Christina Cooks: Back to the Cutting Board

Christina Pirello shares healthy, fresh Italian and Mediterranean recipes as well as her brassy, insightful approach to liver, kidney and heart health and diabetes prevention. Diagnosed with terminal cancer in 1983, Christina turned to a macrobiotic diet of whole grains and vegetables to aid in her recovery, launching the 20-plus year run of her Emmy Award-winning series Christina Cooks.

Let's Just Skip Getting Sick

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Health statistics are scarier than a horror novel! And while no one gets out of life alive, we can try to live whatever moments we do have in wellness and vitality. Health begins in the kitchen, and I’ll help you find your way as we go back to the cutting board, today on Christina Cooks. Recipes include Creamy Mushroom Soup, Kale Salad with Chickpeas and Pumpkin Squares.


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    Mangia Fagioli

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    In Northern Italy, people are known as “mangia fagioli” or bean eaters. They should be known as “inteligente” since eating beans is one of the healthiest habits we can develop. Packed with protein, fiber and complex carbs, beans satisfy like almost no other food. Recipes include Skillet Pasta e Fagioli, Speedy Lentil Bolognese and Gnochetti with Chickpeas and Breadcrumbs in a Garlic Tomato Sauce.

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    The Tomato

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    The tomato…or love apple, pomme d’amour, pomodoro. No matter how you slice it, this fruit is one hot babe. A great source of nutrients like Vitamin C and lycopene, the Lycopersicon Esculentum is as sexy as it is delicious. Giving love to love apples. Recipes include Corn and Tomato Soup, Pasta alla Norma and Tomatoes Stuffed with Couscous.

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    Never Enough Pasta

    S3 E310 - 26m 46s

    Sophia Loren famously said, “Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.” Pasta is warm, comforting, sexy and yummy so maybe Sophia is right. Let Christine show you why there’s never enough pasta. Recipes include Fusilli with Spring Pea Pesto, Cacio e Pepe and Maccheroni with Sicilian Pesto.

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    The Macroterranean Way

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    Chef Christina Pirello has spent her career straddling worlds: Mediterranean eating and macrobiotics with a bit of Chinese Medicine. Both focus on great food and wellness and the marriage of the two is a delicious and unique way to nourish ourselves. Recipes include crostini with black kale & agrodolce shallots, orecchiette with cauliflower, pine nuts & raisins, and fregola salad with zucchini.

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    The Beauty of Wellness

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    Follow the lead of Mediterranean countries and embrace aging well with what we eat. Recipes include Chickpea and Chestnut Soup, Peach, Hazelnut, Tomato and Arugula Salad and Pain d’Epices.

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    The World’s Sexiest Diet

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    Sophia Loren, Penelope Cruz, Anna Magnani, Caldia Cardinale. What do all these beauties have in common? The Mediterranean Diet! Let’s take a page from their book and sample the world’s sexiest diet. Recipes include Penne Arrabbiata, Lemon Pepper Quinoa Salad and Prosecco Pound Cake.

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    La Dolce Vita

    S3 E309 - 26m 46s

    When we feel great, life is sweet. When we don’t, we want to curl up on the sofa and watch old sitcom re-runs. If you want to live the sweet life, you have to take care of yourself and that begins in the kitchen. Recipes include Niko’s Vegan Bouillabaisse and Mini Spiced Chocolate Cakes

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    The Drama of It All

    S3 E306 - 26m 46s

    Italian food is bold and sensual and bright and demands your full attention. Recipes include Israeli Hummus with Fried Chickpeas, Artichoke Risotto and Cuccidati.

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    S3 E305 - 26m 46s

    Verdure or as we call them, vegetables, are the heart and soul of plant-passionate cooking. Veggies give us every single shred of nutrition we could possibly need. Us and them? A match made in heaven. Let’s fall in love with veggies. Recipes include Tomato, Fennel and Chickpea Soup with Garlic Toast, Farro con Verdure and Whole Wheat Lasagna with Vegetables.

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    The World’s Healthiest Diet

    S3 E302 - 26m 46s

    Is there such a thing as the world’s healthiest diet? Many Mediterranean countries boast delicious food and some of the longest lives in the world. Let’s discover what all those veggies and great olive oil have to do with living long and well. Recipes include Kale and White Bean Soup, Cauliflower Pizza and Lemon Poundcake with Blueberry Compote.

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    The Heart of the Story

    S3 E308 - 26m 46s

    Our hearts pump life through our bodies but we don’t take very good care of them. And yet, they fight for our lives every minute of every day. Much of our heart's distress can be linked to our kitchens, so let’s give our hearts some seriously delicious TLC. Recipes include Lentil Fritters, Avocado Hummus and Farinata.

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