Community in the Kitchen

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You still have a few days to watch a replay of the webcast “Two Doctors Talk Detox Secrets,”  where Dr. Hyman and I talk through the challenges of sticking to a diet and how to outsmart the mental and emotional road bumps that can easily throw you off track.

Cooking for one can be a drag. Even if you’re a mom or dad cooking for many, spending hours alone in the kitchen can feel like a chore. And for something that you need to do day in and day out, making healthy choices are critical. The prescription that has brought me into the kitchen is creating community and making it fun.

I smile when my friend and colleague Dr. Mark Hyman says, “Getting healthy is a team sport.” Having someone in the kitchen with me transforms the responsibility of cooking into a joy. Are you up for it? If you are, we’d like to invite you to join us; we’re making an asparagus quiche from The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet Cookbook.

Dr. Neha: Dr. Mark Hyman joined me to celebrate our books: TalkRx , which is about communication and health, and The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet Cookbook. We decided to make breakfast on a Saturday morning together because it’s fun to cook together and because getting healthy is a team sport.

Dr. Hyman: The thing that I love about what we’re doing is we have both moved our careers from focusing on hospitals and being in the clinic to focusing on healing with other aspects of life: Communication and food—which are the two most important things to heal.

Dr. Hyman: People think cooking is difficult; takes too long or is troublesome. So we’ve raised generations of Americans who don’t know how to cook. But you know, it’s a simple skill. We have to take back our kitchens to get healthy, feel good and actually have our brains work properly.

Dr. Neha: I’ve realized about myself is that if I’m cooking for myself sometimes I don’t really want to do that.

Dr. Hyman: It’s true. I always say getting healthy is a team sport. We’re much better together.

Crustless Asparagus Quiche Recipe
4 servings

1¼ teaspoon sea salt
8 asparagus spears, trimmed
10 large omega-3 eggs
2 shallots, finely chopped
¼ cup lightly packed coarsely chopped fresh dill
2 teaspoons grapeseed oil
1 avocado, pitted, peeled, sliced

  1. Preheat the oven to 425.
  2. Bring 3-quart saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Add 1 teaspoon of sea salt.
  3. Add the asparagus to the boiling water and cook until bright green and crisp-tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer asparagus to a colander and rinse with cold water until cool. Dry asparagus with paper towels. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs shallots, dill and remaining ¼ teaspoon of salt.
  5. Place a 9½-by-2-inch quiche pan preferably with a removable bottom on a rimmed baking sheet. Wrap the bottom of the pan tightly with aluminum foil. Grease the pan with the grapeseed oil.
  6. Spread the asparagus in the bottom of the pan, and pour the egg mixture over the asparagus.
  7. Bake 15 to 17 minutes or until the quick is puffed and golden and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes.
  8. Garnish with sliced avocado.

Eat, drink and get healthy together,

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  • Cynthia Robinson

    I don’t find cooking for one boring at all… the reason… I get to cook everything I LIKE!!! hahahaha!

    I totally agree with you that people just don’t know how to cook any more and eating out is one aspect that is literally killing Americans. The level of sodium in fast food restaurants is just over the top. I am not shy about e-mailing corporations abou this either. Recently I read a list of the 10 WORST FAST FOODS in America and I was SHOCKED at the fat, calories, and carbs – and not good carbs – in these highly popular foods.

    As a certified health coach, I love to teach people HOW to cook a “healthified” meal in 30 minutes. I was doing this LONG before Rachel Ray… lol! I also like to teach how to batch cook and freeze for “those” days where you become overwhelmed by unexpected things and making a meal is the last thing you want to do when you arrive home later than normal. I am having a blast with the 10DD program. I do not call it a diet… it has been adopted as my way of life! I have few favorite meals from the program and others I have picked up along the way.

    My latest challenge is dealing with my thyroid which is a hereditary issue in my family. I was put on one med and I just could not handle it… my liver screamed at me… Of course this is when I had Lupus and those meds were VERY heavy duty stuff and the reason why I have this weight issue now! I ordered the DVD and book set from Andrea Beaman… she is one of the leading experts in Thyroid and she is just amazing. I first encountered her at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and she quickly became my hero! I hate that I can no longer eat broccoli, kale, spinach, & cabbage… I have a recipe for Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls (a dish I grew up on) and I can’t make this any longer. It is quite popular among a group of ladies I am with who are all on the 10 DD.

    I also make a vegetable frittata on the weekend and enjoy that for one breakfast and one lunch… it is packed with veggies including greens, just not the same without them. I would drive my mother crazy when she invited me to lunch and there were no green vegetables… I would just make my own salad, had to have my green foods!

    Your book arrived and I will start reading it this weekend. thanks Dr. Neha… hope to stay in touch!

    • drnehasangwan

      Thanks for sharing Cynthia. Great perspective on the control it gives you to eat alone!! I hear how passionate you are about food and health. Keep up the good work and yes, let’s keep the conversation going!!