Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP has counseled thousands of his patients on healthy, sustainable weight loss. Now he's compiled his best tips and recipes into a six-week plan for you to learn how to eat great food that just happens to be great for you - and if losing weight is your goal, you can do that, too.
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At this time of year I get a lot of questions about what people should keep in their pantry or refrigerator so that they can eat healthier more easily. I wrote a series of articles on this very subject not too long ago on everything from cuts of beef to what kinds of canned beans you'll want to keep on hand. We'll be running these in the coming weeks. Enjoy!
What should I have in my pantry?
This was a question asked of me recently about what are the best and healthiest ingredients. The conversation was about having a list of good choices to purchase when at the grocery. What is a good cut of beef that will taste great and be healthier? Which oils to use? How about butter and other dairy products. In essence, what are the best supplies for stocking a pantry with ingredients that taste great and are great for you -- a master shopping list if you will.
Over the next few weeks I am going to break this down to help you create a master list of what to choose when you're in the grocery and this week I am going to start with beef. Even though this is a "Chef Tim" column there's a lot of "Dr. Tim" information that goes along with what you are going to buy so I have included that as well. In Your Pantry: Beef
When I am working on a recipe I love to look at lots of different recipes for the same thing and pick what I believe are the best features. Part of my quest is for the ingredients that go in a dish and only occasionally for technique. As you might imagine there are thousands of such Chinese style Beef with Broccoli recipes. The big difference was mainly with thin sliced vs. cubed or thicker sliced beef. Either way, I don't see that it matters much.
That said, you can use almost any good quality cut of lean beef you like. If flank steak is cheaper than top round, by all means use it.
Most restaurants serve their fajitas with flour tortillas and this is a good option for you. It adds more calories and there's generally less fiber. I prefer the flavor and texture of the corn tortilla. The key is to heat them on the griddle only very lightly. It takes all of about 30 to 60 seconds to soften them up enough to make the fajitas.
I love Sloppy Joes. It's one of those comfort foods that's cheap, easy to make and it can be really good for you. Choose lean ground beef, fresh veggies and these simple spices rather than getting your Sloppy Joe out of a can or a seasoning packet. Lower in fat and salt, with a fresh homemade taste, this recipe won't take much longer than the "instant" mixes.
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This isn't a fad diet book, and yet it does sound to good to be true: food that's easy to cook, tastes fabulous, AND is healthy? Nope, it's for real. My husband and I have cooked from the recipes on the DrGourmet Web site before, and this book brings all of that expertise together into a great weight loss plan. Love the recipes (which don't require you to graduate from culinary school), love the organization, love the combination of "doctor tips" and "chef tips" and the easy advice on suitable frozen or out-to-eat substitutions for nights when you can't cook at home. We have three kids five and under, demanding careers and busy lives and we can still make this plan work.
My wife purchased this book and we have been using the recipes for three weeks now. Great tasting, restaurant quality food with weight loss as a bonus. What could be better? We're hooked.
- Bruce R. Frank
I lost 22 pounds following this diet for the last 6 weeks! I have learned some fantastic recipes and did not feel deprived at all! Moving on to the next stage in the game, I feel confident that I can continue to make great choices and lose even more! This was the perfect way for me to jumpstart my weight loss!