Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Kousa bi Laban (Stuffed Zucchini with Yogurt) Recipe

Kousa bi Laban


¾ cup Sunwhite Calrose/medium grain rice, rinsed and drained
1 kg zucchini, medium-sized pieces
250 g beef, minced
1 kg yogurt
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, finely chopped)
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon corn flour
2 tablespoons mint, dried
1 teaspoon allspice, ground
Salt and pepper


Mix the onion, meat and rice in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Remove the stalks of the zucchinis then hollow out the interior using a vegetable corer leaving thickness of 1 centimeter or less. Stuff the zucchinis with the meat and rice mixture leaving free space at the top of approximately 1 centimeter.

In a large saucepan, arrange the stuffed zucchinis in layers and cover half of them with water then cook over low heat for 20 to 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, put the yogurt in another pan over medium heat and add the butter, garlic, corn flour, mint, and allspice.

Keep stirring until the yogurt sauce boils then reduce the heat and stir in the stuffed zucchinis. Simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Serve hot with the yogurt sauce.


Monday, July 27, 2015

Strawberry Basil Shake Recipe

This shake can be a tasty addition to your breakfast or a pick-me-up during the day!

This shake's main ingredients are super healthy for you: Kefir is a wonderful source of probiotics, protein, and vitamins A and D; strawberries are loaded with powerful antioxidants; and basil is rich with vitamin K.


1 1/2 cup plain kefir
3/4 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1/4 cup basil leaves


Blend ingredients until smooth. If you want a little added sweetness, add in about 1 tbsp of maple syrup.

Yields 2 cups.

Recipe By Ulli Stachl
Television Food Producer, Food Stylist and Culinary Consultant

From Dr. Oz's Kitchen

Super Creamy Protein Shake

Peanut butter smoothie

Try out this satisfying, delicious and (super) creamy shake for breakfast!

Beans, milk, chia seeds, and protein powder give you a ton of protein to help you start the day and keep you full until lunch.


1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup cooked white beans
1 scoop whey protein powder

juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 banana


Blend ingredients until smooth.

Recipe By Ulli Stachl
Television Food Producer, Food Stylist and Culinary Consultant

From Dr. Oz's Kitchen

Quick Delicious Summer Refresher

Quench your thirst on a hot summer day with this refreshing drink.

Tired of just drinking plain water? Give this sparkling water refresher a try to add more flavor and nutrients to your daily hydration routine.


1/2 cup kefir
3/4 cups sparkling mineral water
slice of cucumber


Stir kefir and mineral water together in a tall glass. Serve over ice and garnish with a slice of cucumber.

Yields 1 serving.

Recipe By Ulli Stachl
Television Food Producer, Food Stylist and Culinary Consultant


