Dining with the Doc: Seared Scallops with Creamy Corn

A lot of people think of scallops as gourmet, restaurant food but the truth is that they’re really easy to make at home.  They’re perfect for a light, fast and easy meal because they only take minutes to cook.  I didn’t grow up eating scallops and didn’t really discover them until I was an adult.  Now it’s a safe bet that I’ll order them if I see them on a restaurant menu.  When I was in culinary school, I learned the proper way of cooking them and now I love to make them at home.  In restaurants, scallops are often basted in butter and served with rich sauces but on their own, they're actually really good for you.  Scallops are low in calories and packed with lean protein.  They’re rich in a wide variety of nutrients including selenium, phosphorus and zinc.  In addition, compared to other seafood, scallops are typically low in mercury.  Scallops are also low in saturated fat but have heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.  Because of the numerous health benefits of omega-3s, the USDA dietary guidelines recommend eating two servings of seafood per week.  So the next time you reach for salmon or tuna, consider trying something different and grab some scallops instead.


Reading with the Doc: "The Greek Yogurt Diet" Giveaway Winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway and left such wonderful comments! I held the drawing today and here's the play-by-play...

Sienna is clearly overwhelmed with excitement about the contest!


Dining with the Doc: Summer Zucchini and Corn Frittata

If you’re looking for a quick and easy dinner recipe that uses fresh summer vegetables, then try my Summer Zucchini and Corn Frittata recipe.  A frittata is like an Italian version of an omelet.  Mastering a perfect omelet can take years and in fact, many chefs are often asked to prepare an omelet as a test of their culinary skills.  But unlike an omelet, there is no fancy technique or complicated flipping involved with a frittata.  You simply sauté your vegetables, meat or other desired ingredients in a skillet, pour in your eggs and cook on the stove until the edges are set.  Then pop it in the oven and in just 10 minutes, you will have a fluffy, golden frittata ready to eat.  And to make things even easier, you can slice it and serve it right out of the skillet. 


Dining with the Doc: July 4th Cookout Recipes

In honor of the 4th of July, I've collected some of my favorite cookout recipes.  To go to the recipes, click the pictures below.  Have a happy, safe and yummy holiday!


Dining with the Doc: Strawberry Coconut Lassi

If you’re looking for the perfect drink to quench your thirst on a hot summer day, then my Strawberry Coconut Lassi is for you.  Lassi is a classic yogurt-based Indian drink.  Served cold, lassi can be savory or sweet.  I grew up drinking salted lassis in the summertime, which my parents would make by blending yogurt with ground cumin, salt and ice.  Sweet lassi, on the other hand, is made by blending yogurt with sugar or fruit along with other flavorings like cardamom and rose water.  Mango lassi, which is very popular in Indian restaurants, is made with yogurt and mango puree.  You can make your own flavor lassi at home by blending yogurt with your favorite fruit and sweetener.  Any type of berry or tropical fruit like papaya, pineapple or banana would work well in this recipe.  You could even try making it with stone fruit like peaches, plums or nectarines.  



I’m thrilled to announce the release of my first cookbook The Greek Yogurt Diet: The Fresh New Way to Lose Weight Naturally.  It was a pleasure working with my co-author Jo Brielyn and everyone at Hatherleigh Press.  It’s currently available to purchase through many online retailers including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

The popularity of Greek yogurt has skyrocketed in recent years because of its great taste as well as its nutritional benefits.  My book focuses on these health benefits and shows you lots of creative ways to incorporate Greek yogurt into your diet.

Curried Chicken Salad

To celebrate the release of the book, I’ll be giving away copies to 2 lucky winners! To enter to win, all you have to do is leave a comment below.  Specifically, I’d love to hear your thoughts about Greek yogurt whether it’s simply why you love it, your favorite way to cook with it, or your favorite flavor…anything goes! 

