Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: October 22, 2007

Dr. Tim Says....

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.I write about getting more fiber all the time because it’s really important. There’s no doubt that this is one key to eating healthier and being more satisfied when you do eat. I pay attention to this in every recipe that I research and every ingredient I choose these days. When I am thinking about making a particular recipe I pay as close attention to the amount of fiber as I do to total calories and fats.

For some folks this might take some getting used to. If you’ve been eating white bread all your life, you may have to try the lighter version of whole wheat bread before you transition to high fiber breads. It’s worth it though. Study after study is showing how important this is to living longer and living better.

Here’s a handy guide of ingredients for you to use that can help boost the fiber in your diet. Slowly replace the ingredients that you have on hand with the higher fiber alternative. More About Fiber

Featured Recipe

Roasted Red Pepper Soup | Low Sodium Version
You can use bottled roasted red peppers for this recipe. I have taken the time to see how a large red pepper compares to the bottled, and the flavor is really close -- especially in a soup like this one. A large red pepper, roasted, peeled and seeded is about 6 ounces. The jars of red peppers that I purchase are about 12 ounces, so each jar has about two red peppers in it. Most of them are packed in water with minimal salt, but look carefully because some will have more salt and others are packed in oil.

Both versions of this recipe are safe for Coumadin® (warfarin) users. The peppers, however, are likely too acidic for those with GERD / Acid Reflux, and the recipe contains goat cheese, which may be OK for those lactose-intolerant individuals who can eat cheese.

Ask Dr. Gourmet

PeachesWhen a recipe says to serve with an additional recipe, is that a part of [My eatTHISdiet] or a serving suggestion?

For example, the Peach Pork Chops recipe tells me to serve with mashed potatoes. Are the mashed potatoes included in the plan, or would I be adding something extra if I had them as well?

Dr. Gourmet Says....

When a recipe says "Serve with" and has a side dish like Mashed Potatoes, the side dish is part of the meal plan.

Some recipes will say Serve with "side dish" or "side dish." When you see this it means you can pick which side dish you want. For instance, you could have Mashed Potatoes or Roasted Yams with Rosemary.

Carrots and BroccoliWhen the recipe says AND you get that too. This is usually where there is a starchy side dish like the Mashed Potatoes and a vegetable like Pan Roasted Broccoli. It is the side dishes that help complete the meal and make for satisfying eating.

Remember that you will have to add the ingredients for those side dishes to your shopping list. In our next update of the software, we will have this included and you will be able to pick the side dish on the menu plan so that the ingredients are added to your shopping list.

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Dr. Harlan's latest cookbook, Hand on Heart, includes several of the recipes from drgourmet.com, plus a few that were developed specifically for the book, like Banoffee Pie! More on what's inside.

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