Dr. Oz's 100 Weight Loss Tips

Weight Loss Tips

  1. Automate your eating by planning your meals ahead of time. That way you're less likely to make an unhealthy last-minute food choice.
  2. Oats are your friends! Eating a cup of oatmeal in the morning will prevent you from gorging in the afternoon.
  3. Foods with healthy fats such as olives, salmon and walnuts help you feel satisfied.
  4. Skipping meals can cause your body to go into a fat-storing starvation mode, making it harder to burn calories.
  5. Got nuts with nuts. Eating a handful of nuts will help you stay full. Try soaking them in water for a different texture.
  6. Use meditation to help you cope with chronic stress, which can lead you to crave feel-good carbs.
  7. You may be used to fried foods but there are other, sometimes healthier, ways to cook including: roasting, steaming, poaching, baking, braising and broiling.
  8. Do your grocery shopping with a list and a time limit; that way, you're less likely to stray into the processed foods section.
  9. Don't confuse thirst with hunger. Drink a glass of water when you feel hungry to see if that's what you're really craving.
  10. When out at a restaurant, ask the server to hold the bread, snack mix or chips and salsa that might come before the meal. If you're hungry, you'll be tempted.
  11. Tired of eating your salad on a plate? Fill a whole wheat pita with salad and a splash of lemon for a twist.
  12. You might do better to replace an occasional dinner with a nice roll in the hay. Healthy sex may help control the amount of food you eat and it's great exercise.
  13. Create emergency packs filled with healthy foods such as nuts, fruits or sliced vegetables to help you avoid unhealthy temptations.
  14. Add red pepper flakes to your pantry. When eaten early in the day, red pepper lowers the amount of food you'll eat later.
  15. Odds are you're eating too fast. Try holding a conversation while having a meal so you're not gulping down more than you need to feel full.
  16. Take a brisk walk before lunch or dinner. Not only will you get in some exercise, you're less likely to choose something unhealthy after a little movement.
  17. Looking for the benefits of salmon but you don't feel comfortable cooking fish? Try canned salmon as a simple and affordable alternative.
  18. Are your dishes too big? A healthy dinner should fit on a 9-inch plate. You may find that kid-sized plates are more appropriately sized to feed an adult!
  19. Never eat any snack food out of the box, carton or bag it came in. You're less likely to overeat if you separate snacks into appropriate fist-sized servings.
  20. Boost your metabolism with some green tea or chili peppers.
  21. Get your Zzzzzs. Sleep deprivation alters levels of hormones in the body that regulate hunger, causing an increase in appetite.
  22. Muscle burns at least four times as many calories as fat does, so try twenty minutes of strength straining two to three times a week.
  23. Decaf coffee is a great low-calorie fluid when you're having cravings (and a great source of antioxidants).
  24. Eating liquid-based foods such as natural smoothies and low-sodium soup can help you cut back on calories yet feel full.
  25. A pedometer can help keep track of your steps. If you're not getting 10,000 steps a day, you're not moving enough.
  26. Natural applesauce is an excellent dip for fruits such as bananas and melons.
  27. Take every opportunity to move around, even in small ways. Studies show fidgety people tend to be skinnier.
  28. Identify the emotional triggers that lead you to seek unhealthy comfort food. Picture your goal weight the next time a trigger strikes to help you resist temptation.
  29. Use a vegetable bean dip such as hummus instead of ranch dressing or a fatty cream-based dip.
  30. People who regularly weigh themselves and keep track of their progress in a journal are more likely to lose weight.
  31. Use a dash of cinnamon to give fruits such as bananas and melons a richer dessert feel without the sugar.
  32. Give your protein extra low-calorie flavor by adding a salsa or chutney instead of a gooey cream sauce.
  33. Distracted dining will get you in trouble. Avoid eating in front of a television or in a movie theater, as you're bound to consume more calories.
  34. Pass on pop. You'll be amazed by how much weight you drop by simply switching to water.
  35. Beware of "fat-free" or "zero trans fats" foods as you could be trading fats for huge amounts of sugar or sodium.
  36. Try drinking skim milk at breakfast instead of juice. Overweight people who drank skim milk for breakfast ate fewer calories
  37. Sugarless chewing gum can suppress your appetite in a pinch.
  38. Snack attack! Puree peaches, berries or pears for a sweet spread to go on pita chips.
  39. If you're having trouble getting started, make a small move such as starting an eating log or buying walking shoes. You're three times more likely to follow through if you start with small gestures such as these.
  40. Always have vegetables on hand. Saute a big bag of frozen mixed vegetables in olive oil and garlic. Add some red pepper or turmeric for additional flavor and separate into portion-sized containers for the fridge.
  41. Edamame (soy beans) are a great low-cost snack. Look for them in the frozen foods section.
  42. Soups can be both filling and comforting. Try making a garden or bean soup with low-salt broth and store in portion-sized cups for later.
  43. Save time and money during the week by buying lean protein such as chicken breasts in bulk and cooking a week's worth on Sunday night.
  44. Save the kitchen and the dining room table for cooking and eating. Try not to use it as a place to do work or other activities, or you may be tempted to eat more.
  45. If food was your only source of pleasure, make sure to reconnect with other things you enjoy -- music, sports, volunteer work or movies, for example.
  46. Try to have a little lean protein with each meal, as protein tends to be more satisfying than carbs or fats.
  47. Think ahead to how you'll eat and exercise on the weekends. It's easy to get too relaxed on Saturdays and Sundays, but healthy living is a 7-day-a-week endeavor.
  48. Dump the junk food. If you want to avoid temptation, make sure you clean out the fridge and the pantry
  49. When you eat calorie-friendly fruits and vegetables that are in season, they tend to taste better and you're more likely to enjoy them.
  50. People who eat breakfast have a better shot at losing and maintaining weight loss.
