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Goodcooking.com Cookbook Review---


Title: Clean, Green & Lean, Drop the Weight in 30 Days
Author: Dr. Walter Crinnion
294 pages; Hardcover $25.95 US/$30.95 CAN
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Hoboken, NJ
Reviewed by, Chef John Vyhnanek, May, 2010


The review---

Clean, Green & Lean will make you think before you plunk yourself down in front of your TV while sitting on your carpet and eating a bowl of fresh fruit! Thatís because this book discusses the effects that chemicals have on our foods, our bodies and our environment. I must admit I already know some of this and always wondered about a vegetable farmerís tractor dripping oil into a field on top of where carrots were growing. My grandfather, father and the whole family farmed during and after the depression and the only real piece of machinery they had was a Caterpillar tractor. Mostly it was used for clearing land and towing the manure wagon to pasture land. I guess the team of horses and wood plough which my father guided through the fields could classify as organic farming today!

Itís a fact that non-organic vegetables are sprayed today with pesticides to kill bugs. Your carrots apples and bell peppers are some of the worst! You can however detoxify them if you follow the instructions on page 44. Dr. Walter Crinnion also tells us that some of the least sprayed foods are available in the non-organic isle like asparagus, avocado and sweet corn---go figure. Remember the carpet mentioned earlier, you were sitting on azulene, dodecane, formaldehyde and about 30 other chemicals added to make and treat it! You donít even want to know about dry-cleaning---yeesh! Did you ever spray for weeds or ants in your yard and spill a little on your hands? Guess where it went---straight to your blood stream! A double yeesh!


So what to do? Doctor Crinnion has hundreds of suggestions on how to detoxify your environment and body as well as your and your familyís lives in this book. Some such as a homemade weed killer with soap and vinegar date back to my grandfatherís time but are long forgotten. He suggests ways to clean up your living room, hallway, bathroom and all rooms in between and then some. After you clean and get your house green itís time for detoxifying your body, after all this book is really about diet and how to eat the proper foods that donít make you fat! How would you like to drop weight in 30 days?

How did we get away from such natural methods? Pesticide spray on fruit trees, DDT to spray for mosquitoes and the heavy use of chlorine to treat water led to the dreaded PCB contamination found just about everywhere today. Rachel Carsonís book Silent Spring was a wake-up call to some but didnít carry the weight until the green movement took shape a few years back.

The doctor has included about 80 recipes for a new you, a mango smoothie, real eggs (organic) in a broccoli and Jack cheese frittata; scallops with risotto and artichokes. Those are the recipes I tested and Iíll tell you they were quite satisfying and easy to prepare. If you need a bit more guidance, he has included a 14 day menu plan where you can incorporate his recipes and save time planning menus.

Times a wasting, get healthy, lose some weight, be green! Oh wait until you read the section about fabric softeners, air fresheners and even cosmetics. I probably wouldnít have bought this book on my own, but I am so happy to have received it to review. It is thought provoking and a great book---buy it, read it and live it for a better, healthier and slimmer you.

This book is highly recommended buy goodcooking.com!


Dr. Walter Crinnion

Recipes tested---

Protein Mango Smoothie with Yogurt

(Serves 1)

1 cup organic low-fat plain yogurt
1 cup frozen organic mango
1 cup organic apple juice
2 scoops Amino ICG protein powder
ice

In a blender, add the yogurt, mango, apple juice, and protein powder
Blend and add ice to the desired consistency.

Broccoli and Cheese Frittata
(Serves 4)

2 teaspoons organic olive oil
2 cups broccoli, chopped
8 organic eggs
salt and pepper to taste
Ĺ cup organic Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup organic strawberries

Preheat the oven to broil. In a small sautť pan, add about 1 teaspoon
of the olive oil; Stir in 2 cups of the chopped broccoli and cook about
8 minutes over medium heat. Grease an oven-safe skillet with the
remaining teaspoon of the organic olive oil. Add the eggs and whisk,
cooking over medium heat. Add the cooked broccoli and salt and
pepper to taste, continuing to heat until the eggs begin to set. Sprinkle
the cheese over the eggs and place the skillet in the oven for about
3ó4 minutes or until slightly brown. Let cool, then cut into slices and
serve with the strawberries on the side.

Baked Scallops with Risotto and Artichokes
(Serves 4)
Scallops
1 1/4 pounds jumbo sea scallops
organic light Italian salad dressing
Vital Choice Organic Salmon Marinade
dried basil
lemon pepper

Risotto
1Ĺ cups Arborio rice
cup green onion, chopped
1 tablespoon organic olive oil
2 cups water
1 cup organic vegetable broth
Ĺ teaspoon sea salt
dash black pepper
dash garlic powder
half a 14-ounce can artichoke quarters

Preheat the oven to 325T. Place the sea scallops (thawed, if frozen)
in a single layer in a baking dish. Pour a generous amount of the salad
dressing over the scallops, ensuring complete coverage. Sprinkle the
marinade, dried basil, and lemon pepper over the scallops. Bake for
20ó25 minutes.

In a small saucepan, sautť the rice and green onion in the olive oil
over medium heat. When the rice begins to brown, add the water and
vegetable broth, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer
and stir in the sea salt, black. pepper, garlic powder, and artichokes.
Stir frequently for about 20 minutes, leaving the saucepan uncovered.
Spoon the risotto onto plates and top with the scallops.
 

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