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Christina Cooks

Cleaning Up Our Act (#813)

Sicilian Style Stuffed Zucchini and Asian Pears with Star Anise help cleanse the body's system. [30 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Series Description: Christina Pirello, one of the country's foremost educators on cooking and alternative health, opens her kitchen to demonstrate whole-foods cooking without preaching, preservatives or pretense. Each episode of CHRISTINA COOKS features a fun and practical cooking class full of useful information, as well as delicious, natural recipes.

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  • Weighty Issues (#601)

    Christina examines the heavy issues of achieving and maintaining the ideal weight for any lifestyle. [26 minutes]

  • Breakfast (#602)

    Learn to whip up the most delicious foods to start your day in this eye-opening show. [26 minutes]

  • Perfect Skin (#603)

    Christina cooks to create peaches and cream complexions to break the cycle of struggles with skin. [27 minutes]

  • What to Eat Instead of Meat (#604)

    Christina will show how to navigate the mysterious world of vegetarianism. [26 minutes]

  • The Art of Sicilian Cooking (#605)

    Join Christina as she ventures into a Sicilian household for a taste of some amazingly yummy food. [26 minutes]

  • Holiday Feast (#606)

    Enjoy a lighthearted approach to a whole foods holiday meal for New Year's Day or New Year's Eve. [26 minutes]

  • The Man Show (#607)

    Christina cooks to nourish, satisfy and cherish men, keeping them healthy and strong. [26 minutes]

  • Dishy Desserts (#608)

    Festive cakes, pies and other treats are as beautiful as they are delicious and aid happiness. [26 minutes]

  • The Art of Latino Cuisine (#609)

    Latin cuisine combines ingredients, flavors, texture and spices to create heavenly dishes. [26 minutes]

  • Women and Their Health (#610)

    Christina discusses the best food and lifestyle choices for women to stay strong and healthy. [26 minutes]

  • Life on the Run (#611)

    In this practical show, Christina goes from main course to dessert quickly, easily and deliciously. [26 minutes]

  • Essential Fats (#612)

    Christina works with Hemp seeds to create delicious meals containing the building blocks of life. [26 minutes]

  • All Hands On Deck (#613)

    Christina demonstrates the joy of outdoor cooking without compromise to health or delicious fun. [26 minutes]

  • Homestyle Desserts (#614)

    Cookies, cobblers, puddings and galettes are cozy treats that are easy to make and delicious to eat. [26 minutes]

  • Aging Gracefully (#615)

    Join Christina as she takes a dip in the fountain of youth. [26 minutes]

  • Vegetarian Kids (#616)

    Health, the environment and the practical side of healthy cooking for young people are discussed. . [26 minutes]

  • Cooking with the Seasons (#617)

    Re-learn the concept of seasonal freshness in order to maintain health and a healthy planet. [26 minutes]

  • Middle Eastern Cuisine (#618)

    Join Christina as she takes viewers on an exotic journey into the world of yummy, earthy foods. [26 minutes]

  • How Sweet It Isn't (#619)

    Christina helps break the sugar addiction, replacing it with some of the yummiest foods imaginable. [26 minutes]

  • The Art of the Stir Fry (#620)

    Christina cooks with a wok to make delicious main courses, side dishes and even dessert. [26 minutes]

  • The Greening of America (#621)

    Rich in essential nutrients, leafy greens like kale and collards, are the keys to health and beauty. [26 minutes]

  • Tropical Cuisine (#622)

    Exotic, sensual and delicious, tropical foods are a great way to get variety in day-to-day meals. [26 minutes]

  • European Flavors (#623)

    Christina explores the heart of Mediterranean cooking with simple and elegant, country-style dishes. [26 minutes]

  • Dinner and a Movie (#626)

    Join Christina as she creates a romantic dinner for two designed to create that intimate energy. [26 minutes]

  • The Story of Obesity (#701)

    Christina talks about obesity statistics and offers food advice that helps viewers lose weight. [26 minutes]

  • Looking Good for Life (#702)

    Christina cooks some healthy recipes that will help viewers look and feel wonderful [26 minutes]

  • It's A Guy Thing (#703)

    Preparing healthy meals for men that taste great and are sure to satisfy a manly appetite. [26 minutes]

  • Bone Meals (#704)

    Create delicious meal to keep bones healthy, vital and strong and help fight off osteoporosis. [26 minutes]

  • High Protein (#705)

    Cook high protein dishes using plant food and look at problems associated with eating lots of meat. [26 minutes]

  • Dare to Dump Dairy (#706)

    Discuss health issues associated with drinking dairy and learn ways to eliminate it from your diet. [26 minutes]

  • Diet Dilemma (#707)

    Discuss various diets and calorie intake and create yummy foods to help create an ideal size. [26 minutes]

  • Like Wildfire (#708)

    Christina cooks up recipes that can help relieve some of the debilitating symptoms arthritis. [26 minutes]

  • The Secret Epidemic (#709)

    Can diabetes be prevented? Can it be treated with food? Cook up some fun & yummy sugar-free foods. [26 minutes]

