Last month, dietitians from the Western MD Area Health Education Center celebrated National Nutrition Month (NNM) and national Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day at Allegany College of Maryland’s Culinary Café.
Dietitians joined Debra Frank, RDN, LDN, Director of ACM’s Hospitality Management program in preparing a variety of recipes that featured unique ingredients, herbs and spices, and/or alternative cooking methods that support a journey to health. Dietitians were given recipes to make in the beautiful kitchen of the Culinary Café (see photo) and then enjoyed eating them together.
I cooked with Liz Kauruter, RDN, LDN, clinical dietitian at the WMHS. We made Spicy Rice, Bean and Lentil Casserole. I’ve had numerous requests for the recipe, so here it is:
Spicy Rice, Bean, and Lentil Casserole
Yield: 4 servings
2 tsp. olive oil
3 garlic cloves, smashed
1 cup chopped onion
¾ cup chopped green pepper
3 + ¾ cup vegetable stock
¾ cup brown rice
½ cup green or red lentils
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. chili powder
1 – 19 oz. can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup frozen corn kernels
1 cup mild or hot salsa
In a nonstick pan, heat the oil over medium high heat.
Add garlic, onions and green pepper. Cook and stir for 3 minutes.
Sir in stock, brown rice, lentils, basil, and chili powder. Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium low and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, for 30-40 minutes or until rice and lentils are tender and liquid is absorbed.
Stir in beans, corn and salsa. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until heated through.
Here’s another recipe made that day.
Quinoa and Black Bean Salad
Yield: 4-6 servings
1/3 cup quinoa
1 cup water
1 tsp olive oil
4 tsp. fresh lime juice
¼ tsp. cumin
¼ tsp. coriander
1 Tbsp. fresh minced cilantro
2 Tbsp. minced scallions
1-15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups diced tomatoes
1 cup diced bell pepper
2 tsp. minced jalapenos
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook quinoa in water, as per package directions. Allow to cool slightly
In a large bowl, combine the oil, lime juice, cumin, coriander, cilantro and scallions.
Stir in the beans, tomatoes, bell peppers and chilies.
Add cooled quinoa.
Season lightly with salt and pepper. Serve cold.
Hope everyone enjoys the taste of eating right this month and all year round! Special thanks to Debra Frank and her students, Taylor and Allison, for hosting such a wonderful event.