About Meredith Hink MS, RD, CD

I am a Corporate Dietitian with a foodservice distribution company. My professional areas of interest include food safety and sanitation, food marketing, food law, and vegetarian nutrition. In my spare time I am an avid food photographer and enjoy spending time with my husband and two dogs.

Beat the Heat with a Frozen Fruit Treat

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Frozen fruit such as grapes, blueberries, and strawberries make a delicious and nutritious treat during the warm, summer months. They are an excellent replacement to sugary popsicles and the flavor is all natural! Preparation is the key to properly freezing … Continue reading

Peach and Raspberry Slush

Peach and Raspberry Slush

Summer is the time to celebrate the bountiful harvests of the bush berry and tree fruit seasons. This combination is a refreshing drink that has a little zing to it because of the ginger. Continue reading

Triple Your Fruit, Triple Your Benefits

Triple Berry

This summer, triple your benefits by combining the fruits of this season.This triple berry recipe is a family favorite and is packed full of vitamin C, potassium, phytochemicals, and of course, flavor! Continue reading

Calico Bean Slider Burgers

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Hot summer nights call for lighter food fare. These savory little slider burgers make a perfect mouthful. Dress them up with your favorite burger toppings. Continue reading

Strawberry Kiwi Salad with Balsamic Dressing

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Spring is in the air. Celebrate spring with this sweet, fruity salad topped with tangy, balsamic dressing and crunchy almond slivers. Continue reading

Sorbet

Sorbet

Looking for a fun and refreshing way to welcome spring into your menu? Why not try a sorbet! Sorbets are fun and easy to make. Continue reading

Mock Tuna Shell Salad

Mock Tuna Shell Salad

This refreshing, summer salad has slight hints of the sea without any fishy ingredients. Onion and celery lend a crunch to this otherwise soft salad. For best flavor, allow the salad to refrigerate overnight. For extra crunch, serve on a bed of mixed salad. Continue reading

Liquid Gold Dressing

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Two tablespoons of this dressing provides your days’ supply of omega-3 fatty acids, along with 80 percent of your vitamin B12, and tastes great on baked potatoes, rice, steamed vegetables, and pasta, as well as salad. Continue reading

Hints on Herbs

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Tired of boring, tasteless meals? Try herbs! Continue reading

Crunch into Crispy Collard Chips

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Tired of snacking on potato chips? Need something to munch on during the day without adding a lot of Calories to your diet? This crunchy recipe is rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
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Salad in a Glass

Salad in a Glass

My family refers to this recipe as a salad in a glass. When I don’t have time to sit down and have a salad I can still have my greens in a jar. The balsamic vinegar adds an extra zing. Continue reading

Food Art for your Palate

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We are often told that we “eat with our eyes.” Some recipes are enticing just looking at them. Continue reading

End of Winter Roasted Vegetables

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The end of winter brings the chance to empty the fridge of root vegetables and combine them with the up and coming produce for the season. Roasting locks in the flavor of the vegetables. When preparing vegetables to roast, cut them into the same size to ensure even roasting. Continue reading

Fruity Rice

Fruity Rice

Rice is a staple for breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the world. This simple, easy to prepare dish is a flavorful way to get your day started and allows for many different variations. Continue reading

It’s a fruit…it’s a vegetable…it’s a fungus!

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Although people don’t often associate the word “fungus” with gourmet cooking, mushrooms can make a wonderful, tasty, and healthy contribution to one’s daily diet. Continue reading

Incredible, Edible Garlic

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Garlic has been used as a medicinal herb for many years and has received some attention in the past as a possible functional food for lowering total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, although much research still needs to be done to prove this. Continue reading

Vegan Beet Gyro

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Gyros make the perfect grab and go lunch that can incorporate a lot of the harvest in a little package. This cold variety substitutes beef with cooked, thinly sliced beets and is complimented with a tangy tomato and cucumber Tzatziki sauce. Continue reading

