In the Kitchen with Gina Neely

By Fabiana Santana

In the Kitchen with Gina NeelyFood Network‘s very own Southern girl has transformed herself – and her kitchen – thanks to the George Foreman Grills Weight Loss Challenge.

Gina Neely has always been a knockout in the kitchen. Together with her husband, Pat, she is the co-host of Down Home with Neelys where the focus is on sharing secrets from their famous restaurant dishes along with their tastiest family recipes. These days, though, Gina’s secret recipes involve another leading man: George Foreman.

As the new spokeswoman for the George Foreman Grills Weight Loss Challenge, Gina Neely challenged herself to change her eating habits and get healthy. For 12 weeks, she followed someone else’s recipes and checked in daily with her own personal nutritional consultant, Sarah. She started to see results immediately and felt better instantly. Twelve weeks later, she was 20 pounds lighter and gave new definition to the term “knockout.”

In the Kitchen with Gina Neely“Who ever though I could look like this,” she gushed, showing off her new svelte figure in a body-hugging black dress and stiletto heels. “I looked at myself in the mirror this morning and said, ‘Hey Girl!’.”

Gina signed up for the challenge on-line and received a Challenge Kit that she affectionately called “her bible” for the challenge. In it, challengers can find shopping lists, recipes for meals that are all under 500 calories, and exercises that anyone can easily do at home. “I love the lunges, but you can work your arms with your laundry basket or even jugs of water,” she explained.

She is so excited about her weight loss, she is ready to take it to the next level. “I want to tone. I want those Michelle Obama arms. Sarah is going to help me get them.” Gina’s family is even getting in on the Weight Loss Challenge. “My sister, my mom, my friends, they are all doing it.”

So, what is her one indulgence. “I will have a glass of champagne. 150 calories. And they are worth every one of them!”

Log on to to sign up for the challenge and look like a knockout in your kitchen. Challengers will all receive the Challenge Kit (chock full of 28 full days of balanced meals and snacks, cardio and strength workouts, a calorie calculator, worksheets and more) and get to work with Sarah Berndt, a Registered Dietitian and co-owner of Hybrid Fitness and Fit Fresh Cuisine – and Gina’s own personal nutrition and fitness consultant. Sign up now to be eligible to win the Grand Prize of $2500.

Gina Neely's Mango-Peach Lettuce Wraps RecipeGina Neely’s Mango-Peach Lettuce Wraps Recipe

Serves 2
Per serving:

  • Calories 327
  • Protein 45g
  • Carb 22g
  • Fiber 2g
  • Total Fat 5g
  • Sat Fat 1g
  • Chol 120mg


  • 2 (6-ounce) boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons mango-peach jam
  • 1 Tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 12-ounces Boston or Bibb lettuce, leaves separated


  1. Preheat your George Foreman® grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper and grill for 11-13 minutes, or until cooked through.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, add the jam and soy sauce into a small sauté pan. Bring to a simmer for 1 minute and then remove from heat.
  4. Brush the glaze on the chicken breasts during their last minute of cooking. When done cooking, move the chicken from the grill to a cutting board and chop or shred into bite-sized pieces. Place the chicken in the lettuce cups and eat immediately.

Gina Neely's Spicy Grilled Shrimp with Grilled Asparagus RecipeGina Neely’s Spicy Grilled Shrimp with Grilled Asparagus Recipe

Serves 4
Per Serving:

  • 247 Calories
  • Protein 29g
  • Carb 5g
  • Fiber 1g
  • Total Fat 13g
  • Sat Fat 2g
  • Cholesterol 207mg



  • 1-pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 pound small asparagus, ends trimmed


  1. Preheat your George Foreman® grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Toss the shrimp with 1 Tablespoon olive oil, paprika, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
  3. Cook shrimp for 4-6 minutes, until completely cooked through. Remove from grill.
  4. Drizzle asparagus with the remaining Tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill for 4-5 minutes, until tender. Serve with shrimp.

Southern BBQ Turkey Sliders RecipeSouthern BBQ Turkey Sliders Recipe

Created by Sarah Berndt

12 Sliders, Serves 6
2 per serving:

  • Calories: 332
  • PRotein 25g
  • Carb 32g
  • Fiber 4g
  • Total Fat 12g
  • Sat Fat 3g
  • Chol 90 mg


  • 1 1/4 pound lean ground turkey
  • 2 Tablespoons Neely’s barbecue sauce
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 slider rolls
  • 2 plum tomatoes


  1. Preheat your George Foreman® grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Mix the ground turkey, barbecue sauce, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl. Form into 12 small 1/2 -inch thick patties.
  3. Grill the patties for 3-4 minutes, or until completely  cooked through. Remove the patties and grill the buns until toasted.
  4. To assemble burgers, place a patty between the buns and top with lettuce and tomatoes.

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