Spa Chefs' Secret Weapons

Featured Article, Healthy Recipes and Nutrition, Nutrition
on July 28, 2011
Non-fat cottage cheese is a great way to add creaminess to everything from quiche to veggie dip.

Chef’s Name: Dale Van Sky

Spa Name: Red Mountain Resort, Ivins, Utah

Secret Weapon: Non-stick baking mat (silpat)

How it’s used: “I highly recommend a non-stick baking mat (silpat) for baking. Whether you are baking brownies or salmon you do not need to pre-grease your pan thus helping lower the amount of oil in your diet. The mat should be hand washed and is available in health food and kitchen supply stores.”


Chef’s Name: Christine Denney

Spa Name: The Oaks at Ojai, Ojai, California

Secret Weapon: Nonfat cottage cheese

How it’s used: “We are always looking for ways to increase guest satisfaction and provide premium flavor and nutrition in our food. Straining nonfat cottage cheese in a colander and using it to provide the creaminess in our Spanokopita and quiches, dips and toppings continues to be one of our tricks of the trade.” 


Chef's name: Johannes Klapdohr

Spa name: The Spa at Old Edwards Inn, Highlands, North Carolina

Secret Weapon: Micro vegetables

How it’s used: “We add micro vegetables, salad greens and herb sprouts to dishes to enhance the nutritional value while adding interesting flavor profiles. Favorites are beets, radishes, celery, peas, corn, arugula, cress, amaranth, sorrel, basil.”