Thursday, May 29, 2014

Weighty Thoughts. Rely on a Higher Power...even for this.

We all have those days when all our demons come out at once and want to unleash hell on our defenses. Some of us have week and months of those days.  It isn't just about food. It is about everything in life. There are voices that tell you that you will never succeed. They tell you what you failed at in the past. They tell you that you're not worthy of anything more than what you are.  I am here to tell you that the voices that tell you that you are "less than" are not the voices that want anything for you but misery. They want you to be miserable because they are miserable. They don't want you to ever reach your highest potential...because they never reached theirs.

Kiss me for saying this. Nobody ever got to a happy ending without going through hell first. If they did, there isn't much of a story to be told. Speaking from ongoing personal experience, listen to the people who believe in you. Listen to the people who see you as a fighter. You'll have bad days. We all have them. Allow yourself to feel pain, but don't let it take over your life. How? How do you not let it take over? When you're in pain how can you see out of it? 

 The only answer I've ever found worth sharing, is God. First rule of over-eaters anonymous: Thou shalt not fool thyself.  Food addiction is real. It is as real as alcohol addiction or drug addiction...but I don't need anything special to pick up a twinkie at the corner market (or 10...). Why is it okay to rely on God for help with a new job or to get us through a death in the family and not rely on Him for something deep and personal like addiction? Part of me says, "I can handle this. I don't need to bother Him about this trivial stuff."  The thing is...if it is a struggle, then it isn't trivial. It matters.  You matter. You and I both need to reach down into our guts and realize that though this addiction is big...God is bigger. I never have felt guilty turning to God for support or comfort. Is the battle going to be easy? Nope. Is it going to be worth it? Daggumit...Yes! Keep moving. Onward and upward darlings!

Always My Very Best,
Your Friend Chef Tess

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

196 Calorie Roasted Veggie Lean Turkey Chili

We started a 7 day clean eating challenge this week and one of my favorite recipes for making ahead is this chili. It is lean, full of veggies and it keeps my beautiful belly full for a long time.  Beautiful belly is, by the way, what I call this middle-section of mine. Or "Middle-Girth" for all you "Lord of the Rings" fans... After a couple months of belly dancing with my mom {No chance I'm ever dancing in public this way but...}, I figured out that this body and belly is not something I want to ever talk badly about. I've embraced my belly.  I'm not saying not to improve...I am saying to love your shape and enjoy the journey. If you hate your body, there's not a diet in the world that will cure it.  That is something you can take to the bank.  You can always be striving for good health, but self-hate is a disease that is only cured in the heart. Cure how you feel about yourself, and you'll have the power to win.  

That being said,  I eat this chili with a cup of chopped plum tomato and a cup of fine shredded cabbage and a drizzle of lime juice. Let me know what you think! Seriously. Veggies are amazing! So is your belly!
Chef Tess Roasted Veggie Lean Turkey Chili

List of Ingredients
2 cups black beans (canned okay, rinsed and drained without salt)
2 cup Celery, raw, diced
1/4 cup Onions, dehydrated flakes
6 oz Turkey Smoked Sausage, diced or crumbled
28 oz Tomato puree, without salt added
7 oz green chile peppers, diced, roasted  (canned okay)
1 cup Leeks, (bulb and lower leaf-portion), raw, sliced thin
3 oz Carrots, about 1 cup, shredded

3T chili powder, (hot or mild)

Instructions for PreparationPut all ingredients in a crock pot. Simmer 2-3 hours high. OR pressure cooker high 5 minutes. Natural release. Yield 11 cups prepared chili. 1 1/2 cup serving.

There you go!
Always My Very Best,
Your Friend Chef Tess

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Our Next Free Challenge Group!

Challenge Starts Tuesday May 27th. Here’s what’s included:
  • - A flexible Meal plan based on Clean Eating / Whole food principles 
  • - Grocery List 
  • - Private Facebook Support Group 
  • - Videos teaching you the Clean Eating principles and tips for fitting it into a busy lifestyle 
  • - Free Coaching from Profession TV Chef and cookbook author Chef Tess Bakeresse with support from her fitness coach Star Diamond Coach Christina Wheeler 

What’s required of you:

  • - Follow the plan as best you can (menu will be given only to those who join the group).
  • - Have an open mind and be willing to try new things.
  • - Be positive & encouraging of others in the group.
  • - Make a quick daily check-in to the Facebook Group. 
  • - Share your results with Stephanie Petersen on facebook.

YOU MUST follow these steps to get a spot:

1) Send me a friend request: and ask to join the group. I can't add you unless we're friends.
2) Fill out a FREE membership form here: (The membership is free and it helps me keep better contact with everyone and is required in order to join).
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For extra accountability Invite any friends/family you think would be interested! 

I know you can do this!

