Disease Proof

Dr. Fuhrman's Health Getaway; part 1 - the meals

Rancho Bernardo Inn, tucked away in beautiful San Diego County, was the location for Dr. Fuhrman’s Health Getaway that took place on July 11-17. Every detail was perfectly orchestrated to make it an incredible week of learning the latest nutritional discoveries by Dr. Fuhrman, motivational encouragement, special presentations, physical fitness classes, healthy eating, tasting new recipes, health assessments, relaxation, and forming lasting friendships.  Because describing the Getaway is like trying to capture Niagra Falls into a glass jar, I’ll focus on different parts of it over the next few weeks; plus, I’ll include some commentaries from others so you can hear various perspectives also. [Special thanks to Dan Williams, a guest at the Getaway and a phenomenal photographer, for sharing some wonderful images that I'll be posting over the next few weeks.] 

The following were highlights of the week’s meals:

  • The Sunday evening welcome reception was on the San Bernardo patio overlooking beautiful views of the landscapes below; complete with a refreshing California breeze and delicious hors d’oeuvres: Fruit Kabobs, No Meat Balls with Marinara Sauce, Endive stuffed with Tuscan Bean Dip, Cantaloupe Slush, and Coconut Slushy.
  • This was followed by dinner in the San Bernardo Ballroom: French Minted Pea Soup, Pistachio Crusted Tempeh and Shiitake Mushrooms, Wild & Basmati Rice, Fresh Greens with Dr. Fuhrman’s Salad Dressings, Steamed Green Beans, California Creamed Kale, and Poached Pears with Raspberry Sauce. 
  • Every meal for the entire week, including each breakfast, was a lavish celebration of delicious foods and visual beauty.  Breakfasts and lunches were served on the Santiago Courtyard; complete with outdoor fountains, sculptures, flowers, linens, and dinnerware. 
  • The recipes came directly out of Dr. Fuhrman’s book, Eat for Health, or the recipe section of Member Center of DrFuhrman.com. I tasted almost everything, and there wasn’t one recipe that I would not make for my family and/or dinner guests.  Some of my favorites were:
  • California Creamed Kale (I could eat this for every meal for the rest of my life!)
  • Dr. Fuhrman’s Anti Cancer Soup
  • Broccoli Vinaigrette (doesn’t get much better!)
  • Braised Bok Choy (delicious! a must make-again)
  • Roasted Vegetable Pizza
  • Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream (tastes a lot like chocolate/cherry cordials)
  • Broccolini with Tomato Almond Sauce (my favorite of favorites!)
  • Asian Vegetable Stir Fry
  • Eat Your Greens Fruit Smoothie
  • Eggplant Roll Ups (the tops; fascinating combination of flavors)
  • Mixed Berry Freeze (refreshing)
  • Banana Walnut Ice-Cream
  • Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie (to die for ~ in my opinion)
  • Apple Surprise (a wonderful breakfast treat)
  • Apple Carrot Custard Pie (“Wow, this is healthy?!”)tomatoes
  • Many were ecstatic to have dropped several pounds by the end of the week while eating such delicious foods!  As one guest described it, "The food was delicious and so satisfying I was surprised this was good for me. I really CAN eat this way for life."  May we all incorporate such great tasting food into our lifetime journeys of eating for health. – Bon Appetit!   



image credits:  meal settings by Rancho Bernardo Inn; food by Dan Williams of KalareStudios.com

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Matt Stone - July 30, 2010 8:11 AM

Looks pretty cool Emily. Speaking of pretty cool, saw your picture in the lil' brochures at Whole Foods yesterday for the first time. Congratulations!

Kat - July 30, 2010 8:34 AM

When's the next one?

Dorothy - July 30, 2010 10:02 AM

Looks beautiful and delicious. I seriously have to start doing these recipes. I had a few disappointing vegan recipes and stopped experimenting but have been meaning to try again. These pics inspired me ;=)


Teresa - July 30, 2010 11:00 AM

The meals sound (and look) wonderful!!! Oh! To have someone prepare such meals for me everyday is my idea of happiness!

susan - July 30, 2010 6:07 PM

The meals sound fabulous, definitely makes me want to go buy the book and get those recipes! One question....perhaps it is answered in the book? Do you/Can you serve wine with meals? (I mean, it is plant base:) I was raised in Europe and it just doesn't seem like a meal without a glass of wine.

Elisa Rodriguez - July 31, 2010 9:38 AM

The meals were absolutely incredible! I couldn't have said it better myself :0)

colleen turnbull - August 1, 2010 6:56 PM

I will really have to start saving the pennies and get to the next one- if for nothing else than the food!!!!LOL

Tim - August 2, 2010 3:14 AM

Looks delicious!

Is the Californian creamed kale the same as the steam kale with creamy cashew dressing recipe?

Also, I've not heard or seen of the braised bok choy before? What's the gist of the recipe?

Emily Boller - August 2, 2010 7:36 PM


Yes, the California Creamed Kale would most likely be the same as steamed kale with creamy cashew dressing that you are describing. Yum!

The Braised Bok Choy recipe is in Eat for Health.

Great recipes ~ such a delicious way to eat high nutrient greens!

Rose Butler Ward - August 6, 2010 3:17 PM

Hello Dr. Fuhrman, At 55, I finally got it together to cahge my diet with the help of my brother larry. He has multiple myeloma and he is abrilliant pianist and marathon runner, from way back in the day. He just recently started running after many years of down time. he turned me on to your books, "eat to Live", is the easiest for me to digest at this time. I have lost about thirty pounds and have about forty more to lose! You have changed my life and helped me to stay on track. Wish that I could join in on your online support club....not able to right now. I would love to know if you have any sort of scholarships for your Health Getaway at Rancho Bernardo Inn? I have been a single mother for many years and even though my children are adults, now, I am not well off financially, and need a get away! I would love to meet you one of these days! Do you ever travel get up north to the Arcata/Eureka, California area? Lots of folks up here need your guidance and support. I have told many of my friends about your books and dietary lifestyle changes. I am transforming myself, it is difficult for meas, I have been overweight since I was about six years lod. I am addicted to food for emotional and psychological needs.....you are helping me...it has been a bit over two months that I have known about you and thank God that my brother introduced me to you! he is strictly following your diet and doing well. Much gratitude and Love!
Sincerely, Rose Butler Ward

Douglas Brull - August 11, 2010 3:44 PM

I saw mentioned that one of the recipes came from, Eat for Health. Where would you find the others?

I seriously can not cook, and I need to learn to make things that are more eventful than what I am currently able to do. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Deana Ferreri, Ph.D. - August 11, 2010 4:08 PM


You can find most of the recipes either in Eat for Health or on the member center of DrFuhrman.com:

Dr. Fuhrman's Executive Offices
4 Walter E. Foran Blvd.
Suite 408
Flemington, NJ 08822