Recipes for UCF Life Presentation

Blueberry Sorghum Granola and other recipes from UCF Life Culinary Medicine Class

It was really great to meet so many of the UCF community at the Culinary Medicine Session. We worked through so many great nutrition and culinary ideas and then tasted each of the recipes. Here are the recipes from the session. Let me know in the comments what you thought of the morning and what recipes are your favorite. Thanks for joining me. Jacque


Blueberry Sorghum Granola

2 teaspoons grapeseed, coconut, canola oil or butter
2 teaspoons water
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons honey, sorghum, brown sugar or maple syrup
1/3 cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons nuts and seeds
tablespoon dried blueberries, craisins, cherries or raisins

Combine all ingredients in a mug and stir well. Microwave about 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Microwave until oats begin to toast.  Spread granola out on a plate to cool. It will become more crisp as it cools.


Fresh Whole Milk Yogurt

4 cups milk
1 Tablespoon yogurt from previous batch or store purchased

Heat milk to 190 degrees. Simmer for 5 minutes. Cool to 120 degrees. Stir a small amount into the yogurt and add to warm milk. Let sit at 120 degrees for 8 to 10 hours. Refrigerate. Keeps for several weeks when refrigerated.


Sundried Tomato Sourdough Bread

3/4 cup sourdough
4 cups flour
1/4 cup oil packed sundried tomatoes
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 to 1 cup water or enough to make a soft dough

Combine all ingredients. Mix and knead or fold dough for until smooth. Let rise until double in size. Gently deflate and shape. Place on parchment paper and set in cast iron Dutch oven. Cover.  Let rise again until double. Place lid on Dutch oven and place in a cold oven. Turn oven on to 425 degrees and bake for 30 minutes. Remove lid and bake until no longer doughy or just under 200 degrees F.


Quinoa Tabbouleh

Quinoa 1 cup
Kosher Salt ½ tsp
Lemon Juice 1/3 cup.
Garlic clove, minced fine 1 each
Extra Virgin Olive Oil ½ cup
Freshly Ground Black Pepper To taste
English Cucumber, diced small 1 each
Cherry Tomatoes, tricolor, cut in halves 1 pint
Flat Leaf (Italian) Parsley, chopped 2/3 cup
Fresh Mint, Chopped (optional) ½ cup
Green Onions (scallions), thinly sliced 2 each

Place the quinoa, salt and 2 cups of water in a medium sauce pan over high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and allow the quinoa to simmer until tender (about 10 minutes). Remove the quinoa from the heat and allow it to stand, covered, for 5 minutes more. Remove the cover and fluff with a fork. Allow the quinoa to cool. While the quinoa is cooling, prepare the dressing. Whisk the lemon juice and garlic in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in the olive oil. Season the dressing to taste with salt and pepper. Add the prepared cucumber, tomatoes, herbs, scallions and the dressing to the COOLED quinoa; toss to coat. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed.


Walnut Pesto

Basil 1 ½ cup packed
Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/2 cup
Walnuts, toasted 1/3 cup
Parmigiana Cheese (optional) ½ cup
Garlic cloves 2 each
Kosher Salt and Pepper to taste

Place all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender until finely chopped. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

HINT: This can be made and frozen for future use. It will stay fresh in your refrigerator for 5 days.

OPTIONS: Cheese is optional. You may use any green leafy herb you like, such as parsley, cilantro, mint, etc. Another great ingredient is sun dried tomatoes (use the one packed in oil, not the dry).

Plum Soup

Purple Plums 2 lbs.
Sugar As needed
Water 1 cup

Cut the plums in half and remove the pit. Cut the plum halves into small pieces (about 6-8 per half) Place the plums in a sauce pan so they are not too crowded. Otherwise, when they cook they will spit all over your stove. Add the water and bring the plums to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat and allow the plums to simmer until the water evaporates and the plums are very soft. Taste the fruit and if you would like it to be sweeter, add some sugar (I rarely add any) and cook until it is dissolved. Remove the plums from the heat and allow to cool down. Puree the plums with an immersion blender, blender or a food processor. Chill. Serve with a swirl of yogurt.

Options: I like to add some whole fresh cherries to the soup for texture and flavor. You can add any other fruit such as peach or nectarine slices.




  1. Phyllis Klock

    Thank you so much both for your presentation and for providing these recipes!! Do you perhaps have a recipe for making the granola in a larger quantity than just the single serving? If not, I assume that I could just multiply this one by whatever number of cups I would like to make. That said, I’m guessing that it would be simpler to make larger batches using the oven rather than the microwave. Would that be correct?

    Thanks again! We’ve been ovo-lacto vegetarians for many years, and I’m always looking for interesting (and fairly uncomplicated) recipes. I’m looking forward to trying out several of yours.

    • Jacque Nyenhuis

      I loved presenting for your group. Thank you for coming. I always like making granola in the microwave even for larger batches. I posted another granola recipe on my blog that makes a larger quantity. You can type granola into the search bar and it should come up. Have fun cooking the gods stuff.

    • Jacque Nyenhuis

      So glad to hear you enjoyed the presentation. I do have a granola recipe for a larger size on my blog. Put “granola” in the search area and it should come up. Here is a link to it also. Just cut and paste it into your browser search bar:

  2. Rona Rothman

    Great presentation. I hope you are invited back next year to UCF LIfe with some new recipes.. My husband and I enjoyed it very much.. and your bread was amazing.. I may not go out and bake right now.. but I am now a big sourdough fan!


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