Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: July 26, 2010

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.Chef Tim Says....

We have been reviewing convenience foods here at Dr. Gourmet for a few years. The idea began because my patients talked about eating Lean Cuisine meals. I will admit that at the time I hadn't had a frozen meal in longer than I could remember. Mind you, I love to cook and a lot of folks don't. Likewise, I work to make time to cook because I know that it's the way to living well and living longer.

O.K., that's me but you may be different. You may not like to cook every day or may not feel you have the time. So I took this to heart and we began testing a lot of different convenience foods. Most of these are frozen meals like Lean Cuisine. We've now tasted and reviewed over a hundred such meals and some are pretty darn good and others pretty darn terrible. How to Choose Convenience Foods

Featured Recipe

Egg Salad

EggYes, you can eat egg salad. The variations I will leave up to you. My brother loves Heinz India Relish and I like capers. I will also say that I have tried this recipe both with the reduced-fat mayonnaise and the non-fat and it makes little difference in flavor.

Barbecue Shrimp Salad

ShrimpThis is a perfect healthy summer picnic recipe. Make this along with the Chipotle Jack Grits Cakes and Cole Slaw and you're good to go.

Chinese Chicken Salad

TangerinesThis is the perfect complete summer salad (but you can serve it in the winter also). Light and filling, it has everything you want in a salad - fresh crunchy veggies, a sweet sour dressing, savory meat....

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