  • The Angina Monologues (#710)

    Special recipes for people with heart disease, including dishes that can help prevent it. [26 minutes]

  • Great Food, Great Sex (#711)

    These sensual healthy recipes can help reproductive health & the ability to respond to stimulation. [26 minutes]

  • Loving The Skin You're In (#712)

    Christina cooks recipes that will make viewers' skin healthy and glowing. [26 minutes]

  • Getting Well, Staying Well (#713)

    A healthy diet of whole, unprocessed, seasonal foods, deliciously prepared, helps people feel vital. [26 minutes]

  • Cooking with Children (#714)

    Learn healthy alternatives to processed snacks and fast foods that many kids love to eat. [26 minutes]

  • Food of the Gods (#715)

    Learn how chocolate, a rich source of magnesium, can play a role in a well-balanced diet. [26 minutes]

  • Fearless Food (#716)

    Christina teaches viewers to change the way they feed their kidneys so they can see good results. [26 minutes]

  • No Guts, No Glory (#717)

    Christina cooks recipes that will help make digestion more efficient and vital. [26 minutes]

  • I Can't Have This Anymore (#718)

    Christina explores many natural food choices & urges that there is no excuse for not eating healthy. [26 minutes]

  • Love Your Liver (#719)

    Christina shows how to eat the right foods to help your liver work efficiently. [26 minutes]

  • Breath of Life (#720)

    Christina cooks meals that feed the lungs, so they can better get oxygen to the rest of the body. [26 minutes]

  • It's A Girl Thing (#721)

    Discuss diet choices that can lay the foundation for healthy breasts and disease prevention. [26 minutes]

  • Fabulous Fat (#722)

    Christina teaches viewers how to eat fat in healthy, moderate amounts. [26 minutes]

  • Purity (#723)

    Christina wants you to think of your blood as "fuel" and to eat for healthy living. [26 minutes]

  • Fitness Foods (#724)

    Natural, unprocessed, seasonal whole foods are the foundations of any active lifestyle. [26 minutes]

  • Off to a Great Start (#725)

    Easy, delicious and healthy dishes for the most important meal of the day. [26 minutes]

  • Starting Over (#726)

    Eliminate processed, packaged and canned foods from the kitchen and get tips for healthier options. [26 minutes]

  • I Hate Free Radicals (#801)

    Tuscan Grape Foccacia & Stuffed Roasted Peppers in Red Wine Sauce slow down free radical damage. [26 minutes]

  • Happy Food (#802)

    Blue Cornmeal Hotcakes to kick off the day and Curried Corn with Chiles to spice up your evening. [26 minutes]

  • Eat Your Carrots....They're Good for You (#803)

    Carrot Chips with Blackberry Jalapeno Salsa & Carrot Honey Soup have healthy benefits. [26 minutes]

  • A Balancing Act (#804)

    This show is all about soy, from traditional Thai Chap Che to Escarole and Edamame Salad. [26 minutes]

  • Men and a Good Tomato (#805)

    Gingered Watermelon Salsa, Spicy Tomato & Zucchini Sauce over Penne are high in lycopene. [26 minutes]

  • Antioxidants and You (#806)

    Dishes like Avocado and Corn Relish, and Apple, Clementine and Olive Salad will help your skin glow. [26 minutes]

  • The Raw Truth (#807)

    Discuss eating raw cuisine. Zucchini 'Fettucine' in Fresh Marinara Sauce and Sweet Strawberry Pie. [26 minutes]

  • The Skinny On Protein and Fat (#808)

    Explore non-meat or dairy options from Walnut Cake with Apricot Sauce to Bean and Tempeh Ragout. [26 minutes]

  • Red Blooded Nutrition (#809)

    Dishes rich in folic acid include Spinach Salad with Peanuts and Mangoes and Kale-Filled Ravioli. [26 minutes]

  • Probiotics and You (#810)

    Briased Fennel, Leeks & Eggplant & Fried Rice with Pineapple contain bacteria that aid in digestion. [30 minutes]

  • Demystifying Minerals (#811)

    Mangoes, pomegranates, arugula and mushrooms are delicious sources of these needed nutrients. [30 minutes]

  • All About Alliums (#812)

    Pan-Fried Beggar's Purses and Eggplant Wraps contain ingredients proven to prevent heart disease. [30 minutes]

  • I Love Vitamin C (#814)

    Explore the vitality and versatility of this vitamin with Lemon Lime Humus and Orange Salsa. [30 minutes]

  • See How Great You Feel (#815)

    The menu includes Rustic Apple Tart with Raspberries and Berries in Red Wine Sauce. [30 minutes]

  • No Bones About It (#816)

    Pan Fried Burritos and Pinto Bean Burgers prove that beans are an excellent source of calcium. [30 minutes]

  • Don't Fear The Carbs (#817)

    A focus on good carbs, like Quinoa Croquettes and Rice Pilaf with Caramelized Onions. [30 minutes]

  • Aphrodisiacs (#818)

    A menu proven to enhance romance, from Penne with Artichokes and Garlic to an Avocado "Margarita." [30 minutes]

