Cooking with Gina Neely (and the George Foreman Grills Weight Loss Challenge!)
So, last week – on a different rainy day — I got to meet one of my Food Network favorites, Gina Neely — she had partnered with George Foreman Grills to launch the “George Foreman Grills Weight Loss Challenge” – the brand’s first ever weight loss program, and launched it with a fun cooking class!
Gina Neely recently took the challenge and lost twenty pounds and 12 inches in just 12 weeks — she looks crazy amazing.
“Prior to taking the George Foreman Grills Weight Loss Challenge, I wasn’t in my best shape because, like many women, I was busy concentrating on career and family. Even as a chef, I found it hard to make time to eat right and live a balanced life,” said Gina Neely . “The George Foreman Grills Weight Loss Challenge is easy to follow because it provides a variety of balanced and nutritious, tasty meals. Now I feel great and look great, and anyone can take the challenge, change their lifestyle and get fabulous results like I did.”
I’m a superfan of Gina Neely, who stars as co-host with her husband Pat on Down Home with the Neelys and owns a chain of Memphis-style BBQ restaurants — she will serve as spokeswoman for the challenge. During the class, we got to try out some of the new healthy recipes, and cook them (alongside Gina) — my assignment? Southern BBQ Turkey Sliders!
- 1 1/4 pound lean ground turkey
- 2 Tablespoons Neely’s barbecue sauce
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 12 slider rolls
- 2 plum tomatoes
- Preheat your George Foreman grill to medium-high heat.
- Mix the ground turkey, barbecue sauce, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl. Form into 12 small 1/2 -inch thick patties.
- Grill the patties for 3-4 minutes, or until completely cooked through. Remove the patties and grill the buns until toasted.
- To assemble burgers, place a patty between the buns and top with lettuce and tomatoes.
The George Foreman Grills Weight Loss Challenge was created to be a safe (and fun) weight-loss approach, developed by the brand with Registered Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer, Sarah Berndt . (Who I met as well at the event and was LOVELY.)
Sarah is an expert in building everyday weight loss plans as co-owner of Hybrid Fitness and Fit Fresh Cuisine in Madison, Wisconsin. The all-inclusive George Foreman Grills Weight Loss program provides balanced meals and snacks including recipes that were developed for the George Foreman Grill — including some stuff you won’t BELIEVE are good for you. It also includes strength and cardio workouts as well as a calorie calculator, grocery shopping cheat sheet, food tracker, and restaurant guide. In addition to the meal plans, Gina Neely shares her 500 calories or less recipes created especially for the grill including Southern BBQ Turkey Sliders and Mango-Peach Lettuce Wraps on the George Foreman grill web site. In addition, consumers can access her tips for weight loss success and enter to win $2,500 by signing up atwww.georgeforemancooking.com/Challenge.aspx.
If you are interested — I know I am!! — you can sign up for the challenge at www.georgeforemancooking.com/Challenge.aspx until March 3rd for the next 12-week challenge starting on March 4th. To enter and receive the weight loss kit, contestants must submit their email address and accept the rules. To best track weight loss, it is suggested that contestants submit their before weight, photo and weight loss goal. After completing the 12-week plan, users can enter total pounds lost and a short essay on the experience for a chance to win $2,500 payable by check and a $500 credit for product from Whole Health; a runner up will receive $1,000 and a $500 credit for product from Whole Health.