Dr. Gourmet's Food Reviews

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.

"We eat bad food so you don't have to."

That's been our motto now in reviewing convenience foods for the last 10 years or so and during that time we have tested almost 1,000 products. In discussing this lately we have found that there is no single brand that you can consistently rely on as being good. evol, one of our favorites when the line was introduced, is now offering some really terrible meals. The same is true of Amy's. They offer some solid and often quite delicious products, but others are simply inedible.

We had hopes for the fresh home delivery segment, but the same issue applies. Even the companies with good products don't offer consistently good products. We have certainly found that ordering fresh ingredients is not the solution. This week we continue that review having ordered from a company called Hungryroot. Hungryroot »

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This guide will help you manage your Vitamin K intake while still eating great food. Lists of foods that are high (and low) in Vitamin K, Coumadin-safe recipes and more! Coumadin (warfarin) Diet Information | Get the book! The Coumadin Diet and Cookbook (paperback: $19.95 + s/h) (PDF: $14.95)

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It's not unusual to have difficulty digesting lactose and needing to avoid foods containing cheese or milk. This index will help guide you to Dr. Gourmet recipes you'll safely enjoy. Lactose Intolerant Recipe Guide and More Information

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The How and Why of Eating Healthy

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Simple, straightforward articles on eating healthy in the real world. The How and Why of Eating Healthy.

A Healthy Pregnancy

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Pregnant or planning to be? Diet tips, do's and don'ts for your pregnancy. A Healthy Pregnancy

Healthy Eating for Kids

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Healthy snack ideas and diet guide for the children in your life. Healthy Eating for Kids and Young Adults


Featured Recipes

Teriyaki Burgers

The teriyaki sauce you choose in the grocery store can vary widely in flavor and in sodium content. Most contain a lot of sodium and in most cases are made with soy sauce so they also contain wheat gluten. Annie Chun's brand of gluten-free teriyaki sauce is pretty good (we also really like their brown rice Pad Thai noodles).

Most teriyaki dishes are really overpowering and you can easily use too much sauce in your dish. Start with a little bit of sauce and add more to taste when you are cooking. In this case, you might use a little less sauce in the beef, but then you can spread a bit more sauce on the bun before toasting, if you like.

Soy Sweet Potato Wedges

Everybody uses the term sweet potato, but most of what we are actually eating are yams. True sweet potatoes might not make as good a version of this – they don't have the silky, sweet, and creamy texture that yams do when cooked.

Mushroom Hazelnut Risotto

I was inspired to make this risotto by a dish I had in a restaurant in Singapore. The hazelnuts, mushrooms, and soft cheese made for a great dish, and this version is rich, creamy, but with some sweetness, and a big hit of umami.

If you can buy the hazelnuts already peeled, do so. If not, you can put them in a quart of water over high heat with a tablespoon of baking soda. Bring the nuts to a simmer for about 5 minutes. Rinse them in very cold water and the skins will slip right off.

Poblano Rice

Roasting the poblano is an extra step in making this delicious rice, but it takes only a few more minutes and adds a smoky spiciness to the rice.

Brown rice does take longer to cook, and some people like their rice firmer while others like it a bit softer. If you like it a bit softer, add an extra half cup of water. When cooking brown rice it is important to keep the pan partially covered with a lid so that the water doesn't boil off too fast. Set the heat so the rice is just at a simmer and cover with the lid offset, leaving about a 1/2 inch opening on one side of the pan.

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