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Farro, Cherry Tomato and Arugula Salad

  • May. 10, 2019
This hearty and healthy whole-grain salad can be a side dish or entrée. It starts with farro, an ancient relative of modern-day wheat that is full of dietary fiber and is dressed with a homemade ...
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Overnight Oats

  • Mar. 22, 2019
Overnight oats are a super-easy way to get the benefits of oatmeal without as much fuss or mess. Oats are packed with fiber, which is an important part of our diet. In fact, eating a diet with plenty ...
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3-Ingredient Choco Chip Cookies

  • Mar. 13, 2019
When that craving for a cookie hits but you want to keep it healthy, these super-easy chocolate chip cookies come together in seconds – in the microwave! Bananas have potassium our bodies need, and ...
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Sweet Potato Gnocchi

  • Mar. 6, 2019
Traditional gnocchi is made using potatoes, but using sweet potatoes and ricotta cheese creates a delicious combination with fewer carbohydrates. Perfect with a sweet drizzle, such as maple syrup or ...
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Peanut Butter Choco Chip Energy Balls

  • Feb. 13, 2019
These energy balls have a touch of sweetness and come loaded with nutrients as well as fiber, thanks to the oats, flax seeds and chia seeds. Studies show eating a diet high in fiber may reduce your ...
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Watch for Wilmot during 2019 Super Bowl

  • Jan. 31, 2019
UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute will be featured in a commercial that will air during the 2019 Super Bowl, which starts at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3. The ad highlights several key facts about ...
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Roasted Turnips w/ Paprika & Poppy Seeds

  • Nov. 26, 2018
Despite looking somewhat similar to a potato, turnips are a cruciferous vegetable, in the same family as broccoli and kale. They’re low in calories and also have phytonutrients that help keep the ...
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Spiced Squash Soup

  • Nov. 13, 2018
Have leftovers from your big meal? This soup is a great way to use leftover squash and Brussels sprouts. Squash comes packed with vitamin A, fiber, magnesium, manganese and other important nutrients, ...
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Mediterranean Bean Salad

  • Aug. 9, 2018
A variation of a traditional three- bean salad, this recipe combines legumes and locally grown green beans with crunchy radishes for a flavorful picnic dish! Dried beans provide folate, iron, ...
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Emerald Greens with Orange

  • Jul. 10, 2018
The combination of orange and cranberry is perfect for this side dish. Use rainbow Swiss chard for added color, if available. To avoid bitter-tasting greens, sauté them just until the color darkens ...
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Zucchini and Summer Agrodolce

  • May. 30, 2018
Agrodolce in Italian means sweet and sour – and that’s what this dish is. It’s a tasty way to use up your extra zucchini or summer squash, two veggies that come loaded with fiber and nutrients but ...
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Shaved Asparagus and White Bean Salad

  • May. 29, 2018
This shaved asparagus salad makes a unique and healthy side dish for summer entertaining. Asparagus provides folate, vitamin C, dietary fiber and potassium, and is naturally low in calories. The ...
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Ginger Spiced Granola

  • May. 21, 2018
This wholesome and versatile cereal makes a great topping for fresh fruit and yogurt, as well as a delicious cereal served with your favorite milk.
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Jicama, Radish and Mango Salad

  • Apr. 9, 2018
Jicama looks like a brown turnip, but has a juicy, white flesh. It adds crispness to salads, slaws, and stir fry or crudité dishes. This light and refreshing salad is finished with a citrus-honey ...
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Rainbow Fruit Parfaits

  • Mar. 23, 2018
This light dessert combines colorful fruits with a honey-lime dressing to make a rainbow parfait. Each color represents a different group of phytonutrients and it is important to eat a variety of ...
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Avocado-Pineapple Smoothie

  • Mar. 17, 2018
In the spirit of St Patrick’s Day, we’ll be incorporating leafy greens into a smoothie. If you find many smoothies taste too sweet, this recipe is for you. It leans towards the savory side with ...
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Mushroom Barley Soup

  • Mar. 13, 2018
Several varieties of mushrooms are combined to provide a “meaty” texture and savory flavor to this rustic, vegetarian soup.
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Tuscan Beans and Greens

  • Mar. 5, 2018
This classic Italian entrée comes together quickly for a hearty and nutrient-dense meal. Serve with cooked farro or barley for a complete dinner.
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Miso Soup

  • Feb. 5, 2018
Miso soup is a tradition in Japan. It gets its name from having miso paste, which is a mixture of fermented soybeans and grains. It adds tasty flavor to this healthy soup!
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Vegetable Stock

  • Feb. 2, 2018
Vegetable stock is a staple for many plant-based recipes, especially soups. You could buy it at the grocery store but it’s also very easy to make on your own at home!
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Butternut Squash Soup

  • Feb. 1, 2018
Butternut squash is colorful and also rich in many important nutrients, including potassium, fiber and vitamin C. The jalapenos add a little kick!
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Sweet Potato Chili

  • Jan. 3, 2018
A “twist” on traditional chili recipes with a couple of unexpected ingredients- sweet potatoes and cocoa. Sweet potatoes pair well with black beans and the spices in this dish.
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Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms

  • Dec. 1, 2017
This warm appetizer will make any occasion special. The healthy spinach filling has a zesty taste, and the baked mushrooms make for an elegant presentation.
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Homemade Granola

  • Oct. 20, 2017
Make a batch of this versatile cereal to get you through the week. It makes a great topping for fresh fruit and yogurt, as well as a delicious cereal served with your favorite milk.
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Curry Lentil Soup

