Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Recipes make healthy eating easy

CoxHealth's cafeterias offer a variety of healthy options throughout the day, including those marked as "Best Bites." Here are a couple of recipes for popular Best Bite dishes you can make at home:

Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Sauce

Ingredients: (8 servings)

1/4 cup Sun-dried tomatoes

12 oz Pasta, your choice

4 cloves Garlic, minced

1-2 tsp Olive Oil

1 cup Spinach

3 oz Feta cheese, crumbled

Ground pepper to taste

1. Soak sun-dried tomatoes in hot water for 30 minutes; drain. Slice into thin strips.

2. Cook pasta according to package directions.

3. Sauté garlic in oil over medium-low heat 2-3 minutes.

4. Add black pepper and tomatoes; toss.

5. Add spinach; toss and heat through.

6. Toss with pasta; garnish with feta cheese.


Calories: 228

Fat: 6 grams

Sodium: 172 mg

Citrus Salmon

Ingredients: (8 servings)

1 cup Orange Juice

1/2 cup Lime Juice

6 cloves Garlic, thinly sliced

1 tsp Olive Oil

1/3 cup Cilantro, finely chopped (optional)

2-2.5 lbs Salmon Fillets

Kosher Salt

Fresh Ground Pepper

In a shallow glass or ceramic bowl, whisk together the orange and lime juice, and garlic. Add the olive oil, whisking until blended. Stir in the 1/3 cup cilantro and season to taste with salt and pepper. Lay the salmon in the bowl and carefully turn to marinade. Cover and let the salmon marinate for 30-60 minutes at room temperature, turning the fish once. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until flaky but moist. Serve the salmon with a teaspoon of the marinade drizzled over the top and garnish with cilantro.


Calories: 180

Fat: 7 grams

Sodium: 110 mg

Monday, April 18, 2011

Nurses honored with Daisy award

Four CoxHealth nurses recently received the organization's second round of Daisy Awards. The Daisy Awards recognize outstanding nursing care. Nurses receiving the award are:

Janna Woodall, CREW

Woodall was nominated by a member of a patient’s family for support she provided to the family during a patient’s final days. From the nomination: “The compassion (Janna) showed was so meaningful. She answered all the questions we had and I could sense that she genuinely cared. Because I could sense her compassion, when she would put her hand on my shoulder while passing by it was like a true healing touch that comforted me and I appreciate that.”

Chandra Graham and Heather Coulter, Adult Psych II (pictured with chief nursing officer Karen Kramer)

Graham and Coulter were nominated by staff members on the unit after they successfully guided the unit through a period of transition. From the nomination: “They have gone above and beyond any job description to contribute the very best they have to offer for CoxHealth’s Adult Psychiatry units. They do it compassionately, exceptionally and thoroughly. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to succeed individually, or offer our patients the best care that we all strive to provide.”

Latoya Compton, ED South

Compton was nominated by a family member of a patient she cared for in the ER. From the nomination: “Latoya was kind, upbeat and compassionate with just the initial greeting. She was empathetic and genuinely concerned. ... She went above and beyond her job duties as she ensured my husband’s pain level was tolerable before he was discharged.”

Monday, April 4, 2011

A few Best Bite recipes

Here at CoxHealth, our dietitians create a variety of healthy options that are offered in the cafeteria as "Best Bite" entrees. Once a week, they share a cooking demo on an entree and share the recipes with anyone who'd like to prepare them at home. Here are recipes from the meal prepared at the latest Best Bite class:

Simple Steamed Green Beans

Ingredients: (4 servings)

1 1/2 pound Fresh or Frozen Green Beans

(about 1 inch long)

2 Tbs Butter or margarine

1 tsp Olive Oil

Kosher Salt



Prepare fresh green beans by snapping them or cutting them to approx 1 inch long in length and rinsing them.

Over a pot of boiling water, steam beans for 15-20 minutes (until just tender with a little “bite” to them; Remove steamed beans and turn into a serving bowl.

Add all of the rest of the ingredients, seasoning to taste.


Calories: 113

Protein: 3 grams

Fat: 7 grams

Carbs: 0 grams

Sodium: 69 mg

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Fiber: 0 grams

Hawaiian Pork Chops

Ingredients: (4 servings)

4 (1/2 inch Lean Pork Loin Chops


1 (8 oz) can Pineapple slices in own juice

2 Green onions, diced

2 Tbs Brown sugar

1/2 tsp Ground nutmeg


Drain and reserve juice from canned pineapple. Place pork chops in baking dish that is lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Mix 3 tablespoons of the reserved pineapple juice with brown sugar and nutmeg. Spoon half of the mixture over the pork chops. Top with pineapple slices and diced green onion. Spoon remaining mixture over pineapple. Cover and bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Uncover and bake 20 minutes longer, spoon sauce over chops occasionally.


Calories: 306

Protein: 38 grams

Fat: 10 grams

Carbs: 13 grams

Sodium: 79 mg

Cholesterol: 94 mg

Fiber: .5 grams

Perfect Long-Grain Brown Rice

Ingredients: (4 servings)

1 cup Long-grain brown rice

1/2 tsp Kosher salt

2 cups Water


In a medium saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, combine rice, 2 cups water, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Stir once, cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 50 minutes. (Do not lift lid or stir!) Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes; fluff with a fork and serve.


Calories: 109

Protein: 3 grams

Fat: .88 grams

Carbs: 22.5 grams

Sodium: 5 mg

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Fiber: 2 grams