Thursday, July 7, 2011

In the kitchen with guest chef DAVID!

Well hello, readers and fans of Finishing the Hat!  I'm David, and I blog over at Keep It Up, David, and I've had the pleasure of knowing Heidi for almost 14 years.  I still remember where and when we met (because you don't forget when you meet someone as dynamic, funny, and memorable as Heidi): it was on the sidewalk outside the Power Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan during orientation before our freshman year in the Theatre Department at the University of Michigan.  Our entire class was walking together into the building, and all the other guys in our class were sizing each other up, acting all tough and being all alpha-male-ish (I wouldn't have been surprised if they had whipped out their dicks to see who was biggest), and I was tired of it.  So I turned around, walked back to a pair of girls that I hadn't met yet, and introduced myself.  One of those girls was Heidi.  And here we are, 14 years later, still friends!

Heidi and I fell out of touch for a few years, but we reconnected last fall, when she started following my weight loss blog and leaving the most wonderful, supportive comments.  One of the things she told me back then was that she's a big fan of the recurring post that I call "What's In The RediSetGo?"  If you aren't familiar with the RediSetGo, then you are missing out.  It's my favorite informercial product ever (learn more about it here), and I created a little game for my readers whenever I use it.

So, in honor of Heidi, and to thank her for inviting me to write a guest post for her blog, I give you... a very special edition of What's In The RediSetGo?  Don't worry - you'll figure out the rules.  They're easy-peasy.  Ready to play?  Here we go!



The chicken is seasoned with black pepper, and the RediSetGo cooks it up perfectly in about 10 minutes.  While a plain grilled chicken breast isn't the most original or creative meal, it was only one element of my lunch the other day.  The entire meal was chicken with onion and rosemary sauce, served over sauteed zucchini.  It's based on a recipe I found in the Comfort Home Diet Cookbook, but just like pretty much every recipe I come across, I modified it to better suit me (in this case, removing some butter and oil).  I'll walk you through how I made the rest of the meal:

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, I sauteed 1 onion and 3 gloves of minced garlic in a little spritz of Pam.  I happened to have 1/2 a white onion and 1/2 a red onion in my fridge, so I used those:

After they sweated and started to turn translucent, I added 3 teaspoons of flour:

And 1/2 a cup each of low-sodium chicken broth and skim milk:

I stirred, stirred, stirred, and the sauce thickened (thanks to the flour) and became creamy (thanks to the milk), and I added the final ingredient: about a teaspoon (probably a little more) of dried rosemary, which I crushed between my palms before adding to the pot:


Then came some more stirring, and soon, a delightful sauce was finished:

Meanwhile, in my small nonstick skillet, I sauteed 1 zucchini and 1 yellow squash in a little Pam:

Put it all together, and you have one delicious-lookin' plate!

This perfect bite had all the components on the same fork:

There you have it!  A delicious, healthy, simple meal, and if you don't have a RediSetGo, you could easily just cook the chicken in the same pan you saute the zucchini in, or use leftover pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from the supermarket.

This actually marks my sixteenth (!) installment of "What's In The RediSetGo" - and if you're lookin' for other simple, healthy meal ideas, you can check out parts 1 through 15 by clicking here and scrolling down a wee bit. 

I'd like to end my guest post by saying how incredibly proud I am of Heidi and all that she's doing to take care of herself and improve her health and well-bring.  She's one incredible and inspiring woman, isn't she?  Keep it up, Heidi, and...

Keep it up, David!


  1. I am making this for dinner tonight! Yum!

    And I agree about Heidi...I think she's fantastic...and so are you!!!

  2. Fantastic post! It looks delicious and I will also make this meal in the upcoming week! Thank you David and Hooray for Heidi!

  3. This post was cute as hell!!!.....and the meal looked yummy

  4. I am so making this for dinner next week. Easy peasy is right! I am going to have to check back and look at your other 15 posts.

    I also wanted to say that Heidi is AWESOME and am totally inspired by her. I am thrilled I got to meet and sweat with her this year.

    PS - Hi Rena! I will miss you tonight ;)

    Take Care,

  5. This recipe looks great David and I bought a Ready Set Go based on your blog posts. Now it will be removed from the box and I plan on making this scrumptious looking recipe. Would you please fill MY fridge with the items you keep in yours? BTW, congrats on breaking the plateau!!! Hope to see you at Slimmons soon! Your Spago buddy, Felise

  6. What a fun guest post! David, your "What's In The RediSetGo?" posts make me chuckle.