Gold Apron Cooking

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The Deacon Dining Wellness Program partners with the Office of Wellbeing and Campus Recreation through weekly cooking classes to educate students, faculty and staff on Performance Dining-a program that encourages eating with purpose. This is not a recipe for “perfect” eating by any means, but a way to approach each meal and snack with the goal of obtaining the most nutrients to nourish body, mind and spirit and derive pleasure and satisfaction from the chosen foods.

Brooke Orr | Deacon Dining | Nutrition Director

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Learn more about each recipe below!

  • Dragon Fruit Italian Ice
    1. 1 pouch dragon fruit
    2. 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
    3. 1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
    4. 1 cup water
    5. 1 cup ice (only add this if you are using FRESH fruit)

    Place liquid in blender. Slowly add fruit and blend (add more liquid as needed-consistency should be thick). If using fresh fruit add ice now. Once blended place mixture into freezer safe dish with lid and freeze for 30 minutes. Remove mixture and scrape with fork. Place mixture back in freezer until time to serve.

  • Pineapple Mango with Protein Powder

    Pineapple Mango with Protein Powder

    1. 1 cup pineapple (frozen or fresh)
    2. 1 cup mango (frozen or fresh)
    3. 1 cup juice or water
    4. **Optional protein powder (I used pea protein and I do not recommend)**
    5. 1 cup of ice (only add this if you are using FRESH fruit)

    Place liquid in blender. Slowly add fruit and blend (add more liquid as needed-consistency should be thick). If using fresh fruit add ice now. If using protein powder add now and blend well. Once blended place mixture into freezer safe dish with lid and freeze for 30 minutes. Remove mixture and scrape with fork. Place mixture back in freezer until time to serve.

  • Eat With Purpose (Immune Support)


    1 Can Black Beans

    1 Can Kidney Beans

    1 Can Pinto Beans

    1 Can Corn

    2 Cans dived tomatoes with chilis

    2 Diced Field Roast Chorizo (optional)

    Add all together and cook in crock pot OR cook on stove until heated throughout.

    Naked Burrito

    Cook any rice you have according to its’ instructions.  When there is 5 minutes left in cooking process add Tbsp Dried Cilantro (or ¼ cup fresh chopped), ¼ cup lime juice, 1 tsp salt, 1 ½ dried garlic

    Drain Juice from 1 cup of chili and serve on top of the cilantro lime rice.  Add avocado if desired!

    Huevos Rancheros

    1. Heat 1 cup of chili
    2. Warm 1 tortilla in oven on 300 until warm and slightly toasted (around 5 minutes)
    3. Cook 1-2 eggs over medium (or your preference)
    4. Put tortilla on plate, place chili on top of tortilla and top with eggs
    5. Additional Toppings if Desired: cilantro, avocado, sliced jalapeno or sour cream/plain Greek yogurt

    Personal Pan Breakfast Pizza

    1. Start with Naan or Pita Bread
    2. Spread a thin coat of cream cheese
    3. Next add Scrambled Eggs (Add some veggies in for an extra dose of nutrition)
    4. Finally top with shredded cheese and toast until warmed

    Peanut Butter Banana Sushi

    1. Take 1 tortilla
    2. Spread Peanut Butter
    3. Add sliced bananas
    4. Drizzle with honey
    5. Roll tightly
    6. Cut into slices and serve

    Frozen Yogurt and Berry Bark

    1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper or tin foil and cover with vanilla Greek yogurt and spread it around to an even thickness.
    2. Top with berries. And add nuts seeds to taste (optional)
    3. Freeze for 2 to 3 hours, or until firm.
    4. Cut into pieces and serve.
    5. Keep in the freezer.



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    Eat with Purpose & Immune Support Tips Handout

  • Vegan Spaghetti Puttanesca

    World Vegetarian Day initiates the month of October as Vegetarian Awareness Month, so this month’s Gold Apron cooking class made a plant powered Vegan Spaghetti Puttanesca.  This hearty dish is full of high energy whole grains, filling fiber and protein as well as antioxidant rich veggies!  Research suggests that a diet high in fruits and veggies can positively affect health by lowering blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke, preventing some types of cancer, lowering the risk of eye and digestive problems, and having a positive effect on blood sugar. Veg Out with Deacon Dining this month and aim to have ONE plant powered meal (no meat) per week.

  • Smoothie Bowls

    As a registered dietitian I promote whole foods first, a diet built on a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein and healthy fat.  That is why our smoothie event featured recipes that included an ingredient from each food group.  Smoothies can be a great snack (smaller serving) or meal (larger serving), and should be balanced to keep blood sugar stable.  Choosing a bone boosting beverage such as soy or cow’s milk, a protein source such as Greek yogurt or tofu, a full cup of a brightly colored vegetables such as carrots or spinach and a cup of fruit provides nutrient dense calories and a tasty sweet we sometimes crave. Download the recipes from our event HERE

  • Apple Pie Overnight Oats

    2 apples, grated
    2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
    1 3/4 cups unsweetened almond milk
    1 3/4 cups full-fat plain kefir or yogurt
    1/2 cup unsweetened raisins
    1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice
    1/2 cup chopped raw walnuts
    4 tsp fresh lemon juice
    1 tsp ground cinnamon
    1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
    raw honey or stevia, to taste (optional)
    Optional toppings: additional walnuts, chopped apples, bee pollen
    Directions: Prepare oats the night before: In a large bowl, mix all ingredients
    except honey and optional toppings. Cover, refrigerate overnight.  (serves 6)

    Watch the video to learn how to make this at home!

