Autumn Slaw

This easy, side dish features bright color and flavor and comes together in minutes. It’s also a great make ahead dish, which makes it perfect for your Thanksgiving table!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 bunch Tuscan kale
  • 8 large Brussels sprouts
  • 3 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries

Preparation

  1. Tear the leaves of the kale away from the stems. Roll up the stacked leaves, and slice thinly crosswise. Slice Brussels sprouts crosswise thinly. Slice red cabbage in half, and then cut crosswise into thin slices to make three cups. Shred the carrot, and combine all the veggies in a large bowl.
  2. In a cup, combine the olive oil, vinegar, maple syrup, salt and pepper. Whisk together, then pour over the veggies. Add the dried cranberries, and toss to mix.

Serving Suggestion

This bright, delicious dish makes a fine addition to any Thanksgiving menu. The sturdy kale, cabbage and Brussels sprouts make it a great side to your potluck repertoire, too.

Thanksgiving Inspired Turkey Meatballs

These meatballs wrap the flavors of the holidays into one tasty little bite. They will make the perfect entrée to a weeknight dinner or be the star appetizer of your holiday party. Not to mention, they’re full of healthy, good-for-you ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2/3 c breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 c cranberries (roughly chopped)
  • ½ c granny smith apple (finely diced)
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ c yellow onion (finely diced)
  • 1/3 c finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 6 sage leaves (finely chopped)
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil
  • Optional: 1-2 T. freshly chopped parsley for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F
  2. In a large bowl, add all the ingredients except olive oil and parsley. Stir until just combined. Do not overmix, that will make tough meatballs!
  3. Coat a large skillet with olive oil (preferably cast-iron to finish cooking in the oven).
  4. Form even shaped meatballs and place into the oiled skillet.
  5. Brown the meatballs on medium to high heat for 8 minutes.
  6. Finish cooking in the oven for another 8-10 minutes until fully cooked.
  7. Remove from the oven, garnish with parsley if desired, and enjoy!

 

Guest Blogger: James Madison Dietetics
Emily Salvaggio

Autumn Lettuce Wraps

These lettuce wraps pack loads of fall flavor into one small package. The savory sausage, sweet butternut squash, and fragrant thyme and sage make for a wonderful autumnal flavored meal. This dish is sure to make you, your family, and your belly, very happy.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 head lettuce (green, bib, or butter work best)
  • 1 lb sausage (I used loose sage sausage, but any will work)
  • 1 small butternut squash (diced)
  • 1/3 yellow onion (diced)
  • 1 granny smith apple (cut into thin matchsticks)
  • 1/8 tsp minced garlic
  • 25 oz diced canned tomatoes (I used fire roasted with garlic, but your favorite will work perfectly)
  • 4 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 leaves of sage
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 oz cotija cheese grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Wash the lettuce leaves and lay them out to dry during the cooking process.
  2. Coat a large skillet with olive oil and sauté the onions on medium to high heat until just beginning to soften. About 2-3 minutes.
  3. To the skillet add the diced butternut squash and the minced garlic. Cook stirring often for 7 minutes or until butternut squash softens slightly. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add the sausage to the skillet with the onions, squash, and garlic. Using a fork or spatula, break up the sausage to form small pieces. Cook for five minutes.
  5. While the meat mixture cooks, remove the leaves of the thyme from the stem and cut the sage leaves into ribbons.
  6. After five minutes, add the canned tomatoes and the herbs. Cook for five minutes on medium heat.
  7. Remove mixture from the heat. Assemble the wraps by placing a spoonful of the mixture into the lettuce cup, top with apple slices and cotija cheese. Enjoy!!!

 

Guest Blogger: James Madison Dietetics
Emily Salvaggio

 

Breakfast Cookies

Who doesn’t want cookies for breakfast? Healthy cookies, that is. This could be the easiest cookie recipe of all time. It only takes combining 4 simple ingredients and then boom, you have your delicious, filling, breakfast cookies!

Ingredients:
2 bananas
2 cups of old fashioned oats
½ cup of chocolate chips
¼ cup of peanut butter

 

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees° F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mash bananas, then add oats, chocolate chips, and peanut butter.
  3. Mix until everything is evenly distributed.
  4. Using a spoon and your hands, place 12-14 balls of the dough on a baking sheet. After they are laid out, use a bottom of a spoon and gently press down on the center of each cookie down.
  5. Cook for 12-15 minutes.

 

Guest Bloggers: James Madison Dietetics

Alexandra Balbontin, Taylor Coleman, Julia Danisewicz, and Emily Salvaggio

Green Chili Burger

Sizzling Summer Favorite with a twist! Try this easy turkey burger with green chili to add a flair to your next BBQ.

