Have you seen the movie Julie and Julia? Or read the book? Julie Powell became an internet celebrity with her 2004 blog recording her yearlong adventure cooking every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I am taking on a similar challenge, only I am blogging my way through a very healthy cookbook! And I will learn to master the art of healthy cooking! The book is called Eat For Health by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D. I will cook every recipe start to finish in four weeks just as they are laid out in the book. I will write about the recipes, show you pictures, and tell you how my SAD (Standard American Diet) eating, carnivorous husband likes them too. (See archives below.) He is behind me 100%!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Day 19/ Phase 3/ Week 3

Hello, Fellow Eat To Livers
(Dr. Fuhrman hates when we say that!! ha ha) (Eat to Live is another of Dr. F's books)
Thank you so kindly for all of your comments. Nothing feels better than to know that I am inspiring people! Wow. That is amazing. A year ago I was 40 pounds overweight and now I am inspiring people. This project will definitely continue and I will be selecting another book soon! But whatever I choose, they will be Fuhrman Friendly recipes, as he is my inspiration. Right after this current project is over I will be doing Chef AJ's Vegan cooking DVD called: Healthy Made Delicious. The DVD will be available at Whole Foods at some point (not yet), so if you would like to order this DVD, please contact AJ at: chefaj@att.net There are about 12 recipes on this instructional DVD, plus a booklet. And be sure to tell her that you will be following along here!

Regarding yesterdays post and "no negative comments about food" a reader gave me this longtime favorite family tip. She says instead of negative comments in her family, they use this line: "That was really good, but lets not have it again real soon." Now that is funny!! I think we will be using that one in the future. In my family the joke was, "It's not burnt, it's just dark brown!" ha ha ha!! Remember the grade we give the food will give you a true idea of how we felt about the meal!! So here was the menu for yesterday:
No recipe so we made Special Oatmeal and Eat Your Greens Smoothies

Asparagus with Black Fig Dressing
Leftover Anti-Cancer Soup
This was a great lunch! I packed it all up and went to Haze's office. The Asparagus had a reduced fig vinegar dressing and was very tangy and tasty. Haze gave it an A/ I said B+. It was a really nice contrast with the milder flavored Anti-Cancer soup. I also brought whole grain bread (Haze was craving bread) and sliced blood oranges. Very nice lunch!!

Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Eggplant Roulades
Again--this is one of my most favorite EFH salad dressings. We have had this one several times throughout the phases. Definitely an A+!! The Eggplant Roulades were smashing!! My eggplant ended up being to small to "roulade" which is just a fancy way to say "roll." So... I cut the slices in half (after pre-baking) and then stacked them up sort of lasagna/ stacked-up/ mountain-pile style. (but of course nothing sounds as fancy as roulade). Anyway, they were very good!! I love anything with pasta sauce pretty much!! I gave them an A-/ Haze said B+.

Bluevado Pie
Just when you think something is going to be weird--it turns out to be an A+ dish!! Haze said this is his favorite dessert so far!! I did not want to make an entire pie-so I cut the recipe in half. But I did not have half a pie plate so what I did was to make tiny little Bluevado Pie Cupcakes! I took a muffin tin and filled it with 7 paper cupcake liners. Then I added crust to each one and molded it with my fingers--then added the pie filling and stuck the whole thing in the freezer. They turned out great! Wow! The "crust" is crunchy and sweet and sooooooooo good--and the pie filling is just the perfect softness--not too frozen hard. What a treat!! A+!!!


Abbie (Fox) Velez said...

I just found your blog and I am loving your input. My question for you is...how much time are these meals taking you? I have a family of 5 with 3 small children in the mix and I find it really hard to find time to cook healthy meals.

Amanda said...

Those little pies look delicious!

Greg said...

Nice to see someone else loves oatmeal. Have you tried using steel cut oats yet? Yes they take longer, but I swear they are actually better. When I was real young I ate old fashion, then I got older and ate instant... ahh the 80's.

Now, that I've had steel cut oats "normal" oatmeal just isn't good enough.

Jana Diedrich said...

Abbie--I am getting the question alot, and I don't know how to answer right now because I am doing the WHOLE book in 30 days (which isn't the way it was intended!) I will ask some of my Nutritarian friends and get their input--then I will post something on that.

Greg--Yes we have the steel cut oatmeal too. I really like it. Actually, I've never really had too much oatmeal and it's kind of new to me!! Reeeeally loving it!!

Thank you for reading!!

the princess and the peas said...

Instead of "fellow Eat to Livers!" you could say "Hello fellow NUTRITARIANS!" :) Just found your blog and I am really enjoying it. I have a blog too! Lots of fun!