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Seared Chicken Breast with Apricot Sauce

Seared Chicken Breast with Apricot Sauce

I had this sauce while traveling and the restaurant where it was on the menu served simple but elegant comfort food. The sauce is much like the rest of their menu – balanced. This is sweet but with a great umami undertone balanced by the vinegar and salt. It is great served on poultry, pork or even duck.


Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

I have had Tikka Masala all over the world. The best is, by far, at a restaurant in Las Vegas (not on the Strip) called Mantra Masala. Period.

This recipe is easy and quite delicious. Because the dish is full of great spice you don't need much salt to have a great salty flavor. Serve over brown rice or lentils.

Tarragon Mustard Scalloped Potatoes

Tarragon Mustard Scalloped Potatoes

I conceived of this recipe while traveling in Spain, where I encountered a similar dish. It was too, too rich and creamy. That is, of course, the standard of scalloped potatoes, but I wanted something more subtle and softer. The key seemed to be in the vegetable stock, where the slow simmering would create a lighter sauce as the potatoes soaked up the stock but gave up some potato starch. 

The result is a rich sauce that is enhanced by a little bit of butter and oil. You could flavor this with any number of seasonings, but be careful not to overdo it. Tomato paste and basil would work, but use just two teaspoons of tomato paste and a half teaspoon of dried basil. As the liquid reduces during cooking, the flavor will intensify and too much of the flavorings will overwhelm the dish. 

Barbecue Chicken Chili

Barbecue Chicken Chili

This was inspired by a simple statement by my wife: "barbecue chicken chili." Those three words just sound so great together and this chili is true to its name. It is chili with chicken and great barbecue sauce flavor. Sometimes simple is best.

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Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.Five years ago I was really pleased to report on a study that confirmed my personal suspicions: that those with Type 2 diabetes need not count carbohydrates or use exchange lists, but need only follow a healthy, Mediterranean-style diet.

Briefly: 215 Type 2 diabetics with Hemoglobin A1c levels less than 11% (this is a measure of diabetic control with good control being under 7%) were assigned to either a low fat diet, similar to the one recommended by the American Heart Association, or a Mediterranean-style diet (both diets included reduced caloric intake of 1500 calories for women and 1800 calories for men). The low fat diet targeted no more than 30% of calories from total fat and less than 10% of calories from saturated fat. The Mediterranean-style diet targeted no more than 50% of calories from carbohydrates and at least 30% of calories from fats, with the main source of added fats being olive oil. Over the course of the 4-year study, those following the Mediterranean-style diet avoided being put on medication to control their blood sugars 56% of the time (meaning only 44% needed to go on medication). By contrast, 70% of those on the low fat diet had to start medication.

The original authors of that study invited those 215 patients to participate in a 4-year follow-up study to continue their research (Diabetes Care 2014;37:1824-1830). Research follow-up »

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