Yes, we can hear you all the way out here in Los Angeles asking if we have any ideas for food preparation now that we have told you to keep sugar out of your life. Three of the doctor’s books come with a wealth of recipe ideas designed to get you back into the kitchen and eating properly. These books are Lick the Sugar Habit, Healthy Bones and the now out-of-print Heal Yourself with Natural Food. For space reasons we are only giving you a sample from each book. Fear not culinary experimenters Heal Yourself with Natural Foods is due to be updated and retitled as Finding Hidden Food Allergies sometime in late 2008.

Garbanzo Appetizer Pate (from Healthy Bones)
2 cups cooked Garbanzo beans (chick peas), drained
3 Tablespoons of red wine vinegar
6 Tablespoons of olive oil
1/4 Teaspoon cumin
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/4 cup green pepper, minced
1/4 cup red pepper or pimiento, minced
2 Tablespoons green onion, minced
In a food processor, mix in Garbanzo beans, vinegar, oil, cumin and salt and pepper to taste. Blend until well pureed. Transfer to mixing bowl and stir in remaining ingredients. Chill 4 hours. Serve cold with cold strips of vegetables like carrots, celery or broccoli or with pita bread wedges. Makes about 2 cups.

Crunchy Chopped Salad with Shrimp in Lime Cumin Vinaigrette (from Finding Hidden Food Allergies)
Appears courtesy of Teri Appleton Villanueva
First make vinaigrette (below)
Lime Cumin Vinaigrette
1/2 cup olive oil
3 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 Teaspoon ground cumin
1 small Jalepeno, seeded and minced
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1/4 Teaspoon black pepper
Whisk ingredients in small bowl. Move on to salad.

Crunchy Chopped Salad with Shrimp
1 pound Florida rock shrimp
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Teaspoons olive oil
2 cups fresh corn, cut off the cob
2 Hass avocados, diced
1 cup jicama, diced
1/4 cup radish, diced
1/4 cup red pepper, diced
1/4 cup green onion, diced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 head romaine lettuce, shredded
Pat shrimp dry. Heat garlic in olive oil over medium heat in 12-inch pan until garlic is fragrant. Add shrimp and saute until shrimp is cooked through, about 4 minutes. Set shrimp aside to cool. Toss cooled shrimp in lime cumin dressing (see above) with all remaining ingredients, except lettuce. Arrange lettuce on serving tray and top with shrimp mixture. Serves 4.

Spanish-Style Rice with Ground Beef (from Lick the Sugar Habit)
2 Tablespoons safflower oil
2 medium onions, diced
1 medium green pepper, seeded and diced
3/4 pound ground beef, cooked and drained
2 cups cooked brown rice
3 tomatoes, chopped
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup tomato juice
1/2 Teaspoon black pepper
1 Tablespoon onion powder
1/8 Teaspoon garlic powder
Heat oil in large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and green pepper and saute until soft. Add remaining ingredients and combine well. Simmer 15 minutes. Makes 4 servings.