Ingredients:

1 pound ground turkey
4 oz can of green chili (well-drained)
1 teaspoon chili powder
2 teaspoons of cumin
½ teaspoon of salt
½ teaspoon of pepper
1½ teaspoons of olive oil
4 English muffins (or hamburger buns)
Your favorite burger toppings

 

Procedure:

Combine all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Be sure everything is evenly distributed. Form 4 even-sized patties (or 8 for sliders). In a large frying pan heat olive oil under medium heat. Cook each patty 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

 

Guest Bloggers: James Madison Dietetics
Alexandra Balbontin, Taylor Coleman, Julia Danisewicz, and Emily Salvaggio

Frozen Fruit Yogurt

Few things are better than frozen yogurt on a hot summer day. Instead of making a trip to your closest froyo shop, try making it homemade. It doesn’t take much to create this delicious treat.

Ingredients:

2 cups of frozen fruit
2 tbsp. water
½ cup of vanilla yogurt (can be regular or Greek)
Optional: frozen banana

Procedure:

In a food processor or blender combine fruit, water, and yogurt. You can eat it right after blending or place it in the freezer for a couple of hours.

 

 

Guest Bloggers: James Madison Dietetics

Alexandra Balbontin, Taylor Coleman, Julia Danisewicz, and Emily Salvaggio

One Pot Mexican Quinoa

When it comes to minimal cleanup, I am always a big fan. That is why I love this One Pot Mexican Quinoa recipe. Next time you are deciding on what to make for dinner, give this recipe a try.

 

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 cup quinoa
1 cup vegetable broth
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (14.5 oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1 cup corn kernels, canned or roasted
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 avocado, halved, seeded, pitted, and diced
Juice of 1 lime
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

 

Procedure:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and jalapeno, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Stir in quinoa, vegetable broth, beans, tomatoes, corn, paprika, and cumin; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is cooked through about 20 minutes.
  3. Serve immediately. Add avocado and cilantro to each dish

 

Guest Bloggers: James Madison Dietetics

Alexandra Balbontin, Taylor Coleman, Julia Danisewicz, Andrea George, and Emily Salvaggio

 

Breakfast Egg Cups

Are you in need of a quick, on the go breakfast everyone in the family will love? These breakfast egg cups are easy to make and will last a week in the fridge or a month in the freezer. Just throw them in the microwave until hot and they are ready to go!

Ingredients: to make 12 muffins

  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper, ground
  • 1 medium bell pepper, red
  • ¾ cup of spinach
  • ⅓ cup of cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Whisk the eggs and milk together in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Dice the bell pepper into small pieces. Stack the spinach leaves, roll them up, and slice them thin.
  4. Add the peppers, spinach, and shredded cheddar to the egg mixture.
  5. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full and bake for 20-25 minutes until centers are set and no longer runny.
  6. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

* You can add in a variety of vegetables and protein – diced onion, kale, chopped mushrooms, diced tomatoes, chopped bacon or ground sausage, the possibilities are endless!

 

Guest Bloggers: James Madison Dietetics

Alexandra Balbontin, Taylor Coleman, Julia Danisewicz, Emily Salvaggio, and Taylor Singleton

 

Rustic Potato Pancakes

Looking for a creative way to use up a leftover? Trying to find a unique side dish to add to a scrumptious lunch or dinner? Look no further! These potato pancakes with delicious seasoned yogurt garnish are sure to please any hungry belly.

 

Ingredients

Pancakes

  • 2 cups pre-cooked mashed potatoes
  • ¼ cup + 1 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Nonstick cooking spray

 

Yogurt Sauce

  • ½ cup greek yogurt
  • ⅛ tsp black pepper
  • ⅛ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 ½ tsp lime juice
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Chives (garnish)

 

Directions

  1. To a large bowl, add all of the pancake ingredients. Mix until just combined.
  2. Place an even coating of nonstick cooking spray into a small skillet. Heat to medium-high heat.
  3. Once the skillet is hot, place a ball of the dough onto the surface and flatten. Cook on both sides until golden brown and crispy, approximately 2-3 minutes per side.
  4. Repeat until all of the dough has been used.
  5. To make the yogurt sauce, place all ingredients into a small bowl, whisk to combine, and enjoy
  6. Now you’re ready to eat and be merry!

SOUP DU JOUR : AVOCADO SOUP!

Look no further for a light summer soup that will cool you down in the summer heat; it leaves the senses refreshed and rejuvenated!

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup diced white onion
  • 1 large jalapeno, stemmed, seeded, and diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt, for seasoning, plus 1 teaspoon
  • 4 firm ripe avocados, halved, pitted, peeled and mashed
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • optional, 1/2 cup sour cream
  • optional, hot sauce or salsa

Procedure

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, jalapeno and the garlic and cook until slightly soft, about 2 minutes.
  2. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Place aside to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, add the avocados, chicken broth, lemon juice, cilantro, onion mixture, and water. In batches, add to a blender and purée until smooth, straining each batch of purée into a large bowl. Stir in the 1 teaspoon of salt and the 1 teaspoon of pepper
  4. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, around 3 hours.
  5. Pour the chilled soup into individual bowls. Try adding a drizzle of sour cream and/or hot sauce, and sprinkle cilantro on top.

 

Guest Bloggers: James Madison Dietetics

Alexandra Balbontin, Taylor Coleman, Julia Danisewicz, Andrea George, and Emily Salvaggio