Eat To Live Friendly Recipes on HubPages.com

If You Are not Familiar with the Eat To Live Program

This article is for those who are familiar with Eat To Live and understand such terms as "nutrient rich" and "caloric density". At the end of this article is a list of resources for learning the basics of the Eat To Live program and deciding if it may be right for you.

HubPages Writers Offer Creative Approaches to Preparing Low Caloric Density, Nutrient Rich Foods

If you are following Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Eat To Live program, as I am, you are most likely on the lookout for appealing recipes that meet the requirements of this weight loss and return-to-health plan. Although you may already have one or more of the books available on the topic, all of which do offer program-compatible recipes, there are many more published recipes out there on the Internet that you might want to try but just don't know how to find.

In my search for Eat To Live friendly recipes over the six months I've been on the plan, I found a tempting selection of recipes here on HubPages that are completely suitable to the program or could be if slightly modified. In all cases, the HubPages recipe writers were not setting out to create Eat To Live friendly recipes; rather, they were writing favorite family or cultural recipes or recipes that meet the needs for low-fat, dairy-free, vegan, or vegetarian food plans.

Following are some of the stellar recipes I've found on HubPages, which I chose for their healthy ingredients, ease of preparation, and overall conformance to the principles of the Eat To Live program.

In showcasing the recipes published here that are not completely compatible with the Eat To Live program, I've also offered minor change suggestions that would let them comply with the requirements of the first six rigorous weeks.

I hope you give these recipes a look and try them out, whether you follow the Eat To Live program or not. They are great food.

A tasty fruit and tofu smoothie breakfast recipe published by Om Paramapoonya.
A tasty fruit and tofu smoothie breakfast recipe published by Om Paramapoonya. | Source

Fruit and Tofu Smoothie for Breakfast

This tofu smoothie recipe published by Om Paramapoonya is recommended as a breakfast choice for diabetics.

It calls for sugar-free syrup and vanilla extract, both of which would not be part of the Eat To Live plan for the first six weeks because of the artificial sweetness of sugar-free syrup and the alcohol that is present in vanilla extract.

To make this tempting recipe compatible with Eat To Live, try replacing the vanilla extract with a grated vanilla bean and then add sweetness with whole grapes or mango slices instead of sugar-free syrup.

A tomato and lime salad recipe from North Africa published by Patty Inglish, MS.
A tomato and lime salad recipe from North Africa published by Patty Inglish, MS. | Source

Tomato Lime Salad from North Africa

The description of this tomato salad with lime simply sparkles. Tomatoes, lime, onion, garlic, black pepper, and parsley come together in a refreshing combination. No substitutions are needed in this recipe presented by Patty Inglish, MS in her hub featuring vegan recipes from North Africa. However, you may want to omit the salt.

Scroll about one-third of the way down the page on this article for the ingredients and preparation method. As soon as tomatoes are in season and ripened on the vine, this salad recipe is going to grace my table.

If you can't find bitter Khmer leaves for J.S.Matthew's plate, sorrel will work well.
If you can't find bitter Khmer leaves for J.S.Matthew's plate, sorrel will work well. | Source

Khmer Vegetable, Fruit, and Herb Plate

J.S.Matthew's recipe for a vegetable, fruit, and herb plate from Southeast Asia describes an intriguing combination of vegetables, fruits, and herbs.

This plate is traditionally intended to accompany roasted or grilled meat, but it can stand alone as a side or salad to complement any vegetarian main course, or it can be its own entrée for lunch or dinner while following the Eat To Live program.

Some of the ingredients may be hard to find in the US, unless you are lucky to have an Asian market in your neighborhood; however, J.S.Matthew suggests more commonly available substitutes that work well.

This dish, as described, needs no modification to make it Eat To Live friendly.

Tasty and tangy no-oil salad dressing, topped with fresh spring chives.
Tasty and tangy no-oil salad dressing, topped with fresh spring chives. | Source

Sally's Oil-free Salad Dressing

Tasty and satisfying oil-free salad dressings are hard to come by.

If you've bought low-fat or no-fat commercial salad dressings, you know what I mean. This one is quite different. Artichoke hearts, cashews, and sunflower seeds create a rich, creamy texture and a pleasant, mild sweetness, while mustard, vinegar, and garlic add a delightful tang.

This oil-free dressing also makes a delicious dip for fresh fruits and vegetables.

15 bean varieties are the hearty base for this soup recipe published by Marntzu.
15 bean varieties are the hearty base for this soup recipe published by Marntzu. | Source

15 Bean Soup with Pureed Vegetables

I came across this recipe a short while ago and was intrigued by how Marntzu purees the vegetables before adding them to the cooked beans in this 15 bean soup recipe. I generally add the same vegetables he does (onion, celery, carrot, tomato), but I don't puree them first. Next time, I will. Having a smoothly blended liquid sets off the beauty of the individual bean types in the finished soup.