  • Oct. 2, 2017
This simple lentil soup recipe comes together quickly with some basic pantry ingredients. Suggested toppings include a dollop of your favorite pesto, toasted nuts or pistachio cream.
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Energy Bites

  • Sep. 25, 2017
These nutrient dense bites are the perfect grab and go snack, or can be used to top fruit- based desserts.
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Summer Bean Salad

  • Sep. 11, 2017
A fresh salad hearty enough to stand alone as an entrée with the added protein from edamame and garbanzo beans.
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Tomato Panzanella Salad

  • Sep. 4, 2017
This simple, classic Italian salad is a mix of delicious, ripe, summer tomatoes and day old bread – the bread needs to be on the dry side to soak up all the tomato juices.
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Melon and Spinach Salad

  • Aug. 23, 2017
This refreshing salad is bursting with flavor and nutrition. This fruit provides two powerful phytonutrients - the watermelon contains lycopene and cantaloupe provides beta-carotene.
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Pearl Couscous Salad

  • Aug. 14, 2017
Pearl couscous is an alternative to rice or pasta because of its larger size, compared to the more familiar smaller sized varieties. As with other whole grains, it has a nutty flavor, yet cooks in ...
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Chia Fresca

  • Jun. 20, 2017
Chia fresca is hydrating and provides minerals, dietary fiber and omega-3’s. Try with fresh mint and cucumber slices for a flavorful variation!
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Citrus Macerated Strawberries

  • Jun. 18, 2017
By adding citrus juice to berries, the juices are drawn out of the fruit to create natural syrup. The process is known as “macerating”. The citrus also enhances the berries’ flavor.
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Wilmot Warrior Walk Registration Opens

  • May. 9, 2017
Registration is officially open for the 2017 Wilmot Warrior Walk, taking place Sunday, Sept. 10, at the Highland Park Bowl at the corner of South Avenue and Robinson Street in Rochester. In its fifth ...
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"Wholly" Guacamole

  • Apr. 11, 2017
This is a twist on a traditional “guac” recipe with the addition of an unexpected ingredient- green split peas!
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Date-Nut Bars

  • Mar. 29, 2017
Pair chewy, sweet dates with crunchy nuts and whole wheat flour for a “healthier” treat.
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Roasted Root Vegetables

  • Feb. 14, 2017
For best results when roasting vegetables, cut them into similar-size pieces and spread them out in a single layer on the baking pan, so that they will cook evenly.
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Crunchy Coleslaw

  • Jan. 17, 2017
This side dish with crunchy texture and vibrant colors is more inviting than the usual dull and soggy deli coleslaw.
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Pomegranate Salsa

  • Dec. 19, 2016
This recipe combines clementines, another seasonal fruit with the pomegranate arils to create a colorful and fresh salsa.
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Spiced Hot Cider

  • Dec. 7, 2016
Warm apple cider is the perfect winter comfort drink. This special version combines two potent spices, ginger and turmeric for a unique flavor and nutrition profile.
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String Bean Salad

  • Oct. 8, 2016
This salad is a great way to showcase some of the season’s best veggies- green and yellow beans, peppers and carrots.
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Ginger Poached Pears

  • Oct. 1, 2016
This very simple poached pear recipe makes a wonderful dessert or refreshing breakfast treat when paired with thick Greek yogurt, chopped walnuts and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
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Grilled Peaches and Plums

  • Aug. 22, 2016
Grilling fruit caramelizes its natural sugars, intensifying the flavor and sweetness, and provides a golden brown color. The end product is very versatile and can be used as a breakfast, dessert or ...
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Grilled Corn and Kidney Bean Salad

  • Aug. 8, 2016
A great way to enjoy locally grown sweet corn without heating up the kitchen by cooking it on the grill! This salad can be served as a side dish or on top of mixed salad greens for a main entrée.
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Mediterranean Lentil Salad

  • Jun. 22, 2016
A perfect entrée on a hot summer day when served over mixed greens. The cucumber, kalamata olives, cinnamon, cumin and feta cheese combine for a delicious Mediterranean flavor profile.
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Spa in a Pitcher

  • Jun. 20, 2016
Try this refreshing and hydrating drink during the summer! It blends citrus, cucumbers and herbs for a flavorful alternative to cocktails or other sugary drinks.
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Farro, Cherry and Walnut Salad

  • Jun. 14, 2016
Farro is a whole grain with a nutty flavor, perfect for a summer salad. Add juicy cherries, crunchy celery, and a honey mustard dressing for the perfect side dish.
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Pico de Gallo

  • May. 13, 2016
Pico de gallo, also referred to as salsa fresco, is a fresh, uncooked mixture of chopped ingredients.
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Soba Noodle Salad

  • Apr. 13, 2016
Soba noodles are made from buckwheat, and the tahini-based dressing, seasoned with fresh ginger, is rich enough to cling to the noodles.
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Featured Ingredient: Pulses

  • Feb. 1, 2016
“Pulses” is a term describing the edible seeds of several leguminous plants, such as dry beans, dry peas, lentils and chickpeas. Pulses are one of the cornerstones of plant-based diets, along with ...
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Cold-Weather Care for People with Cancer

  • Dec. 18, 2014
Cold winter weather can be uncomfortable, but for people undergoing cancer treatment, it can present some serious challenges. Wilmot Cancer Center nurses Cassie Adams and Karen Abbas offer insights ...