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Welcome to our Food for Thought blog series that will aim to address these questions and more each month! Tune in for expert nutritional tips from Masha Fox-Rabinovich, outpatient dietitian and diabetes educator at Washington Adventist Hospital, and savvy cooking techniques from Randall Smith, executive chef for Adventist HealthCare.

Chef Randall

Chef Randall Smith, executive chef for Adventist HealthCare, is the author of “Farm Fresh Flavors”, an invaluable guide for cooking with fresh, local ingredients. Learn more at www.cooklocalfood.com or follow @cooklocalfood

Recipe: Apple Mascarpone Parfaits

(serves 6 parfait glasses)


  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 4 cups diced peeled Granny Smith apples (~ 1 ½ pounds)
  • ¼-½ cup packed brown sugar (use more or less depending upon desired sweetness)
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 cups 2% fat cottage cheese
  • ¼ cup (2 ounces) mascarpone cheese
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


  • Melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add apples, brown sugar, fresh lime juice, water, ground ginger and salt. Cook 12 minutes or until the liquid is almost absorbed. Then remove from heat.
  • Place cottage cheese in a food processor and process until smooth, ~ 2 minutes. Add mascarpone, granulated sugar and vanilla and process until smooth.
  • Spoon 2 tablespoons cheese mixture into each of the 6 parfait glasses and top each with 2 tablespoons apple mixture. Repeat the procedure with 3 tablespoons cheese mixture and 2 tablespoons apple mixture, ending with 3 tablespoons cheese mixture.
  • Cover and chill at least 4 hours.


  • Try the recipe without peeling the apples; more nutritional value!
  • Purchase organic cottage cheese and mascarpone or look for wording, “from cows not treated with rBGH or rBST”
  • A small treat is acceptable!

This recipe was found at www.myrecipes.com

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