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Healthy Aging | 10/11/19
The days of apple picking and leaves crunching under our feet are here. Autumn days are shorter, and the decreasing temperatures make the air feel crisp. With the turn of the season, it’s also time to craft meals with the fresh and bountiful fall harvest.
Food fuels our bodies, so it’s important to enjoy well-balanced meals. And one way to ensure proper nutrition is to base your grocery list on what produce is in season. At The Moorings at Lewes, we’ve compiled this list of recipes featuring some of the best fall foods for health and taste.
Penne with Roasted Butternut Squash: This simple recipe is perfect to whip up on a busy weeknight. Butternut squash is one of the most common varieties of winter squash and filled with vitamins A and C. Even though squash is botanically a fruit, it is predominantly cooked like a vegetable. This is highlighted in this recipe by roasting and pureeing the squash into a tomato-like sauce.
Garlic-Rosemary Pork Chops with Brussels Sprouts: Introducing your new favorite fall comfort dinner – this hearty meal features delectable flavors that will warm you up and delight your palate. While garlic and rosemary flavors play a leading role, the baked brussels sprouts simply seasoned with salt and pepper are the true star of this dish. Not only are they high in vitamins and minerals, but the added health benefits include the potential to reduce the risk of cancer, decrease inflammation and improve blood sugar control.
Roasted Pumpkin-Apple Soup: There’s nothing quite like warming up with a hot cup of soup on a chilly day. This recipe features both pumpkin and apple, two fall staples. And, with relatively few ingredients, it doesn’t take long before this dish is at the table. Besides being packed with vitamins and minerals, pumpkin is relatively low in calories and may boost your immunity. And the antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease.
Chicken Marsala: A classic Italian- American dish, chicken marsala features chicken cutlets, minced garlic, shallots, mushrooms and Marsala wine. Don’t worry – the alcohol from the wine cooks out (although you’re welcome to pour an extra glass for yourself!). The in-season mushrooms add an earthly flavor to this dish that packs a serious punch in nutritional value.
Roasted Cauliflower Lasagna: If you’re in the mood for some comfort food but want something a little healthier, cauliflower is the perfect substitute for high-carb recipes. This low-calorie vegetable is rich in nutrients, including choline that is essential for learning and memory. Cauliflower is used twice in this lasagna recipe – once when it’s blended into the ricotta cheese filling for texture, and a second time when it’s roasted and used in place of the traditional meatballs.
We at The Moorings at Lewes are committed to quality service, and our dining team is no exception. Our chefs ensure the freshest, most nutritionally beneficial ingredients. Our rotating menus feature seasonal offerings, so nutrition and quality truly make our food stand apart. Contact us today and join us for a tour – lunch is on us!