Yesterday, we featured an interview with nutrition expert and author Dr. John McDougall, whose new book, The Starch Solution, offers a method of weight loss thats in stark contradiction to the prevailing messages.¬†But what does a high-starch diet even look like? To help give readers an idea of what they can expect from The Starch Solution, Dr. McDougall shared a healthy recipe from the book with us.
Sure, losing weight with a high-carb diet sounds great, but without proper guidance and a few meal ideas, it’s easy to take the vague idea of a starch-based diet and steer it in an entirely incorrect direction. That’s why Dr. McDougall included recipes in his book—to help readers get a firm handle on what kinds of foods they should be eating.
To compliment yesterday’s interview, here’s a recipe straight from The Starch Solution. Here’s what Dr. McDougall had to say about it:
My daughter, Heather, returned home from a trip craving a bread salad she‚Äôd enjoyed while away. She created this one, which is best when it‚Äôs made with vine-ripened tomatoes from the garden or farmers‚Äô market.
Summer Tomato Panzanella
Prep: 20 minutes | Rest: 15 minutes ‚ÄĘ Serves four
- 1 loaf fat-free French or Italian-style bread, crusts on, cut into¬†1″ cubes
- 1 cucumber, cut into 1‚ĀĄ2″ cubes
- 1 green bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1‚ĀĄ2″ cubes
- 3 ripe tomatoes, cut into 1‚ĀĄ2″ cubes
- 1‚ĀĄ2 cup chopped fresh basil
- 1‚ĀĄ4 cup kalamata olives, pitted and cut into quarters
- 1 cup Fat-Free Balsamic Vinaigrette (page 244) or bottled vinaigrette
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
- 2 tablespoons hot water
- 2 tablespoons vegetable broth
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
Preheat the oven to 300¬įF.
Spread out the bread cubes on a baking sheet and bake for 15 min- utes to dry. Let cool on the sheet.
Put the cucumber, bell pepper, tomatoes, basil, and olives in a large bowl.
In a small bowl, whisk together the Fat-Free Balsamic Vinaigrette, garlic, water, vegetable broth, and vinegar.
About 15 minutes before serving, add the toasted bread cubes to the vegetable mixture and mix to distribute the ingredients evenly. Add the dressing and toss again.
Let the salad stand for 15 minutes before serving to allow the bread cubes to soak up some of the¬†dressing.
Image via The Starch Solution