What To Eat For a Healthy Dinner
Over the past few days, I’ve discussed whether or not to skip breakfast and looked at Dr. Michael Klaper’s lunch recommendations. Today, a healthy dinner is in the spotlight!
Last night, my wife and I went out to eat at a popular national chain restaurant. We hadn’t visited a restaurant other than Fruitive since the COVID-19 outbreak began.
I ordered the Vegan Cobb Salad. But my hot date was so distracting that I forgot to ask for the dressing on the side. The salad tasted fine, but afterwards I wasn’t feeling good.
My wife suspects the oily, sugary dressing. Whatever the problem was, I wished I’d just fixed something at my parents’ house — or that southwest Michigan had its own whole food, plant-based restaurant like Fruitive!
For most of us, dinner is a time to relax with our families or dates. So having healthy, delicious food we can feel good about eating is especially important.
But what about those nights when you’re fresh out of dinner ideas? It happens to all of us — and that’s why I was excited to find a Plant-Based News video titled “WHAT I EAT FOR DINNER: Dr. Barnard & Other Plant-Based Doctors.”
In less than nine minutes, more than 15 doctors spill the beans on their favorite dinners. And yes, there are plentyof beans to go around!
General practitioner Mahesh Shah, MD, for instance, loves a helping of brown rice with beans at dinnertime. Another of his favorites is plant-based, oil-free pizza with homemade cashew cheese.
For Dr. Pamela Popper, PHD and Dr. Ayesha Sherzai, it’s thick, bean-based chili. Pediatrician Celeste Palmer prefers her beans in a bowl of quinoa with avocado, shallots and sauce.
Cardiologists Joel Kahn, MD and Danielle Belard, MDlove to go the bowl route at dinner time. Dr. Kahn mixes things up with “… a scoop of quinoa and a scoop of beans, a scoop of beets and a scoop of sprouts and some salad.” He says of the finished product, “I don’t know if it’s a salad or a bowl.”
Lentils are Dr. Belard’s legume of choice, mixed in a bowl with kale, avocado, tomatoes, carrots, Brussels sprouts and a splash of tahini.
For the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine’s president Dr. Neal Barnard, nori-wrapped, wasabi-laced cucumber and rice sushi gets a thumbs-up.He encourages others to make sushi with their ownfavorite veggies.
Other dinner favorites included:
• Thick, hearty vegetable soup and quinoa with steamed green and yellow veggies (Dr. Klaper’s choice).
• Whole-grain pasta Alfredo with cashew cream sauce.
• Lentil-based dahl with turmeric, cumin or whatever comfort-food spice works best.
• Lentil curry with kale, spinach or other leafy greens.
• Lentil Bolognese with onions, garlic, carrots, celery and tomatoes.
So now you know what the plant-based experts consider a good dinner: whole, simply prepared legumes, vegetables and whole grains enhanced with herbs and spices.
Now I know what I’m cooking for my next dinner date!