The Real Housewives of New Jersey Star Teresa Giudice was recently released from the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut after serving a 12 month prison sentence. Both Teresa and her husband, “Juicy” Joe Giudice, pled guilty in early 2014 to federal fraud charges–including lying to bankruptcy creditors, mail fraud, and embezzlement.
Prior to her incarceration, you may have known Giudice for her presence on Bravo’s hit reality television show and for her heartfelt advocacy of healthy Italian cuisine. She is author of four bestselling cookbooks including:
HTN Magazine has compiled a list of 4 facts you may not have known about Teresa Giudice’s Italian eating recommendations so you can begin eating healthier today!
4. Her favorite Chicken Bruschetta recipe, was created by accident.
Teresa believes that you do not need to be fancy, an excellent chef, or have a lot of ingredients to cook healthy Italian food. In an excerpt from her cookbook, Fabulicious Fast & Fit, she writes:
“Like my children, I love them all, but this one just has a special place in my heart (and like one of my children, it happened by accident-kidding!) I’m always mixing and matching ingredients in the kitchen; one day, I mixed up a bruschetta topping but ran out of bread, so I pulled some chicken breasts from the freezer and ecco!”
3. Giudice learned most of her cooking from her mother & grew up in a strict household
In Skinny Italian: Eat It and Enjoy It, she writes:
Both of my parents were born and raised in Italy. I was actually conceived there right before my parents moved to America in 1971. (My ma didn’t even know she was pregnant. She just wondered why her clothes kept getting tighter.) My brother and I grew up in Paterson, New Jersey, but inside our house, it might as well have been Salerno. We ate real Italian food—not the bastardized fast-food version of it—every single day. My ma shopped at the farmer’s market and the local Italian grocery to make sure she could get the same little envelopes of spices and secret ingredients from home. Real Italian food uses olive oil, not heavy cream. We grill and sauté; we don’t bread, dunk, and deep-fry. And we use fresh ingredients, not stuff ﬂoating in formaldehyde (I know canned foods don’t really have formaldehyde in them, but all those preservatives and artiﬁcial ﬂavorings are still like poison to your body).
2. “The Olive Garden does not serve Italian food”
In all of her cooking books, Giudice clearly states that she is against the high amounts of sugar, sodium and processed ingredients in contemporary Italian-American cuisine.
In Skinny Italian, she writes:
I’m sorry if this dashes your dreams, but you gotta know this: the Olive Garden does not serve Italian food. They serve American-Italian food; and there’s a big, big difference—a difference you will see in your big, big butt if you only eat that kind of food.
Every one of our families came to America from another country at some point in time, and brought with us our cultures, traditions, languages, and, of course, food. But when it’s all thrown into that great big “melting pot,” sometimes the ingredients get more than a little muddled.
I love-love-love my country, but we’re not known for having the healthiest national foods. (God love us, but what other country serves deep-fried butter-on-a-stick?) The Americanization of Italian food has unfortunately given a lot of Italian food a bad rap for being unhealthy.
Giudice goes on to give a checklist of how to spot healthy & authentic Italian dishes…
|Cheap Imitation Food||Real Italian Food|
|Vegetable Oil||Olive Oil|
|Pasta is the entire plate||Pasta is a part of the dish|
|Creamy sauce||Vegetable-based sauce|
|Starch, cheese, and meat||Lots of vegetables|
|Processed cheese||Fresh Italian cheese|
|Non-dessert recipes that call for sugar||Sugar in dessert only|
|Solid salad dressing||Clear salad dressing|
|Flat, doughy white bread||Thin, crispy bread|
1. All of Giudice’s recipes are calorie-counted.
Teresa is a big proponent of exercise and believes a combination of diet and exercise should be a fundamental part of any weight loss regimen. She makes sure all of her meals includes a list of ingredient calories for effective diet planning.
For more information on Teresa Giudice’s healthy Italian cooking feel free to visit her website at: http://teresagiudice.com/food/