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• A primer on WHAT a Mediterranean-style diet is and WHY it's great for you
• 95+ delicious Coumadin safe recipes
• Information about managing your diet on Coumadin
• Ingredient and cooking tips throughout the book
• Complete Nutrition Facts, including Vitamin K content, for each recipe

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Note: This is a revised and updated version of Dr. Harlan's The Dr. Gourmet Diet for Coumadin Users. These are the same recipes with updated Nutrition Information, with the addition of information on a Mediterranean-style diet.

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Ask Dr. Gourmet

Which Coumadin-safe recipes will freeze well?

Your wonderful site was recommended to me by my doctor. So far, after two weeks of dutifully following the menus in The Dr. Gourmet Diet Plan for Coumadin Users, I have lost 3 kgs [about 6.7 pounds] and my husband has lost 6.5 kgs [about 14 pounds]. I plan on visiting family soon and will leave my lovely husband to fend for himself for three weeks and he doesn't cook. I would like to make ahead some recipes that will freeze well, so he can continue on his diet while I am gone. He is on Warfarin, so please keep that in mind.

Dr. Gourmet Says...

White Chili

Congratulations on the progress both of you have made! A lot of us work hard here at Dr. Gourmet and your success means a lot to us.

The challenge of going away and cooking three weeks of meals is not all that difficult. While that is 21 meals per week, certainly cooking recipes with more servings and eating leftovers for other dinners is one of the best approaches. For the first week a large salad that can be eaten on the first and third night will provide a fresh alternative: Salmon and Chickpea Salad

On the second night having another salad that could be used also in the first few days for lunches (half portions) as well. This Scallop and Penne Salad gives a fair number of servings of fresh fish in the first few days.

Stews do freeze pretty well and it's a good idea to portion them out into ziplock bags so that they are easy to thaw and reheat:

White Chili
Six Bean Chili
Spanish Beef Stew

Single serving items such as burgers that can be cooked quickly also freeze well:

Crab Cakes
Turkey Burgers - Coumadin Safe Version

Casseroles freeze well also. After they are baked and cooled, divide them into individual dishes for easy reheating:

Tuna Noodle Casserole
Crawfish Pie
Baked Penne (Don't add parsley)

Lastly, this Saffron Salmon Risotto was designed just for this purpose and freezes well.

It's best to thaw meals overnight in the refrigerator and not take them straight from freezer to oven or microwave.

Thanks for writing,

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP
Dr Gourmet