Transplant Culinary Arts - Zoom Sessions

Posted by estrada53 @estrada53, Sep 6, 2021

Transplant Recipient Culinary Arts

To our fellow Connect friends:

We are initiating a unique and fun zoom gathering for recent transplant recipients and longer term recipients (solid organ and stem cell) on Mayo Connect to share healthy and delicious recipes and important food safety tips. Each of us has individual food limitations and nutritional concerns and we plan to address our issues together—up close and personal—zooming of course!

We plan to meet once a month with the presentation of a recipe and discussion of ingredients, tips along the way, and sharing. We hope many of you are willing to share your favorite and best dishes and also co-host one or more of the zoom sessions. You can of course just join us and participate in the discussion or listen! You do not have to join with your video on in order to see the presentation and listen/participate in the discussion. Each program will run 45 minutes to one hour and we will announce our next meeting each time we meet.

You can sign up by contacting either Athena @athenalee or Ellen at @estrada53. Your identification will be kept secure. As you sign up, please also let us know a day/time preference for our gatherings:
Weeknight? Tuesday or Thursday 4 pm or 5 pm (west coast) / 6 pm or 7 pm (central) / 7 pm or 8 pm (east coast)
Saturday? Suggest times

For those who are unfamiliar with how Zoom works, there will be an introduction to the use of the zoom elements at the beginning of our program.

Some ideas for presentation are:
Favorite healthy recipes – Cook along with one of the hosts!
What to avoid with our individual medications
Potential health concerns with food preparation and cooking
Herbal and spice interactions
How our bodies have changed in reaction to foods – taste changes
Other health issues that affect our eating habit
Renal impairment
Osteoporosis
Cholesterol
Weight gain or loss
Autoimmune diseases
Diabetes
Aging
Any others not listed here that are of concern

Disclaimer: We are patients, not medical practitioners. Our recipes fit our dietary needs and tastes, we hope they will fit yours and your tastes, but some may not. Our tips are researched. However, if you are unsure if you should eat certain ingredients or follow our tips, please check with your transplant team prior to trying the recipe.

Interested in more discussions like this? Go to the Transplants group.

@contentandwell

@athenalee I hope to come next week but I may not be able to. I do have that other zoom on Tuesday – actually two zooms, one at noon and another in the evening – plus my daughter is planning to visit and she may stay the whole week. If she is here I will probably not want to miss having dinner together. I don't get to see her and her husband nearly enough since she moved from NYC to Philadelphia.
JK

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No worries, we’ll be holding them Monthly. I’ll add you to the list. You’ll receive the Zoom link through private message and if time allows you can join the other webinars. Have a great time with your daughter!

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@gema98, Here is a discussion that I want you to see. You might registering for the new monthly zoom where members will be sharing their tips for meeting their dietary needs.
I am going to try to be there. Maybe you will be able to join, too.

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Dear Connect Friends,

Our first Culinary Arts for Transplants session is already here – Thursday, October 7th. There is still time to sign up and watch or cook along with us. The zoom link will be sent to all who have sent your information to Athena or Ellen – @athenlee or @estrada53.

We will take a few minutes to introduce ourselves, check our zoom options and make sure everyone is ready to go. Although we would like to interact with each other as much as possible, you are able to join in at your own comfort level. Muting and keeping your camera off is fine!

Please remember to download the Zoom app onto your computer prior to our session. If you have a problem, please reach out to myself or Athena.

Here is our first recipe for SOFRITO – using aromatics to enhance flavoring. Sofrito is used in all Latin cooking, Spanish cooking and a version is used in French and Italian cooking as well. Sofrito fits within the family of aromatic flavorings and vegetables with the Holy Trinity and mirepoix. (You can look those up if you're interested). I will be sharing a recipe for the use of sofrito in a marinara sauce in the chat room. If you would like to have ingredients ready to cook along with us, it’s an easy one – just prep, chopping, blending and storing. We will discuss cleaning our ingredients along the way.

