Skip to main content

Anyone, 6 months of age and older, is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Find your nearest vaccination location at vaccines.gov.

December Recipes of the Month

Crispy Parmesan Potato Peels

Brought to you by:

Image source: /content/dam/soi/en/web/cms/benefits/stateemployee/bewell/publishingimages/logos/image23.jpg

Ingredients

Image source: /content/dam/soi/en/web/cms/benefits/stateemployee/bewell/foodforthought/publishingimages/december21/food4thought-dec-potatopeels-4.jpg

  • 2 pounds russet potato peels
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare a sheet pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together canola oil, parmesan, salt and pepper. Add potato peels (only use peels from potatoes that were thoroughly washed) and toss until evenly coated.
  3. Spread evenly on the sheet tray and bake until crispy and golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Lentil Soup

Brought to you by:

Image source: /content/dam/soi/en/web/cms/benefits/stateemployee/bewell/publishingimages/logos/healthlink.jpg

Ingredients

Image source: /content/dam/soi/en/web/cms/benefits/stateemployee/bewell/foodforthought/publishingimages/december21/food4thought-dec-lentilsoup-5.jpg

  • 1-pound lentils
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes (fresh or canned)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Clean the lentils to remove any stones or dirt. Rinse them well in cold water and place in a large pot with enough cold water to cover lentils by six inches. Add the bay leaf and bring to a boil. Keep an eye on the lentils and remove any foam from the water, then lower heat and boil gently, partially covered, until lentils are just tender, 20-30 minutes.
  2. Add carrots, celery, cumin and onion to the lentils. Cook partially covered until the carrots are tender, about 20-30 minutes.
  3. Add crushed tomatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Simmer, partially covered, until lentils become very creamy and soft. Stir occasionally and add boiling water if necessary to prevent sticking.
  4. Remove bay leaf before serving.