There you go! Let me know if you want in on this! We have so much fun with these groups and it is a great way to kick-start your goals!

Always My Very Best,
Your Friend Chef Tess

Friday, May 16, 2014

Weighty Thought...Where do you workout?

Short funny thought to keep us all remembering how many calories can be burned by laughing.


Always My Very best,
Your Friend Chef Tess

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Creamy Garlic Tomato Veggie Toast with Big Dill Green Bean Salad

Lunch is always a challenge for me. So is dinner. Who am I kidding...making time to eat real food is always a challenge when you're running like crazy. This is a quick and easy meal that is perfect for summer. Usually when I get home from the bakery, the last thing I want to do is cook...or bake.    I make this meal a lot, because it just takes a few minutes and it tastes awesome! Over half the fiber I need for the day is in this one meal as well as a low fat option for eating well! You'll love it!

Creamy Garlic Tomato Veggie Toast
2 slices reduced calorie whole grain bread, toasted
2T fat free cream cheese
1 tsp fresh minced garlic
1/2 tsp Romantic Italian Seasoning
1/2 cup fresh tomatoes
1/4 cup fresh grated carrot
slices of fresh onion if desired
Directions: Toast your bread. Combine the cream cheese, garlic and Italian seasoning. Spread 1T of spread on each piece of toast.  Top with 1/4 cup fresh sliced tomato per slice of bread. Sprinkle with grated carrot. 

Big Dill Green Bean Salad
1 1/2 cup green beans, frozen, defrosted
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 tsp Chef Tess Big Dill Seasoning
fresh cracked pepper

Mix all together. Serve with Toast. 

This Meal:

per serving
makes 1 servings
Amount per serving
Calories from fat28
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1.1g6%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 511mg21%
Carbohydrate 47.5g
Dietary Fiber 13.7g55%
Protein 16.3g
Percent values are based on a 2,000 calorie per day diet. Your daily values may differ.
Additional Information
9.9% of calories from Fat
67.1% from Carbohydrates
23% from Protein
This was made using Recipe Calc Software©

Always My Very Best,
Your Friend Chef Tess

220 Calorie Awesome Alfredo with Veggies

In case you missed it on facebook, we're having another weight loss challenge group. Today is day 4 of a free 14 day challenge and then we'll go from there...but this is one of the recipes that I made today and it is just awesome! The stats are great too! 

This will make 4 servings {about 1 1/2 cups each}
220 calories, 8 g fat, 31g chol, 210g sodium, 26.8 carbs, 6 g fiber, 10 g protein.

 Ace ate the whole pan...minus my serving, and I didn't even argue. It is a much healthier choice than most of the Alfredo recipes I've seen.  The secret is adding the vegetables to replace part of the pasta, using low fat cream cheese as part of the sauce, and dancing while you cook. Boom-vaaaa-vaaa-booom! I use a lot of garlic, but that will really boost the flavor factor! 
Chef Tess' 220 Calorie Alfredo with Veggies
1 tablespoon butter {herb infused is awesome!} 
6 clove garlic, minced fine
 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour 
1 cup low-fat (2%) milk 
2 tablespoons Neufchtel or low-fat cream cheese 
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
4 oz (dry weight) fettuccine noodles or your favorite egg noodles (weight on this matters for calorie count)
8 oz green beans, fresh or frozen
1 cup carrots, julienne cut Freshly ground pepper

Directions: Make the sauce: Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and lemon zest and cook until the garlic is slightly soft, about 1 minute. Add in the flour and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon,1 minute. Whisk in the milk
and cook, whisking constantly, until just thickened, about 3 minutes. Add the Neufchatel and parmesan cheese; whisk until melted, about 1 minute. Stir in the chopped parsley. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the fettuccine, carrots and green beans cook until al dente, 8-10 to. Reserve 1 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta and return to the pot. Add the sauce and 1/2 cup of the reserved cooking water to the pasta and gently toss to combine, adding more cooking water as needed to loosen. Season with salt. Divide among bowls and top with Parmesan and pepper.
Yields 4 servings:
220 calories, 8 g fat, 31g chol, 210g sodium, 26.8 carbs, 6 g fiber, 10 g protein
Always My Very Best, 
Your Friend Chef Tess

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Replace Bad Habits. Smoothie of Glory!

Here's something that has been helping me a ton! First of all, no guilt. I just have stopped doing things that make my conscience go crazy when it comes to food. For instance, I love diet soda, but I don't like the way I feel after having it for breakfast instead of...breakfast.  So, I've replaced that bad habit with something awesome. This smoothie tastes like a strawberry vanilla chocolate ice cream. Adding chia seed and vanilla to the already super-remarkable shakeology (available Here) gives me what I need to keep going for hours! 

There you go! Keep rocking this! 

Always My Very Best,
Your Friend Chef Tess