INGREDIENTS: (NO SALT)

1 head garlic, peeled (This is really the entire garlic head, not teeth)
2 medium onions, peeled
1 red bell pepper, stemmed and seeded
2 green bell peppers, stemmed and seeded
2 large tomatoes
1 bunch cilantro leaves
1/2 bunch fresh parsley leaves

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Gather all Ingredients

2. Chop the ingredients small enough sizes to fit into a food processor ​or blender. You don't have to dice them finely, as you will be processing them. Focus on removing the seeds and any tougher stems that might leave grit in the finished sofrito.

3. Place the chopped ingredients into a food processor or blender. You can process in batches if your food processor isn't big enough to accommodate everything at once.

4. Blend all ingredients well so the finished sofrito is finely processed. If you're not familiar with sofrito, it should be the consistency of pesto, a thick paste.

5. Once blended, your sofrito is ready for immediate use.
Store the sofrito in a glass container. Plastic containers are not ideal because plastic will absorb the odor of garlic and onions.

6. Sofrito will be extra special in those bean and rice dishes, soups, and stews we cook as the trees change color and fall brings cooler temperatures.

Look forward to seeing everyone.

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Hello!! @estrada53 @athenalee @rosemarya 🙂 THANK you so much for coordinating the new Transplant Culinary Arts (FOOD) Zoom Monthly Meetings. I enjoyed last night's session immensely! estrada53's Sofrito recipe was excellent and I loved how we could watch every step on Zoom. Learning how everyone cleans the different vegetables is extremely helpful to me since I am only one year post transplant and very cautious about making sure my food is properly washed. But most of all, I enjoyed seeing everyone and sharing ideas live! It was awesome to have a platform where we could chat in real time about our transplant experiences. Thank you again for last night, it was wonderful meeting everyone on Zoom and I look forward to next month's session on November 4th!! 🙂

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@hello1234

Hello!! @estrada53 @athenalee @rosemarya 🙂 THANK you so much for coordinating the new Transplant Culinary Arts (FOOD) Zoom Monthly Meetings. I enjoyed last night's session immensely! estrada53's Sofrito recipe was excellent and I loved how we could watch every step on Zoom. Learning how everyone cleans the different vegetables is extremely helpful to me since I am only one year post transplant and very cautious about making sure my food is properly washed. But most of all, I enjoyed seeing everyone and sharing ideas live! It was awesome to have a platform where we could chat in real time about our transplant experiences. Thank you again for last night, it was wonderful meeting everyone on Zoom and I look forward to next month's session on November 4th!! 🙂

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@hello1234, It was a wonderful evening, and I am looking forward to getting the ingredients when I go grocery shopping next week.

NOTE: I want to give ALL credit to @estrada53 and to @athenalee for this project. It is their idea and their creativity.
🤍 Thank you @estrada53 and @athenalee 🤍

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Thank you @hello1234 and @rosemarya and everyone who participated in our first Transplant Recipient Culinary Arts webinar event. Our next event will be on Thursday, November 4 at 4 pm west / 6 pm central / 7 pm east. It’s open to anyone on Connect, including transplant recipients, patients on the transplant waitlist, and caregivers.

As the holidays will soon be arriving, I’ll be preparing a delicious desert made without refined sugar. We’ll discuss the importance of reducing sugar intake as transplant and pre-transplant patients, as well as tips for low/or no sugar snacking, cooking, and baking.

If you haven’t already signed up to join us, you can do so by replying to this post or contacting either Athena @athenalee or Ellen at @estrada53.

For our first webinar Ellen whipped up Sofrito (recipe was previously posted in this discussion). We discussed food safety practices for washing fresh vegetables and ways to use aromatic herbs, like cilantro and parsley, to flavor sauces, soups, and other recipes. Herbs make great substitutes for salt and artificial flavors often found in prepared spice mixes, bouillon, etc. Links to recipes and information from last night’s webinar:

All about Mirepoix and Sofrito
https://www.seriouseats.com/all-about-mirepoix
Marinara Sauce Sofrito Style
http://cookingwineandtravel.com/recipes.php?recipe_name=Marinara_Sauce__Soffritto_Style
Danger of Artificial Flavors
https://myplatebodyandmind.com/danger-of-artificial-flavors/
Food Safety: A Need to Know Guide for those at Risk
https://www.fsis.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media_file/2021-04/at-risk-booklet.pdf
Happy cooking 🧑‍🍳!

