Friday, September 28, 2012

Eating Healthy In Recovery - Healthy Cooking Can Be Fun!

2012 Art of Recovery Expo featured a Special Workshop 

The 7th Annual 2012 Art of Recovery Expo took place on September 22nd in Phoenix, AZ. The Expo is free to the public, offering education, resources and solutions for addictions and behavioral health. The emphasis is on adolescent, young adult and family recovery. Every year the event includes keynote speakers, panel discussions, exhibitors from across the United States, regional and local addiction and recovery professionals, and representatives from many anonymous groups.

As a Supporting Sponsor of the Art of Recovery Expo, Cottonwood Tucson was honored to offer a special workshop for expo attendees: Eating Healthy in Recovery!


Executive Chef Serna creates a "healthy" and delicious lunch


Chef Serna & Sous Chef Wunder (click photo to enlarge)
Attending, exhibiting or working at a conference can be a bit overwhelming. The day starts early and by 11:00AM you are usually thinking about taking a break and getting a bite to eat. Imagine the surprise when attendees realized that Cottonwood Tucson's Chef Serna was prepared not only to talk about eating healthy in recovery, but to demonstrate fabulous recipes and treat the workshop attendees to a four course mini-lunch taste treat!  Chef Serna and his Sous Chef Stacey Wunder shared with the attendees the passion, skill and dedication they provide every day when preparing exceptional meals for Cottonwood's patients.


The Eating Healthy "menu du jour"

Italian Gazpacho

Toasted Quinoa Salad with Butternut Squash, Dried Cranberries and Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette

Tabouleh Crusted Snapper
with Roasted Root Vegetables and Beet Ginger Coulis

Chocolate Truffles 

If the menu sounds tempting, you can download the recipes here and try your hand at Eating Healthy.

Cook and dine to the music of life...and yes you can Go Your Own Way!

Today we are sharing a little "home" movie (aka YouTube video) taken during the Eating Healthy in Recovery Workshop. You will notice just as Chef Serna begins to explain the ingredients for Italian Gazpacho, the conference planners decided to loudly play some music. Yes, that would be a recording of Fleetwood Mac performing "Go Your Own Way" that you hear in the background for a minute or so!



If you are having trouble viewing the video, you can view it here.

A goal of wellness

Wellness is the goal; it encompasses creating a balanced lifestyle which focuses on emotional, physical, social and spiritual dimensions creating a balance and harmony. Nourishment, along with good nutrition, is just one important component in recovery; it is interconnected with every aspect of overall health and wellness. And the miracle of recovery flourishes with the first step and one day at a time.

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