Friday, September 10, 2021

Healthy Recipes for Fall 2021

Fall 2021 is right around the corner! Who's ready? Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a couple of healthy fall recipes we found online, in this week's blog. Happy Fall everyone! We hope you have a fun but healthy season!


Healthy Recipes for Fall 2021


Source: https://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/259614/sauteed-pork-chops-with-apples/



Sauteed Pork Chops with Apples

Ingredients

Sugar and Spice Rub

2 tablespoons packed brown sugar

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt

1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder 

1 ½ teaspoons onion powder

1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

¾ teaspoon cayenne pepper

¾ teaspoon black pepper

Pork Chops

4 (8 ounce) bone-in pork center-cut chops, cut 3/4 inch thick

2 teaspoons canola oil plus 1 tablespoon, divided

¼ cup dry white wine

2 cups thinly sliced Granny Smith apples

½ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth or chicken stock

2 teaspoons Fresh thyme


Step 1

To prepare Sugar and Spice Rub: In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar, chili powder, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, ground cumin, cayenne pepper and black pepper.

Step 2

To prepare chops: Trim fat from chops. Brush 2 teaspoons oil over all sides of chops. Sprinkle chops evenly with 1 tablespoon of the rub (reserve the rest for another use); rub in with your fingers. Cover with plastic wrap; chill in refrigerator 1 hour.

Step 3

Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat 2 minutes. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil; swirl to lightly coat skillet. Add chops; cook 7 to 10 minutes or until 145 degrees F, turning once. Transfer chops to a warm platter; cover and keep warm.

Step 4

Remove skillet from heat. Slowly add wine to hot skillet, stirring to scrape up any browned bits from bottom of skillet. Return skillet to heat. Add sliced apples, broth, and 1 thyme sprig. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 3 minutes or just until apples are tender. Using a slotted spoon, transfer apples to a small bowl; cover and keep warm. Bring broth mixture in skillet to boiling. Boil about 5 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half. Return chops and apples to skillet; heat through. If desired, sprinkle with snipped thyme. Serve immediately.



Source: https://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/256290/broccoli-casserole/


Broccoli Casserole

Ingredients

2 slices whole-wheat sandwich bread

2 pounds broccoli florets

3 tablespoons butter, divided

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 

2 cups diced onion 

4 cloves garlic, minced

⅓ cup all-purpose flour 

3 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth

6 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

¾ teaspoon ground pepper

½ teaspoon salt

2 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese, divided


Step 1

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

Step 2

Tear bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. Spread the breadcrumbs on a baking sheet and bake until dry and crispy, about 10 minutes.

Step 3

Meanwhile, bring 1 to 2 inches of water to a boil in a large pot fitted with a steamer basket. Steam broccoli until just tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Chop coarsely and spread evenly in the prepared baking dish.

Step 4

Increase oven temperature to 350 degrees F.

Step 5

Heat 1 tablespoon butter and the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, until soft and translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle flour over the vegetables and cook for 1 minute. While stirring, slowly pour in chicken broth. Cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 3 minutes. Stir in cream cheese, Worcestershire, pepper and salt, cook, stirring, until smooth, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese. Pour the cheese sauce over the broccoli.

Step 6

Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Combine the melted butter and the breadcrumbs in a medium bowl. Spread evenly over the broccoli mixture. Top with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese.

Step 7

Bake until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbling around the edges, 25 to 30 minutes.


COMC Hopes To Lead The Way To Healthier Communities!

All of us here at COMC hope that you enjoyed this blog. It's so tempting sometimes to quit your healthy eating and give in to stress eating but don't. We believe in you! Be sure to follow us on our social media channels listed below for more health tips!


Central Ozarks Medical Center

Keeping Lack of Insurance From Being a Roadblock to Quality Healthcare

Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties 


Friday, September 3, 2021

COMC is Looking To Hire a Medical Receptionist!

Exciting news! Central Ozarks Medical Center continues to grow! Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to tell you all about the Medical Receptionist position we are hiring for in Camdenton, in this week's blog. If you have any questions, please call us today. In the meantime, read on to learn all about this position and how to apply.




