Welcome to The Cooking Cardiologist Blog! I write about health, food and cooking from my perspective as a cardiologist (as you can imagine, there’s a lot to know). If you don’t see something you’re interested to know, please ask!
With crisp fall leaves in the air, holiday meal planning is in the forefront of most of our lives. As well it should be. Food is a wonderful part of our celebration of thanks, family and friends. Such celebrations, however, don’t have to undo all the healthful choices we have been trying to make.
Thanksgiving is almost here! Time to enjoy the indulgences of delicious, homemade but healthy cooking.
Last week I shared one of my unique recipes that doesn’t require pots or pans – it uses paper instead! Parchment cooking helps food maintain its moisture while providing easy clean up. Remember, food will cook faster and still can brown if the temperature is high enough.
The French call it, en papillote – a technique of baking food encased in parchment paper. Unlike parchment paper used for writing (which is not actually made from paper), parchment paper sold for kitchen use is treated with sulfuric acid. The process creates a surface that is sleek, smooth and impervious to oil and moisture. It is also resistant to heat up to 425°F, according to PaperChef.com, a manufacturer of parchment products. In the final process, a silicone coating is added that creates a further non-stick surface.
Most people wait to address heart health issues until they are around the age of 40 –when the risk of heart attack and stroke rises. However, plaque starts building years earlier. People begin to develop harmful plaque in early adolescence and sometimes even during childhood. The habits we develop during these early years can make a huge difference in our health. By 40 we simply have given the plaque building process enough time to reach a dangerous level.
It’s never too early to start eating healthier. Kids – and adults – love Halloween goodies, but indulging in piles of these sugary treats is not a good idea whether you are young or old. Eating healthy means maintaining habits through the holiday season. This Halloween try substituting all the candy and cookies for healthier alternatives.
As the weather continues to get colder and fall sets in, many people begin to crave warm, hearty comfort food. Want to find a way to satisfy your craving while maintaining a heart-healthy diet? Try my Cuban Black Bean Soup. It’s a fantastic meal for cold, autumn evenings.
What do you do when you get home from a busy day and don’t have hours to prepare a meal? Order in? Eat out? Instead of these typical, less-healthy options, try cooking under pressure. Pressure cooking is efficient, reduces energy, shortens cooking time and creates less stress in the kitchen. The newer pressure cookers are not your mother’s model.
Whether at a football game, holiday party or eating your favorite comfort food, cheese can easily make eating healthy tricky. Think about it. Pizza, pasta, appetizers, they are usually all piled high with gooey cheese.
Like I always say, you don’t have to deprive yourself to eat heart healthy. Just follow a few of my tips for eating cheeses without having to feel guilty for indulging yourself.
Football season is here, which means football parties, tailgates and, of course, a lot of comfort foods. Fall is usually packed with sporting events that offer a variety of fried and fatty foods. But just because you’re getting together with friends and family for the big game, doesn’t mean you can’t have something healthy and mouthwatering.