  51. Replace your scale with a tape measure. Aim for 32 1/2 inches or less for women and 35 inches or less for men.
  52. Make sure you check food labels and avoid anything with more than 4 grams of sugar, especially high-fructose corn syrup, per serving.
  53. Eat a fiber-filled apple before a meal to help you feel full faster.
  54. Opt for peanut butter or almond butter spreads instead of cream cheese or butter.
  55. Remember these five essential smoothie ingredients: frozen berries, a banana, skim milk, a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of psyllium seed husks.
  56. Researchers found that dieters who ate eggs in the morning were less hungry than those who ate carb-heavy meals.
  57. The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon may dial up your body's ability to burn fat, especially if you add some exercise.
  58. A Mediterranean diet not only comes with heart benefits, studies show it leads to more weight loss than low-fat diets.
  59. Replace your regular pasta noodles with whole wheat pasta for a more filling meal.
  60. When eating out, ask your server to point out the healthiest options on the menu.
  61. You don't have to make a three-digit number your weight loss goal. Aim for a certain dress size or waist measurement.
  62. Go lean with bean protein. Beans are an affordable and healthy alternative to meats and are wonderfully filling.
  63. Energize plain-tasting proteins such as eggs or chicken with metabolism-boosting chili pepper sauce.
  64. Try a plain Greek yogurt with frozen berries for a pre-workout boost.
  65. Turn dinner into a healthy lunch the next day by wrapping your lean leftovers in a whole wheat wrap. Add a little Dijon mustard or curry powder for added flavor.
  66. Eat a rainbow of colors. Have at least one brightly colored fruit or vegetable in each meal, and, if appropriate, eat the skins -- that's where you'll find a powerhouse of antioxidants.
  67. Make an office snack box of your own so you're not tempted by your colleague's candy bowl. Fill it with small individually packaged portions of soy chips, almonds and dried fruit.
  68. For a thicker, creamier texture, choose low-fat, unsweetened Greek yogurt. Loaded with protein, calcium and natural probiotics, it makes for a tasty snack any time.
  69. If you're 'cooking' food in the microwave, chances are you're eating unhealthy packaged foods. If you must microwave, consider soy chicken patties, veggie burgers or steamer vegetables and brown rice.
  70. Make your wardrobe match your goals. As you lose weight donate the clothes that no longer fit you as an incentive to stay on track.
  71. Pick up a 5- or 10-pound weight at the gym and visualize that weight coming off. Holding the weight in your hands helps bring home just how heavy even 5 pounds of extra fat can be.
  72. If you find yourself at a weight loss plateau, up the duration of your exercise routine by five minutes.
  73. Pounding out your meat will help healthier portions go a longer way visually, and it's good stress relief.
  74. Silken tofu makes a wonderful replacement for cream in some recipes.
  75. Save 85 calories just by swapping mustard for mayonnaise in a sandwich.
  76. Do your best to ensure you're not eating after 7 o'clock at night. You're more likely to make unhealthy choices and less likely to sleep as well after a late meal.
  77. Try a pasta-less spaghetti by mixing shredded zucchini, veggie meatballs and raw tomato sauce seasoned with a dash of zesty oregano.
  78. Fresh herbs can really zing up a healthy meal. Try growing some in the kitchen using a strawberry pot. Preserve the flavor by adding fresh herbs at the end of the cooking process
  79. Fast food is salty food. If you cut back on the salt, in a few weeks you'll be able to better taste the natural salts in food and may not crave the junk as much as you used to.
  80. The rub on ground turkey is that it's dry. Add some olive oil and finely blended onions to a turkey burger or turkey meatball to enhance its juiciness.
  81. If you're trying to lose weight with your significant other, pack each other's lunches. The lunchbox surprises will keep the both of you motivated.
  82. If you're eating out, make salad the appetizer. Most starters are fried and come with unhealthy dips or sauces.
  83. Savory 'umami' ingredients such as mushrooms, low-sodium soy, asparagus and olives can help you feel full and add an earthy, home-y quality to your healthy-dishes.
  84. Make it a point to use the steps whenever possible. Use the bathroom on a different floor at work, take the stairs at the bus station, the airport or the mall.
  85. Try baking apple slices as a healthy alternative to potato chips.
  86. Eating water-rich foods such as melons, tomatoes and celery can help fill you up without adding too many calories to your day.
  87. Avocados can be your secret weight loss partners. They're high in fiber and healthy fats, giving you a meaty-tasting meat alternative.
  88. A handful of unsalted pumpkin seeds make for a healthy mid-day snack. They're rich in magnesium, which helps lower blood pressure.
  89. Keeping good posture will not only strengthen your core, but will also add a small extra-calorie burn, because you're working slightly harder to maintain the position.
  90. Cravings can sneak up on you when you're tired. Try taking a nap if you feel yourself wanting some junk food.
  91. Share your weight loss goals with your friends and family. Make it a positive life change and ask for their encouragement.
  92. Take a photo of yourself each week so you can see your physical transformation.
  93. Store-bought salad dressings can be packed with calories. Make your own vinaigrette and store it in a small spray bottle to coat your greens without over-dressing them.
  94. Yoga may be relaxing but you can also get a good workout. An hour of yoga can burn up to 350 calories.
  95. Get familiar with quinoa -- a wonderful grain that's easy to cook and goes great with sauteed vegetables or mushrooms.
  96. Ditch the mayo, cheese and top bun if you want to scrape off 250 calories from a restaurant sandwich.
  97. Resistance bands are a comfortable and affordable at-home exercise option for strength straining.
  98. Use the freezer to add some extra oomph to summer foods. Freeze grapes for some bite-sized delights. Or get a popsicle mold and freeze some Greek yogurt with berries.
  99. Wrap up any extra food you've cooked before you sit down to a meal so you're not tempted to get seconds.
  100. Take a 30-second break in the middle of your meal. Evaluate just how hungry you still are before getting back to your food.

