Posted by: 4pack | March 18, 2009

“Ideal Food” Book Review: “THE EATING WELL DIET” By Dr. Jean Harvey-Berino Is Informative And Offers Up A Great “Ham, Gruyere and Spinach Bread Pudding”


The basics: The book includes several worksheets through which dieters can set their own goals and develop a plan for getting from point A to point B — or somewhere in between. VTrim encourages slow, steady weight loss and a caloric intake of at least 1,200 calories a day.

The recipes: Entries range from hearty breakfast fare to flavorful salads and soups, as well as comforting dinner entrees. Several vegetarian options are in here too.

Best tip: This book even provides shopping tips, helping you navigate a supermarket for a well-filled pantry.

Ham, Gruyere and Spinach Bread Pudding


4 large egg whites

4 large eggs

1 cup skim milk

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

4 cups whole-grain bread cut into 1-inch cubes (4-6 slices)

5 cups chopped spinach

1 cup diced ham

1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers

3/4 cup shredded Gruyere cheese


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat an 11×7-inch glass baking dish or 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.

Whisk egg whites, eggs and milk in a medium bowl. Add mustard, rosemary and pepper; whisk to combine.

Toss bread, spinach, ham and peppers in a large bowl. Add the egg mixture and toss well to coat. Transfer to the baking dish and cover with foil or lid.

• Bake until the custard has set, 40-45 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with cheese and continue baking until it’s puffed and golden on top, about 15 minutes. Serves 6.

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