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Culinary Medicine Made Easy

Culinary Medicine Made Easy

Delicious Recipes for Optimal Health! “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food” is a popular quote by Hippocrates. Foods have been used to heal the body for millennia, but modern culture does not always take advantage of this knowledge. Culinary medicine; the combination of the art of cooking and eating with science, nutrition, and medicine, is growing increasingly popular in the United States. Chef Amy Riolo has lectured and written on the topic at the Library of Congress and in her many cookbooks. In this unique, 8-course series, she offers students the opportunity to learn how to transform and prevent illness while enjoying delicious, satisfying, and easy-to-prepare recipes. Her mouthwatering dishes are beneficial to the mind, body, and spirit and will be loved by the whole family. Best of all, you’ll learn tips and techniques to fit them into a busy lifestyle. Course 1: Anti-Inflammatory Ingredients This class outlines the role of inflammation in illness and offers practical, tasty solutions to minimize it. We’ll review the series syllabus and the basic tenants of culinary medicine. We’ll also have a guided olive oil tasting which explores the health benefits of quality EVOO. Recipes include: Anti-inflammatory Spice Mix – Provencal Olive Tapenade with Crudités - Spice Dusted Salmon with Lemon Cilantro Sauce – Greek Style Green Beans Course 2: Antioxidant Powerhouses Antioxidants such as vitamin E, carotenoids, and phenols (known for their anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects) are important in the prevention of aging. Oxidation refers to the complex manner in which cells age. This course outlines the importance of antioxidants and shows which foods can contribute the most to our diets. Recipes include: Italian Bagna Cauda with Asparagus - Potatoes with Kale, Garlic, Olive Oil, and Chile Pepper –-Spanish Dried Fruit, Nut, and Cheese Platter Course 3: Superfoods Rich in vitamins and minerals, so called “superfoods” give you the most nutritional bang for your buck. We’ll review the top fifty superfoods as well as how to buy and store them. Recipes include: Pan Seared Scallops with Citrus- Shakshouka/Mediterranean Egg and Tomato Skillet –– Moroccan Style Lentils – Spice Dusted Sweet Potatoes Course 4: Diabetes-Friendly Cooking As the author of two diabetes-friendly cookbooks, Chef Amy is no stranger to the topic of diabetes. In this class she’ll review specific ingredients which can help regulate blood sugar and provide you with great flavor and the nutrients you need. Recipes include: Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce - Kale Sautéed in Garlic, Oil, and Chile Peppers - Spinach, Mango, and Avocado with Citrus Dressing – Cinnamon Tea Course 5: Zero Calorie Ingredients The concept of “zero calorie” or “negative calorie” foods is that they contain a small amount of calories, therefore, the energy you expend eating them cancels out their calories. We’ll go over a current list of these ingredients while discussing the most flavorful ways of enjoying them. Recipes include: Apple, Beet, and Carrot Slaw with Citrus Vinaigrette - Roman Broccoli and Herb Soup - Cauliflower and Herb Salad – Watermelon and Citrus Fruit Cocktail Course 6: Food for Thought Many foods are known for increasing brain power, boosting memory, and enhancing alertness. This class reveals all of them and shares the best ways to enjoy them. Recipes include: Sizzling Rosemary Shrimp - Hummus with Tahini Sauce - Homemade Whole Wheat Pita Bread – Blueberry Almond Clafoutis Course 7: Beauty Foods Specific nutrients can help us to have more lustrous hair, stronger nails, and clearer skin. Many of them also help to maintain a healthy body weight. This class outlines which ingredients to keep close on hand in the kitchen and the beauty cabinet to have you looking and feeling your best. Recipes Include: Strawberry Beauty Smoothie – Pomegranate, Roasted Red Pepper, and Walnut Dip – Parisian Carrot Bistro Salad – Kale and Nut Chips Course 8: Spice Power Whether you think of them as flavor enhancers or traditional medicinals, it’s hard not to appreciate the tastes and nutritional benefits of spices. This class reviews how to buy, store, use, and cook with spices. We’ll review the medicinal powers of the world’s most popular spices, make our own spice blends, and discuss how to fit them into your current culinary repertoire. You’ll learn the difference between various types of salt, pepper, and fresh herbs as well. Recipes include: Moroccan Ras el Hanout Spice Mix (on roasted tuna)- Middle Eastern Za’atar (on pita chips)- Italian Gremolata (over stewed vegetables) Spanish Spice Mix (over roasted potatoes)

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