Recipe: Citrus Salad with Creamy Poppyseed Dressing

Post By Olivia Blodgett, Registered Dietitian

I went into the vaults of our old cooking class packets and found this recipe from our Healthy Holidays class that I absolutely love! Have you ever had creme fraiche before? It is truly a special ingredient and makes this dish really stand out. Substituting some of the oranges for blood oranges makes the dish even more beautiful. The segmenting of the citrus is a bit time consuming, but slowing down and doing a mindful task such as this is always a good practice, especially during a hectic time like the holidays! Enjoy and happy holidays!

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Recipe: African Bean Soup

Post By Olivia Blodgett, Registered Dietitian

It’s definitely, soup season! It seems like it’s really cold across the country right now, but luckily I have a recipe to keep you warm! This soup is one of my staples. It’s easy, flavorful and nutritious. I hope you enjoy!

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Recipe: Winter Squash and Mushroom Risotto

Post by Olivia Blodgett, Registered Dietitian

This is another recipe from my favorite cooking class we used to offer, Autumn Harvest. We served this risotto alongside the roast chicken and veggies. We added some parmesan cheese in at the end but I have included the vegan version with cashew cream, as well. Honestly, the recipe is still nice and creamy without either addition. The long, slow process of cooking and stirring the arborio rice with the hot broth releases starches that contribute to a very super creamy, savory and comforting final product. If you have never made risotto before, don’t be intimdated! It’s actually quite simple and not that labor intense. It just requires a little bit of patience but I find the stirring and waiting process very meditative. Enjoy!

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Recipe: Simple Roast Chicken (and the yummiest veggies ever!)

Post by Olivia Blodgett, Registered Dietitian

Nothing screams fall like a chicken roasting in the oven! While this recipe is so simple, roasting a chicken is a pretty important cooking skill to know. Once you have done it a few times you will no longer have to reference a recipe and will be able to throw a chicken in the oven no problem.

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Recipe: Apple Muffins

Post by Olivia Blodgett, Registered Dietitian

Lately, I have been doing a lot of baking for my daughter and since she is only one, I want to avoid adding any added sugars to the foods that she eats. I have been playing with blending up raisins in water in place of liquid sweeteners and have found that the result is perfect! There’s still some sweetness but I feel better about giving her the whole fruit, which includes the fiber and also some trace minerals, like iron instead of simple sugars like honey or cane sugar. I thought these muffins turned out delightfully and will be making them on repeat throughout the fall and winter. Enjoy!

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