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The Gourmet-O-Matic tm Relishes Guide

Here is The Gourmet-O-Matic tm Relishes Guide.

If you want, copy and print it for use in your kitchen.

This Guide is for demonstration purposes and not exhaustive since there are many more substitutions you can make for the various ingredients. For a more complete listing of ingredient substitutions, go to The Gourmet-O-Matic tm Ingredients Substitution Guides Page.

Even though all of the many substitutions for the different types of ingredients have not been included, using this simple worksheet, you can make hundreds of different relishes with gourmet flair.

Examples follow the worksheet.

Remember the basic relish equation:

Relish = Acid + Vegetable or Fruit + Flavors +/- Added Sweet +/- Added Oil

In a relish, the acid can come from another ingredient, such as a fruit, and not from a separate source.

For this worksheet, oil is added as an optional flavoring as is hot for relish with a "kick."

A legume is included to demonstrate a variation on the representative relish theme.

Here, again, is a representative relish recipe:

Cucumber Relish

1/2 cup vinegar (acid)
1/3 cup lime juice (acid)
2 large cucumbers, sliced (vegetable)
2 tablespoons minced basil (flavors - herb)
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro (flavors - spice)
2 teaspoons chopped mint (flavors - herb)
1 jalapeno pepper, minced (hot - occasional kick)
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (hot - occasional kick)
3 tablespoons sugar or non-sugar substitute (e.g., 6 pkgs. aspartame) (added sweet)

Combine all ingredients, except cilantro and mint. Let sit 1 hour in refrigerator. Top with cilantro and mint before serving.

To use this worksheet, simply check the ingredients you want to combine and then combine them. Easy or what?

Acid Flavors Vegetables Fruits Added Oil (optional) Hot (optional) Added Legumes/ Other (optional)
Lemon Juice Basil Bell Pepper - e.g., green, red, yellow, orange Mango Canola Chili - e.g., red, green Chickpeas
Lime Juice Cayenne Cabbage - (e.g., red, Chinese Papaya Olive Jalapeņo 
Mirin (low-alcohol rice cooking wine that is sweet) Cilantro Carrots Peach Red pepper flakes
Orange Juice Garlic Celery Pear
Red Wine Vinegar Ginger Corn Pineapple
Rice Vinegar Mint Leaves Cucumber Watermelon
White Vinegar Mustard (e.g., honey, Dijon, stone ground) Eggplant
Mustard Seed Onion - e.g., red, yellow
Pepper Parsley
Salt Scallion
Turmeric Tomatillo
Tomato - e.g., fresh, canned, stewed

Examples of Gourmet-O-Matic tm relishes you can make using this simple worksheet:

Ajvar: eggplant, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil parsley and red bell pepper.

Chickpea-Tomato Relish: chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, parsley, tomato and onion.

Corn Relish: canola oil, cilantro, corn, green bell pepper, onion, red bell pepper and red wine vinegar.

Cucumber-Garlic Relish: cucumber, mint leaves, garlic, lemon juice and fat-free yogurt (makes it creamier).

Kim Chi (Korean Cabbage Relish): Chinese cabbage, crushed red pepper flakes, garlic, ginger and scallions.

Mango-Papaya Relish: cilantro, lemon juice, mango and papaya.

Papaya-Pepper Relish: cilantro, green bell pepper, red bell pepper and papaya.

Peach and Onion Relish: sweetener, cayenne pepper, apple cider vinegar, cilantro, curry powder, lemon juice, red bell peppers, peaches and sweet onion.

Pear Relish: basil leaves, radishes, pears and red bell pepper.

Pineapple, Watermelon and Ginger Relish: sweetener, mustard (Dijon-style), ginger, jalapeno, orange juice, parsley, pineapple, scallions and watermelon.

The FitnessMed tm Guide To Healthy Eating contains recipes for relishes (including measurements for the ingredients), Calorie counts for each, explains standard serving sizes for relishes and how to calculate your caloric needs based on your current and desired weights.

The strategies used by The Gourmet-O-Matic tm can be found in Dr. Applebaum's meal strategy guide, The FitnessMed tm Guide To Healthy Eating. That book contains recipes for over 1 trillion (yes, with a "T") meal combinations.

All of Dr. Applebaum's books can be found here.