Dr. Gourmet's Food Reviews

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.

Back in April I noted that I regularly walk right past the Weight Watchers frozen food section on the way to their much larger neighbors because their range of offerings was rather smaller than, say, Lean Cuisine. It was a nice surprise to find two completely new - and good - varieties, the Ravioli Florentine and the Cheese Ravioli in a Mushroom Cream Sauce, so when I went looking for options for today's review, I went straight to the Weight Watchers section to see if lightning could strike twice.

When I give talks about eating healthy, and specifically about healthy recipes, one of the ideas I like to emphasize is the idea of calorie density. Foods with higher calorie density will have a greater number of calories for a smaller amount of food: chocolate is a good example of a food with high calorie density. The opposite, of course, is low calorie density: a larger amount of food for fewer calories. Vegetables like broccoli or carrots are great examples of foods with low calorie density. If you take calorie density into account, you can create recipes that are lower in calories but are still satisfying because you don't feel like you're being deprived. Today's items are also pretty good examples of low calorie density: lots of vegetables make the meals larger in volume while the number of total calories remain low. Two from Weight Watchers »

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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.

Balsamic Glazed Salmon

"A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar." -Benjamin Franklin

Ben Franklin was right, but the combination of honey and vinegar in a reduced sauce is nearly perfect to catch anyone. You can do an elegant meal in about 20 minutes. Simple flavors with great salmon that takes almost no effort. Perfect for both weeknight and for a special weekend meal.

Trout Almondine

Trout Almondine was oh, so fancy when I was growing up. I have always had a soft spot for it and didn't realize that I hadn't posted the recipe on the Web site. Here it is. Still great. I really do prefer the garbanzo flour over the white flour. It's nice and light and doesn't have the dry flavor that white flour has, plus it brings a nice nuttiness to your dish.

Indian Chickpea Stew

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This was inspired by a dish I had traveling in England last year. The soup reminded me of tomato soups of my childhood: warm and comforting, but with some body and nice Indian spices. It's perfect served with a side salad for dinner or just a crust of bread at lunch.

Steak au Poivre with Penne

Steak au Poivre with Penne recipe from Dr. Gourmet

I love one pot meals (even though this takes two pots – one for the pasta). This is a great way to bring everything together in one pot – the beef, the pasta and the veggies. This dish takes about as long as making Hamburger Helper and is only slightly more expensive but oh, so much better.

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