55: Healthy Family Recipes with Julia Nordgren, MD

Dr. Julia Nordgren is a pediatrician who is also a trained professional chef. With her stethoscope and whisk, she's on a mission to teach her patients (and now you) about eating a healthy and delicious diet. Julia is the author of The New Family Table, a cookbook filled with no-fuss, no-muss recipes that make healthy eating flavorful, affordable, and accessible to everyone. 


Show Highlights:

  • Julia’s unique roles as a pediatrician and chef, because she wanted to acquire cooking skills to help solve problems for her and her patients
  • How the issues of childhood obesity and poor nutrition prompted her to want to offer solutions
  • A story of a patient who saw significant results by incorporating more home-cooked meals in place of takeout dinners
  • How to plan ahead and prepare healthy meals
  • Julia’s new cookbook, which helps readers prepare more meals at home with simple ingredients and lots of flavors
  • Julia’s recipe for Braised Carrots, made with butter, brown sugar, ginger, salt, and fresh thyme
  • Why you should get your kids used to eating food with herbs
  • Secrets to veggie prep to save time and get kids involved
  • Julia’s kids’ favorites from the book: fajitas and Brazilian Chicken and Rice Soup
  • For a kid who doesn’t like veggies, use a “gateway” flavor, like teriyaki or taco seasoning
  • Julia’s philosophy on meat: lean, healthy proteins fit nicely into healthy and balanced diets, but most kids don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables
  • Why Julia believes we need to eat as many plant-based foods as possible
  • Tofu Lettuce Wraps, with Boston Bibb lettuce, carrots, red cabbage, hoisin sauce, tofu, and lime juice (ground pork or turkey can be substituted for tofu)
  • How the cookbook is divided into sections covering breakfast, snacks, dinners with more vegetables, and desserts that capitalize on fruit
  • Julia’s favorite snacks: minestrone soup and homemade trail mix (move away from packaged foods)
  • How to use citrus zest or juice to freshen, liven, and balance flavors
  • Kid-Friendly Kale Salad, with couscous, grated carrot, dried cranberries, chopped pecans, and a dressing of balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, dijon mustard, olive oil, and salt and pepper
  • How the salad balances flavors and offers a contrast in textures
  • Julia’s “Aha” moment when she looked at the mess in her pantry
  • How she learned to make Vietnamese Pho
  • Tips for family dinner:
    • Make dinner a priority
    • Have rules about devices
    • Create a welcoming table, even after your kids leave the house
  • Julia’s favorite go-to family dinner: steamed carrots, broccoli, or cauliflower, canned beans, quinoa or couscous, and fresh herbs
  • What’s next for Julia? Travel, a food blogger conference in Alaska, and her next cookbook about feeding teenagers


Giveaway: We're giving away a copy of The New Family Table: Cooking More, Eating Together & Staying (Relatively) Sane by chef Dr. Julia Nordgren, MD. (U.S. only, please.) To enter, leave a comment in the comments section at the bottom of this post and tell me about YOUR favorite family dinner recipe. Giveaway ends June 26th.




Find Julia on Instagram:  @drjuliacooks

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