Michael Pollen: Tricks To Beat Grocery Store Traps
Dr. Oz and Michael Pollan discussed Pollan’s new food rules which will help anyone get back to the basics of cooking instead of waiting in line at a fast food restaurant. Now Pollan and Dr. Oz are going over the countless “traps” in place at the grocery store. They are going over how to avoid those traps and become a smart shopper who fills their cart with healthy foods instead of junk.
The yogurt trap: While yogurt is generally praised as a healthy food, in recent years more and more sugar has been added to yogurt. Pollen told Dr. Oz some yogurt contains as much sugar as a can of soda or even more. He suggested buying plain yogurt and sweetening it naturally with maple syrup or a fruit preserve.
Secondary eating takes over: Pollan shared a study that found people are spending an average of 78 minutes per day secondary eating, meaning they are eating while surfing the internet, watching TV or driving a car. He suggested only eating food that can be eaten at the table and waking up earlier to make some breakfast rather than grabbing a breakfast bar for the road.
Buying ready-made meals at the grocery store: Pollan said the grocery store has become a miniature version of a restaurant with all these semi-prepared foods that are packed with ingredients he said no human should be eating. He suggested shopping for ingredients to make a meal and not shopping for an already made meal.
Dr Oz: Micheal Pollan’s Wine Braised Chicken Recipe
Michael Pollan Wine Braised Chicken Ingredients:
- 3 3/4 lbs chicken pieces, with bones and ideally dark meat
- 6 cups of root vegetables, depending on what you like. Try potatoes and turnips.
- 2 yellow onions, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups red wine
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup canned whole peeled plum tomatoes, drained and quartered
- 1 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 6 cloves garlic
- 4 sprigs of thyme
- 3 bay leaves
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
Michael Pollan Wine Braised Chicken Directions:
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- Sprinkle chicken with 2 teaspoons of salt and all of the pepper. Heat the oil in a 6-quart Dutch oven over medium-high temperature. Put half the chicken in the pot in one layer and cook, flipping once, until lightly brown which should take about 15 minutes. Move to a plate and repeat with rest of the chicken.
- Add onions to the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes. Add the wine and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes. Pour in the broth and 1/2 cup water and bring to a fast simmer and cook until slightly reduced, 3 to 5 minutes.
- Stir in the tomato paste and rest of the salt. Add the root vegetable combination to fill the bottom of the pan, then add the tomatoes and chicken, skin side up, to the pot pouring over juices from plate. Add the garlic, thyme and bay leaves to the liquid and cover the pot tightly with foil, then put on the lid and cook in the oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
- Allow it to rest for 30 minutes; remove the thyme and bay leaves. Sprinkle parsley on top and serve.
Dr Oz Viewers’ Food Rules – Don’t Eat In Sweatpants
Dr. Oz asked his viewers to come up with some of their own food rules and below are two of the best:
“The younger the tea, the younger you’ll be.”
“The stretchier your slacks, the bigger your snacks.” – One viewer said she eats too much if she is comfortable while she eats.