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Bobby Deen make over Paula Deen’s food in a healthy way on ‘Not My Mama’s Meals’

Bobby Dean has his own show called "No My Mama's Meals" on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on the Cooking Channel. CREDIT: Cooking Channel

Bobby Dean has his own show called "No My Mama's Meals" on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on the Cooking Channel. CREDIT: Cooking Channel

Bobby Deen for years has always had the “son of Paula Deen” descriptor next to his name.

His first solo TV show “Not My Mama’s Meals,”  won’t change that. The premise of the show, which debuted Wednesday night on the Cooking Channel, is Dean re-creating his mom’s classic decadent, calorie-laden recipes and making them healthier without sacrificing flavor.

Efforts range from “no fry” apple pies to Krispy Kreme bread pudding (a hint: use whole wheat doughnuts and fruit instead). For red velvet cake, he reduces it to a cupcake, cuts down the sugar and uses beets to make it red as opposed to artificial coloring. And for fried chicken, he takes the fattening skin off and replaces it with cornflakes attached via egg white wash. Cornflakes “don’t add flavor but add texture and fiber,” he said. “It tricks your mouth since it’s a crust” into thinking it’s like a skin.

Bobby frequently cuts calories and fat grams by more than half. He then on the show has his mom taste the dishes (usually by mailing them to her). So far, he said, she has liked 95 percent of what he has given her, though he did admit that she may be a wee bit biased.

Paula does not take offense to her son’s challenges. Rather, she embraces them. She physically shows up in two of the first 10 episodes but literally phones it in the other times from Savannah, while he tapes the show in New York City. “She’s happy for me to get this opportunity,” he said, and does not take his healthier approach as a rebuke of her food aesthetic.

“I’m not turning my back on my heritage or wagging my finger in people’s faces,” he said.

Bobby brings in friends and leaves the kitchen set frequently. “It’s almost like a sitcom,” he noted in a phone interview Thursday. “It’s shot with multiple cameras. We move in multiple rooms, out on the street. It’s a cool-looking show.”

He embraced exercise a decade ago and his diet subsequently improved. “I don’t try to live a perfect life,” he said. “I live in balance. I indulge from time to time. We only live once.” He has a Marine as a trainer and practices jujitsu.

Deen did admit that not every attempt worked. Fried green tomatoes, he noted, cannot possibly be replicated without the frying. “You can’t put panko on it and bake it and expect the same result,” he said.

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“Not My Mama’s Meals”
9 p.m., Wednesdays, Cooking Channel.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

24 comments Add your comment

Julie Newmar

January 6th, 2012
3:55 pm

I love Paula Deen!

Has her other son come out of the closet yet?

Surely you jest...

January 6th, 2012
4:37 pm

…since when is a cooking show considered entertainment…

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January 6th, 2012
8:25 pm

Not a fan of Paul Deen. For those of you who do not know, her cooks in her Lady and Sons is another lady who has worked for her for years. She uses canned veggies (which is ok I suppose, but she claims to be all about Fresh, Fresh, fresh- yea right) and really, not impressed with her fake southern charm. She recently had Liza Minelli on her show and I wanted to puke at how strinf she was pouring it on! She is like best served in very small doses.


January 7th, 2012
10:35 am

I didn’t really care for Bobby’s new show. The low-cal dishes he makes should not be compared to his mama’s high cal recipes because they are totally different. The whole wheat donuts with fruit bread pudding didn’t sound too appealing. I bet Paula wanted to puke when she tasted it. I also wonder why her sons are on her show most of the time. I think it’s another way to cash in when the show goes in syndication, and the boys as well as Paula will get a check.

PMB 1/7/12

January 7th, 2012
1:30 pm

Bobby: you were on the Rachael Ray show this week, week of 1/3/12, and made your ‘Guilt Free Mac & Cheese”. It looked and sounded great on TV, but when I masde it according to the recipe from the RR show as publised on her web-site, it was awful! I would ask that you or your staff ck out the recipe before you publish it on any other show.
You had 4 cups of elbows with only 3oz of each cheese. Then a 1/4 cup of sour cream with a whole 16oz bag of frozen peas??…….it baked up very dry with no flavor or taste to it at all. Sorry to say this one was not even worth the effort! Thank goodness it was not expensive to make. Please ck over that recipe once again as the ratio of ingredients to the mac was waaaaaaay off.
Thanks alot !

thomas anderson

January 8th, 2012
1:36 pm

I don’t know about the rest of you but I am sick of Bobby and his slutty mother. Their carrying on and telling each other how much they love each other, stealing kisses. One minute it’s “Bobby” and the next “son” is enough to make me puke. She has tried so hard to market the idiot, who when first introduced on her show years back admitted he knew nothing when it came to cooking, Now, he’s the male version of Julia Child. I am surprised he knows how to use the computer to calculate the less fat and carbs in his redo of Mamma’s recipes. A man who is going to be 42 should have cut the apron strings years ago. Time for the Deene’s to move on down the road and they can take that goon Miiiichael with them.

Hugh Jass

January 9th, 2012
9:17 am

Eeeeeeeeeeeewwwww. Paula Deen made whoopie?