Medical Receptionist

Camdenton, MO • Camdenton Clinic

Job Type

Full-time

Description

Responsibilities: The Medical Receptionist is responsible for basic clerical tasks such as answering phones, greeting patients and visitors, and scheduling appointments in a professional and timely manner.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

• Registers new patients and updates existing patient demographics by collecting detailed patient information including personal and financial information using electronic medical record system.

• Verifies patient insurance.

• Facilitates patient flow by notifying the provider of patients' arrival using electronic medical record system.

• Protects patient confidentiality.

• Makes appointments and keeps accurate appointment schedules.

• Efficiently works in electronic medical record system, files and retrieves medical charts.

• Collects and records payments for services.

• Performs daily reconciliation tasks, balances and prepares deposit slip.

• Makes deposit at the end of each business day.

• Properly navigates incoming and outgoing faxes by assigning to appropriate staff.

• Scans and attaches patient documents to proper electronic chart location or assign to appropriate staff member.

• Welcomes and greets all patients and visitors, in person or over the phones

• Answers the phone while maintaining a polite, consistent phone manner using proper telephone etiquette.

• Responsible for keeping the reception area clean and organized.

• Responds to patients', prospective patients, and visitor inquiries in a courteous manner.


Requirements

Qualifications Requirements: The Medical Receptionist must have the ability to plan and organize assignments and be self-motivating. Must possess patience in dealing with all people. Must have the ability to communicate effectively with patients, co-workers, vendors and all members of the public. Must have computer experience.

Education and/or experience: GED or High School diploma. Previous experience in a medical office desirable.

Language Skills: Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from all customers.

Mathematical Skills: Balancing daily log and bank deposit slip.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

Other Skills and Abilities: Outgoing personality with strong phone etiquette skills, outstanding customer service skills.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This includes moderate physical effort consisting of occasionally lifting or moving over 35 pounds of weight.

Travel Requirement: To fulfill the responsibility for the position travel to all COMC locations may be required. Employee must have valid Missouri driver’s license and availability of a motor vehicle.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Knowledge of, and compliance with, HIPAA and 340B regulations is required. Confidentiality of patient information is mandatory.


Ready To Become A Part of Our Work Family?

Apply HERE. If you have any questions, give us a call today. Remember, here at COMC, it's not just about what we do, but how we do it that matters. We take our hiring process seriously and it's important to us who we hire understand our philosophy.



Central Ozarks Medical Center

Keeping Lack of Insurance From Being a Roadblock to Quality Healthcare

Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties 


Friday, August 27, 2021

COMC is Looking To Hire a Community Health Worker for Children and Youth Services!

Exciting News! Central Ozarks Medical Center is looking to hire a Community Health Worker! Our staff is like family. We take our hiring process very seriously. At our health clinics in Mid-Missouri, it's not just about what we do, but how we do it that matters. Keep reading this week's blog for a full job description.



Community Health Worker - Children and Youth Services


Job Type: Full-time

Description

We are expanding our team to serve the needs of our community!  Central Ozarks Medical Center (COMC) is excited to announce an opening for a Community Health Worker - Children and Youth Services.  COMC is a non-profit, federally qualified health center that has served Pulaski, Laclede, Camden and Miller counties for over 40 years with clinics located in Richland, Camdenton, and Osage Beach Missouri. COMC is looking for a team member who is a comfortable working with patients from a diverse background.  Must be a motivated, self-starter able to quickly adapt to new and changing conditions while maintaining a professional demeanor.  