Buckwheat Molasses Cookies

Buckwheat Molasses Cookies

Make this season’s baking even more flavorful by substituting some of the all-purpose flour in your recipes with other flours. This recipe calls for the use of buckwheat flour. Continue reading

Mushroom Soba Spring Rolls

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This grab and go delight tastes best when fresh, but also will store for 1-2 days if wrapped with plastic wrap. For this recipe I used a brown rice spring roll wrap. Continue reading

Beet Winter Blues Away With Salad

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Celebrate the end of winter by combining these winter and spring fruits and vegetables into a crunchy salad. Continue reading

Be Like the Squirrels and Go Nuts!

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This holiday season take a lesson from the squirrels and save some room for nuts in your diet. Continue reading

Spice Up Your Meals

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Tired of bland, boring food? Spice up your meals this month with two great recipes from our Vegetarian Nutrition DPG Recipe Contest. Now is the time to try new recipes to spice up your meal routine. Continue reading

A Feast for Two

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Tired of going to restaurants? Looking for a less expensive and healthier way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Why not go Mediterranean?! Celebrate Valentine’s day by going back to its Greek and Roman roots. Continue reading

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Muffins

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Why give your sweetheart a box full of high-Calorie treats, when you could surprise him/her with this healthy breakfast treat? Continue reading

Entertain Them With Beans

Sweet & Spicy Bean Dip

Looking for a new recipe? Tired of the same old bean dip? Try this recipe featuring Great Northern beans. Continue reading

Layered with Love

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This Valentine’s Day treat the ones you love with a little Mexican style parfait. This dish includes three layers – a savory bean and mushroom layer, a smoky red pepper and corn layer, and a refreshing tomatillo-avocado salsa. Not into the parfait look? This dish can also be “wrapped” with love in a tortilla. Continue reading

Quick Fare for Busy Families

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Busy families wanting to make healthy last-minute meals need to keep staple ingredients on hand. Continue reading

Cranapple Fruit Soup

Cranapple Fruit Soup

Tired of the same old winter soup? Looking for a healthier, sweet food this winter season? Try fruit soup. Continue reading

Polenta Pizza

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Pizza night has taken a new twist at my home. The usual flour based crust has now been replaced by polenta. Instead of the pizza stone we now use our trusty cast iron skillet. Pizza night will never be the same again. Continue reading

Fruit Toast

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A delicious breakfast is a wonderful gift that we can give to ourselves and our loved ones each and every day.  Fruit toast is a take on French toast, but without the use of butter, eggs, or syrup.  This recipe … Continue reading

Black Eyed Peas and Cornbread

Black Eyed Peas & Cornbread

Collard greens and black-eyed peas are a special Southern dish for the New Year as they symbolize good fortune. Other symbolic ingredients include stewed tomatoes and corn, which represent health and wealth. This recipe combines all of these symbolic ingredients into one tasty dish. Continue reading

Fruit of the Season

Dried Fruit

Looking for a way to bring more fruit to the table this winter? Consider dried fruit. Although some dried fruit looks different from the fruit from which it is derived, dried fruit is still rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Continue reading

Sweet Potato Crisp

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Looking for a dish to bring to your next holiday potluck or family get-together? This side dish is best served warm and combines sweet potatoes with pineapple, rolled oats, cinnamon, and ginger. Continue reading

Boost Your Fall Palate with Colorful Dishes

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Many seasonal gardens are dying back for the year; however this shouldn’t limit your palate to dull dishes. Excite your taste buds with two colorful and flavorful plates. Continue reading

Vegan Chick’n and Wild Rice

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Chicken and wild rice are a familiar staple when the weather starts to turn cold in the upper Midwest. It provides a nutty flavor and slightly crunchy texture to dishes and is used in soups, salads, and casseroles. Continue reading

Mashed Parsnips with Shitake Mushroom Sauce

Mashed Parsnips with Shitake Mushroom Sauce

Holiday cooking lends to creative presentation. This dish, utilizing white parsnip instead of potatoes, looks and tastes great as a savory and sweet, vegetable “sundae.” Continue reading