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Friendly reminder, our next Transplant Recipient Culinary Arts webinar event is this Thursday, November 4 at 4 pm west / 6 pm central / 7 pm east. It’s open to anyone on Connect, including transplant recipients, patients on the transplant waitlist, caregivers, and others.

Diabetes tends to be more common in transplant recipients than the general population. Tacrolimus and cyclosporine interfere with the release of insulin in our bodies, while corticosteroids may cause insulin resistance. As the holidays will soon be arriving, along with loads of sweet temptations 🥧, I’ll be preparing a delicious desert that takes less than ten minutes to make and is made without refined sugar (recipe attached). We’ll discuss the importance of reducing sugar intake, as well as share tips for low/or no sugar snacking, cooking, and baking.

If you haven’t already signed up to join us, you can do so by replying to this post or contacting either Athena @athenalee or Ellen at @estrada53.

Happy cooking 🧑‍🍳!

Athena

Shared files

Pumpkin Chia Pudding (Pumpkin-Chia-Pudding.pdf)

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Thank you @athenalee and @estrada53 for organizing tonight's Transplant Culinary Zoom. Athena, your pumpkin chia pudding recipe is excellent! First of all, pudding is one of my favorite comfort foods so having a healthy version is wonderful. Second, your recipe is super easy with just a few ingredients. And finally, there was no cooking involved! I love this recipe ❤ In addition to learning recipes, I truly enjoy the camaraderie and conversation on these monthly transplant Zoom meetings. I look forward to next month's meeting. Thank you again Athena for sharing your pumpkin pudding recipe….I can't wait to try it! (Oh yeah, did I mention that pumpkin is another one of my favorite things! ) 😊

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@hello1234

Thank you @athenalee and @estrada53 for organizing tonight's Transplant Culinary Zoom. Athena, your pumpkin chia pudding recipe is excellent! First of all, pudding is one of my favorite comfort foods so having a healthy version is wonderful. Second, your recipe is super easy with just a few ingredients. And finally, there was no cooking involved! I love this recipe ❤ In addition to learning recipes, I truly enjoy the camaraderie and conversation on these monthly transplant Zoom meetings. I look forward to next month's meeting. Thank you again Athena for sharing your pumpkin pudding recipe….I can't wait to try it! (Oh yeah, did I mention that pumpkin is another one of my favorite things! ) 😊

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Thank you @hello1234. You’re very kind! It is fabulous to chat and share ideas…especially when it involves eating. Definitely two of my favorite activities—chatting and eating!

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@hello1234

Thank you @athenalee and @estrada53 for organizing tonight's Transplant Culinary Zoom. Athena, your pumpkin chia pudding recipe is excellent! First of all, pudding is one of my favorite comfort foods so having a healthy version is wonderful. Second, your recipe is super easy with just a few ingredients. And finally, there was no cooking involved! I love this recipe ❤ In addition to learning recipes, I truly enjoy the camaraderie and conversation on these monthly transplant Zoom meetings. I look forward to next month's meeting. Thank you again Athena for sharing your pumpkin pudding recipe….I can't wait to try it! (Oh yeah, did I mention that pumpkin is another one of my favorite things! ) 😊

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It was certainly fun and a great learning experience. We have much to learn from each other. Thank you for being there with us!

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@athenalee
I love pumpkin flavored foods (pumpkin candy mostly.)
The pudding sounds good too especially if I don't have to make it.
I thought I might actually make the pudding when someone said it had “a few ingredients.” I thought a few was three, oh well.
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@athenalee
I love pumpkin flavored foods (pumpkin candy mostly.)
The pudding sounds good too especially if I don't have to make it.
I thought I might actually make the pudding when someone said it had “a few ingredients.” I thought a few was three, oh well.
Jake

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Jake, you can make it with just 5 ingredients…can pumpkin, chia seeds, sweetener, nondairy milk, and pumpkin pie spice! So, easy, quick, and quite good. And, healthy!

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