The Children and Youth Services Community Health Worker (CHW) will assist and support children and youth in foster care, adopted from foster care, Division of Youth Services, involved in the juvenile justice system, and their families. The CHW will conduct in-reach, outreach and education activities to existing health center patients and non-health center patients to access primary medical, dental, and behavioral health care as well as conducting preventive assessments and screenings. The CHW will coordinate transitions, referrals and follow-up and thorough documentation and track all supports. This position required thorough documentation to support reporting requirements.  This position will float between our clinics as required.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


Community Health Worker – Children and Youth Services

  • ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Assist Children and Youth in care as well as their families in accessing primary medical, dental and behavioral health care for children, with a focus on getting Children and Youth seen for required initial and follow-up care. 
  • Conduct PRAPARE Assessments to determine SDOH needs of children and foster families annually or more frequently, if change to foster child placement. 
  • Work collaboratively as part of the COMC Care Team as well as more broadly as a part of a inter-disciplinary care team for multiple agencies.
  • Conduct Suicide Risk Assessment via the Columbia Suicide Severity (C-SSRS) Assessment annually or more often as needed.
  • Provide care coordination, which may include but is not limited to facilitating care transitions, supporting the completion of referrals, and providing or confirming appropriate follow-up. 
  • Make referrals and connections to community resources to help individuals and families meet basic social needs.   
  • Build upon existing relationships with other community agencies and form new partnerships to best assist families. 
  • Assist with the development of marketing and promotional materials for outreach, application assistance and education activities.
  • Tracking and documentation of encounters, assessments, and referrals to measure outcomes and assist in reporting efforts.
  • Provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services and provide limited English proficiency applicants with information on how to obtain services in a preferred language. Ensure physical and other accessibility for people with disabilities.
  • Provide health insurance application and renewal assistance and facilitate enrollment in a health insurance program by providing fair, impartial, and accurate information. Maintain knowledge and expertise in eligibility, enrollment, and program specifications of the Medicaid and have some basic knowledge of the Qualified Health Plans (QHP).
  • Conduct monthly in-reach, outreach and education activities to existing health center patients and community residents to promote awareness about coverage options under Medicaid and the Marketplace.


Requirements

 Qualifications Requirements: 

  • Strong oral and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to work effectively and professionally in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Knowledge of and ability to work and engage with the uninsured, under-served and under-represented populations. 
  • Must have intermediate computer skills and be able to type at least 40 wpm. 
  • Ability and willingness to successfully complete formal CHW training through a COMC paid and approved program. 
  • Ability and willingness to successfully complete training and education on the Missouri Foster Care Program, Trauma Informed Training, Common Behavioral Health Conditions of children and youth, suicide prevention, and SUD.


Education and/or experience: 

High School diploma or equivalent required. Preferred: Lived experience with the Missouri Foster Care Program as a child, parent, adopted child, or through work or volunteer experience. Work or volunteer efforts with child advocacy programs, juvenile justice, or behavioral health organizations are also desirable. 

Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret financial reports. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers and regulatory agencies. Ability to effectively present information to top management.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. 

Other Skills and Abilities: Outgoing personality with strong phone etiquette skills, outstanding customer service skills. 

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This includes moderate physical effort consisting of occasionally lifting or moving over 35 pounds of weight. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Travel Requirement: To fulfill the responsibility of the position travel to all COMC locations may be required. Employee must have valid Missouri driver’s license and availability of a motor vehicle. 

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Confidentiality of patient information is mandatory.



Are You or Someone You Know Perfect For This?

If so, apply below:

APPLY HERE

If you have any questions, give us a call. Our goal is to LEAD the way to healthier communities. Who we hire for EVERY position helps us get to that goal. If you're ready to be a part of something bigger than yourself, consider COMC.



Central Ozarks Medical Center

Keeping Lack of Insurance From Being a Roadblock to Quality Healthcare

Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties 


Friday, August 20, 2021

COMC is Looking To Hire A Psychiatrist!

COMC is looking to hire a Psychiatrist! We are excited to announce this and that we are continuing to grow here at Central Ozarks Medical Center. Keep reading this week's blog for a full job description and directions on how to apply. If you have any questions, please give us a call today. All phone numbers can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.



Psychiatrist

Richland, MO


Description

 We are expanding our team to serve the needs of our community!  Central Ozarks Medical Center (COMC) is excited to announce an opening for a Psychiatrist.  COMC is a non-profit, federally qualified health center that has served Pulaski, Laclede, Camden, and Miller counties for over 40 years with clinics located in Richland, Camdenton, and Osage Beach Missouri.