Sweet and Spicy Peanut Soup

Sweet and Spicy Peanut Soup

When the weather starts to turn cool, it’s time to “turn up the heat.” This spicy twist on a traditional soup adds a kick to an otherwise sweet soup. Continue reading

Share the Harvest

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October in the upper Midwest is usually the time for final fall harvests from the garden. The last of the tomatoes are gathered and processed. Herbs are cut and dried. Apples of all varieties are picked for snacking enjoyment. Annual trips to corn mazes are planned and taken and golden trophies are carefully chosen and carried or carted from the pumpkin patch. Continue reading

Above All, Keep Food Safe

Fruits and Vegetables

Food safety affects all diets and is a crucial, though often overlooked part of a healthy diet. Remember any food can be cause a food borne illness outbreak if mishandled. Continue reading

Roasted Vegetable and Quinoa Salad

Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad

Summer is a great time to raid the garden for fresh herbs and vegetables. Roasting the vegetables helps to produce a rich, savory flavor. This is the perfect side dish for any summer meal. Continue reading

Tempeh Reuben

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Hungry for a quick sandwich that packs a lot of flavor into a little package? This recipe can be prepared in less than 10 minutes and is as easy to make for one as it is for many. The bagel thins can be substituted with rye bread for a more traditional reuben or a pocketless pita. Continue reading

Pina Colada Grilled Dessert

Pina Colada Grilled Dessert

Pineapple has been a symbol of welcome in many cultures for centuries. It is an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese. So fire up your grills and welcome spring with this tasty dessert. Please note temperature may vary depending … Continue reading

Banana Split Waffles

Banana Split Waffles

Create a special, healthy treat fit for just two or the whole family with this spin on an old soda fountain favorite. Continue reading

Sweet Potatoes for Any Season

Lemony Pepper Sweet Potato Fries

Although most people only think about this starchy vegetable at holiday times when it finds its way into sweet side dishes or baked into pies, sweet potatoes make a wonderful addition to lunch or dinner throughout the year. Continue reading

When It Comes to Corn, You Get An Earful!

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Even though some corn products may be receiving a bad rap from the media, it is still important to promote corn in its lesser processed forms as a valuable, starchy vegetable. Continue reading

Asparagus and Grape Stuffed Vegan Omelet

Asparagus and Grape Stuffed Vegan Omelet

This vegan revision on a previous Food Feature is even more savory than its predecessor. One omelet is enough to satisfy one or two people. Enjoy for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. Continue reading

Get if Fresh!

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Nothing says summer like fresh fruits and vegetables. Take advantage of the season by feasting on local, fresh fruits and vegetables. Continue reading

Zucchini — Abundant in Production and Culinary Options

Zucchini

Summer months are a time of abundant growth — blooming flowers, rows of corn, berries on the bush, and zucchini. Every time I buy a zucchini at the local farmer’s market I am either given one the size of a small boat or given enough to fill a small boat. Continue reading

Chocolate Banana Nut Leather

Chocolate Banana Nut Leather

Summertime means hitting the road.  Traveling can pose limited options for healthy snacking so why not make your own before you go?  One way to prepare your own tasty snacks is by using a dehydrator.  There are many flavorful options … Continue reading

A Drink to Your Good Health!

Mango Lassis

Festive drinks need not be restricted to the holiday season. These three, easy-to-make beverages can turn any meal into a festive occasion! Continue reading

Farmers Market Pockets

Farmers Market Pockets

August is the month for harvesting the fruits of labor from a busy spring and summer growing season. This crispy pocket recipe is a wonderful way to enjoy a small “bounty” of vegetables. Continue reading

The Many Edible Faces of Eggplant

Eggplant

While strolling down the aisles of the farmer’s market lately I was surprised by the variety of eggplant that I could find. If you love eggplant dips, give this recipe a try. Continue reading

Want Cool, Want Crisp? Get Kohlrabi!

