Dr Oz: Chef Rocco DiSpirito
Chef Rocco DiSpirito is always showing us ways we can eat healthier and make things easier in the kitchen, whether it is a Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe or Healthy Lasagna. He joined Dr Oz to help viewers turn around those kitchen disasters that crop up now and then. Plus, he shared meal ideas like Meatloaf Bolognese Sauce and a healthier sour cream swap.
Dr Oz: Rocco DiSpirito Meatloaf Bolognese Sauce
One Dr Oz viewer said she has trouble getting her five kids to eat the dinners she makes for them. Rocco made a house call to help the woman out.
First, he got her to make a meatloaf, which I guess did not turn out according to plan. Maybe the problem here is who’s doing the cooking? Rocco got the kids to work helping him make something edible out of the meatloaf.
Dr Oz: Rocco DiSpirito Bolognese Recipe
He said you can turn bad meatloaf into good bolognese sauce. Add aromatic ingredients like chopped onions and your favorite herbs or spices to save the day without upping the calories. Crumble the meatloaf and mix in canned chopped tomatoes (no added sugars or fat, please).
Rocco’s advice is to use leftover lasagna noodles from the pantry, just breaking them up into pieces and cooking them according to the box.Then fire everything up in a skillet and see if your family likes it better than a bland meatloaf.
Dr Oz: How To Fix Overdone Chicken
According to Chef Rocco, people forget to season chicken breast when they bake it. That can leave it dry and flavorless when you serve it, but he had some tricks to bring it back to life.
He said if you slice chicken thinly, against the grain for extra tenderness, you can breathe new life into the dish. Shred it into smaller pieces.
Add veggies, salsa, or stir fry sauce to moisten the meal. Rocco recommended sugar-free teriyaki sauce. Let it heat for eight minutes, and then serve with brown rice and radicchio lettuce.
Dr Oz & Chef Rocco: Rescuing Burned Sauce
When you have multiple things going in the kitchen at once, it can get hectic. If you have ever burned a sauce before, you know it’s no fun. But Rocco had a way you can save the day. Whatever you do, don’t stir. Instead, he advised letting the sauce cool.
Then pour the sauce into another pot or container. The burnt part should stay on the bottom, as long as you don’t stir it or scrape the pot first.
Dr Oz: Rocco DiSpirito Sour Cream Swap
When you are trying to make your kitchen a little healthier, Rocco said the best thing you can do is find swaps that are low in sugar and fat. Though everyone loves sour cream, it is high in fat and calories, with little nutritional value (I guess “being delicious” does not count as nutritional value).
Instead of sour cream, try swapping an equal amount of cottage cheese. Just add a couple teaspoons of lemon juice to each cup of sour cream and blend it on high. The consistency and flavor are very similar, but you’ll be saving big on nutrition.
Compared to regular sour cream, Rocco’s swap has 2/3 fewer calories and 100% less fat!