RESPONSIBILITIES: This position is part of the behavioral health clinical team.  This position provides services to patients. The position participates in clinic performance improvements.

________________________________________________________________________


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Evaluates patients by interviewing patients, family, and other persons; conducting physical examinations; observing behaviors; reviewing medical history and related documents;      selecting, administering, and interpreting psychological tests; ordering laboratory tests and evaluating results.

Develops treatment plans by determining the nature and extent of cognitive, emotional,      developmental, social, and behavioral disorders; establishing treatment goals and methodologies. 

Collaborates with Behavioral Health Director, Medical      Director, LCSWs, and other professional staff to assist the Behavioral      Health Director in developing a comprehensive program of therapy, evaluation, and treatment.

Supervises and collaborates with Psychiatric Nurse      Practitioners as assigned.

Treats patients by utilizing psychotherapeutic methods and medications; discussing progress toward goals with patients; providing instructions; monitoring the effect of medications; supervising staff provision of services.

Maintains interdisciplinary treatment by reviewing treatment plans and progress;      consulting and collaborating with primary care physicians, mental health therapists, nurses, and other health care providers.

Assures quality and safe service for patients and staff by enforcing policies, procedures,      standards, rules, Joint Commission for Accreditation of Health Care Organizations requirements, and legal regulations; participating in utilization reviews; remaining available for emergency consultations.

Improves staff competence by providing training and discussions regarding the interrelationship between psychosocial and physiological problems, psychotropic medications, crisis intervention, and related issues.

Maintains historical records by documenting symptoms, medications, and treatment events; writing summaries.

Provides clinical consultation to other providers within COMC as needed.

Responsible for accurate, timely, and clear medical record documentation.

Provides clear written and oral communication to patients/guardians, and employees.


Requirements

 

Qualifications Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.


Education and/or Experience: 


Full licensure to practice in the State of Missouri. 

Board certification from American College of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Requires an M.D. or D.O. 

Must have and maintain a current Controlled Substances Registration Certificate from the State of      Missouri, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Completion of 2-5 years experience in a clinic setting, preferred. 

Able to communicate with others to effectively convey information.

Social and cultural sensitivity appropriate to ethnically and economically diverse patient-and employee-base.

Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the community. 


Mathematical Skills: Ability to work with all accounting concepts and budget(s). 


Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. 


Other Skills and Abilities: Must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. 

Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Travel Requirements: To fulfill the responsibility of the position travel to various areas of the region is required. The employee must have a valid Missouri driver’s license and the availability of a motor vehicle. Overnight travel may also be required in specific incidences of training, conferences, etc.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Knowledge of, and compliance with, HIPAA and 340B regulations is required. Confidentiality of COMC proprietary information is mandatory. 


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Hours are flexible as approved by the Behavioral Health Director. 



Want To Apply For This Position?


Visit HERE and you can apply online. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call. You can also follow us on our social media channels listed below for our latest job announcements. Remember, at COMC, it's not just about what we do, but how we do it that matters.


Central Ozarks Medical Center

Keeping Lack of Insurance From Being a Roadblock to Quality Healthcare

Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties 


Friday, August 13, 2021

Is This Is Your First Time Being Pregnant? Here Are Some Helpful Pointers!

Pregnancy can be intimidating, especially if you don't know what to expect. Knowledge and preparation are key! Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to help you. We've got a few helpful pointers for the woman in her first pregnancy, in this week's blog. If you are looking for an OB at the Lake of the Ozarks you can count on, call Central Ozarks Medical Center today! Visit www.CentralOzarks.org.



Is This Is Your First Time Being Pregnant? Here Are Some Helpful Pointers!


STOP CONSUMING THINGS THAT ARE BAD FOR YOU AND YOUR BABY.

These items include but are not limited to:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeinated beverages, such as coffee or soda
  • Fish with high levels of mercury, like swordfish or shark
  • Undercooked meat
  • Raw eggs
  • Lunch meat
  • Hot dogs

...it's best to get a list from your doctor of everything you shouldn't eat, but these are a few good examples that will likely be on it.


