Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: August 11, 2008

Dr. Tim Says....

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.Just as with people’s expectations of how fast they should lose weight, there’s a disconnect these days between what people weigh and what they think they ought to weigh. There are a few ways to look at what your best weight should be, but Body Mass Index (BMI) is one of the most reliable to help you know what a healthy weight is for you.

The BMI is based on a calculation that estimates weight in relation to height. There are more precise measures of weight, but BMI allows researchers a quick and inexpensive way to compare the weight of different populations. It also lets you compare yourself to the findings of researchers on what is considered a healthy weight.

It is pretty clear that being overweight can have serious effects on health. There are well established connections between obesity and illness with heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, breast cancer, colon cancer, arthritis and stroke being the most common problems. How Much Should You Weigh?

Featured Recipe

Pecan Shrimp Linguine

Shrimp and PastaThis is made a Pantry Meal by virtue of the use of frozen shrimp. In experimenting with frozen fish products I have found them to be quite good. Keep in mind that many of the grocery stores are selling you fish that was frozen, shipped and thawed just before being put into the seafood counter. If you handle the fish carefully, you can get the same results as you would with fresh ´┐Żand you'll always have fish on hand.

It's best to thaw the fish in the refrigerator. It takes about 6 hours, so you do have to plan a little bit. After it is thawed, pat the fish dry with a paper towel because sometimes there's retained water. Likewise, cooking in a larger pan then you think you might need is a good idea because the steam generated will evaporate away.

This recipe is Coumadin® (warfarin) safe, low in sodium (salt) and safe for those with GERD / Acid Reflux. Those who are gluten sensitive or lactose intolerant should avoid it.

Crimini Mushrooms

Crimini mushrooms are marketed under many names, including Baby Bella, Roman, Italian, Brown or Classic Brown mushrooms. They are similar in size to white mushrooms but are a light cocoa color and have a firmer texture. They are much more flavorful than white mushrooms, having a richer, earthy taste that activates the umami taste buds. Their flavor has often been referred to as "meaty".

Sliced Mushrooms

Portobello mushrooms are actually large crimini mushrooms and, because of the savory meaty flavor, have become popular in the last few years. As mushrooms mature, the ring that protects the spores breaks and as a result there is loss of moisture. Young mushrooms contain as much as 80% water and, as they lose water (as portobellos do by having their gills exposed), the savory mushroom flavor is increasingly concentrated.

If you are going to use portobellos in a recipe that has liquid or a sauce, scraping the gills from the mushroom before cooking will keep the sauce from turning black. Some taste will be lost, but there will still be plenty of rich mushroom flavor.

4 ounces mushrooms = 28 calories, 0g fat, 0g sat fat, 0 mono fat, 3g protein, 0g carbohydrates, 4mg sodium, 0mg cholesterol

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Hand on Heart

Hand on Heart

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.

Pecans

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