Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: April 13, 2009

Dr. Tim Says....

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.When I was growing up we had the typical diner special of "a meat and two veg." This isn't too far from what makes sense for a healthy dinner. We know that combining protein with carbs helps with feeling satisfied for longer after a meal. One issue is, however, what to actually put on your plate.

One issue is that serving sizes have become so large in many restaurants. This has carried over into folk's dinner tables at home and portions have gone from big to bigger to huge. So when you're considering dinner ideas think in terms of right-sizing your meal.

Begin with the main course. By that I mean the fish, lean meat, shellfish, chicken, turkey, lamb, etc. that you will have. The rule of thumb is 4 ounces by weight for each portion. When you are reading recipes keep this in mind because many call for double or even triple this amount. With a 4 ounce serving coming in at around 150 to 200 calories it's easy to see how in today's world folks can easily get too many calories. What to Put on Your Dinner Plate

Featured Recipe

Gnocchi with Tomato Mushroom Sauce
Gluten-Free Version | Low Sodium Version

GnocchiI love gnocchi and this rich tomato mushroom sauce just makes it that much better. In the first iteration of this I used a single pepperoncini instead of the paprika. These are small pickled Italian peppers and the slight spiciness adds a lot to the sauce.

This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users and those who are lactose-intolerant. Those with GERD / Acid Reflux should avoid it.

Crimini Mushrooms

Crimini MushroomsCrimini 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".

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. Crimini Mushrooms

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