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Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: May 5, 2008

Chef Tim Says....

Spaghetti with MeatballsYour favorite recipe is often the most comforting. We here at Dr. Gourmet are all about making sure that comfort food continues to be a part of your diet. While there are a lot of recipes for you to choose from, we often receive questions about how to make changes in your own beloved dishes to make them healthier.

Here are four simple things you can look at in your recipes that will help: Making Your Comfort Food Healthier

Featured Recipe

Cajun TrinityRed Beans and Rice
This recipe was a challenge not so much because of the amount of fat that many Creole recipes have in them but because of the amount of salt. The first concern was the sausage. A number of variations of ham and sausage were tried but the Healthy Choice and Healthy Ones are really good products with only 480 mg of sodium and 2.5 grams of fat in 2 ounces. You may be able to find similar products at your grocery -- look for the American Heart Association "Heart Check" Symbol.

Tony Chachere's Salt Free SeasoningThe other issue was seasoning. There are countless recipes for Creole seasoning but most of us don�t have the time and will choose one off of the shelf at the store. The ones made in Louisiana are the key -- Chef Paul Prudhomme's and Tony Chachere's are GREAT products! The McCormick is the national brand with the lowest amount of sodium and has great flavor, but if you use this one don't add any salt.

Lastly, there is the issue of the beans. Most canned beans have a lot of salt in them. There are versions without salt and you could use them in place of soaking and cooking dried beans. Rinse them well before adding them to the pot. A great alternative is frozen kidney beans. I stumbled across a product by a company called Pictsweet® and these work great. There's virtually no salt and the 32 ounce bag is about equivalent to a pound of dried beans.

This recipe is Coumadin (warfarin) safe, low in sodium, and lactose-free. Those with GERD / Acid Reflux should avoid it, as it contains multiple GERD triggers.

eatTHISdiet for Coumadin Users: The Book

Meal Plan Many of our readers have written to ask about a book on Coumadin use, and we're pleased to announce that eatTHISdiet for Coumadin Users is now available for purchase in both spiral-bound paperback and PDF format!

Over 200 pages long, it's packed with vital information for Coumadin users, including information on dosage, interactions, and contraindications. Most importantly, it contains a complete six-week eatTHISdiet for Coumadin Users, with weekly meal plans, shopping lists, and recipes, plus frequently asked questions and answers. It's just $27.95 for the spiral-bound book and 14.95 for the eBook! To purchase, visit: eatTHISdiet for Coumadin Users: The Book.

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The Comfort Food Diet

You 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.

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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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