For his mother’s 86th birthday last year, celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito prepared an elaborate Italian meal for a large family gathering. But he kept one thing secret until after it was over: He substituted healthy alternatives for many of the traditional ingredients in the meatballs, lasagna and other dishes.
DiSpirito has made healthy eating a cornerstone of his culinary experience in restaurants, television shows and cookbooks. But it was only recently that his toughest critic relented.
“My mom was the hardest sell before,” said DiSpirito of his mother, Nicolina. “Every time I cook a recipe of hers, she’s critical. As much as she loves me, if I cook one of her recipes and make a mistake, no mercy - until recently, when she tried the healthy meatballs from my last book and she actually said they were better than hers. So my worst critic is now very, very supportive.”
This holiday season, DiSpirito will be hosting dozens of family members and will be cooking healthy, including the Read More »from Celebrity Chef Rocco DiSpirito Shares Holiday Tips for Healthy Eating