lemon loaf
When a resident's lemon loaf became a hit, the director of dining and nutrition services updated the family recipe it to improve its health profile...
lasagna rolls
These vegetarian pasta rolls contain sauteed red peppers, spinach, garlic and mushrooms with ricotta cheese, covered in marinara and shredded mozzarella.
southwest energy burger
There's no lack of flavor in this vegetarian burger, featuring kidney beans, black beans, quinoa and a variety of herbs and spices. Serve it on a wheat roll...
cauliflower veggie pizza
Stanley Regional Hospital's executive chef decided to make Friday night pizza a little less bready with more good stuff, leading to cauliflower pizza...
eggs monterey
This casserole features skim milk and reduced-fat cheeses, along with a mix of green pepper, green onions, corn and diced tomatoes with chilies, delivering
Cranberry-Apple Turkey Burgers with Aged Asiago Cheese
To differentiate burger offerings, start with a different base. Here, leaner ground turkey stands in for ground beef, and Asiago cheese adds a layer of dairy protein. Sauteed apples and cranberries complement the burgers with fruity flavors.
Tofu and Almond-Sesame Vinaigrette Salad
Ramp up a salad’s nutritive value by dressing it with high-protein ingredients. Chef Harlan blends two plant proteins—almond butter and soy-based silken tofu—to create a creamy salad dressing for greens and oranges.
Eggs Benedict with Veggie Sausage and Zucchini Potato Cakes
To make classic eggs benedict vegetarian-friendly, Chef Sikkila uses patties made with vegetable protein instead of sausage, then updates the brunch favorite by subbing veggie-forward zucchini potato cakes for the standard English muffins. Eggs add to the protein on the plate.
Asian Tuna Wrap
Seared fresh tuna makes a welcome alternative to tuna salad in a sandwich wrap. Even though each wrap uses just one-third cup of vegetable mixture, the recipe yields enough to cover lunch service. Any surplus can be stored in the refrigerator for the next day.
lobster fried rice
Classic fried rice tends to be salty, but Chef Fang reduced the sodium in this version by increasing the aromatic vegetables and herbs and decreasing the soy sauce. Lobster makes for an elegant presentation, but shrimp or clams can easily be substituted to lower food costs.