The Foodie Physician

The Foodie Physician

Physician, Chef, Recipe Developer & Board Certified Foodie

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! 

Dining with the Doc: Rise and Shine Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

Start your day off right with one of these tasty muffins!  Packed with whole grains, protein and fiber, they'll give you long-lasting energy to get you through the day. 




As a member of the Stonyfield YoGetters, I was asked to share my healthy, family-oriented New Year's resolutions.  I've decided to start 2015 off right by getting my family into the habit of eating a nutritious breakfast on a more regular basis.  Did you know that people who eat breakfast are actually more likely to eat a healthier diet overall?  Eating a well-balanced breakfast jump-starts your metabolism, gives you energy, and increases your concentration and productivity throughout the morning.  It also prevents binge eating and unhealthy snacking later in the day. 

Dining with the Doc: A Recap of 2014



Happy New Year!  Now that 2014 has come to a close, I find myself reflecting back on the last twelve months and appreciating what a great year it's been for The Foodie Physician.  Thank you all for your support, kind words and encouragement.  Without a doubt, it's the daily interaction with all of you that is the most rewarding aspect of being a blogger.  So let's make a deal, you keep the comments coming and I'll keep bringing you delicious and healthy dishes in 2015.  Sound good?  


The biggest 2014 highlights for The Foodie Physician were definitely my books The Greek Yogurt Diet and Cooking Well: Anti-Aging.  When I first started blogging, I dreamed of writing a cookbook, so having published two books this year is something that I'm really proud of.  For the last several months I've been keeping busy working on my third book, The Natural Pregnancy Cookbook.  I'm really excited about this one so stay tuned, it's scheduled to be released in the summer.  I owe a big thanks to the wonderful people at Hatherleigh Press for being so supportive and providing me with these amazing opportunities.




Holiday Recap & "Cooking Well: Anti-Aging" Winners

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!  This year it was just the three of us at home, but I couldn't have asked for a better day spent with my husband and daughter.  Watching Sienna open her gifts and giggle with delight was priceless.  After she was done playing with her new toys and frolicking in the wrapping paper, she took a well earned nap.




Pete and I then exchanged presents while watching our favorite holiday movie Love Actually (for roughly the one billionth time).  




As he does every year, Pete spoiled me with a bounty of kitchen goodies for Christmas.  I'm really excited about my spiralizer and ring molds- get ready for some fancy looking food in 2015!

  


He also gave me a 9-inch cast iron skillet and replaced my 3 quart sauce pan (let's just say sometimes it's easy to forget things on the stove when you're dealing with an 18 month old).  I'm definitely a lucky girl!




For dinner, I made us one of our favorite pasta dishes, Spaghetti Carbonara.  I made it a bit healthier by using Canadian bacon and quinoa pasta.  For our main course, I defrosted some Sizzlefish cod and trout and cooked them with a Meunière sauce.  Meunière is made with brown butter, chopped parsley, and lemon, it's so simple and delicious.  For dessert we had fresh baked chocolate chip toffee cookies along with hot cocoa.  It was about 75 degrees here in Fort Lauderdale that night, but hey, we really wanted the full Christmas experience! 





I made one or two extra for our co-wokers 


All in all, it was a pretty perfect day!  

Did you notice our tree looking a bit bare in the first photo?  There's a perfectly good explanation behind this.  For the last few years we've decorated our tree with a set of pretty fruit ornaments which were a gift from my in-laws.  Well this year someone decided that they looked too yummy not to be eaten.  I guess I can't really blame her, they do look pretty tasty.  Hence the toddler-proofed half naked tree!




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Without further ado, the winners of my book Cooking Well: Anti-Aging are Jett W. and Bernadette Martin.  Congratulations to you both!  Please email your addresses to thefoodiephysician@gmail.com so I can send you the book. A big thanks to everyone who stopped by and left such nice comments, I really appreciate all of your support.

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


Dining with the Doc: Cauliflower Cheesy Bread

Nutrient-packed cauliflower forms the base of this low-calorie, gluten-free bread that's topped with cheesy goodness.  It's the perfect guilt-free appetizer for the holidays!  



As 2014 comes to a close, it’s nice to take a moment to reflect on all of the events of the past year.  This month’s Recipe Redux theme is all about reflection.  Since the group has been around for 42 months, they decided to put out a fun challenge to finish up the year.  We had to pick a cookbook and create a healthier version of the recipe on either page 42 or 142. 


The recipe I’ve chosen to redux is “Cheese Bread from Genoa” or “Focaccia al Formaggio” from Mario Batali’s cookbook Molto Italiano: 327 Simple Italian Recipes to Cook at Home.  There's a full page picture on page 42, so technically the recipe is on page 43.  Mario Batali is of course, a chef superstar with an endless knowledge of Italian cuisine.  In this book, he demystifies many traditionally elaborate Italian dishes, simplifying them for the home cook.


Reading with the Doc: "Cooking Well: Anti-Aging" Giveaway

UPDATE: The giveaway is done. Thanks to everyone who entered!




I recently announced the release of my second book Cooking Well: Anti-Aging and now it's time to celebrate with a giveaway.  I’ll be sending signed copies to two lucky winners!  To enter to win, all you have to do is leave a comment below.  All comments are appreciated, but if you have any anti-aging tips, I’d love to hear them!

Dining with the Doc: Spaghetti Bolognese


Who doesn’t love a hearty bowl of slowly simmered meat sauce tossed with pasta and freshly grated cheese?  This version, which uses turkey, is lighter in calories without sacrificing any of the rich flavor. 


Disclaimer: 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.

A few weeks ago I mentioned my love for Instagram.  Well that love grew a little bit deeper when the wonderful people from Francis Ford Coppola Winery reached out to me after seeing my Instagram account to ask if I would like to sample some bottles of wine.  After thinking long and hard for a nanosecond, my answer was "Yes, Yes, Yes"!  Right before Thanksgiving, I received these four beautiful bottles in the mail:



Dining with the Doc: Holiday Almond Raisin Clusters


Simple, delicious, wholesome and nutritious.  Serve these Holiday Almond Raisin Clusters at your holiday table and watch them disappear!


“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Raisin Marketing Board and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”


Eating healthy this holiday season doesn’t mean that you have to deprive yourself!  California Raisins are a great way to add natural sweetness to your savory or sweet dishes while also adding a boost of nutrition.  They’re also a great choice for wholesome and healthy on-the-go snacking.   California Raisins are fat-free and cholesterol-free and they’re packed with several important nutrients.  One quarter cup serving supplies 9% of your daily fiber and potassium, and 6% of your daily iron.  Plus, they’re naturally sweet so when you incorporate them in your recipes, you can significantly cut down on the amount of additional sugar.


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