Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: August 2, 2010

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

I have a list of quick tips that I use with patients when they ask about eating healthy. Often this is simply for people who are otherwise healthy and want to avoid the creeping weight gain that many people experience. It is also an easy place to start for those who want to lose weight.

1. Take half of your restaurant meal home with you. Because the portions in restaurants are so large, and you likely need only half of what you have been served, put the other half into the doggie bag. Hmm... that leads us to number two.... 10 Quick Tips for Eating Healthy

Featured Recipes

Eggplant Parmesan

This is a time consuming recipe but oh, so worth it!

Striped EggplantIt is something that you are going to have for a special occasion as it will take about an hour (or a little more) on a Saturday afternoon to make. It is very rewarding. It is a recipe that is higher in fat and sodium than many on my site but it can still be part of your diet occasionally and should because Eggplant Parmesan is so great. You can feel better because this is chock full of great things like fiber, Vitamin A, iron, calcium and Vitamin C.

Ratatouille

EggplantThis is a recipe that I almost decided not to work on. I served ratatouille in my restaurant because it was made by an old hippie that worked as a prep cook. I had his recipe and, as with most vegetarian dishes, it was full of fat (and not very good fat I might add). I am so glad that I worked on it. The key is the highest quality fresh mozzarella you can find. But even more important, the fresh herbs make the dish possible. I am not sure I would do this with dried herbs – it would taste like it was made in a vegetarian restaurant.

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