By Catherine McConkie

Catherine McConkie, NC, Natural Chef Instructor and Nutrition Consultant, is founder of The Caregivers Table, a cooking program designed for nourishing caregivers who work in hospital and clinical settings. She’s also on core faculty for the Healing Kitchens Institute at Commonweal, co-founder of Cooks On Call, chef instructor at San Francisco General Hospital’s Wellness Center, and an expert on flavor.

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Mustard Greens – The Eccentric Relative

By Catherine McConkie

Like a lovable yet eccentric Auntie you never know what you’re going to get with mustard greens. Sweet and spicy, potentially edgy and bitter, mustard greens can be unpredictable when it comes to flavor. As a result, many people approach the temperament of mustard greens with caution…or skip them over altogether. A member of the cruciferous family, these nutritional powerhouses can bring delight to the table and taste buds once you have insight as to how to work with them.

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Heart-y Beet and Barley Salad

By Catherine McConkie

It’s February….the month of the heart! When I think about words used to describe the heart, things like hardworking, vulnerable, steady, and loving are a few that come to mind. When I think of caregivers many of those same words apply. I came up with this dish in recognition of the vibrant pulse that beats within each of us. Fresh ingredients in this salad join forces to give maximum flavor plus provide abundant amounts of cholesterol lowering fiber, heart healthy fats, anti-oxidant phyto-nutrients, and cardio-protective vitamins and minerals. Enjoy!

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Fresh Cherry Salsa

Cherries– Kewpie dolls with a message

I wanted to create a fast versatile recipe that gives sweet cherries a little sass and attitude. This inflammation fighting salsa is lively and fresh whether it’s loaded into a fish taco, spooned over cooked sweet potato, mingled with cabbage and turned into a slaw, or eaten by the spoonful while wondering what to do next. Enjoy fresh cherries while in season….they will be gone in a blink!

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