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Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: March 10, 2008

Chef Tim Says....

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.There are thousands of varieties of tomatoes and a look at any seed catalogue always makes my mouth water. I love some of the names -- Isis Candy, Cupid, Tiny Totem, Snowberry.... Not many of these make it to the markets, however.

Buying tomatoes at the supermarket can be a daunting task. The quality is often poor because most are picked green and ripened in big rooms using ethylene gas. Even so, even the worst tomato can be made better by placing it stem side down on a sunny windowsill. It will continue to ripen further and if you want it chilled, place it in the fridge for only a couple of hours, as cold is the enemy of the tomato. Tomatoes

Featured Recipe

ChiliLentil Chili
This is a fine chili that's a snap to make, full of flavor and really great for you. It has it all: low calorie, low fat, high fiber, garlic, cheese, sour cream -- all the great things in life. It's not too spicy and those with GERD should be fine if they leave out the chipotle pepper since there's not much cumin or chili powder in each serving.

This recipe is safe for Coumadin® (warfarin) users, is low in sodium, and should be safe for those with GERD / Acid Reflux (if they leave out the chipotle). Those who are lactose intolerant should avoid it or leave out the cheese and sour cream.

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SpaghettiYou might think that those comfort foods you grew up with are bound to be full of fat and calories and unhealthy ingredients, but they don't have to be. With my recipes, you can eat those familiar, comforting foods like Meatloaf, Macaroni and Cheese, or Spaghetti with Meat Sauce - and still eat healthy.

The Comfort Food Diet is not designed for those with food allergies or special dietary needs, such as those taking Coumadin® (warfarin), on low-sodium diets, or those who are lactose intolerant. If you have one of those special needs, you'll still want to use the original My eatTHISdiet. Ready to start eating healthy - on comfort food? Register and start using The Comfort Food Diet.

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My eatTHISdiet is Dr. Gourmet's newest version of his popular diet plan. This free and easy to use meal planner can help you create two-week meal plans for your entire family. It'll even make use of the leftovers!

Use it to lose weight or just eat healthier with Dr. Gourmet's delicious and healthy recipes. On Coumadin®? Lactose intolerant? Have GERD / acid reflux? My eatTHISdiet will create a plan for you, too! Get started on My eatTHISdiet.

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Hand on Heart

Hand on Heart

Dr. Harlan's latest cookbook, Hand on Heart, includes several of the recipes from, plus a few that were developed specifically for the book, like Banoffee Pie! More on what's inside.

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