Two winners will be randomly chosen from all the comments below.  The limit is one comment per person.  The entry deadline is July 17th at 11:59 pm EST.  I’ll announce the winners on my blog on Friday July 18th, so be sure to check back in then.  If you’re chosen, I’ll need you to email your address to thefoodiephysician@gmail.com so I can get the book to you. 

Good luck!

If you would like to purchase a copy now, click one of the following links. Thanks!

Grilled Peaches with Greek Yogurt and Honey


Cook Once, Eat Twice: Oven-Roasted Vegetables

One of my favorite ways to eat vegetables is to roast them in the oven. Roasting vegetables at a high temperature caramelizes their sugars and brings out their natural sweetness.  As the vegetables roast, they brown on the outside, become buttery soft on the inside and their flavors intensify.  I usually make a couple of large trays of them and store them in the refrigerator so that I can snack on them throughout the week.  They're great with rice or quinoa or as a side dish with grilled chicken or fish.  I also like to add them to salads, sandwiches, quesadillas and pasta dishes.    

My Oven-Roasted Vegetables are colorful, delicious and packed with nutrients.  For this version, I used a mixture of bell peppers, zucchini, carrots and red onion but you can use your favorite combination of vegetables.  I simply toss them with olive oil and season them with salt and pepper.  I also like to throw some whole garlic cloves on the pan along with the other vegetables.  As the garlic roasts, the flavor mellows out and it becomes soft and sweet.  In the winter I make the same dish but with heartier vegetables like sweet potatoes, parsnips, turnips and butternut squash.  Asparagus, beets, fennel, brussel sprouts and cauliflower are some other great options for roasting.  


Cook Once, Eat Twice: Pulled Chicken Quesadillas

In my last post I promised you another recipe featuring the delicious Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken that I made.  It's part of my Cook Once, Eat Twice series where I show you how to make a large batch recipe and then use the leftovers in a variety of other dishes. This week I decided to use my leftover chicken to make these scrumptious Pulled Chicken Quesadillas. These quesadillas are a terrific family-friendly meal that you can get on the table in a pinch. You simply layer chicken, shredded cheese and any other desired toppings on tortillas and toast them in a skillet until they're golden brown on the outside with melting, gooey cheese on the inside.


Cook Once, Eat Twice: Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

In an informal poll that I recently took on Facebook, I asked what kinds of recipes people wanted me to post.  The most popular response was slow cooker dishes.  It's not surprising considering how convenient slow cooker recipes are. And now that I have a toddler, I appreciate these recipes even more!  With most slow cooker recipes, there's minimum prep- you can simply toss all of the ingredients into the bowl of the slow cooker and turn it on in the morning.  When you get home in the evening, dinner is ready to serve.  This Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Sandwich recipe is also part of my Cook Once, Eat Twice series where I show you how to make a large batch recipe and use the leftovers in a variety of other dishes.  Besides sandwiches, pulled chicken can be used in soups, salads, omelets, burritos, pasta dishes, casseroles, you name it.  It also freezes well so it's great to have on hand when you need to make a quick meal on short notice.  Stay tuned for my next post which will feature another delicious recipe using this pulled chicken.

Dining with the Doc: Carrot Ginger Banana Smoothie

This Carrot-Ginger-Banana Smoothie is just one of over 400 recipes included in The Complete Book of Raw Food Volume 2, by Lisa Montgomery.  I had the opportunity to read this new book published by Hatherleigh Press and I must say that I learned a great deal about raw foods.  What exactly is a raw diet?  It’s a diet that consists of raw foods such fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains and seeds that are uncooked.  The philosophy behind a raw diet is that because the food is not heated above 118 degrees Fahrenheit, it retains all of its nutrients that would otherwise be lost during the cooking process.  This allows your body to get the most from your food.  Montgomery does a great job of discussing how eating raw is not simply a diet but rather a whole lifestyle change.  She stresses the importance of taking positive steps to improve your health and well being in all aspects of your life, not just your diet.        



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