Where should one go to find the best recipes? The answer is a chef. So why not ask a chef for the best healthy recipes? Chefs understand food, so we went to a famous local chef to help us jump start our springtime healthy eating plan. Take a look at what Chef Gerstenecker of the Four Seasons Atlanta has in store for your healthy palate.
Chef Robert Gerstenecker
75 14th St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
Chef Gerstenecker feels that in recent years, Corporate America is waking up to the fact that people produce better when they are healthy. He said this was the cause for the wave of corporate implementation of wellness programs popping up as incentives. He also noted that this trend allows chefs to start putting healthy options on their menus. Per Chef Gerstenecker, “It is really exciting to be able to share some of my personal favorites with our guests.” Enjoy some of his personal recipes that you may also order as a guest at Park 75 within the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. Classic meets contemporary health at this Atlanta restaurant. Enjoy!
Hearty Oatmeal (Pre-Workout)
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 4 cups water
- 1 banana cut in 1-inch pieces
- 3 tbsp raisins
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- Salt to taste
- 4 tbsp crushed flax seeds
- 4 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- Bring water to a simmer, add oatmeal and cook for 5 minutes. Add banana, cinnamon, raisins and salt.
- Garnish with crushed flax and pumpkin seeds.
The Eye Opener (Pre-Workout)
- 4 green apples
- 1 bunch celery
- 4 cups kale
- 1 cucumber
- 1 bunch parsley
- 1 red pepper
- Refrigerate all fruits and vegetables overnight.
- Juice all items and enjoy.
No-Bake Granola Bar (Workout Snack)
- 1 cup honey, unfiltered and local
- 1/2 cup almond or cashew butter (freshly ground)
- 1 vanilla bean, scraped
- 2 cups quick-cook oats
- 2 cups of Barbara’s Organic Brown Rice Crisps
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped (optional)
- Place a piece of wax paper in a 8×8 pan and spray lightly with gluten-free non-stick cooking spray.
- Mix the nut butter, honey and brown sugar and warm in the microwave for 1 minute. Mix and cook for another 30 seconds.
- Then add vanilla along with the cinnamon and salt while mixing in all of the other ingredients except the chocolate and rice cereal.
- Incorporate the ingredients well by mixing with a spoon.
- Add the chocolate and cereal, then mix gently and try not to squish the cereal.
- Transfer the mixture into the pan (lined with greased parchment paper) and gently press into the shape of the pan.
- Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour and then cut into bars.
Quinoa Burger/Cake (Post-Workout)
- 2 cups cooked quinoa, at room temperature
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 2 tbsp finely chopped scallions
- 2 tbsp white onion, finely chopped, sautéed
- 1 tbsp red bell pepper, diced, sautéed
- 1 tbsp yellow pepper, diced, sautéed
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Gruyère cheese
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped, sautéed
- 1/4 cup of panko (bread crumbs)
- 1 splash of tabasco
- 1 tbsp chopped parsley
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Combine the quinoa, eggs and salt and pepper in large bowl.
- Stir in the scallions, onion, cheese, peppers, parsley and garlic.
- Then add the bread crumbs and stir. After a few minutes, just let it sit for a while so the crumbs will absorb a bit of the moisture. Then the mixture will easily form into patties.
- Cook through slowly in a sauté pan with a tablespoon of vegetable oil, about 5 to 7 minutes, until you see that the bottoms are deeply browned.
- Softly flip the patties using a spatula and continue to cook the second side for 7 minutes, or until golden.
- Remove from skillet to cool on a wire rack while you finish cooking the remaining patties. Note that the quinoa mixture will keep well in the refrigerator for a few days.
- Serve quinoa cake on a bun like a burger and garnish with your favorite relish, or serve with a salad such as arugula with a tomato relish or a citrus vinaigrette.
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