Dr. Oz's Favorite Healthy Foods

A few of Dr. Oz's favorite foods

Are the foods in your pantry and fridge healthy? America's favorite doctor, Mehmet Oz, MD, dishes on the foods you’d find in his family’s kitchen.


“The best snack of all,” Dr. Oz says. “Because nuts are high in fiber and protein, they’ll satiate you so you’ll never be hungry. Because of my Turkish culture, I grew up eating almonds that have been soaked in water first. I still do that. It makes them taste completely different—very sweet.”


“Broccoli is simply the best medicine we have,” he says. “It gets toxins out of your liver like no other medicine or food on the planet.”


Think beyond breakfast. "Eggs make a great, inexpensive, protein-rich meal," Dr. Oz says. Whip up dinner fast with a veggie omelet and a green salad. "I don't mind the yolks, either, unless you have a cholesterol concern," he says. "If that's the case, stick with egg whites.

Coffee and green tea

“Coffee is the number-one source of disease-fighting antioxidants in our society,” Dr. Oz says. “It’s OK to enjoy a couple of cups a day, but I prefer green tea because you get the same punch of antioxidants for much less caffeine.”

Low-fat Greek yogurt

“I get the low-fat Greek kind that contains no added sugar,” Dr. Oz says. Add fruit or a teaspoon of honey for sweetness. “The flavored fat-free containers may be low in calories, but they’re all sugar calories, like a candy bar,” Dr. Oz says.


Steel-cut oatmeal is Dr. Oz’s morning meal every day. You can make a big batch and warm up individual portions all week. Add whatever fruit you have on hand, and sprinkle on a handful of nuts for lean protein.

Fresh fruit

“The sugar in fruit is naturally occurring, meaning it’s not man-made or artificially added, which makes it the healthiest sugar out there,” Dr. Oz says. And unlike processed fruit products, like juice or fruit chews, a hunk of apple or slice of orange contains filling fiber.

