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Christina Pirello, renowned whole foods chef, introduces viewers to a style of healthy cooking that is decidedly Mediterranean and relies on techniques and simple ingredients that can be found at the average supermarket.
In light of the nation’s current obesity health crisis, Christina shows viewers how to make healthy eating fun, delicious and easy to do. Topics include: eliminating refined sugar and dairy from your diet; providing children with healthy alternatives to processed foods; and helping prevent illnesses such as breast cancer, arthritis and osteoporosis with a healthy diet.
Christina Cooks also features a number of entertaining cooking themes such as how to nourish and satisfy men with healthy cooking; eating chocolate for a well-balanced diet; and eating right for glowing skin.
Distributed by: American Public Television (APT)
Christina Pirello, a popular chef and author of four cookbooks, beat cancer with the help of her healthy, macrobiotic diet; whole-foods cooking quickly became her passion. Christina is one of the country's foremost educators on cooking and alternative health.
Red Blooded Nutrition
Folic acid is essential for healthy red blood, and Christina prepares dishes rich in this valuable nutrient, including Spinach Salad with Candied Peanuts and Mangoes, and Kale-Filled Ravioli.
Probiotics and You
Pro-bi-what? Probiotics are the good bacteria that aid in food digestion. In this show, Christina makes Briased Fennel, Leeks and Eggplant, and Fried Rice with Pineapple, to help us digest.
Minerals, like their counterpart vitamins, are essential for good health. From mangoes and pomegranates to arugula and mushrooms, Christina goes shopping for the delicious sources of these much needed nutrients.
All About Alliums
Alliums are the family of vegetables that include garlic, onions and leeks, and eating healthy servings is proven to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and prevent heart disease. Christina makes foods high all: Pan-Fried Beggar's Purses and Eggplant Wraps.
Cleaning Up Our Act
Including foods that help cleanse the system is essential to keep bodies in top working conditions. Christina cooks food to do just that: Stuffed Zucchini, Sicilian Style, and Asian Pears with Star Anise.
I Love Vitamin C
Orange juice and Vitamin C is a great way to beat a cold, but there's much more to this little vitamin. Christina explores the vitality and versatility of Vitamin C with Lemon-Lime Hummus, Black Bean Soup and Orange Salsa.
See How Great You Feel
Christina prepares dishes high in lutein - which improves vision -using a fruit with lots of it: berries! The menu includes Rustic Apple Tart with Raspberries, and Berries in Red Wine Sauce.
No Bones About It
Daily products aren't the only calcium-rich foods - beans are also an excellent source, as Christina proves with her Pan Fried Burritos and Pinto Bean Burgers.
Don't Fear The Carbs
Carbs top many current diet "no" lists. But do foods high in carbohydrate really make people fat and ruin our health? Christina focuses on good carbs, like Quinoa Croquettes with Mango Salsa and Rice Pilaf with Caramelized Onions.
Christina whips up a menu proven to enhance romance, from Penne with Artichokes and Garlic to an Avocado "Margarita."
Omega-3 fatty acids can help clear your skin, and your thinking. Christina taste-tests the most delicious sources of it, including Hempseed and Coconut Croquettes, and Avocado Salad with Black Olive Vinaigrette.
My Food Pyramid
Christina creates a sensible food pyramid for happy, healthy eating, and then makes a meal out of it: Farro Salad with Peas, Fava Beans and Tomatoes and Fig Bars with Port Wine.
The Other Pastas
Christina cooks several healthy pasta options that will have you sighing in food ecstasy, like Soba Slaw Salad with Peanut Dressing, and Pumpkin Gnocchi with Basil Oil.
Potassium, Magnesium and Other Fun Stuff
Everyday, there's the news that our diets "need" something new in order to remain healthy. Christina demystifies these food requirements, and then creates dishes full of the "good stuff," like Tomato and Mango Salad, Roasted Beet Risotto and Thai Tofu with Noodles.
The Freak Show
In moderation, even foods we'd never think of as healthy - like coffee, chocolate and honey - have benefits. Christina proves it with Chocolate Brownies, Black Bean Coffee Chili and Tofu with Red Chili Honey.
Total Antioxidant Capacity
Antioxidants -abundant in beans, bright vegetables and berries - are the barrier between sickness and health. Stay flu-free with Christina's recipe for Cherry-Berry Crumble Pie and Artichoke Salad.
Up Your Apples
The saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" takes on an entirely new meaning, as Christina rates the "crunch factor" of traditional apples, whips up Tofu and Apple Curry and makes an apple juice with a twist.
Sweet On You
Satisfying a sweet tooth doesn't have to happen at the cookie jar. For a healthy take on "sweet," try Christina's Beet and Avocado Salad, Pan-Fried Polenta with Oven-Roasted Squash and decadent Chocolate Almond Cups.
Burgers and Fried Makeover
Have you ever benched the man in your life and put his barbecue out of bounds because it doesn't play well with your healthy lifestyle? Cut the fat with these yummy burgers and get him back in the game!
Pizza Party Makeover
What's America's favorite food? That's right...pizza! But if you are watching this show, you care about eating healthier, right? So pizza is out, right? Not if this South Philly girl has anything to say about it.
Chocolate Decadence Makeover
What turns me on? Three things: chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. What are my secret passions? Chocolate, chocolate and yes, more chocolate! If you thought this sweet indulgence was off limits...think again!
Tailgate Party Makeover
What better reason to get off the sofa, out of the house and down to the stadium for the big game than a tailgate party? Rooting for the team works up a hearty appetite. In this episode, you'll learn how to make hearty food, heart healthy!
Comfort Food Makeover
Whenever you need a little TLC, you crave the dishes your Mom used to make. But those dishes are often loaded with more than just her love. On this show, I'll show you how to keep that feeling and still keep feeling good.
The Great Soup Makeover
Soups...ya' gotta love them! They're easy to make and heartwarming, but oh, all that fat! But hang on...creamy doesn't have to mean cream. ..comfort doesn't have to mean fattening. Our recipes keep all the taste and keep you healthy, too.
Kids' Faves Makeover
Love and kids go hand in hand. But the foods they love aren't always the best for them. In this episode, some ways to keep making their favorites, while keeping them healthy and happy...and you, sane...at the same time.
Macaroni. From spaghetti and meat balls to lasagne, from the everyday to the exotic...and it comes in all shapes and sizes. It's quick and easy to make...but the carbs and calories are scary, right? Wrong! In this episode, some healthy ways to use your noodle!
Extreme Antioxidant Makeover
Every day we are bombarded by millions of little pests called free radicals...all intent on aging us more quickly than we have to...it's time to fight back...with the best weapon we have...our food! In this episode, we'll talk antioxidants and why we love them.
Family Faves Makeover
Mashed potatoes, baked beans, French toast...guaranteed to get the family to sit down together. But these 'sit down' foods are usually loaded with calories, fat and simple carbs. I'll show you how to lighten 'em up and still have the family run to the table!
Think desserts have no place in a healthy diet? They do in my healthy diet! I LOVE dessert. But you won't find sugar in this girl's kitchen. So what do I use to add a little sweetness in my life? You'll find out in this episode!
The Breakfast Makeover
We've all heard it: 'breakfast is the most important meal of the day. ' Unfortunately, we don't always make it the healthiest meal of the day. We'll create healthy breakfast foods that will get you up and keep you going.
- Chocolate Dipped Almond Biscotti
- Kabocha Squash with Wild Rice Stuffing
- Sautéed Brussels Sprout Leaves
- Sheila’s Lacy Wafers
- Vegan Tarte Tatin
- Zuppa di Cipolle
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