Have you ever wondered what a doctor eats at home? People are naturally curious about what their doctors recommend by way of a well balanced diet.
A little over a year ago, Tyler cardiologist Dr. Hector Ceccoli and the Smith County Medical Society launched their Cook with a Doc series to help residents of Smith County get an idea of what a cardiologist in their community eats at home. Dr. Ceccoli believes in healthy, yet easy, cooking, saying, “There is a myth out there that cooking has to be complicated or that there is some big secret to healthy cooking at home.” Ceccoli often cooks at home and involves his three children in the process.
There are many benefits to cooking meals at home versus frequently dining out. One obvious benefit of cooking at home is that you don’t have to sit and wait for a table or for your food. You also end up saving quite a bit of money by eating at home. Another great benefit of cooking at home is being able to involve your whole family – no matter if your spouse, children or friends are helping you cook or are just sitting in the kitchen with you having a conversation. Great fellowship and community happens in kitchens and around tables.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of cooking at home is that you know exactly where the food came from (if you purchased it from a reputable source). Even more importantly, you know exactly how it was handled and prepared. When you are eating out in public you have no idea just what your food has gone through before it made it to your plate. Fresh ingredients that you’ve selected yourself make a BIG difference!
We recently had our first Dr. Ceccoli “Cook with a Doc” event at our office and he made a delicious meal for us! He whipped up a Simple Salad, Roasted Butternut Squash, and Pan Seared Rosemary Steak. That may sound like a time intensive meal, but Dr. Ceccoli had it all cooked and ready to eat in about an hour.
With a little planning, some fresh ingredients and a lot of flavor your next healthy home cooked meal might be only an hour away! This week, try planning a family meal and involve everyone in preparing, cooking and enjoying being together.
Pan Seared Rosemary Steak