Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Healthy Kitchen

I don't profess to be a nutritionist, or a dietitian and certainly not a medical doctor. That said, I am always looking for healthful recipes and sound advice from the experts. I want to make meals that are good for us and that taste wonderful at the same time.

The Healthy Kitchen is written by Dr Andrew Weil, MD and Rosie Daley who is well known for being Oprah Winfrey's personal chef for a while. So you know that THEY know what they're talking about nutrition-wise.

I love the way the book is put together...Green pages are written by Dr Weil and they're your nutritional lessons about ...well everything, like how to make sense of nutritional labels on the foods you purchase; are eggs good for you; garlic - its history, what to look for when you buy it, what it's good for...did you know that cooking tames garlic and much of the therapeutic effect? So to get the most out of it, use it raw when possible and only add to a recipe at the end of the cooking process. There is lots of other advice like that to keep us knowledgeable about the foods we eat.

Rosie's pages are in yellow and they focus on the recipes (although Dr Weil has a few of his own and certainly puts his spin on things) plus how and what to stock in your pantry. You can actually "hear" them talk about dishes like...Lebanese Salad - Dr Weil's recipe on green

"This dish has a classic Mediterranean look and taste, with its combination of freshly squeezed lemon juice, olive oil, mint, garlic and onion. Don't even think about using California black olives here; they are a pathetic imitation of the real thing. (Rosie, this means you!)"

They both give tips about health and ways to change up the recipes. I've learned alot already!

But let's be honest, there are two types of healthful cookbook users...the ones who must read the what and why of things...and those (like me) who do a little reading but really are just looking for healthy dishes that look great, taste delicious and have some positive nutritional or health benefits. Often, healthful cookbooks sit in one sphere or the other...not both and some of us are bound to be frustrated....limited explanations (not enough answers to the "why?" question for the "I must understand everything" people) and the other extreme...too much info, not enough recipes. Truth is, sometimes I feel like Charlie Brown in class when the teacher is saying "wha..wha...wha...wha ...wha".

Whichever camp you fall into, The Healthy Kitchen is wonderful choice...great recipes, lots of tips, stunning photos.

Yesterday we had some Roasted Winter Squash & Apple Soup with Cilantro Walnut Pesto...loaded with antioxidant carotenes (squash), omega-3 fatty acids (walnuts) and lots of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

I served the soup with delicious Multigrain scones (without the lemon topping) lots of healthy carbs. They are scrumptious as a side with soup or salad, and the perfect breakfast when you're in a hurry (just add some dried fruit like blueberries). Healthy grains somehow put together so they don't taste like wood...a common complaint of mine.

"Nuff said! Check out the book.

1 comment:

Maria said...

The soup and scones look fantastic. I will have to get that book! I am always looking for good healthy recipes!