CIA Recipe: Beet Ravioli

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Deliciously Wrapped Heart-Healthy Vitamins and Antioxidants for Those You Love

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Hyde Park, NY – Everyone wants to do something special for their loved ones on Valentine's Day. This year you can show friends and family just how much you care about them by making a delicious meal that will help keep their hearts healthy.

The chefs at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) created this yummy and healthy take on ravioli by stuffing them with a filling combination of beets, cheese, and orange zest. The recipe was developed by CIA alumnus Rico Griffone '06, who leads the college's Menu for Healthy Kids (MFHK), a program dedicated to fighting childhood obesity and Type 2 diabetes by providing healthier choices for kids and their families. MFHK has been addressing these issues by sending students on their externship field experience into schools to learn firsthand how school lunch programs operate and to identify ways to help make a change for the better.

"This recipe produces plump little 'pillows' with a rich magenta color," says Griffone. "Although this dish tastes and looks complex, we streamline a few steps. Instead of making fresh pasta, we use prepared wonton wrappers. And even though we use a little butter in the dish, we control the amount carefully to get the flavor benefits of butter while minimizing the added calories."

There are lots of ways to enjoy these ravioli. Serve them as dumplings in a soup such as carrot broth with lemongrass and ginger. You can make your own broth or purchase a low-sodium version from the market. Or, you can enjoy them on their own or with a light sauce. A sprinkling of poppy seeds adds contrast and texture.

The filling can be made up to two days in advance, and the filled ravioli can be made 24 hours before you plan to cook and serve them.

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Healthy and delicious beet ravioli is easy to make with wonton wrappers. (Photo credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)

Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is an independent, not-for-profit college offering associate and bachelor's degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and culinary science, as well as certificate programs in culinary arts, Latin cuisines, and wine and beverage studies. As the world's premier culinary college, the CIA provides thought leadership in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, and world cuisines & cultures through research and conferences. The CIA has a network of 45,000 alumni that includes industry leaders such as Grant Achatz, Anthony Bourdain, Roy Choi, Cat Cora, Dan Coudreaut, Steve Ells, Johnny Iuzzini, Charlie Palmer, and Roy Yamaguchi. The CIA also offers courses for professionals and enthusiasts, as well as consulting services in support of innovation for the foodservice and hospitality industry. The college has campuses in Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; San Antonio, TX; and Singapore.

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