Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Skinnier Version of a Big Game Favorite - Spinach Artichoke Dip

Are you fired up for the Super Bowl? You may sacrifice your voice rooting for your team, but you shouldn't compromise your waistline. Instead of eating your typical Spinach and Artichoke Dip that's full of creamy, caloric ingredients - try this tasty twist on Spinach and Artichoke Dip that uses purèed white beans as a substitute (also adding some protein and fiber to your snack). You won't feel guilty for munching on a serving of this during the game!

Skinny Spinach and Artichoke Dip Recipe
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 (16 ounce) can white beans
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups artichoke hearts, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1/2 cup low-fat part skim mozzarella cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the garlic a few times to mince. Add the white beans, light mayonnaise, lemon juice, parmesan cheese and purèe until smooth. Add a pinch of cayenne and season with pepper. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in the artichoke hearts and spinach. Place in a baking dish and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake until bubbly and brown, about 25-30 minutes. Broil on high for an additional 2 minutes to get the cheese extra brown.
Serves 8 as an appetizer
Nutrition Facts Per Serving
Calories: 200, Total Fat: 3g, Sodium: 300mg, Carbs: 30g, Protein: 14g

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sustainability On The Move...

Hello SLU Community!  My name is Lindsey Jones and I will be working for you as the Director of Sustainability for SLU Dining Services.  This position has been created to provide the SLU Students and Faculty with a more sustainable, local, life-giving, loving, and creative dining system. 
I look forward to growing sustainability and local food within the University.  
My background is a mingling of sustainable involvement, with experience in social work, farming, nutrition, cooking, and other creative opportunities.  After my University experience, Local Harvest Grocery played a major role in forming my drive to help create a sustainable and local food system in Saint Louis.  I have volunteered, worked, and been involved with Local Harvest since 2008.  Before moving back to St. Louis 2012, I was living in a Camphill Village in Pennsylvania as a co-worker for 2 years.  We were gardening, cooking, crafting, supporting the local food system, and practicing sustainable, organic farming together.  We worked with neighboring villages to source our foods locally and support local farmers, businesses, and artisans.

I have also worked at the St. Patrick Center (www.stpatrickcenter.org ) as a Community Support Counselor, Horticulture Therapist, and Program Coordinator from 2008-2010 and again from 2012-2013.  This experience was one that allowed me to see and experience first hand the need for creating a sustainable and localized community in St. Louis.    
The SLU Community plays a major role in the St. Louis food system, and We have the power to make a remarkable difference in the way food is served, prepared, eaten, and discarded on SLU Campus.  I would love to hear ideas on ways to make this happen.  
Recyclemania is coming up February 2nd, so be ready to Get Sustainable!!!

Friday, January 10, 2014

New Year, New You

As we kick off a new year, many people find themselves making resolutions for the year. There are a multitude of resolutions that people make each year. A few of the most popular ones often seem to involve nutrition to some capacity. People make resolutions to simply become healthier, while some are determined to lose weight and inches (especially since once the new year hits, swimsuit season all of a sudden seems right around the corner). Some might even being interested in bulking up (putting on more muscle mass). It is apparent that nutrition plays a role in these New Year's resolutions. If any of your New Year's resolutions are similar to the resolutions mentioned, I am here to help! I can help you with meal planning, nutrition counseling, and how to go about setting healthy goals and taking steps to achieve those goals. Sometimes people start off strong with their New Year's resolutions, but then down the road they may lose interest or hit a plateau. If that happens to you, I can help you stay on track. Feel free to reach out to me at anytime through the course of the new year. You can contact me by email at nutrition@slu.edu.