To make this recipe more Eat To Live friendly, make these substitutions and omissions:

  • Use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock
  • Use low-sodium tomato sauce
  • Replace the olive oil with vegetable stock to cook the onions, using a non-stick pot or pan
  • Replace the salt with a no-salt seasoning mix such as Mrs. Dash

Bob Ewing published an easy vegetable barley soup recipe whose primary notes are carrots and pearl barley.
Bob Ewing published an easy vegetable barley soup recipe whose primary notes are carrots and pearl barley. | Source

Easy Vegetable Barley Soup

This easy-to-make nutritious soup is sure to be a winner on your table. Bob Ewing presents two barley soup versions in his hub. Use the second version, "A Quick Version", for a dish more compatible with the first six weeks of the Eat To Live program. All you need to do by way of modification is eliminate the salt or replace it with a no-salt seasoning blend such as Mrs. Dash or Trader Joe's 21-Seasoning Salute.

Also worth reading in this Hub is the nutritional information at the end where Bob compares wheat and barley. You may be surprised to see the dramatic differences.

G-Ma Johnson incorporated photos into her Hub to show the preparation stages for this fragrant squash soup.
G-Ma Johnson incorporated photos into her Hub to show the preparation stages for this fragrant squash soup. | Source

Beautiful and Fragrant Butternut Pumpkin Soup

G-Ma Johnson's hub offers two versions of this winter squash soup. The first is the original recipe she found in a magazine and the second is her own version "tweaked" according to the ingredients she had on hand at the time.

One of the aspects of this soup I find particularly attractive is that it uses no milk, cream, or milk substitutes, thereby allowing the beautiful flavors of the roasted squash and sauteed herbs and vegetables to dominate.

Because G-Ma's version retains the salt, fats, and chicken broth of the original, all of which are to be avoided in the first six weeks of Fuhrman's program, you may want to try these substitutions and omissions (which are essentially the same as those for the 15-bean soup):

  • Replace the chicken stock with low-sodium, organic vegetable stock
  • Omit all fats
  • Omit the salt or replace it with a no-salt seasoning blend such as Mrs. Dash or Trader Joe's 21-Seasoning Salute; or you could try doubling the amount of ginger
  • For sauteeing the vegetables, replace the oil with vegetable stock; use a non-stick pan or pot and keep just enough stock in the pan to keep the vegetables from burning

Looking for More Eat To Live Friendly Recipes on HubPages

I've read hundreds of recipes here on HubPages, looking for those that closely approximate this plan. But there are thousands of recipes published here, and I'm sure I've missed some that would be great additions to this Hub.

If you find a HubPages recipe that conforms to the requirements of the first six weeks of the Joel Fuhrman plan, please leave a comment below. I'd like to see this hub grow to include all recipes published on HubPages that meet the requirements of this exceptional weight-loss and back-to-health plan that I've been following for more than six months, losing weight while sitting on my butt and never feeling hungry.

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jenubouka 4 years ago

Wonderful and awesome Sally!!

I have been reading up on the diet myself for quite some time, included his link in a hub and have another hub I may revise to focus on this incredible way of eating. So, how has the diet been for you? In a restaurant setting, there are quite a few of the recipes I have implement as a side or salad dish on the menu for the gluten free option, they are very popular, especially this time of year. Then as summer hits we go in full swing of more requests for these kinds of foods.

Love the hub!


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G-Ma Johnson 4 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

Even though I have concentrated on this for only 9 days now I know I feel better and am NOT hungry all the time.

I actually ate this way pretty much anyway but have now cut out the breads :O( and meats for a while.

It seems I have more energy, or maybe it is because we have had some nice sunny days lately...:O)

I make a smoothie out of banana, blue berries, coconut milk and bit of Kifer...yummy it freezes well so is like a sorbet for dessert..Believe me I find ways...:O) Hugs G-Ma

p.s. thanks for the recipes


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

jenubouka, thanks so much for posting here, as now I can follow your writings on food, and you have so much of value to share.

The Eat To Live plan for me is going well, where most days don't invite too much of a struggle of will. I LIKE the way I'm feeling, and I have a lot to say about that in answer to G-Ma's comment above.

I'm also glad to hear that this way of eating is becoming more popular for those who want to dine out. A few months ago, my daughter's father wanted to take her out to dinner for her birthday and asked her for her choice of restaurant so that she could stick to her Eat To Live plan. My daughter chose a restaurant, not because this restaurant had anything on the menu that conformed to this plan, but because she knew the restaurant and felt comfortable asking them to modify a dish with her requirements, which they did.

