About Dr. Gourmet

My name is Timothy Harlan and I am both a physician and a chef. This blog is a general collection of information and random ideas on eating great food and eating healthy.

You can find out more at the Dr. Gourmet web site. Eat well, eat healthy, enjoy life!

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Why should you eat less salt? : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Dr. Tim Says….

We eat too much salt. It might be hard to believe, but the average person eats over 6,000 milligrams (mg) of sodium every day. That works out to about 2 1/2 teaspoons of salt, which is about 2 1/2 times the recommended amount of [...]

The Importance of Planning : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Today’s column is #17 in our “How to Eat Healthy” series.

Dr. Tim Says….

So far we’ve gone over getting your day structured for eating breakfast and lunch as well as what makes sense for dinner. All of this takes some planning on your part [...]

Popcorn : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Dr. Tim Says….

A few weeks back I did a cooking demo, and as part of the presentation we included a discussion of snacks. There are a lot of great snack choices, but near the top of my list is popcorn. Why? Because corn is a whole [...]

Rice-A-Roni Redux : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Dr. Tim Says….

A few weeks ago I wrote about Hamburger Helper. It is hard to overstate how disgusting I think that Hamburger Helper is. Quite simply it has no redeeming value at all: it tastes terrible, contributes to disease, is more expensive than making your own version, [...]

Food Safety and Recipe Ideas : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Here in the United States it’s Memorial Day, when we remember the military service men and women who fought and died for their country.

It’s also the unofficial start to Summer, and a day many people celebrate by gathering with friends and family for [...]

Chicken Salad with Roasted Scallions : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Today’s column is #14 in our “How to Eat Healthy” series. If you read one of these essays each week, follow the suggestions, and make small changes in your diet each week, by the end of 2015 you’ll understand both the how and the why of eating [...]

Age, Appetite, and Scams: Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: I am curious what you think about the 500 calorie diet with Vitamin B and lipotropics.

A: This is quackery at its finest. No one should be on a 500 calorie diet and there’s no such thing as a “lipotropic.” 500 [...]

Recipes for One or Two : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Today’s column is #9 in our “How to Eat Healthy” series. Each week we’ll post the next in the series, and if you follow the suggestions and make small changes each week, by the end of 2015 you’ll know how easy it is to eat [...]

Cooking Substitutes: Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: My daughter is allergic to all forms of sesame and peanuts. What can I use in stir fries to substitute for sesame oil yet maintain a nice Asian flavour?

Whitefish with Roasted Root Vegetable Salad : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Today’s column is #8 in our “How to Eat Healthy” series. Each week we’ll post the next in the series, and if you follow the suggestions and make small changes each week, by the end of 2015 you’ll know how easy it is to eat [...]