REALIZE YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO GAIN WEIGHT AT THIS TIME.

According to the National Institute of Health:

"If you are underweight (BMI* less than 18.5), you should gain about 28 to 40 pounds,

normal weight (BMI of 18.5 to 24.9), you should gain about 25 to 35 pounds, overweight (BMI of 25 to 29.9), you should gain about 15 to 25 pounds, and obese (BMI of 30+), you should gain about 11 to 20 pounds."


CONSIDER TAKING PRENATAL VITAMINS, BUT ASK YOUR DOCTOR FIRST.

Many healthcare providers may advise you to take a prenatal vitamin every day, but it's best to ask your doctor what you should specifically do. Every mother-to-be is different.



We Wish You The Best With Your First Pregnancy!


A new baby is such a blessing! We wish you the absolute best in your journey to motherhood! Know that we can be here for you every step of the way. Knowledge and preparation are key to enjoying pregnancy. Our OB providers know that every birth is special and are honored that you have chosen them to guide you during your pregnancy and prenatal care. Their ultimate goal is for your continued good health and the delivery of a healthy newborn. COMC providers as well as their amazing staff of nurses will work to keep you informed and answer all of your questions from pregnancy confirmation to your post-partum check-up. To learn more about our Obstetrics services, please give us a call today. We can be reached at the phone numbers listed below. You can also follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements.


Central Ozarks Medical Center

Keeping Lack of Insurance From Being a Roadblock to Quality Healthcare

Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties 


Friday, August 6, 2021

Back-to-School Time is Approaching...Need Some Health Tips For Your Kiddos?

Who's ready for school? The kiddos are about to go back to school. Are you ready? Are your kids ready? Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to make sure your kiddos have a healthy school year! Keep reading this week's blog for a few health tips for your kiddos. Remember, Central Ozarks Medical Center, it's not just about what we do but how we do it that matters! 



Back-to-School Time is Approaching...Need Some Health Tips For Your Kiddos?


HOW HEAVY IS YOUR KIDDO'S BACKPACK?

When your kids are back in school they may be carrying heavy textbooks in their backpacks every day. That can be very hard on their back if the weight isn't distributed right. Make sure that they wear their backpack with both straps over their shoulders.


HAVE YOU TAUGHT YOUR KIDDO HOW TO AVOID LICE?

Teach your kids about the dangers of head lice and how they can easily spread. Tell them to avoid:

  • Sharing helmets during sports activities
  • Borrowing someone else's hairbrush at school
  • Borrowing a friend's hat


DO YOU PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE WITH YOUR KIDDOS?

Your kid is going back to school and will be around other children. You probably don't want them to feel embarrassed because they didn't practice good hygiene, so make sure they know how to do so. Here are a few tips:

  • Teach them to wash their hair at least once every two or three.
  • Teach them to bathe regularly.
  • Teach them to brush their teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and once at night.
  • Depending on the age of your child, if they have begun puberty, you may have them start wearing deodorant. 
  • Teach them to brush their hair every day.

HOW MUCH SLEEP IS YOUR KIDDO GETTING A NIGHT?

Your child is back in school and should be well-rested for all of the activities and knowledge they are about to soak up.


DOES YOUR CHILD WASH THEIR HANDS OFTEN?

Germs are everywhere, even in school. There are fun ways to get your kids to wash their hands, such as having them sing the Alphabet song while they are washing their hands. That way you can help make sure they wash their hand for a long enough time.



Keep Your Kiddos Healthy With COMC!

All of us here at Central Ozarks Medical Center hope that your kiddos have an easy transition of going back to school this year! If you have been searching for the RIGHT Pediatrician at the Lake of the Ozarks, consider COMC. From their first heartbeat, you want to give your children the best of everything…including the best medical care. Give us a call today to make your appointment. All phone numbers can be found on our website at www.CentralOzarks.org.


