Today’s recipe comes to you as a result of meeting Tina Ruggiero, M.S.,R.D at the Sun Valley Harvest Festival in Idaho. If you haven’t attended this fall event – you should. If you haven't purchased a copy of Tina's new book - The Truly Healthy Family Cookbook -you definitely should.
The Sun Valley Harvest Festival is a signature food and wine event for Idaho. Focused on quality, taste and smart nutrition, many of the seminars concentrated on how to incorporate all three into attendees’ kitchens and lifestyle. The weekend offering gave guests an opportunity to learn culinary secrets from the country's top chefs, taste agricultural wonders from Idaho and the Northwest, savor wines, beers and spirits, and learn from nationally recognized food and health experts.
One of the most captivating and engaging seminars of the event featured Tina Ruggiero, M.S., R. D. promoting clinical nutrition in an easy to understand format. “Food is a science” she said. “It’s the type of info that changes lives.” Her cutting-edge focus provides unexpected recipes from the freshest and tastiest ingredients. I expected her chef demonstration incorporating clinical nutrition to be somewhat dry and boring. I was very wrong. She is a powerhouse of knowledge and caring rolled up around delicious gourmet-style recipes. Her easy-breezy style is easy to follow and enjoy. I’d come back for more any day of the week. Actually, that can be done easily by reading – and using – her newest recipe book.
Her newest cookbook, The Truly Healthy Family Cookbook features more than 120 recipes that even the most die-hard, fat lovin’ twinkie lover could learn to love. The book itself is beautiful, easy to read through and understand and features full-color photography. Leave it to Tina to make sure the cover and pages are coated with something special that make spills slide right off. The book lies flat when you open to any page. The recipes, although not short, are reasonable in length and come with a photo to show the reader what the end product should look like. I love it. You will to.
The cookbook is perfect for busy, health-conscious families, singles or couples that want big flavor and minimal prep time. A short motivational message on each page explains why each recipe makes sense. Each recipe includes nutrition tips, calorie counts and a nutrient analysis. You’ll get advice on preparation, freezing and serving suggestions. It’s all there for even the most skeptical to try and be delighted. I guarantee you this cookbook will exceed your expectations whether you are just starting your healthy eating journey or you’re an old hand at it.
One of my favorite recipes is featured below. It’s easy, delicious and can be made by anyone. This particular recipe is a great way to get children involved in preparing healthy meals. Thanks go to Tina and Page Street Publishing for allowing me to share the recipe with you.
You can purchase Tina’s book on Amazon.com $10.99 Kindle, $16.62 paperback.
Be well my friends.
Mix It Up Müesli
Homemade Müesli with Oats, Almond Milk, Kefir and Fruit
Compliments of Tina Ruggiero M.S., R.D., L.D. and The Truly Healthy Family Cookbook
(Page Street Publishing).
Photos credit to Bill Bettencourt.
Yield: 6 cups | Time: 20 minutes
4 oz/120 ml almond milk, unsweetened
2 cups/475 ml vanilla kefir
1 ¼ cups/100 g oats, rolled, old-fashioned
½ medium apple, peeled and grated
¼ cup/40 g grapes, halved
½ cup/75 g raisins
¼ cup/40 g pecans, chopped and toasted
6 oz/180 g nonfat Greek yogurt
¼ cup/60 ml honey
2 tbsp/30 ml lemon juice
Mint leaves, for garnish (optional)
Combine all the ingredients but the mint in a large bowl. Cover and store in the refrigerator for a minimum of 24 hours. When ready to serve, ladle into bowls and garnish with mint. Will last 3 days tightly covered in the refrigerator.
Per 1-cup serving: Calories 280, protein 9 g, total fat 7 g, carbohydrates 45 g, sodium 65 mg, fiber 3 g