Love your comment!


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

G-Ma, I so identify with what you say about energy. First, congratulations on being in your ninth day of Eat To Live. It's not an easy thing to do, but by day 21, it will be a lot easier.

So, next. I had a bad, bad cheat (I've made no secrets about cheating in my hub on how I lost 15 pounds) last week when I salivated so badly over the idea of a pizza that I ordered one from my local pizza parlor and managed to eat the entire thing in one evening. The next day, I woke up with a fuzz all over my brain and could not get myself together to do anything productive. I'm not your energy queen, by any means, and never have been, but this day was horrible. In the afternoon, I went outside to sit in the late-day sun on the porch, hoping for an energy revival, wondering if I weren't coming down with the flu, when my daughter came home from work. She took one look at me (knowing what I'd done the night before), and simply said, "Pizza, pizza, shame, shame." Duh...I'd done that to myself by stepping so far out of this program.

So, you DO have more energy, not doubt about it. And I applaud your efforts!

The banana smoothie sounds awesome...maybe you'll make a hub of it so it can be included here?

All the best to you, always ~ Sherri


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Super idea of culling through HubPages to find recipes that comport with the "Eat to Live" plan! I love that you highlighted these hubs and their authors, and it just goes to show you that it isn't that difficult to find delicious meals that fit within just about any diet plan. Rated up! Best, Steph


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

The "Eat to Live" diet is sounding more intriguing all the time. It's difficult enough to start a new way of eating, but the way you've shown how to tweak yummy sounding recipes to fit the plan is very helpful. Voted up and useful!


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

TY, Steph. There's a great deal of info on HP about food...I just can't sort through it about what might pertain to Eat To Live. I'm looking forward to finding more authors who have recipes to contribute to this plan. :)


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

Stephanie, I'm thinking about you in your RV adventures and your love of food (especially Polish food), and wondering how one might incorporate some of this plan into your life style. TY for the good words about tweaking recipes. I'm really taking liberties there. :)


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Feline Prophet 4 years ago from India

ST, your talent for meaningful research never ceases to amaze me! :)


jenubouka 4 years ago

Awesome to hear your daughter is committed to it as well, and G-ma's energy levels just after nine days is a perfect example of how fast the body will respond to this "Eat to Live" lifestyle.

Working in the culinary arts, I have been trying to develop "desserts" that can be implemented with the diet, yet give you the sweet satisfaction after a meal. A great restaurant will always head toward any special requests, in fact the best chef's live for it. We want you to come back, we want you to enjoy the dining experience, as your daughter did. In life and eating right I always carry the attitude "if there's a will, there's a way"


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

I will definitely be trying out the 15-bean soup idea with pureed vegetables--thanks for putting a neat recipe hub together...wish I'd thought of that! :)


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

@The Finance Hub, I think these recipes are super, too, just for the reasons you said: delicious and healthy. Thanks for the votes!

@FP, aren't you the cat's meow? Thank you for the lovely comment. No reason to knock oneself out (or bore readers to tears) by writing up meaningless research. There's plenty of that out there already. :)

@jenubouka, I admire your chef's point of view on health and dining out. It is all about the customer's satisfaction. I'm looking forward to reading about the desserts you're developing and I'm hoping you'll be writing a hub about them soon. As for G-Ma's energy, I'm so glad she shared her experience here. This Eat To Live program really is amazing.

RTalloni, I haven't had a chance to make that 15-bean soup yet, but I love the idea of it. I'm glad you like the concept of this hub. You could certainly create more hubs like it just by focusing on different kinds of foods or cooking styles or dietary needs. This relatively short recipe "review" hub is to Feline Prophet's point about research: folks write recipes with a certain purpose in mind; however, when you know your subject well, you can see how others' works may support your point.


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America

Thanks for adding my Hub to the collection; I love lime and I delete the salt in most recipes myself. Rated Up and more.


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G-Ma Johnson 4 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

i think my Butternut/Pumpkin Soup recipes is ecceptable...http://g-ma-johnson.hubpages.com/hub/ButternutPump... guess this is the way to do this????:O) Hugs G-Ma


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

You're welcome, Patty. I was so pleased to have found your recipe and can't wait to try it when tomatoes come into season. I so hate those cardboard versions of tomatoes we have here in the stores in winter. They are as tasty as paper.


