Doug Varrieur, Creator of FAT TO SKINNY Fast and Easy series, Author of “The Best Weight Loss Book Ever Written”

Hold on, did you just say eating is FUN? Absolutely! I’m a devoted food enthusiast who finds joy in the tantalizing flavors, the unique blend of spices, the ingenious art of cooking, and of course, the pleasure of indulging. Yet, this delightful pastime can sometimes cloak an ominous consequence – unwanted weight gain. Understanding the science behind healthy eating and making clever tweaks to your recipes can help in preventing this. Here’s how I do it.

Take tonight’s dinner for instance: I am preparing delectable braised country cut pork ribs, simmered in tantalizing medium salsa until they’re fall-off-the-bone tender. The ribs, high in protein, won’t contribute to any fat accumulation, but what about the side dish? A side dish choice can be a game-changer.

A steaming bowl of rice might be your first thought, but beware – the high blood sugar conversion from rice can sabotage your weight loss journey. Even pasta, while tempting, suffers the same fate. But the solution is simple – creativity.

Taking a closer look in my fridge, I spot a couple of bags of Shirataki Tofu Pasta from House Foods and a humble head of cauliflower. A quick brainstorm and it’s decided – the cauliflower will be transformed into a perfect rice substitute, fulfilling my initial craving without derailing my dietary goals. A great example of satisfying your desire with a healthier, lower-sugar alternative!

To convert a cauliflower into rice, all you need is a food processor with a grating blade. A few minutes of grating results in a bowlful of cauliflower rice. Sauté it in some melted butter, season to taste, cover, and remove from heat. Ten minutes later, voila – your cauliflower rice is ready to be served alongside those succulent ribs!

The essence of this flavorful, low-sugar dish, christened “Spicy Southwestern Ribs n’ Cauli Rice,” lies in the clever substitution of grain rice with Cauli Rice. It’s almost sugar-free, leaving your palate as satisfied as if you were eating the real thing.

One of the pivotal secrets to successful weight loss is the integration of these ‘replacement foods’. Traditional diets fail because they’re fleeting. People embark on them, lose some weight, then revert back to their old habits, gaining back the weight they lost. It’s understandable – they miss their favorite foods! A sustainable weight loss strategy requires lifelong changes in eating habits. That’s only possible when you can find enjoyable, healthier substitutes for your favorite dishes.

Over time, I’ve honed my skills in creating low-sugar alternatives for all high-sugar favorites. Be it pasta, pizza, breads, cookies, cakes, ice cream, potatoes – you name it! I’ve dedicated myself to crafting a complete book series, spread across 4 volumes, that guide readers towards a seamless lifestyle shift that’s both palatable and nourishing.

So, as you journey on your path to weight loss, remember this FAT TO SKINNY mantra:


Embrace creativity in your recipes and transform the food and drink that’s contributing to weight gain. You’ve got this!

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Spicy Southwestern Ribs n’ “Cauli Rice” Recipe


  • 4 country style pork ribs
  • 1 16 oz jar of hot salsa
  • 1/4 stick of butter
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large basil leaf

Heat up olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat and brown the ribs on both sides. Pour in the jar of salsa, cover the pan and simmer until the ribs are tender.

Meanwhile, grate the cauliflower using a food processor. Sauté the grated cauliflower (“cauli rice”) in melted butter until heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste, cover, and remove from heat. Let it sit for ten minutes before serving.

Garnish your “cauli rice” with minced fresh basil and serve with the spicy southwestern ribs.

Garnish your “cauli rice” with minced fresh basil and serve with the spicy southwestern ribs. The end result? A perfect low-sugar, high-protein meal that has just the right balance of spices and flavors. This Spicy Southwestern Ribs n’ “Cauli Rice” dish is just a small testament to the countless possibilities that lie ahead in your journey to healthier eating.

Enjoy your meal without any guilt, knowing that you’ve not only catered to your cravings but also done something great for your body. Such simple food replacements allow you to keep enjoying your meals while shedding off that extra weight.

Cauli Rice is an excellent example of a healthy substitute that replaces high-sugar foods. This concept of replacement foods is the cornerstone of a successful and sustainable weight loss plan. It isn’t about temporary diets that leave you longing for your favorite foods, it’s about a lifelong transformation in your eating habits.

Over the years, my creativity in the kitchen has led to low-sugar alternatives for virtually every high-sugar food you can think of. Pasta, pizza, bread, cookies, cakes, fudge, ice cream, potatoes – everything has a healthier, equally delightful substitute. I’ve poured these culinary innovations into a comprehensive book series consisting of four volumes, paving the way for a flavorful and easy lifestyle transformation.

Remember, a healthy diet isn’t about deprivation. It’s about making smarter choices that satisfy your cravings while keeping you on the path to weight loss. And, as you savor your meals and notice the positive changes in your body, remember our FAT TO SKINNY mantra:


Turn your love for food into a love for healthier, creative, and utterly delicious alternatives. It’s time to rethink your meals, revamp your recipes, and reclaim your health.

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Stay tuned for more, and remember – eating is fun, and it can be healthy too!

Dedicated to your health, Doug Varrieur, Author, FAT TO SKINNY Fast and Easy series, “The Best Weight Loss Book Ever Written”

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