Dr Oz: Curtis Stone’s Cooking Healthy On a Budget
Dr. Oz welcomed Chef Curtis Stone on the show for the first time and the two talked about his new book, What’s for Dinner, what he always keeps in his kitchen and the best kitchen appliances every kitchen needs to have on hand.
Dr Oz: Curtis Stone What’s For Dinner Weekly Dinner Plans
Dr. Oz said one of the biggest complaints he hears from so many people is that they hate cooking dinner every night. Curtis Stone speculated that people get so stressed deciding what to make for dinner that they don’t even make it to the cooking part. He suggested, for anyone this happens to often, to change their attitude about cooking and find easy, healthy recipes to make for dinner. Curtis said he arranged all the chapters in his book according to the days of the week because we all look at each day differently from a cooking standpoint.
- Sunday – Family Supper Sundays
- Monday – Motivating Mondays
- Tuesday – Time-Saving Tuesdays
- Wednesday – One-Pot Wednesdays
- Thursday – Thrifty Thursdays
- Friday – Five-Ingredient Fridays
- Saturday – Dinner Party Saturdays
Dr Oz: Cooking Lasagna On a Budget
Curtis Stone said one of the biggest complaints he hears from people is that it is too expensive and too difficult to cook healthy on a budget. So Dr. Oz brought on one viewer who said she spends way too much at the grocery store when she tries to shop for healthy food and she needed some help from the chef. Dr. Oz sent the two to the store to buy ingredients for a lasagna recipe and when they both came back the woman ended up spending $75 while Stone only spent around $40.
Check out some of his advice for shopping more frugally:
- Replace packaged lasagna noodles with fresh eggplant which can be sliced to mimic noodles, but costs less and is healthier.
- Instead of buying jarred tomato sauce Curtis said to use fresh tomatoes because you will have some left over to use in a salad.
- If you don’t want a salad you can literally add all the veggies you want to the lasagna to beef up the portions.
- Beef up any meal with foods like beans and lentils that are packed with protein, flavor and are super nutritious.
Dr Oz: Curtis Stone’s Slow Cooked Thai Chicken Recipe
Cleaning up after cooking dinner is by far the worst part about cooking so Curtis Stone shared his one pot slow cooked Thai chicken recipe that everyone will enjoy.
Curtis Stone Slow Cooked Thai Chicken Ingredients:
- 4 whole chicken legs (thighs and drumsticks; about 11 oz each)
- 1 yellow onion, finely sliced
- 1 cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen
- 2 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tablespoons Thai or Vietnamese fish sauce
- Kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup packed torn fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 lime, cut into wedges, for serving
- Zest of 1 lime, removed in wide strips with a vegetable peeler
- ½ pound asparagus, woody stems trimmed, cut diagonally in half
Curtis Stone Slow Cooked Thai Chicken Directions:
- Sprinkle the chicken with salt and heat skin side down in a deep heavy skillet with the olive oil over medium-high heat until the skin is browned. Turn and cook the other side the same way. Keep chicken warm on a plate.
- Drain the fat from the skillet reserving one tablespoon and return it to the stove. Add the onions and saute for about three minutes stirring so they don’t burn. Pour in the almond milk, lime zest and fish sauce, then return the chicken to the pan and bring the liquid to a simmer. Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer gently for about 45 minutes, covered.
- Add the asparagus and basil leaves to the skillet and cook with the chicken for about two minutes, or until the asparagus is crisp-tender. Add in the coconut milk and season to taste with salt.
- Serve with lemon wedges and enjoy.
Dr Oz: Chocolate Cupcake Face Mask
Did you ever think chocolate could be great for beauty treatments? Check out some of the chocolate beauty treatments Dr. Oz shared below.
Chocolate toothpaste – Research shows chocolate extract helps the enamel of teeth and may even be better than fluoride.
Chocolate beauty products – There is a line of products that contains a pure form of cocoa and includes a shampoo, conditioner and blow dry cream. Dr. Oz added that chocolate aroma will decrease your appetite.
Cupcake chocolate face mask – Just spread it on your face and rinse after five minutes with warm water.