  • Sweet Potato Pie Parfait

    4 small baked sweet potatoes
    2-3 tbsp pure maple syrup
    1 tsp ground cinnamon
    1 tsp pure vanilla extract
    1/4 tsp ground allspice & nutmeg
    1/8 tsp ground cardamom
    13.5 oz full-fat coconut milk
    1 1/2 cups yogurt of your choice

    2 cups rolled oats
    3/4 cup raw unsalted pecans
    1/4 cup raw unsalted pumpkin seeds
    1/4 cup hemp hearts
    2 tbsp pure maple syrup
    1 tsp ground cinnamon
    1/2 cup chopped pitted Medjool dates

    1. Preheat oven to 375°F and line a medium or large baking sheet with
    parchment paper.

    2. Prepare topping: In a large bowl, add all topping ingredients except
    dates and combine until oats and seeds are completely coated in syrup.
    Spread on baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until mixture
    is toasted and slightly brown. Set aside to cool on baking sheet and then
    place in an airtight container.

    3. Meanwhile, prepare puree.  To a food processor, add potatoes (including
    skin), 2 to 3 tbsp maple syrup, 1 tsp cinnamon, vanilla, allspice, nutmeg
    and cardamom. Puree until completely smooth.

    4. Remove half of puree and set aside. To food processor, add coconut milk
    and process until completely mixed. Remove from processor and set aside.

    5. In 6 12-oz Mason jars, layer parfaits in the following order:
    ¼ cup sweet potato puree, ½ cup coconut-potato mixture and ¼ cup yogurt.
    Seal and refrigerate until ready to eat. Top with ½ cup of topping before serving.
    Drizzle with additional maple syrup (if using).

    Watch the video to learn how to make this at home!

  • Date & Apricot Energy Bites

    1/3 cup dried unsweetened apricots
    2 cups pitted dates
    1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
    3 tbsp natural almond butter
    1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut


    1. Place apricots in a heat-proof bowl and cover with boiling water.
    Let stand 5 minutes. Drain and finely chop.

    2. In a food processor, process dates and apricots for 2 to 3 minutes,
    stopping to scrape down sides of bowl as necessary. Add oats and almond
    butter and pulse 4 to 5 times to combine. Form into 1inch balls (about
    1½ tsp mixture per ball). Place coconut in a small plate.  Roll each
    ball in coconut. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for
    3 days; refrigerate or freeze for longer-term storage.

    Watch the video to learn how to make this at home!

  • Wild Blueberry Banana Smoothie

    1/2 cup baby spinach
    1/2 banana, frozen
    1/2 cup blueberries, frozen
    1/2 cup strawberries, frozen
    1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
    1 tsp chia seeds

    Put all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
    Pour into glasses and serve.

  • Harvest Squash & Quinoa Salad

    1 small butternut squash (peeled, & cut into cubes)
    1/4 cup each sea salt, black pepper, ground cinnamon
    beet, peeled & shredded
    1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
    6 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    1/4 cup whole-grain mustard
    2 tbsp pure maple syrup
    1/4 cups chopped unsalted walnuts
    1 1/2 cups pomegranate arils
    2 oz crumbled goat cheese
    6 cups packed chopped kale

    Directions (makes 4 servings)

    1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Arrange squash on a large rimmed
    baking sheet. Mist with cooking spray, sprinkle with salt, pepper
    and cinnamon; toss to coat. Roast for 40 to 45 minutes, turning
    halfway, until tender. Cool to room temperature.

    2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring 1 cup water to a boil.
    Add beet and quinoa. Cover, reduce heat to a simmer and cook
    for 15 minutes, until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and
    let stand, covered, for 5 minutes, before fluffing with a fork.
    Cool to room temperature.

    3. Prepare dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar,
    mustard and maple syrup. Divide evenly among jars, about 3 tbsp
    per jar. Divide squash, quinoa mixture, walnuts, pomegranate arils,
    cheese and kale among jars. Cover jars and refrigerate until ready
    to serve, up to 5 days. When ready to serve, shake in jar to distribute
    dressing or transfer to a bowl and toss.


  • Kombucha Float Recipe


    Sorbet (we used peach)

    Kombucha (we used berry flavored)

    Greek yogurt whipped topping


    1. Scoop sorbet into glasses
    2. Pour kombucha on top
    3. Top with greek yogurt whipped topping

    Greek Yogurt Whipped Topping


    1 cup whole fat or 2% plain greek yogurt

    1/4 cup whipping cream (or coconut cream)

    2 tbsp. maple syrup

    1/2 tsp vanilla extract

    Pinch of salt *optional


    1. Mix all ingredients in a stand mixer or in a bowl using a hand mixer
    2. Mix on low for about 20 seconds, until the liquid cream begins to mix into the yogurt
    3. Slowly increase power to high on mixer
    4. After about 2 minutes of mixing, reduce speed and shut off mixer
    5. Use a spatula to give the yogurt a quick mix
    6. Continue mixing for another 2-3 minutes or until peaks form (peaks will not be super stiff, but will stand up)

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