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!


Juicers and Juicing; More : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: I am on Coumadin and was interested in buying a Juicer by Jack LaLanne. Friends of mine have been raving about it since their energy level has increased. What are your thoughts about this?

A: I am not a [...]

Ratatouille Salad : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Today’s column is #13 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 [...]

Tomato and Mushroom Soups from Fig Food : Reviews by Dr. Gourmet

Wondrous Tomato Soup and Creamy Mushroom Soup

It’s been over a year since we first encountered Fig Food’s soups. These are some excellent soups that don’t need to be refrigerated and come in their own microwaveable pouches. Like many soups, they are labeled as being two servings, but you [...]

Healthy ‘Hamburger Helper’ : New Recipes @ DrGourmet.com

Bacon Cheeseburger Mac

The idea that eating healthy is more expensive is a myth.

This Bacon Cheeseburger Mac is similar to a (disgusting) Hamburger Helper (yes, disgusting) that you should never purchase. That Hamburger Helper is $1.99, the pound of beef that [...]

Not all fats…. : Dr. Gourmet’s Health and Nutrition Bites

When it comes to diet and nutrition, I can understand why people look for simple answers. It’s much easier to say “avoid carbohydrates,” or “don’t eat wheat products,” or “all fat is bad” or even “all oils are bad” than to remember to eat fish several [...]

Canning; Potassium; More : Ask Dr. Gourmet

Dear Dr. Gourmet,

Q: I was looking for a recipe for spaghetti sauce. I would like to use it for canning in the fall. Do you have a good and healthy way to make home made spaghetti sauce?

A: Our spaghetti sauce recipes [...]

Busting the Myth : Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

Dr. Tim Says….

This past weekend we offered another round of continuing medical education programs for physicians at the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine. The cost of eating healthy came up, as it does at almost every event I do these days. There is a tremendous misperception about what making [...]

Two Comfort Classics from Lean Cuisine, Revisited : Reviews by Dr. Gourmet

Salisbury Steak with Macaroni & Cheese and Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes

Once again we’re reaching back into the Dr. Gourmet Food Reviews vaults to see if a meal we tested over a decade ago has changed. Back then we tested Lean Cuisine’s Salisbury Steak with Macaroni & Cheese [...]

Tacos! : New Recipes @ DrGourmet.com

Tomatillo Tofu Tacos

OK, so most folks don’t like tofu, but it’s a great vehicle – just like chicken or fish or pork. The problem is that people have tofu that hasn’t been cooked or spiced well, and having plain chicken or scrambled [...]

Mediterranean Diet, Mood, and Heart Health : Dr. Gourmet’s Health and Nutrition Bites

Back in 2011 I shared with you a study out of Swinburne University in Australia that looked at the effects of a Mediterranean Diet on mood and cognitive ability.

This was a pilot study of just 25 women between the ages of 19 and 30 who [...]