Archive for February, 2012




(by Wellness Chef Doug Cordier)
This article first appeared in my friend George Diamond’s blog.
Think and GET THIN….by George Diamond

Zuppa di pane   Zuppa di pane


WELLNESS COOKING should be just that, “cooking to be well”, but so many times when we see “wellness recipes’ we’re reminded of some diet we had to be on to loose weight in the past. Wellness cooking doesn’t have be about preparing boring foods that we know are good for us but just don’t taste that great. The following recipe is a Wellness Cooking Recipe that provides both great taste and balance between carbohydrates, protein, and fat, plus VERY low calories! You could even prepare this dish with GLUTEN-FREE bread.

As a classic Italian cook, I believe in the philosophy of reducing a recipe to the lease number of fresh ingredients. For this reason, one of my favorite dishes to prepare is BREAD SOUP. The recipe that follows is called PAPPA ALA POMADORO. In this case the word PAPPA has nothing to do with His Holiness the Pope, or your grand dad. Instead it has it’s origin in the word PAP, which means baby food.

Another reason why I love doing this dish is, people can watch you create it in just a couple of minutes………I finish it off by anointing each serving with a special high grade olive oil and a dusting of parmesan cheese. Then I sit back and watch their expressions. They oooooh and aaaaah and just can’t believe something this luscious can be so simple and fast So, now you can do the same with your friends and family, and spread the word about the simplicity of authentic Italian cusine……..true WELLNESS food.

Zuppa di pane (pappa ala pomadoro)
Classic Tuscan Bread, tomato/basil soup

1 ½ cup red onion (chopped)
1 large can crushed tomatoes (2 lbs fresh finely chopped)
1 1/2 handfulls of stale Italian bread (about 2 cups)
2 cups water
1 cup torn fresh basil leaves
6 Tbs good extra virgin olive oil (divided)
¼ cup grated quality parmesan cheese
1 large toe garlic (thinly sliced)
Sea salt & freshly ground pepper

1. In large sauté pan heat 3 tbs oil, cook garlic for 1/2 minute (do not brown)
2. Add onions and sauté for 3 minutes
3. Add tomatoes, cook for 5 minutes until they start to break down
4. Tear bread into chunks and add to liquids
5. Add water, cook mixture until it bread breaks down…
6. When soup is the right consistency, add salt, pepper,
7. Tear up basil leaves and mix into soup. Transfer to bowls, anoint each with olive oil and parmesan cheese.

Buon Appetito!

About the Author Wellness Chef Doug Cordier, is a food writer, TV cook, Certified Ergonomic Consultant and business man. Doug is the owner of Cascom Group Travel and has been teaching corporate and Italian cooking classes for twenty years, plus leading culinary tours to their villa in Tuscany. For more foodie thoughts and recipes, try

My friend George Diamond with his latest book


Losing Weight Doesn’t Mean Bad Tasting Food

Do you think losing weight means eating bland foods?  If you answered “YES” you are not alone.  When I was starting the weight-loss process, I would have answered, “YES” to this question also.  This was one of the hesitations I had with losing weight. I thought I had to start eating healthy, bad tasting and low calorie foods.  This is far from the truth.  Healthy food does not have to taste bad.  Low calorie food does not have to be bland.

A good way to keep from eating bland foods is to add spices to your food for an explosion of flavor that can help satisfy your taste buds.  I have also found that flavorful food will be more satisfying, and therefore, I won’t eat as much.  Additionally, it will keep me from feeling that I was depriving myself of eating good-tasting  foods. 

There are many different spices I like to use. Hot and spicy seasonings, like chilies, curry, chili power, paprika, Cajun seasoning, and / or mustard can add a nice kick to your meal.  These hot spices have been shown to boost metabolism rates.  They will also add an explosion of taste to your meal. 

If these spices are too hot for your palette, you can try others like, garlic power, pepper, oregano, onion power to name a few.

Spices will add a lot of flavor to your meals without having to use a lot of fat and calories.  Once again,  many of the hotter seasonings and spices speed up the digestive system and may help your body burn a few extra calories.  I am certain that Doug will be showing you how to prepare foods that will not only taste great but will be healthy for you.  Always remember to watch your portion sizes. Healthy foods can pack on the weight if eaten in large quanties.

For more information on how to lose weight and keep it off visit.

George A. Diamond

Author of the book: “Don’t Diet! Just Think And Get Thin