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Chef John Rico Griffone

Rico Griffone is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has worked as a consultant for the Culinary Institute’s “Menu for Healthy Kids” Research Program. The program was designed to combat childhood obesity through school lunch reform. Chef Rico has been working with the CNC since its conception, providing a culinary perspective to the collection and interpretation of data. He also works with multiple JCC’s in Florida on a pilot program that brings nutrition education to the facility’s preschool programs as well as parent classes.


Chicken & Rice Soup

A high protein, easy-to-swallow soup.

Tortilla Soup

A soup dish that will keep you fuller, longer.

Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers

A Mediterranean twist on the classic stuffed pepper.

Chicken ala King

A filling chicken dish.

Beef Stew

Another great high calorie, high protein dish.

Beef Stroganoff

Serve over egg noodles or rice.

Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas

A sweet twist on the classic enchilada.

Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts

A lightly seasoned side dish.


A filling, creamy rice side dish.

Saucy Broccoli

A classic side with a sauce twist.

Whole Roasted Chicken

A savory, roasted chicken.

Chicken Parmesan

A healthy version of comfort food, we eliminated the fried outer crust while keeping with the traditional flavors.

Chicken Curry

This Chicken Curry recipe lacks the spicy bite associated with south Asian curries but makes up for it with a creamy coconut flavor.

Brown Rice Pilaf

This is a no hassle side that is easy on the mouth and nutritious as well.

Braised Kale

A quick and easy side dish that really brings the flavor.