ingredients in mug and enjoy!

A little longer method (David’s version):  If you like your mocha a little thicker, or the fat more thoroughly blended add

about 1/8 tsp. xanthan gum, and put all ingredients in blender long enough to emulsify oil and thicken the beverage.

You may have to briefly reheat coffee in microwave or pan after doing this. This can be put on ice, too, for an iced coffee.

The coconut oil gives you a bit of a good fat, and makes the mocha richer and creamier without all the bad fats and calories.

Stevia and agave both come from plants, so there are no artificial sweeteners.

Stevia is zero glycemic, and agave is low glycemic.


This comes in at under 100 calories!  ( more than a third of which are from your good fats.)

If you avoided the coffee house specialty coffees by drinking this instead,you just saved

yourself from gaining another pound or two!

©Cheryl and David MacDonald 2013

Recipe of the week: Turkey Soup

Turkey Soup (Perfect for holiday leftover turkey)


4 qts. water

Turkey carcass broken into large pieces

Any additional leftover turkey meat cut in small pieces

2 celery stalks

1 bay leaf

1 quartered onion

½ tsp. dried thyme

3 parsley sprigs

1 tsp. fennel seeds

Salt and pepper to taste

4 cups rinsed, coarsely chopped watercress (baby spinach or frozen spinach can be used instead)


In a large pot, combine water, turkey carcass, celery, bay leaf, onion, thyme, parsley, and fennel seeds and simmer, uncovered,

for 1 ½ hours.  Strain stock through a sieve into a large bowl.  Transfer turkey meat from bowl to a cutting board,

discarding bones and remaining solids. Chop the meat fine.  Return strained stock to pot, add all turkey meat,

and bring to a boil.Add salt, pepper and watercress and simmer for 1 minute.  Makes about 12 cups.



©David and Cheryl MacDonald 2010


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