Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: March 9, 2009

Chef Tim Says....

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.I get a lot of questions during lectures from people wanting to know how they can eat better when it's so expensive. This is, quite simply, one of the last great myths of eating healthy - ranking right up there with the fallacy that eating healthy doesn't taste good. There's no doubt that it's just as easy and economical to cook a meal that's good for you than eat one that's not.

One argument that I often hear is that it's cheaper to eat at McDonalds. After Going to McDonalds recently and putting together a typical meal for 4 (mom, dad and two kids), I came up with a total of about $14.00 (I didn't actually buy anything - ugh!). You get almost nothing of nutritive value for your money - white bread, greasy burgers and fries with sugary soda.

That same $14.00 will purchase two pounds of lean ground beef, a pack of eight whole wheat buns, lettuce, tomato and enough potatoes to make oven baked French Fries with money left over. The best part is that this is twice as much food as at McDonalds, so there's plenty for leftovers later. Better food at half the price. The Price Myth

Featured Recipe

Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce and Pasta

TangerinesProof positive that eating healthy is easy, delicious and also inexpensive. This recipe serves 6 and with 2 ounces whole wheat pasta and 3 tablespoons of cheese per serving it’s only about 75 cents each. That’s it. The ingredients for a meal that serves six cost about 5 dollars. Healthy, easy, delicious and smart.

This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users and is low in sodium. It is gluten-free provided that you use gluten-free pasta. Those who are lactose intolerant but can tolerate cheese may enjoy it (or leave out the cheese). Those with GERD / Acid Reflux should avoid it and use the Low-Acid Tomato Sauce instead (although it will take longer to make).

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