Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: August 2, 2010

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

I believe that pizza is the perfect food. I say this all the time to patients. Most are shocked by the statement, but it's true.

Here's the deal. A couple of slices of pizza have about 60 grams of carbohydrates in the crust. That's in the range of a dinner portion for most people. (For those working on their weight, one slice will do.) There's a lot of fiber in that crust too - 4 grams if the dough is made with white flour, and by using whole wheat flour there's twice as much. The Perfect Food: Pizza

Featured Recipes

Pepperoni Pizza

"Believe it or not, Americans eat 75 acres of pizza a day."
-Boyd Matson, National Geographic explorer

Pepperoni PizzaYou deserve your share of that acreage and this pizza is the real deal. If you don't want to make your own tomato sauce using one of the bottled sauces works fine. The Newman's Own® Marinara sauce is a good choice and not too terribly high in sodium (it will add about 225 mg of sodium to this recipe). It has a good sweet flavor that's just right for pizza. You can also look for a low-sodium tomato sauce if you are on a salt restricted diet -- they are much easier to find these days.

Pizza with Tomato, Basil and Roasted Garlic

Tomato Basil PizzaIf you are going to make pizza regularly (and you should – it's really healthy), then buy a pizza stone. These come in both round and rectangular shapes and are made with everything from ceramic to clay to different mixtures of cement. The latter appears to be more durable (I have broken more than a few ceramic pizza stones). More on Pizza Stones

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