Central Ozarks Medical Center

Keeping Lack of Insurance From Being a Roadblock to Quality Healthcare

Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties 

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Healthy Side Dish Recipes for a Summer BBQ

Summer is still in full session! This means many of you are likely having BBQs with your loved ones. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks hope you enjoy this time with your loved ones. That being said, we took the liberty to find you a few healthy side recipes online. Keep reading this week's blog to hear them.




Healthy Side Dish Recipes for a Summer BBQ


Source: https://cookieandkate.com/summertime-fruit-salad-recipe/


Summertime Fruit Salad


INGREDIENTS


1 pound strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced

3 medium peaches, thinly sliced (I peeled mine, but if you don’t mind the skin, you can leave it on)

6 ounces (1 cup) blueberries

1 heaping tablespoon fresh, chopped basil or mint

2 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 medium lemon)

1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar


INSTRUCTIONS


In a medium serving bowl, combine the strawberries, peaches, blueberries and basil. Drizzle the lemon juice, maple syrup and balsamic vinegar on top. Gently toss to combine.

Serve immediately, or chill for later. This salad is best enjoyed promptly, but will keep well for about 2 days in the refrigerator (pour off excess juices if necessary).



Source: https://cookieandkate.com/spicy-red-pepper-feta-dip-recipe/


Spicy Red Pepper & Feta Dip (Htipiti)


INGREDIENTS


One 8-ounce block of feta cheese, patted dry and cut into 1″ chunks or large crumbles (about 1 ⅔ cups)

½ cup roasted red peppers, patted dry and roughly chopped (1 to 1 ½ peppers)

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus additional for garnish

1 tablespoon lemon juice

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (omit if sensitive to spice)

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Crushed red pepper flakes, for garnishing (optional)


INSTRUCTIONS


In the bowl of your food processor, combine the feta, bell pepper, olive oil, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and about 10 twists of freshly ground black pepper.

Process until the mixture is orange, fairly smooth, and you no longer see any big chunks of feta. Don’t overdo it; small bits of feta are good and over-processing this dip will make it gritty. Taste, and add additional cayenne pepper (up to ¼ teaspoon more) if you want it to be extra spicy. Blend briefly to combine.

Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl. Smooth the top and create a few swooshes with a spoon. Lightly drizzle some olive oil on top, and sprinkle with red pepper flakes if desired. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for later. This dip will keep well in the refrigerator for 7 to 10 days.



Source: https://cookieandkate.com/caprese-pasta-salad/


Caprese Pasta Salad


INGREDIENTS


6 ounces (2 cups) whole grain fusilli or rotini pasta

⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes

½ teaspoon fine sea salt

8 ounces mozzarella “pearls”, or one mozzarella ball, torn into bite-sized pieces

Several sprigs of fresh basil (enough for 2+ tablespoons chopped)

2 to 3 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar or regular balsamic vinegar, to taste


INSTRUCTIONS


Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook the pasta until al dente, according to package instructions. Drain the pasta and set it aside.

While the pasta is cooking, combine the olive oil, tomatoes and salt in a large, non-reactive skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Cover the skillet (use a baking sheet if you don’t have a better lid). Cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the tomatoes have started to burst out of their skins and the olive oil has a light red hue (about 6 to 12 minutes).

Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the cooked pasta. Let the mixture cool for a few minutes while you chop the basil. We don’t want the cheese to melt on contact, so wait to proceed to the next step until your pasta is lightly warm (not hot).

Stir the mozzarella balls and basil into the pasta. Add the vinegar, then taste and add additional vinegar and/or salt, if it doesn’t quite taste spectacular yet. For best flavor, let the mixture rest for about 20 minutes, so the pasta can absorb some of the sauce. Or, refrigerate it for future use.

This salad will keep well in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Leftovers are great chilled or at room temperature. You can also reheat the pasta if you don’t mind the mozzarella melting (yum).


All of us here at Central Ozarks Medical Center hope that you enjoyed seeing these healthy recipes. We also hope that you enjoy them with your loved ones. Be sure to follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements


Central Ozarks Medical Center

Keeping Lack of Insurance From Being a Roadblock to Quality Healthcare

Serving Camdenton, Laclede, Pulaski, and Miller Counties