Here’s a Colorful Appetizer

CarrotsBeetsHere’s a Tasty Thursday recipe for a side dish you might consider serving as an appetizer before your holiday meal this weekend. It combines two colorful vegetables – carrot and beets – to make a soup filled with nutrients, phytonutrients and fiber. You can find the recipe, created by Elsa Ramirez Brisson, MPH, RD, on


Vegetable oil cooking spray
5 large carrots, peeled and sliced (3 cups)
1 pound fresh beets, peeled and chopped*
2 celery ribs, thinly sliced (1½ cups)
1 large onion, quartered (2 cups)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon black pepper
3 14-ounce cans low-sodium chicken broth
¼ cup reduced-fat sour cream for garnish**
Fresh chives, chopped, for garnish


Preheat oven to 400°F.

Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with the cooking spray. Combine the carrots, beets, celery, and onion in the dish. Drizzle with the olive oil, and sprinkle with the sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and pepper. Toss to coat vegetables. Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil and roast for 1 hour, or until the vegetables are fork tender. Cool slightly.

In a food processor or blender, puree the roasted vegetables with the broth in batches until smooth. Combine the batches in a heavy 2-quart kettle. Heat on medium-low until warmed through.

Garnish with sour cream and chives.

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The Gift of Volunteers

Volunteer with womanNot many people know that among the observances designated for the month of April is Volunteer Appreciation Week. During this National Volunteer Week we’d like to thank the many who give of their time to the patients and staff of the entities within Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, including Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, the Margaret McLaughlin McCarrick Care Center in Franklin and the Saint Peter’s Adult Day Center in Monroe.

Like so many other organizations, we could not function without the inspiring and dedicated work of our volunteers.
At Saint Peter’s volunteers perform a variety of tasks, everything from assisting our Child Life Program staff in our pediatric unit to helping us with running errands from one department to another. Every April Saint Peter’s honors its volunteers for making a difference at a special event held at the hospital.
Interested in exploring the idea of becoming a volunteer? Here is what is required at Saint Peter’s:
• be a college student or active adult
• attendance at a full-day orientation program
• two tuberculosis tests, 10 days apart within the current or within a year’s time
• documented immunity to measles, mumps, German measles and chicken pox
• references from two individuals not related to you who can attest to your character
• a medical reference form from a physician declaring you are physically able to volunteer
• completion of a background search request allowing us to do a criminal history and Social Security check
• completion of a required department training and an initial written competency assessment prior to beginning your service

Visit our website for more information about our volunteer services at Saint Peter’s or call (732) 745-8573.



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