  • Everyday Efa's (#819)

    Omega-3 fatty acids helps clear your skin and your thinking. Coconut Croquettes and Avocado Salad. [30 minutes]

  • My Food Pyramid (#820)

    Christina creates a sensible food pyramid for happy, healthy eating and then makes a meal out of it. [30 minutes]

  • The Other Pastas (#821)

    Try some healthy options. Soba Slaw Salad with Peanut Dressing and Pumpkin Gnocchi with Basil Oil. [30 minutes]

  • Potassium, Magnesium and Other Fun Stuff (#822)

    Dishing up some tomato and mango salad, roasted beet risotto and Thai tofu with Noodles. [30 minutes]

  • The Freak Show (#823)

    Chocolate Brownies, Black Bean Coffee Chili and Tofu with Chili Honey can be healthy in moderation. [30 minutes]

  • Total Antioxidant Capacity (#824)

    Stay flu-free with this recipe for Cherry-Berry Crumble Pie and Artichoke Salad. [26 minutes]

  • Up Your Apples (#825)

    Whip up Tofu and Apple Curry, make an apple juice with a twist and test the "crunch factor." [30 minutes]

  • Sweet On You (#826)

    Beet and Avocado Salad, Pan-Fried Polenta with Oven-Roasted Squash and Chocolate Almond Cups. [30 minutes]

  • Burgers and Fried Makeover (#901)

    Cut the fat with these yummy burgers and get the man in your life back in the game! [26 minutes]

  • Pizza Party Makeover (#902)

    Pizza is out of a healthy diet, right? Not if this South Philly girl has anything to say about it. [26 minutes]

  • Chocolate Decadence Makeover (#903)

    If you thought this sweet indulgence was off limits...think again! [26 minutes]

  • Tailgate Party Makeover (#904)

    Rooting for the team works up a hearty appetite Learn how to make hearty food, heart healthy! [26 minutes]

  • Comfort Food Makeover (#905)

    Christina shows how to cook dishes like your Mom used to make and still keep feeling good. [26 minutes]

  • The Great Soup Makeover (#906)

    Creamy doesn't have to mean cream. These recipes keep all the taste and keep you healthy, too. [26 minutes]

  • Kids' Faves Makeover (#907)

    Learn some ways to keep making kid's favorites foods while keeping them healthy and happy. [26 minutes]

  • Macaroni Makeover (#908)

    Learn some healthy ways to use your noodle, from Spaghetti and Meat Balls to Lasagna. [26 minutes]

  • Extreme Antioxidant Makeover (#909)

    Antioxidants, why we love and what foods to find them in are discussed. [26 minutes]

  • Family Faves Makeover (#910)

    Learn how to lighten up sit down foods like Mashed Potatoes, Baked Beans, French Toast. [26 minutes]

  • Dessert Makeover (#911)

    Find out what Christina uses to add a little sweetness in her life, with no sugar in her kitchen. [26 minutes]

  • The Breakfast Makeover (#912)

    Christina creates healthy breakfast foods that will get you up and keep you going. [26 minutes]

  • The Great Soy Makeover (#913)

    Soy is in tofu, soymilk and miso and so much more. But is all that soy too much of a good thing? [26 minutes]

  • Trick Or Treat Makeover (#914)

    Christina has a bag of Halloween treats that are really healthy...but s-s-s-s-s-h-h-h-h, don't tell! [26 minutes]

  • Chinese Takeout Makeover (#915)

    Learn how to make your favorite Chinese, my favorite way, low sodium, low fat and lots of flavor! [26 minutes]

  • Holiday Feast Makeover (#916)

    Take a 'holiday' from heavy foods without missing out on the traditional feasting of the season. [26 minutes]

  • The Great Sandwich Makeover (#917)

    Wrap up some delicious whole grain, healthy alternatives to the old white bread and mayo routine. [26 minutes]

  • Your Body Makeover (#918)

    Explore some delicious ways to get back in shape. [26 minutes]

  • The Cocktail Party Makeover (#919)

    Learn how to escape fat and calories with party ideas that deliver indulgence without regret. [26 minutes]

  • Your Bone Makeover (#920)

    It's time to take action and keep our bones dense and strong...and it all begins in the kitchen. [26 minutes]

  • Your Heart Makeover (#921)

    A few tweaks of our diet with these delicious dishes can help the body ward off heart disease. [26 minutes]

  • Makeover, Italian Style (#922)

    Think you can't enjoy authentic Italian cooking because of all the carbs, right? Think again! [26 minutes]

  • The Cupcake and Cookie Makeover (#923)

    Christina makes guilt-free cookies and cupcakes so you don't have to give up the treats you love. [26 minutes]

  • The Great Pie Makeover (#924)

    Delicious pies are made that are healthy any way you slice 'em. [26 minutes]

  • A Diabetes Makeover (#925)

    With diabetes becoming an epidemic, take a look at controlling it with food choices. [26 minutes]

  • Your Skin Makeover (#926)

    If we took care of the inside, our skin would be as perfect as what we see in magazines, naturally. [26 minutes]

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