Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: July 7, 2008

Dr. Tim Says....

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.What should I have in my kitchen?

For the last few weeks I have been writing about the healthiest choices for you to make at the grocery store.

Today I am continuing with fish -- specifically shellfish -- and will move on to fin fish next week. A lot of Ask Dr. Gourmet questions are about whether shellfish can be part of a healthy diet because many of them contain a lot of cholesterol. This is another area of confusion for a lot of folks but all fish is good for you and has been shown time and again in research to prevent (and even reverse) heart disease. In Your Pantry: Shellfish, Part Two

Featured Recipe

Pantry Meal: Tamale Pie with Black Beans
Growing up this had a lot of names depending on whose house I was at. Tortilla casserole, taco casserole, tamale pie, it didn't matter. And there are endless variations. This one was created to be as simple as possible and to use items out of your pantry or freezer.

This is also made to be more family friendly and is less spicy than some folks might want. A bit more cumin (an extra teaspoon) and chili powder (another 1/2 teaspoon) will give it more flavor. Adding a bit of cayenne pepper adds the zing that you might crave.

There are a lot of taco shells on the market. Some of them still contain trans-fats, so check the package carefully. Interestingly, the house brand taco shells at my local Winn-Dixie don't have any sodium in them.

This recipe is Coumadin (warfarin) safe, is low in sodium (salt), and it gluten-free. It is too spicy for those with GERD / Acid Reflux, and those who are lactose-intolerant may wish to avoid it due to the cheese.

Techniques: Saute

There are a lot of times that the term saute is used to mean cooking anything in a skillet but the term is actually very specific. The term originates with the French verb sauter which means "to jump."

This is because very high heat is used and the food should be in frequent motion (or jumping).

Because most foods contain a great deal of water, if a the pan is too crowded the foods will actually steam. To saute properly, choose a pan large enough that there is at least 1/3 of the surface area of the pan exposed when the vegetables are added. Sauteing

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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 drgourmet.com, plus a few that were developed specifically for the book, like Banoffee Pie! More on what's inside.

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