Dark chocolate

Look for dark chocolate that contains 70 percent cocoa. “It counts as a health food,” Dr. Oz says. The reason: This high-quality, slightly bitter chocolate contains flavonoids (natural chemicals with antioxidant properties) that improve blood vessel function. Enjoy an ounce or two a day. Pass on milk chocolate, though—“It’s actually not chocolate, just milk fat with a chocolate coating,” he says.


10 Healthy Living Tips from Dr. Oz

Flossing your teeth every day can add a year to your life. Splitting your multivitamin in half boosts its benefits. These are just two of the super-easy—and incredibly effective—tips Mehmet Oz, M.D., recommends to his patients.

"I believe you should make healthy living a habit,” says Dr. Oz, director of the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and host of TV's Dr. Oz Show. "That way you do what's good for you automatically." He walks the walk, with an energizing seven-minute yoga routine every morning and a belief that if he's going to watch TV, he should exercise at the same time. Here, some of Dr. Oz's favorite stay-well secrets, guaranteed to help you live a healthier life.

1. Stretch! Morning is best for an energizing yoga-based workout that includes forward bends, reaching for the ceiling and push-ups, says Dr. Oz, who devotes seven minutes to yoga every morning. It helps focus the mind and provides an adrenaline boost.

2. Take 10,000 steps. Walking elevates your mood, challenges your heart (the best way to keep it fit) and can even help reduce food cravings. Wear a pedometer and strive to take at least 10,000 steps a day, including one brisk 30-minute walk or three 10-minute walks.

3. Floss. Taking care of your teeth and gums is not only good for your mouth: Unloved gums can spread bacteria to the bloodstream and lead to inflammation and heart disease. Dr. Oz won't leave the house in the morning without flossing. He also recommends a sonic toothbrush—they do make a difference.

4. Not a fish fan? Get omega-3s from plants. The fatty acids found in cold-water fish like salmon, mackerel and herring help maintain optimal levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, and lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol. But if you're not a fish eater, pop an algae-based omega-3 supplement that contains the same omegas as fish oil.

5. Drink filtered tap water. Many people get thirst and hunger confused, causing them to snack when they're thirsty. The solution: Drink cold water—it quenches thirst, helps you feel full and keeps your body operating at full capacity.

6. Break your multivitamin in half. To get a steady supply of vitamins and minerals all day, take one-half of a multivitamin with breakfast and the other with dinner. Don't take them right before bed—the B vitamins can disrupt your sleep. If your multivitamin has less than 1,000 IU of vitamin D, take a D supplement as well—and read the label carefully to make sure it's D3, the most easily absorbed form.

7. Kick the sugar habit. White sugar and high-fructose corn syrup have almost no nutritional value, and over-consuming them increases your risk of obesity, heart disease and even depression. Carry apples, carrots and nuts with you so you're prepared when snack cravings strike. Skip energy bars and drinks—they don't provide the same sustained energy that fresh whole foods do.

8. Make television work for you. If you're going to flip on the TV, you should exercise while you watch. Dr. Oz likes to walk on a treadmill while enjoying a TV show, but working out with light (three-pound) dumbbells or even walking in place is better than simply sitting.

9. Take a nap. Getting less than seven hours' sleep at night triggers higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can lead to weight gain and depression. On busy days, Dr. Oz shuts his office door and grabs a 20-minute nap. No time for that? You can get to sleep more easily at night by turning off the TV and computer at least an hour before bedtime—their bright lights can fool your body into staying awake.

10. Do Good! "One of the best ways to fight stress in your life is to do something good for someone else—an act of love or generosity."

11. Bonus! Get the Tests You Need. When Dr. Oz turned 50 last summer, he gave himself an unusual present: a colonoscopy. "If it weren't for my TV show I might have put it off,” he recalls. "But I knew I had to set a good example. I was so arrogant; I thought I'd be perfect." He was in for an unpleasant surprise—a precancerous polyp. His doctor prescribed another screening in three months and follow-ups every three to five years. "As healthy as I am, this proves you must go for tests like cholesterol, blood pressure and colonoscopy," he says.

From Remedy's Healthy Living, Winter 2010

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