Campus Dining Registered Dietitian Kelsey McCourt in Her Kitchen

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Campus Dining's registered dietitian, Kelsey McCourt spent years as a clinical dietitian at a regional hospital on the Central Coast. The Cal Poly applied nutrition alum spent a year performing clinical and community clinical rotations during her dietetic internship. On top of that, she's pretty handy with a paring knife. Each week Kelsey will share helpful information about how to eat and stay healthy, whether on campus or off. She'll share tips about pantry staples, nutrition and will host follow-along cooking videos featuring healthy meals and snacks. Check back here every week to see what Kelsey has been up to.

Hello, from Kelsey’s Kitchen

As we all learn virtually during the Coronavirus situation, Campus Dining’s registered dietitian, Kelsey McCourt is introducing a weekly video series where she will share helpful information about how to eat and stay healthy, on campus or off.

Baked Apples with Blueberry Rolled Oats

Yes, breakfast may be the most important meal of the day. And yes, it is the easiest meal of the day to skip. Let’s remedy that. In this video Kelsey lays out a simple pre-make and re-heat breakfast of baked apples and blueberry rolled oats that packs a healthy punch in a to-go package.

Pantry Staples

Stocking a pantry can be a daunting and expensive task if you’re not quite sure what you are looking for. This week Kelsey lays out her pantry staples, what dishes, and snacks, can be made with them, and how with a little preplanning you can be stocked up and ready to create healthy deliciousness at any moment.

Protein-packed, healthy tuna salad

Tuna is loaded with protein and healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Add in some Greek yogurt, celery, onions and thin sliced carrots for some crunch and you’ve got a simple, delicious lunch that can be taken on the road or pre-made for a quick work-at-home lunch/snack. Kelsey breaks it down and chops it up.

Easy, Homemade Banana Oat Muffins

Searching for a deliciously fun, house-made snack that is completely customizable? Enter the banana oat muffin. Kelsey shares a simple recipe and step-by-step instructions for how to make these tasty treats that will help you use up those brown bananas taking up space on your counter.

Produce Staples

Stocking up on produce is an easy way to ensure that a healthy meal is always at your fingertips. From carrots, celery and leafy greens to sweet potatoes, onions and other root veggies, in this video Kelsey lays out what she always keeps on hand in her kitchen.

Spaghetti Squash

For many, pasta is a diet staple. Easy to make, tasty, filling and relatively inexpensive, pasta is a great pantry option. Spaghetti squash is a healthy pasta alternative. Add a heavy serving of veggies and chicken sausage to some simple bottled sauce you’ve got a healthy, delicious dish that will impress, and feed friends and family.

Breakfast Toast

Pear, cinnamon, nut butter oh my. Combine a few simple ingredients that are probably taking up residence in your pantry right now and create an easy start to the day. This week Kelsey shares a super simple, tremendously tasty, and naturally nutritious way to build a beautiful breakfast toast.

Pesto Gnocchi

Plant-based, nutrient-dense and delectably delicious. Kelsey is back this week to share one of her favorite recipes. This gnocchi recipe is completely vegan and gluten free and can be made with specialized kitchen appliances or with a common kitchen knife. Up your cooking game with this simple, healthful recipe.

Trail Mix

More than just an essential food for dirt worshiping hikers, backpackers and outdoor types, trail mix is a great way to fill the void in your stomach with a heart-healthy snack no matter where you are. In this video Kelsey gives a recipe that is easily adapted to different tastes, and with nice round numbers halving or doubling is a snap.