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August 1, 2011

WINNER of the JillFit Fat Loss Recipe Contest: Spaghetti Pie!

WOW! We were overwhelmed by the over 50 fat loss recipe submissions we received in the 1st Annual JillFit Fat Loss Recipe Contest in July! The JillFit Team (along with family and friends) set out to recreate many of the submissions over the month of July, as the submissions came rolling in (we had a blast cooking and eating!). We had everything from desserts to main dishes to finger foods and smoothies.  A big THANK YOU to all who participated!

The judging criteria included: fat-loss friendly ingredients and nutrition facts, taste/yumminess and ease of prepping/cooking.  Needless to say, the competition was stiff and ALL of the recipes fit the criteria of fat loss friendly, which was awesome–meaning they were relatively higher in protein and fiber and lower in sugar.  Most tasted delicious too!  About half of the submissions were super-easy to prepare and cook, using only a handful of ingredients (I have also say that some of you included the most beautiful photos of your creations! I think you might have a future in food photography!?).

The judges narrowed the field using the 3 criteria above and each had their personal favorite!  In the end, it was the innovation and novelty of the winning dish (in addition to everything else) that solidified its first place.  And so, without further ado, the winner is…………………

Natalie Mansson with her Spaghetti Pie!  Congratulations Natalie! This family-friendly dish combines innovation and use of plenty of fat loss friendly, healthy ingredients and is super-simple. We made this for some younger family members (with a side of broccoli) and it was  hit!  Natalie’s recipe will be featured in the JillFit Recipe Ebook, which is launching this week!  Here is the recipe, along with a little bit about Natalie :)

Spaghetti Pie

3 packages of miracle noodles or shirataki noodles
1 pound ground turkey breast
6 teaspoons Parmesan cheese
½ cup egg whites
¼ cup almond cheese (mozzarella style), shredded
1 cup low-sugar spaghetti sauce


  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. rinse, drain, and pat the noodles dry
  3. mix Parmesan cheese and egg whites together and add noodles
  4. place mixture in a greased 9-10″ pie plate
  5. brown ground turkey breast
  6. mix ground turkey breast and spaghetti sauce and spread over noodle mixture
  7. top with almond cheese
  8. bake for about 45 minutes or until browned and noodle mixture is set
  9. let set for 10 minutes before eating

Makes 4 servings
Nutrition per serving:
Calories: 210
Fat: 3g
Carb: 7g (3g fiber)
Protein: 21g

About Natalie!

My name is Natalie Mansson.  I am a 36-year-old mother of 2 boys and a little girl.  I stay at home with them Monday through Friday and work on weekends as a physical therapist.  I am married to my high school sweetheart.  Prior to having children, I competed in natural bodybuilding.  I have always enjoyed exercise and was a “cardio queen”, but I found that after having my third baby that my body didn’t respond to aerobic exercise the same way it had before.

Assuming that this was all hormone related, I decided to give the principles of  Metabolic Effect a try.  I have been very pleased with the results and would have never believed that I would be leaner exercising no more that fifty minutes 6 days a week than when I was doing at least 2 hours 7 days a week.  I don’t have much time to cook these days but I do enjoy eating.  I stick to recipes and foods that allow me to have a larger volume of food with less calories.  I am still a work in progress and am pondering a return to competing at some point in the future. [NOTE from JillFit: DO IT!!! :)]

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