Dr. Gourmet's Food Reviews

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.

Today's offerings are another stop in our tour of the shelf-stable noodle bowl aisle. I'm more familiar with Upton's Naturals from seeing their vegan meat substitutes in the refrigerator section but was intrigued by these packaged meals. They are labeled "Real Meal Kit" and are "ready in minutes," and the product description on the packaging makes them sound like they're more than just noodles and some flavored sauce.

I almost didn't bring them in for testing, however, because each package is 2 servings. Still, as my wife pointed out, even if you consumed the entire package (doubling the nutrition information), the numbers are acceptable (if not particularly good) as convenience meals go. Upton's Naturals Real Meal Kits »

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What is a Mediterranean Diet? Find out how familiar foods are part of this healthy style of eating.

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Featured Recipes

Seared Tuna with Eggplant Tartare

This recipe was inspired by a dish that I had at a great tapas restaurant in Spain. The food was innovative but clean and really healthy. The chef had taken the trouble to have a complete labelling for all allergens on his menu.

The eggplant tartare was something that I expected to come out similar to a baba ghanoush: more creamy than with texture. It was, however, like a tuna tartare, with 1/4 inch pieces of eggplant bound together in a very light creamy sauce. Looking at it carefully it appeared that the eggplant was truly raw, and I liked that, but I wanted a bit of softer texture. Likewise, the smoked paprika gives this recipe a great flavor.

Shrimp Fideua

People often mention paella when discussing the dishes of Spain, but often overlooked is a similar dish, fideua: in this case named for the noodles. Short vermicelli about 3/4 of an inch long, the dish is cooked essentially the same way as paella, with veggies, broth, saffron, paprika, and then either some meat or seafood.

Chicken Ballotine with Leek and Pistachio

It is easier than you might think to master pounding the chicken breasts so that they are thin. Using a meat mallet is ideal, but a small sauce pan will also work, and the key is to go slowly and start at the center, pounding with moderate force so that the meat flattens and moves toward the outer part of the plastic wrap.