Kohlrabi Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Kohlrabi can be eaten cooked or raw. It comes in a variety of colors from light green to dark purple, although in both varieties the flesh is white beneath the skin. Continue reading

Let it Grow!

Tomatoes

This little shoot may not look like much, but it is the beginning of something big for my family. This little shoot will bear a bountiful, summer harvest of juicy, ripe tomatoes right on my back stoop. Continue reading

Appetizing Artichokes

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Artichokes are an edible, Mediterranean vegetable that make a great appetizer for two or three people. Half of a medium globe by itself is equivalent to ¼ cup vegetables and 30 Calories. Continue reading

Chocolate Velvet

Chocolate Velvet

We return to Canada to feature this sensuous and creamy dessert. The secret ingredient, avocado, makes it thick and rich, yet avocado cannot be detected in the flavor, so you can play a guessing game with tasters. Continue reading

Smoky Tempeh Scramble Burritos

Smoky Tempeh Scramble Burritos

This scramble is rich in flavor and texture and will be sure to be a crowd pleaser. The addition of the chipotle peppers are a wonderful way to add a smoky, spicy flavor to any dish. Continue reading

Seitan and Soba Soup

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On wet spring evenings when the weather is damp and chilly I love to sit down to my comfort food – a steaming hot bowl of thick noodle soup. Soba noodles add a rich flavor that blends well with seitan and vegetables. Continue reading

Lemon Quinoa Stir Fry

Lemon Quinoa Stir Fry

This stir fry features quinoa in place of rice and has a colorful mix of vegetables with red pepper, kale, and edamame. It also has a surprisingly lemon flavor thanks to the lemon juice and zest added just prior to serving. Continue reading

Entertaining with Avocado

Fall Coleslaw and Open Face Sandwich

When it comes to dressing up your dishes this holiday, go green (use avocados)! Although 82% of the avocado’s Caloric content is derived from fat, the majority of that fat is monounsaturated. The avocado is also a good source of potassium and vitamin C. Continue reading

The Many Colors of Fall

Winter Squash

The many colors of fall are best reflected in the produce that comes into fruition in this last growing season of the year. No produce better reflects this than winter squash. Continue reading

Peach and Raspberry Slush

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Summer is the time to celebrate the bountiful harvests of the bush berry and tree fruit seasons. This combination is a refreshing drink that has a little zing to it because of the ginger. So kick back, relax, and enjoy … Continue reading

Grilling Time for Salads

Grilled Fruit

Although many people are familiar with grilling vegetables, grilled fruit can also add a wonderful flavor to any summer supper. Continue reading

Tofu Stir Fry Pockets

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Forget the chopsticks and take out box! This sweet and hot dish with crunchy lettuce and bite-size, breaded tofu is ready to go in its own pita pocket. No utensils required. Continue reading

Seitan Stroganoff

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Stroganoff is one dish that can be fixed in a hundred different ways. It can be composed of many ingredients, or just a few. This simple stroganoff recipe highlights the juicy texture of the mushrooms and seitan. It is light on sauce but still full on flavor. Continue reading

Seitan Kebabs

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Seitan on a stick anyone? Seitan, with its chewy texture, makes a perfect protein to add to shish kabobs. Pair it with a little broccoli, sweet pineapple, and some peanut butter sauce for a spicy, yet sweet combination. Continue reading

Won Ton Chickpea Delight

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Are you in the mood for an artistic dinner project? Won tons make a fun and edible tool for creating flavorful and beautiful appetizers. Continue reading

Seitan Broccoli Hot Dish

Seitan Broccoli Hot Dish

When the weather turns cold and the nights are long, it is time to retreat to the dishes that bring warmth and good memories. Continue reading

End of Summer Sautéed Eggplant Parmesan

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August is a great time to start bringing in the harvest. Tomatoes and eggplants are now ripe for the picking all over the United States. What better way to enjoy this bounty than through a wonderful recipe that combines the … Continue reading

Going Green in July

Go Green!

