The Foodie Physician

The Foodie Physician

Physician, Chef, Recipe Developer & Board Certified Foodie

Dining with the Doc: Little Italy Meatball Sliders with Whipped Ricotta

My Little Italy Meatball Sliders with Whipped Ricotta are the perfect lightened up entertaining recipe to feed a crowd.




Recently, I had the honor of competing in the Entertaining Recipes Challenge sponsored by the wonderful team from Beef. It's What's for Dinner.  My amazing friend Amee from Amee's Savory Dish invited me to participate- we should all have friends like her!  The challenge was to take a traditionally indulgent entertaining recipe and create a healthier take on it.  Right up my alley!  Although I didn't win the contest, I felt like a winner just being selected to participate (cheesy but true).  And I was happy to learn that top honors went to my dear friend Ally from Ally's Kitchen with her North African Spiced Beef Ribeye Wraps. Yum!


I learned quite a few things about beef while participating in this challenge.  Did you know that there are many cuts of beef that are as lean as a skinless chicken thigh?  These lean cuts of beef have less than 10 grams of fat, 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat, and less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol per 3 ½-oz cooked serving.  Beef is also packed with protein, which keeps you feeling full and satisfied, builds muscle and gives you long-lasting energy.  It's also a rich source of several important vitamins and minerals like B vitamins, iron, zinc, selenium, phosphorus and choline.

Dining with the Doc: Ways to Spice up Your Child's Palate: Introducing Spice and Adventure



Did you know that babies are influenced even in utero by the foods and flavors we eat?  So spicing up your child’s palate actually begins with you.  During pregnancy, try to eat a varied, healthful diet with a wide variety of flavors because it can affect your child’s future eating habits. Once your little bundle of joy arrives, you can start introducing fresh or dried herbs and spices into their diet as early as around 7-8 months.  In many cultures around the world, babies are introduced to spices at this early age.  Baby food doesn’t have to be bland!  Herbs and spices are a great way to add flavor to your baby’s food without adding less desirable ingredients like sugar or salt. The more flavors your child experiences at a young age, the more likely she is to eat a wide range of foods as she grows up.


Remember this important rule of thumb: repeat, repeat, and repeat!  Spicing up your child’s palate takes time and patience- you can’t change a plain Jane or Joe overnight.  To read the rest of this article, which includes my tips to encourage adventurous, healthy eating habits in your child, head over to Stonyfield's blog by CLICKING HERE


Dining with the Doc: Cozy Comfort Food Round-Up

I'm still away soaking up the sun in Mexico, so as promised, here's Part II of my comfort food recipe round-up.  I hope you're all having a wonderful week.  Now sit back and enjoy these scrumptious dishes!




Dining with the Doc: Slurp Worthy Soup Round-Up

Greetings from Mexico! My family and I are spending the week in Riviera Maya and honestly it's a small miracle that we made it here.  Getting Sienna's passport was a bit of a struggle to say the least.  But after rejected photo submissions, forgotten checkbooks and meltdowns at the CVS photo lab, it all worked out and here we are!

Since I'll be unplugged most of this week, I thought I would take the opportunity to share some delicious recipes from my blogger friends.  Many of you are still struggling through the winter weather (my heart goes out to you), so here are some fabulous comforting bowls of soup to help warm you up.  Enjoy!


Dining with the Doc: Yogurt-Dipped Strawberries with Drizzled Chocolate


Are you looking for the perfect sweet treat to serve to your loved ones this Valentine’s Day?  These lovely bites are big on flavor and low in calories and will please adults and kids alike. 


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This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield.  All opinions expressed are my own.


I’ve always preferred having a romantic meal at home over going out on Valentine’s Day.  What better way to show your loved ones how much they mean to you than to prepare them a delicious, home-cooked meal?  My Yogurt-Dipped Strawberries with Drizzled Chocolate are the perfect Valentine’s Day treat.  Using Stonyfield organic Greek yogurt helps make these treats feel really indulgent tasting even though they’re actually very nutritious. 

Dining with the Doc: Sunday Beef Stew

Curl up with a bowl of my hearty Sunday Beef Stew, the perfect comfort food to warm you up during a cold winter's day.  This one-pot meal is packed with rich flavor as well as protein, fiber, iron, Vitamin B12 and zinc.

Francis Ford Coppola Winery #sponsored

I received free samples of wine from Francis Ford Coppola Winery but I was not financially compensated in any way.  All opinions expressed are entirely my own.


Chase away the winter blues with this comforting stick-to-your-ribs dish.  My Sunday Beef Stew is the perfect antidote to the blustery cold days of winter.  It’s perfect for those lazy Sunday afternoons when you just don’t feel like leaving the house.  Once all of the ingredients are seared in the pot, simply throw it in the oven and in a few hours, you’ll have a delicious and hearty meal that the whole family will love. 

Dining with the Doc: Amazin' Tropical Trail Mix





I’ve never been a huge fan of New Year’s resolutions because they’re easy to make but also so easy to break.  However, I do think that the New Year is a great time to start developing healthier eating habits, especially after overindulging during the holidays.  But rather than setting unreasonable goals for yourself (and invariably ending up disappointed), why not try making small but significant changes to your diet and lifestyle?  Changes that will positively impact your health and put you on the road to success for the whole year.    

Dining with the Doc: Cheesy Sweet Potato Coins with Chipotle Crema


Your guests will rave about these adorable bites!  Nutrient-packed sweet potatoes are sliced into coins, roasted in the oven and topped with melted cheddar cheese and chipotle crema.  They’re the perfect, healthy finger food for entertaining.    




By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe challenge sponsored by Cabot Creamery and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.


With the Super Bowl and the Academy Awards both approaching, the folks over at Cabot Creamery decided to challenge the Recipe Redux members to create a healthier snack that’s perfect for entertaining.  I love a challenge like this!

Cabot Creamery is a family-owned cooperative of more than 1200 farms located throughout New England and New York.  They make several varieties of cheese that I use often in my cooking because they have wonderful flavor and they melt really well.  In addition, their cheddar cheese is a nice protein-packed snack and is naturally lactose free.  Not only do they make a great tasting product, but Cabot also gives 100% of their profits back to their farmers.  Isn’t that wonderful?

Dining with the Doc: Crispy Spiced Chickpeas

My Crispy Spiced Chickpeas are the perfect snack- healthy, satisfying and portable.  Keep them in a plastic bag and take them on the go so you have something nutritious to reach for when hunger strikes



Smoked foods are among the most commonly predicted food trends for 2015.  Both restaurant chefs and home cooks are experimenting with smoking techniques to add flavor to food and even drinks!  If you don’t have a smoker at home, don’t fear.  You can add smokiness to your food using spices.  This month’s Recipe Redux challenge was to share a healthy dish that we’re heating up with smoke and/or spiciness.  My Crispy Spiced Chickpeas definitely fit the bill.  They’re dusted with Moroccan spices and roasted in the oven.  Crunchy, smoky and packed with nutrients, these addictive morsels are the perfect snack.  Keep them in a plastic bag and take them on the go so you have something healthy and satisfying to reach for when hunger strikes. 

Recipe Resuscitation: Quinoa Fried "Rice"

Protein-packed quinoa replaces white rice in this healthier version of the classic Chinese restaurant dish.  Quinoa is a gluten-free whole grain that provides a variety of vitamins, minerals and fiber to boost the nutrition of this recipe.



Fried rice holds a special place in my heart.  The year after I graduated from college and was living on my own for the first time, it was the first dish I learned to make.  I pretty much ate nothing but fried rice for a year.  It was fast, easy, convenient and most importantly, cheap! 

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