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Sample healthy menus and recipe

By Theresa Harrington
Want to cook your mom a healthy Mother’s Day meal?
Cindy Gershen, who helped found the Wellness City Challenge, plans to cook a Mother’s Day breakfast for the students at Crossroads High School in Concord and their moms.
Here’s her menu, which you could try out for your own mom:
Joe’s Special – scramble of ground turkey, spinach, mushrooms, onions and eggs
Small whole grain pancakes with berry compote
Pan fried potatoes
Sour cream, salsa, romano cheese
Fresh fruit
Spinach salad with sliced strawberries
Plain yogurt
Ice Water with lemons and oranges
Gershen will cook a dinner for the Crossroads health and wellness fair, to be shared with students’ families.
Here is her menu for that event:
Mixed field greens with Italian dressing
Grated carrots, cucumbers, jicama, tomatoes
Colorful assortment of seasonal roasted vegetables
Spanish style whole grain brown rice
Smoked slow roasted whole chickens
Vegetarian chili
Seasonal fresh fruit
Frozen yogurt with berries
Honey zucchini carrot cake (unfrosted)
Onion and seasonal fruit or vegetable
To introduce the girls to healthy eating last month, Gershen served the girls turkey patties, which most students really enjoyed. Teacher Kathy Dadasovich said the small patties would also be perfect for toddlers.
Here’s the recipe:
1 package ground turkey meat (1 to 1.25 lbs.)
1 red bell pepper, chopped
3 green onions, chopped
1 teaspoon lemon pepper
Mix ingredients together makes four patties or eight meatballs.
Cook on lightly oiled frying pan (use olive oil or other oil without trans fats) about 5 minutes on each side or bake about 25 minutes in oven at 350 degrees.
Top with salsa and serve over brown rice. Or top with tomato sauce (add frozen or fresh chopped spinach to sauce) and serve over whole grain pasta or polenta.
Let us know how you like them!
Gershen is also collecting recipes to give to the girls at their health and wellness fair. If you would like to contribute, e-mail her at Or, feel free to post your recipes here to share!
If you would like to donate rice, beans healthy peanut butter or other items for bags to be distributed to Crossroads students and their families at the school’s health and wellness fair, which will be held May 13, you can drop off your donations at the Sunrise Bistro, 1559 Botelho Drive in Walnut Creek.
To find out more about the Wellness City Challenge and see videos related to healthy cooking, visit

Posted on Sunday, April 25th, 2010
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