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Culinary Insights - Nicole Cormier

Local Lunchbox Ideas | Nicole Cormier RD, LDN

Courtesy | Nicole Cormier RD, LDN – Delicious Living Nutrition..

This week I was invited to the Culinary Insights at the Plymouth Farmers’ Market located at Plymouth Plantation. Over the years, I have become a regular at this market and a prior culinary guest. My first appearance included Local Quesadillas filled with local ingredients from fruit to vegetables and local cheeses. If you haven’t paid a visit to this market this season, there is still plenty of time. They are open every Thursday through October from 2:30pm – 6:30pm. Below are a variety of nutritious school lunches that are made with local ingredients from the farmers’ market. Go ahead, give them a try and localize your lunchbox!

Apple Cheddar Sandwich

2 slices of whole grain bread
½ apple, sliced
1 slice of cheddar cheese
1 tsp honey (optional)

Place sliced apple on one slice of bread, then place cheese on other slice of bread. Drizzle honey and place one slice on top of the other. Serve with celery and Red Pepper Jelly Dip.

Red Pepper Jelly Dip

1 cup of plain yogurt or local soft cheese
1TB of Red Pepper Jelly

Mix ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Serve with celery or crackers.

Egg Sandwich with Cheese, Greens & Eggplant Bacon

1 egg, fried
1 slice of cheese (cheddar or goat)
Pinch of greens
Drop of Balsamic Vinegar
1 tsp Olive oil
3 slices of eggplant bacon (see below)

Using a frying pan, place olive oil in pan over medium heat. Cook egg as desired. Toast bread, then spread cheese onto slice and place egg on top. Then, place eggplant bacon, greens, balsamic vinegar. Serve with sliced Asian pears drizzled with honey

Eggplant Bacon

1 Asian eggplant
4 TB Organic tamari
1 TB maple syrup
1 tsp liquid smoke
1 tsp olive oil

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except eggplant and oil. Slice eggplant into 1” wide strips Toss eggplant in marinade until coated, and then refrigerate for 2 hours.

Line a baking sheet with natural parchment paper and brush with olive oil. Place strips on top of parchment paper and brush with marinade and oil. Bake for 8 minutes, then flip and bake for an addition 8 minutes. Cook another 3 minutes on opposite side and flip one more time for 3 minutes until browned. Let cool and they will harden. If your strips cook faster than expected, place aside on a plate to cool and they will be just fine.

Pear, Preserves & Goat Cheese Sandwich

½ Pear, sliced
1 TB Fruit Preserves
1 TB Goat Cheese
2 Slices of Whole Grain Bread

Spread goat cheese onto 1 slice of bread, and then top with pear slices. Spread fruit preserves onto another slice of bread, and then place one slice on top of the other. Cut and Serve with tomatillos & cauliflower.

 

Insights and Recipes Courtesy of Nicole Cormier RD, LDN

Culinary Insights - Nicole Cormier

Magic Breakfast Combination for Kids and Adults | Nicole Cormier RD, LDN of Delicious Living Nutrition

The real challenge is getting the foods we need in the correct combination to manage our blood sugars, energy levels and hunger though out the day, meaning we really need to focus on getting protein AND fiber every time we eat, especially at breakfast.

For example, some of us may just have a bagel or muffin for breakfast, which will spike your blood sugars and result in low energy levels and more cravings for the rest of the day. It is the protein and fiber combination that really fuels your body the best. So, let’s practice with breakfast to set the tone for the day.

Breakfast fuel should include a Protein + Whole Grain + Fruit — Nicole

Fruit and Cheese Quesadilla

Ingredients

  • Joseph’s Brand Tortilla or Brown Rice Tortilla (Gluten-free)
  • 1/2 cup of Berries, Sliced Peaches or Seasonal Fruit
  • 1/4 cup shredded or sliced Mozzarella or Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of Local Jam
  • 1 teaspoon of Maple Syrup

Preparation

Place tortilla in a frying pan on low to medium heat. Spread jam to cover half of the tortilla, then place fruit over jam. Sprinkle mozzarella over fruit and fold over the tortilla to cover ingredients. Heat until cheese is melted. Cut and drizzle maple syrup over quesadilla and serve.

Egg and Kale Quesadilla

Ingredients

  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 TB Milk or Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 cup of Kale
  • 1/2 cup of other Seasonal Vegetables: Tomato, Onion & Garlic.

Preparation

Place Olive Oil in frying pan on medium heat. Saute the onion and garlic for 2 minutes, then add kale and tomatoes for 3 minutes. Whisk eggs and coconut milk in a small mixing bowl and scramble in frying pan with vegetables. Place to the side after cooked. Place tortilla in a frying pan on low to medium heat. Add scramble in the center of tortilla and add cheese and fold over to cover ingredients. Cut and Serve.

 

Insights and Recipes Courtesy of Nicole Cormier RD, LDN