Deliciously Wrapped Heart-Healthy Vitamins and Antioxidants for Those You Love
Everyone wants to do something special for their loved ones on Valentine's Day. This year you can show friends and family just how much you care about them by making a delicious meal that will help keep their hearts healthy.
The chefs at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) created this yummy and healthy take on ravioli by stuffing them with a filling combination of beets, cheese, and orange zest. The recipe was developed by CIA alumnus Rico Griffone '06, who leads the college's Menu for Healthy Kids (MFHK), a program dedicated to fighting childhood obesity and Type 2 diabetes by providing healthier choices for kids and their families. MFHK has been addressing these issues by sending students on their externship field experience into schools to learn firsthand how school lunch programs operate and to identify ways to help make a change for the better.
"This recipe produces plump little 'pillows' with a rich magenta color," says Griffone. "Although this dish tastes and looks complex, we streamline a few steps. Instead of making fresh pasta, we use prepared wonton wrappers. And even though we use a little butter in the dish, we control the amount carefully to get the flavor benefits of butter while minimizing the added calories."
There are lots of ways to enjoy these ravioli. Serve them as dumplings in a soup such as carrot broth with lemongrass and ginger. You can make your own broth or purchase a low-sodium version from the market. Or, you can enjoy them on their own or with a light sauce. A sprinkling of poppy seeds adds contrast and texture.
The filling can be made up to two days in advance, and the filled ravioli can be made 24 hours before you plan to cook and serve them.
For more information about Menu for Healthy Kids, great recipes, and tips on how you can get involved, please visit our website at www.healthykids.ciachef.edu.
Nutrition analysis per 7-ounce serving—240 calories, 11g
protein, 33g carbohydrate, 8g fat, 4g saturated fat, 480mg sodium, 90mg
cholesterol, 3g fiber.