Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: May 4, 2009

Dr. Tim Says....

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.There are a few nights a month where I really don't have time to cook. I need something simple to put together and this usually takes the form of a quick Mediterranean sauce. I can use this on almost anything - fish, beef, pork or pan roasted chicken. I have started a few times to write up these recipes but each time I make theme they are a little bit different. There is a pattern to how I create this, however.

I always start by placing a large skillet in the oven and preheating it to about 375°F. This is the pan that I will roast the protein in, making it easy to cook the meat but also allowing for simple clean up. I set the olive oil spray next to the oven because I will need it in a bit. The Mediterranean Sauce Kit

Featured Recipe

Tortilla-Crusted Chicken

Nonstick PanLook carefully at the tortillas you buy. Even though most are low in sodium some have a fair amount of salt.

This is a great coating and one key is the medium-hot non-stick pan. The tortilla will crisp while the cheese melts slightly. This dish is great with Cumin, Black Eyes and Corn Salad (Low Sodium Version) and topped with your favorite salsa.

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

Eating Gluten Free
with Julie Gee

Julie GeeFor people with Celiac Disease, eating at restaurants is a challenge. Unless you are sure that a restaurant has a good understanding of Celiac Disease and cross-contamination, I suggest avoiding eating at most restaurants. A good way to be social and still eat safely is to bring your own food. I suggest calling a restaurant ahead of time to let them know you have Celiac Disease, and would like to bring your own meal to be reheated there. You can usually give the meal to the waiter, have them reheat it in the microwave, and serve it on a plate when the rest of your group is served (this is a great strategy for weddings or catered events).

Often, when you call to discuss this with the chef, restaurant staff may offer you some gluten-free alternatives. This is a great time to work with the staff and design a gluten-free meal, but be wary of hidden cross-contamination from less-than-knowledgeable staff. Although it may seem like you're a difficult customer, restaurants are often happy to accommodate you, since you'll create a lot of repeat business and bring your friends back with you. Eating Gluten-Free in Social Situations: Eating Out

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