Although most Americans associate the colors red, white, and blue with the month of July, summertime is a great time to go “green” from growing or buying produce from the local markets to saving some “green” by cooking at home. Continue reading

Picatta without the Chicken

Vegan "Chicken" Picatta

Hungry for a bit of chicken picatta, but don’t want to “ruffle the feathers” by using poultry? Seitan is a vegan protein source made from wheat gluten. Seitan is more chewy and springy than other meat alternatives, making it a … Continue reading

Celebrate Spring with a Spicy Mexican Salad

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May is a great time to celebrate the growth of new, green shoots of life in gardens across the country. Spicy Mexican Salad by Brenda Davis, RD, and Vesanto Melina, MS, RD, is a wonderful, raw salad that features delicious sprouted lentils. Continue reading

Romancing the Stomach

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No matter if you plan to spend February 14th by yourself, with a loved one, or with several loved ones, everyone can agree that a great meal can add a lot of “love” to the festivities. Continue reading

Taking Comfort in Warm Food

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Winter is a time to take comfort in warm food. The weather outside might be frightful, but winter meals need not be. Three Vegetarian Nutrition members submitted recipes that are sure to become your favorite comfort food for cold weather! Continue reading

Festive Dips for All Occasions

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December is a time of celebration for many people around the world. However, it is often hard to find a healthy dish to bring when you need it. Continue reading

And the Winners Are…

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This past July we asked VN DPG members to send us their best cooking demonstration recipes. Entries poured in from across the country for everything from sweet Gluten Free Key Lime Pie to spicy Smokin Ground Tempeh. After much cooking … Continue reading

Time to Harvest

Fresh Herbs

September is here and it is time for the harvest. If your garden included herbs — now is the time to reap the harvest before the frost comes. Herbs such as thyme and oregano, which are used for their leaves, … Continue reading

Beat the Heat with a Frozen Fruit Treat

Frozen Fruit Treat

Frozen fruit such as grapes, blueberries, and strawberries make a delicious and nutritious treat during the warm, summer months. They are an excellent replacement to sugary popsicles and the flavor is all natural! Preparation is the key to properly freezing … Continue reading

Pavlova

Pavlova

Pavlova is the national dessert of New Zealand. Serve with fruit, typically persimmons, kiwi fruit, and tamarillos, as well as heavy whipping cream. Continue reading

Papaya and Tomatillo Salsa

Papaya and Tomatillo Salsa

For those of us in northern climates, May marks the beginning of warmer weather, cookouts in the backyard, and, best of all, the summer salsa season. Although many think of this dish as a spicy showcase for tomatoes, other fruits and vegetables such as tomatillos, cucumbers, papaya, and peaches can also be used to make this delicious dish. Continue reading

Asparagus and Grape Stuffed French Omelets

Asparagus and Grape Stuffed French Omelets

As fruit and vegetable intake recommendations have increased Americans need to look for new and innovative ways to add more fruits and vegetables to their daily diet. This recipe combines steamed asparagus and grapes to produce a very colorful and flavorful omelet. Continue reading

March is National Nutrition Month — So Bring Out the Vegetarian Nutrition!

National Nutrition Month

March is a month to be proud of our profession and all the accomplishments we have achieved over the past years. Now is the time for us to shine, not only as dietitians, but as vegetarians and vegans. While planning … Continue reading

Dress Up Your Drinks (Without Dressing up the Calories)

Mock Glögg

For many people, New Year’s Eve marks the end of high-Calorie laden holiday season. While many Americans will reach for the nearest diet book, why not reach into your spice cupboard and refrigerator and learn to dress up your drinks without dressing up the Calories? Continue reading

Celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day… the Vegetarian Way

Mock Meat and Potato Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

While non-vegetarians feast on corned beef and cabbage this Saint Patrick’s Day, why not have your own celebration with this dish — Mock Meat and Potato Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. Continue reading