Eating Healthy at Home

Written by Written by Lauren Bassett | Photography by Jarrod Brock

An international award-winning and Certified Master Chef with a culinary career spanning more than 30 years, Derin Moore, the Executive Chef at Reynolds Lake Oconee, is a strong advocate for healthy eating. He strives to provide a variety of nutritious options without sacrificing taste at the 11 restaurants and snack bars he oversees as well as the many Member events held within the community.

“I want our Members to feel like eating clean shouldn’t be sacrificed when eating out,” says Chef Moore. “It is important to me that they are able to sit down at any dining outlet and be confident their meal choices maintain their health-focused lifestyle and are delicious.”

Chef Moore accomplishes this in many ways, notably by changing the menu at each dining venue three times a year. By adding items such as a roasted heirloom beets and spinach salad with an apple thyme vinaigrette in the winter and a super-foods red quinoa bowl in the summer, he keeps eating across Reynolds interesting while incorporating in-season produce.

“Our culinary program operates based on consumer, quality, and price,” he says. “Each customer is unique and it is important to keep their preferences and needs in mind. In addition to our regular menu changes, each menu contains options that would work for a vegetarian diet like the Tavern salad with pecans and a red wine vinaigrette.”

In addition, menus throughout Reynolds now indicate which dishes are gluten-free. Some include The National Tavern’s Lamb Shank served with garlic spinach and The Overlook at Great Waters’ Asian Glazed Atlantic Salmon.

Another place to sample some of these delectable dishes is at the hundreds of Member events held around Reynolds throughout the year, including ones devoted to healthy cuisine. Member clubs and the Linger Longer Living cultural series regularly hold lectures and luncheons aimed at educating Members on smart dining. This past January, The Ladies at The Landing club hosted Dr. Alyssa Musgrove, who explained tips on how to make better food choices.

What follows are some of the most popular healthy dishes available at Reynolds.

“I wanted to share meals that could be made at home and would be beneficial to any diet,” says Chef Moore. “Our pear soup and roasted cauliflower dish are vegetarian recipes that are flavorful and nutritious. The roasted chicken is paired with a grain salad, a good alternative to other side options like white rice, which lacks essential nutrients. And the grilled trout is low in fat and high in protein, making it a great recipe for someone looking to strengthen their muscles.”

Curry Roasted Cauliflower, with Lemon Yogurt and Raisin relish

Curry Roasted Cauliflower, with lemon Yogurt and Raisin relish - Find the Recipe Here

Roast Chicken, Grains, and Eggplant - Find the Recipe Here

Grilled Mountain Trout, Arugula Salad, Balsamic Vinaigrette - Find the Recipe Here

Parsnip & Pear Soup - Find the Recipe Here

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