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

G-Ma, I LOVE your recipe. I'm going to add it to this hub in the next day or so, with a couple of suggestions to bring it into line with the first six weeks of the Eat To Live program. Thanks so much for pointing me in this direction and for sharing how you are doing with this program. ((((G-Ma))))


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G-Ma Johnson 4 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

Sally's Trove..yes my dear...tonight I am having stuffed green bell pepper...I stuffed with onions, Kale, mushrooms, a hot green pepper, celery and 1/4 of a tomato...added a small amount of organic chicken broth and some garlic and Italian seasons...yumm the stuffing tastes really good...:O) Hugs G-Ma


jenubouka 4 years ago

Thanks so much Sally!

Yes I am in the "testing" process of the desserts as we speak, it's sure rough, but I think I will pull through.


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

Great hub! Thanks again for sharing my recipe here. The other featured recipes also sound very delightful. I can't wait to try G-Ma's butternut pumpkin soup! Rated up and awesome :)


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

G-Ma, sounds like another ETL-friendly recipe is in the making. :)

Jen, I'm so excited about your work and can't wait to hear how it turns out. The roughest times often open the door to the greatest gifts.

Om Paramapoonya, it was a pleasure to share your recipe here. And I'm with you about G-Ma's soup...just got to get my hands on some winter squash, which is now becoming a bit scarce. :)


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hello Sally's Trove! I am so honored that you added my recipe to this Hub! I have never heard of the "Eat To Live" program and I certainly had no idea that one of my recipe Hubs would fit in the program! This sounds like a very healthy lifestyle! Thank you very much! Voted up and SHARING!

JSMatthew~


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

J.S.Matthew, I was delighted to find your recipe. I didn't realize how scarce Eat To Live friendly recipes would be on HubPages.

Your plate appeals to me so much because of the blending of veggies, fruits, and herbs. I am fortunate to be near an Asian market with the most wonderful produce. I bet I can find the bitter Khmer leaves there.

Thank you for the up and the share! ~Sherri


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Considering the scarcity of such recipes on HubPages, I am double honored! Thanks again, and you're welcome for the share!

JSMatthew~


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creativelycc 4 years ago from Maine

I will definitely be referring back to this hub. These recipes are delicious and very healthy too. We are very blessed to have access to so many international recipes here on hubpages. Thank you for putting this together!


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

creativelycc, thanks so much for the good words. It pleases me very much to know that folks find these recipes interesting and worthwhile. :)


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Melis Ann 4 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

I feel healthier already - thanks for the inspiration to do better for ourselves and families.


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

Melis Ann, thank you for reading and commenting. I'm so glad you feel healthier already. :)


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Sally, these dishes look so delicious. The "Eat to Live" program looks interesting. My 39 year old nephew just had a heart attack a couple of weeks ago. Thankfully, he survived after having open heart surgery, but the doctor told him no more processed food. This hub provides great info that I am going to pass on to him and use in my own home. Thanks for SHARING!! :-) Votes and Shared!!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Great suggestions! The older I get, the more I try to eath healthy foods. Great photos too! Thanks for sharing!


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

sholland, your nephew's doctor is right on the mark. Wish there were more like him/her. Processed foods are killing us, not just because of what they are, which might be fine in moderation, but because of how they are advertised in order to make them the foods of choice. TY for the stellar comment that brings the message home.

tammyswallow, you are so welcome...I understand wanting to eat more healthy foods as we age, but we've got to put our older and wiser heads into making healthy eating something that kids know from diapers to diplomas. Sadly, we as adults are falling far short of that goal.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

The 15 Bean Soup is my favorite! I really think Hubpages needs a button for us to vote "yummy" among the rest. Outstanding details and photos!


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G-Ma Johnson 4 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

I CAN'T TELL YOU ENOUGH...about how I go nearly all day with NO hunger pains and now I have lost 8 #'s I know it will be slow but I feel so much better each and every day...Loving this...:O) Hugs G-Ma


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

Sunshine, "Yummy" is good!

G-Ma, I'm so glad to hear from you. It's working! Slow and steady wins the race. It's all about changing a life style. GOOD FOR YOU!


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FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

A very healthy hub..keep it up!!!


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

TY, FullOfLoveSites for reading and commenting.


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PapaGeorgeo 4 years ago

great read, useful recipes. voted up!


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

Thank you, PapaGeorgeo!


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EclecticFusion 4 years ago from Tennessee

Thanks for this hub! It's very interesting. I may have to give it a go in the future, but I'm doing low-carb right now. It's the only thing that works for me...when I stay with it! Wonderful reference material! Voted useful and way up!


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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

Thank you, EclecticFusion! This food plan is not for everyone, but no matter which food plan you choose, you are so right, it's a matter of staying with it. :)

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