January 9th, 2012
10:40 am

Hopefully his girlfriend will be on the show sometimes too. I really like her, she plays the sister in Mike and Molly.

Most of the people who post on this blog are just haters.


January 9th, 2012
12:55 pm

I use to be a fan of Bobby but this show did it in for me. He spent more time talking outside his apartment talking to the camera than cooking and boy does he ride his mama’s coattails. Every other word was “mama”, “mama”, “mama”. And why did they feel the need to throw Johnny Cash’s grand daughter in there? She added nothing.

Ms Mayers

January 9th, 2012
3:01 pm

I watched Bobbys show and LOVED it every bit as much as i have always LOVED Paula’s shows and especially love to watch them when she has her son’s on, they are all great cooks and anyone that says different plain and simple must not really know what good food is, the shows success speaks for itself, Bobby is just as personable as his mother and so natural on his own new show, its just great to watch him,keep it up all you great Deens !!!!


January 9th, 2012
3:31 pm

Re “he should be cutting his apron strings”… at age 42: Seems to be he is, with that derogatory title, “Not my Mama’s Meals….”. How dare him. Yes, they seem a little, um, trashy and fakey to me. And yeah, too, they’re setting up up for a stream of $$ when Paula gets tires or it just peters out. No talent the son. Pretty much Mom too. It’s all about the Money, here as everywhere else, folks…..

Brenda J.

January 9th, 2012
4:01 pm

Sorry, but I do not think that any of you that are putting the Deens down are sick of them. If so, why look at their shows, why read this article? It is very easy to avoid the Deens because they are not on every channel or splashed across every newspaper. Your bashing does not appear to be hurting all!

Steve Seidel

January 10th, 2012
1:54 pm

I’m a little taken back by some of these negative comments about Bobby’s show and his healthier approach to cooking. This world that we live in needs to start looking at food differently and selecting more foods on a consistent basis that taste good AND are good for your body. We too often make choices solely based on taste and could care less what we put into our bodies, completely unaware of the current benefits that we are missing out on-like higher energy levels for one.
Bobby, I’m a self educated nutritionist and if your ever looking to bring someone onto your show who is not a celebrity or relative, I would be very interested to support your approach and help demonstrate how an average guy has benefited from a healthier life style-I love to challenge poor eating habits and have provided a number of very effective and natural solutions for people I know.


January 10th, 2012
2:07 pm

Brenda J ….I totally agree with you . If you don’t like the Deens then don’t watch them !! I for one enjoy the shows and think they are great !!


January 10th, 2012
3:32 pm

Seriously, I have to agree with the poster who noted that Bobby said a few years ago that he knew nothing about cooking and now markets himself as a health conscious chef. Obviously, he has a health conscious staff who works out all the recipes for him and we the public are in awe of his cooking knowledge and skill.
Well,……………………maybe not all of us. Hey, I know a little bit about cooking,how about a show for me? I’ll redo Emeril’s recipes and call it ” Not my Emeril’s meals”.


January 11th, 2012
8:02 pm

Who cares if he comes out of the closet?

thomas anderson

January 12th, 2012
10:55 am

Now the Steve Seidel has promoted himself as a potential guess on Bobby’s show …….(gag)
Based on that, Bobby should never appear on any future shows of his mother Paul, since by his own admission her dishes are over the top when it comes to calories and health risks. By the way, I didn’t watch his show and don’t watch her shows. I caught a commercial promoting his new show. Knowing her track record one doesn’t need to tune in to know the type of dishes she is preparing and again, should he appear on her show after this he is a hipocrite.


January 12th, 2012
3:19 pm

Bobby was on The Chew this week promoting his show that’s how I know about it. I dont’ watch Paula’s show and I won’t be watching Bobby’s either.

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January 14th, 2012
11:38 am

The two of you have such talent and you both love the kitchen so much, you could eventually be great contributers to the vegan lifestyle that is sweeping the nation.

Check this out: Thanks!

Lori N

January 15th, 2012
6:39 pm

I am shocked at all the haters here. Really, whatever happened to “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all?” What is wrong with peoples morals? Geesh, Take the high road once. I hope you haters aren’t raising your kids or grandkids with the same negative outlook on life as a whole. I am glad Bobby is trying to make healthier versions of Paula’s dishes. He is just trying to make his way though life like the rest of us. Don’t watch if you don’t enjoy it! Life’s too short to be so negative!


January 16th, 2012
2:07 pm

PAULA IS A FAKE!!!!!N AS ARE HER TWO BOyS!!!! WHAT FAKEY ACCENTS!!! AND DID YA ALL KNOW BOBBY IS GAY…HE HAS NO GIRLFRIEND…HE HAs a boy friend. AND his brother is almost 15 years older than BROOKE!! Why would she wear thong shoes on the Dr Oz show?? You could see all her calouses and crooked painted toes….ewwwwwwwwwwww!!!


January 16th, 2012
2:14 pm

LOL I had to also laugh when I saw her in flip flops on the Dr Oz Show…So trailer trash looking, and yes her toes did look gross Did she forget to put in her blue contacts and fake eye lashes? She sure looked washed out and old! AND that tirkey neck keeps getting bioggher and bigger. I don’t watch her any more. She has a potty mouth and is just disgusting to watch…Y’ALL…yuck!!