Stephen Steams Broccoli

The food blog Stephen Cooks is a temple to food--some healthy, some not so healthy. One of the most basic recipes he has to offer is one that he says he makes at least once a week, and it's for steamed broccoli with scallions, garlic, vinegar etc. Dr. Fuhrman would want you to leave out the salt and oil, which are both optional anyway.

Stephen says that it gets raves, which is not hard to believe. Most of were raised on overcooked and tired broccoli. It's time to realize once again that there's no reason broccoli can't be a vegetable of choice.

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Quick Soy Cheese Pita Pizza

It's pizza day over at Slashfood, so it's a good time to trot out Dr. Fuhrman's healthy pizza recipe from Disease-Proof Your Child:

Quick Soy Cheese Pita Pizza
4 large whole-wheat pitas
1 cup no-salt tomato sauce
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped red onions
10 ounces frozen broccoli florets, thawed and chopped fine
1 cup white soy cheese

Slice edges of pita and seperate to make 8 pita pizzas. Lay flat on baking tray and spoon on the tomato sauce. Sprinkle evenly with the mushrooms, onions, and broccoli and cover with a light application of shredded soy cheese. Bake on a low temperature (200 degrees) in the over for 15 minutes.

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FatFreeVegan.com

The website FatFreeVegan.com was created by a group of people who are inspired by Dr. Fuhrman's book Eat to Live, and involves a collection of hundreds of healthy recipes.

But there is an important point to make about the name of the website: the diet Dr. Fuhrman recommends for his patients is not fat free, and is not necessarily vegetarian.

"One thing that makes my diet different from other diets is that I encourage the intake of nuts, seeds, or avocados, except for people who are overweight," explains Dr. Fuhrman. "People who eat nuts and seeds have better blood profiles, better cholesterol, more antioxidants, and other health benefits—even though they are getting more 15% or more of their calories from fat. In fact, for some athletes I recommend a diet that has 40-50% of calories from fat. Also, I don't think children should be on very low-fat diets, and I'm not a fan of different diets for children and adults because they should be encouraged to eat together. If the children need adequate fat for proper development, parents should have some too and the scientific literature supports that it is the quality and nutrient density of the fat source, not the amount of fat that is critical here."

In his various books, Dr. Fuhrman also expresses that a healthy diet can have room for occasional servings of animal products.

(Also worth examining: FatFreeVegan.com has a cursory summary of the six-week plan Dr. Fuhrman advocates in Eat To Live. It makes a lot more sense after you read the book.)