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Good nutrition doesn't have to be boring. These balanced recipes are healthy choices that are packed full of flavor and are recommended by JCC Registered Dietician. For more information on Nutrition Counseling, click here or contact Member Services at (402) 334-6426.

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Quinoa Salad with Artichoke & Parsley
Spring into happiness with these wholesome ingredients. Prepare a healthy dish that will nourish your body while satisfying the enjoyment of these savory seasonal flavors. Fun fact: Although quinoa is considered a whole grain, it is, in fact, a seed!

Curry Kuri Squash Soup
This autumn soup will not only warm you on chilly days, but will provide many health benefits as well. The red Kuir squash has a nutty flavor and is a nutritional powerhouse - a great source of vitamins A and C and potassium.

Unthinkable Chocolate Spread

Recently the popularity of sweet spreads such as cookie butters and chocolate nut butters (think Nutella) have surged. While these spreads can be delicious, they also come packed with fat and sugar. This recipe for Unthinkable Chocolate Spread lets you enjoy the taste of a sweet spread without the junk. Medjool dates provide a balanced sweetness, unsweetened cocoa powder provides a chocolatey depth, and the great northern beans provide a healthy dose of fiber, iron, and protein.

Spinach Pesto
Since it’s not quite summer and fresh basil is out of season, substitute spinach to make a delicious alternative that adds fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to your meal.

Super Seedy Granola Bars
These grab-and-go bars are packed with fiber, protein and healthy fats. Cover them with plastic wrap to store in the fridge or freezer for a quick, portable snack.

Passover Friendly Matzo Lasagna
This Passover-friendly recipe for Matzo Lasagna replaces pasta noodles with matzo. This lasagna is also a great way to get extra vegetables into your meal as well.

Thai Style Savory Oatmeal
While you may be accustomed to enjoying your oats with maple syrup or fruit, oatmeal’s neutral taste makes it a perfect candidate for savory toppings as well! 

Light Pesto with Black Bean Pasta
Healthify your meal even further by replacing your regular wheat based pasta with a black bean based pasta. It cooks the same as regular pasta, but is gluten free and provides more nutrients.

Portabella Steak Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions and Umami Sauce
Instead of grilling a boring hamburger, try this recipe portabella mushroom "steak" sandwiches with caramelized onions and umami sauce. Umami is the Japanese term for deliciousness, meaning this recipe is lighter on calories,
but not on flavor.

Springtime Salad
This colorful springtime salad is the perfect dish to brighten up any day. Eating raw vegetables of many different colors provides a wide range of valuable vitamins and minerals that work to keep your body healthy and happy.

Egg & Avocado Breakfast Sandwich
Eating breakfast plays an important role when you are watching your weight.  Rather than stopping by a fast food chain or getting a sugary doughnut, try making this easy and healthy breakfast sandwich at home.

Crispy Zucchini & Sweet Potato Latkes

Rather than being fried, these latkes are baked. Zucchini and sweet potatoes provide good sources of vitamins A and C, fiber, and potassium.

Pumpkin Chili
A hearty meal that will keep you full and warm on a chilly autumn day.

White Bean Soup with Spinach & Couscous

The white beans in this dish provide an excellent source of fiber, iron, magnesium, and folate, while the vegetables add nutrients and flavor.

Fruit & Nut Snackin' Squares

Store-bought granola bars often have more sugar than nutrition. These homemade fruit and nut snackin’ squares are a great alternative.

Coconut, Quinoa & Hazelnut Granola
The hazelnuts in this recipe provide a good source of mono-unsaturated fat, thiamine and vitamin B6.

Chicken & Summer Vegetable Tostada

This tasty recipe is a great way to incorporate seasonal summer produce into your diet.

Zucchini Ribbons with Onion & Parmesan
This fun and easy recipe transforms the average zucchini into a pasta-like side dish that is packed with fiber, potassium, and Vitamins C and A.

Very Berry Smoothie

A yummy way to cool off during hot summer days.

Roasted Asparagus, Tomato, & Penne Salad with Lemon Dressing and Goat Cheese
A great dish to make in the spring when asparagus is in season!
Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato Chili
A hearty and healthy option.

Sweet Corn Salad Wraps

A delicious and light lunch option.