Sunday, August 16, 2009

Follower Sunday: Thank You Readership! Guest-Chef and Registered Dietitian Liz Marr Shares Her Passion for Mediterranean Food

By Anthony J Sepe


Each Sunday, I thank my readership for their loyalty and dedication to my blog, by providing a healthy recipe.  To those that know, this is a healthy repeat, but for those that are unaware and are new to the blog, this is my way of “giving back.”  It is also a way to “Pay it Forward.”  Each Sunday, not only will you have a healthy recipe, but you will have an expert in the field of dietetics, food and nutrition, provide the healthy recipe to you.  It is my pleasure to introduce this week, my colleague, Guest-Chef, Liz Marr with her Grilled Mediterranean Vegetables Recipe.




      Liz Marr, MS, RD

Liz Marr, Principal, Liz Marr and Associates, LLC, Longmont, CO, is a communications consultant with nearly twenty years of experience in the field. A master’s-level registered dietitian and a mom, she specializes in health promotion, food, food safety, nutrition and fitness.

Previously, Liz co-founded Marr Barr Communications, LLC, Longmont, CO, a public relations consulting firm specializing in food, nutrition, agriculture, environment and lifestyles. She is also adjunct professor at Front Range Community College, Westminster, CO, where she teaches human nutrition. Before her entrepreneurial ventures, she was manager of consumer communications for Horizon Organic Dairy, Boulder, CO. Liz also served as vice president for Western Dairy Council and Western Dairy farmers’ Promotion Association/ Western Dairy Council, Thornton, CO. With a 12-year tenure, she worked in communications, issues management and marketing, before moving into management. She began her career as a public health nutritionist with the State of Colorado Migrant Health Program.

Liz brings a big-picture strategic mind and a broad-based skill set in food, nutrition and fitness communications, public relations, government affairs and industry relations. In addition to her workplace experience, she honed her media relations skills serving as a national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association for nine years. Over the years, Liz has overseen national school- and family-based nutrition and physical activity programs; developed cookbooks and recipe programs for companies and associations; written situation analyses and technical papers on ingredients, packaging, regulations and food-related trends for corporations, trade media and trade groups; consulted with the USDA Food and Nutrition Services on interagency communications; and built a national network of nutrition and fitness spokespeople. Liz’s exceptional organizational skills help keep client deliverables on track to meet deadlines and budgets.

Active in professional and community endeavors, Liz is chair-elect of the Food and Culinary Professionals Dietetic Practice Group and serves on the board of trustees for the Society for Nutrition Education Foundation. She is immediate past-chair of the Nutrition and Food Science Section of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, past-president of the Colorado Dietetic Association (elected to two non-consecutive terms) and past-chair of Boulder County Safehouse (now Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Non-violence). A 2005 graduate of Leadership Boulder County, Liz also serves on the Boulder County Commissioners' Food and Agriculture Policy Council. Recipient of the Colorado Dietetic Association Outstanding Dietitian Award and Recognized Young Dietitian Award, Liz holds a master of science degree in food and nutrition science from Colorado State University and graduated cum laude from University of Missouri, Columbia, with a bachelor of science degree in family and consumer sciences, specializing in fashion merchandising.

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Developed and reprinted with permission by Liz Marr


Grilled Mediterranean Vegetables

I grill year-round, and this simple, yet sumptuous, recipe is a winning way to put plenty of vegetables on the table. The confetti colors and flavors entertain and entice kids, yet the dish also satisfies more sophisticated adult palates. If you don't yet have a grill topper, consider buying one. Grill toppers prevent small and delicate foods from falling between the grates, allowing you to cook your entire meal on the grill rather than running between the kitchen and the grill. That's handy if you don't have a sous chef.

Serves: 6

Preparation Time: 30 minutes


2 yellow squash, medium
2 zucchini, medium
5 baby bella mushrooms
1 medium yellow onion
1 red bell pepper
2 garlic cloves, diced
1 T olive oil
2 T fresh lemon juice
2 T fresh basil, diced
Salt and pepper to taste


Slice yellow squash and zucchini into quarters length-wise; cut quarters to 1-inch pieces. Quarter mushrooms. Cut bell pepper into large pieces, discarding seeds and stem. Cut peeled onion into eight wedges and half each wedge. Place vegetables in a large bowl and toss with olive oil, lemon juice, basil, salt and pepper.

Lightly brush grill topper with olive oil. Place on grate of hot grill. Gently spread vegetable mixture on grill topper. Grill until vegetables are tender and begin to brown, about 10-15 minutes. Can be served warm or at room temperature.

Per-serving Nutritional Profile:
    Calories, 70
    Fat, 2.5 g
        Saturated Fat, 0 g
    Cholesterol, 0 mg
    Carbs, 10 g
        Dietary Fiber, 3 g
    Protein, 3 g
    Sodium, 210  mg
    Vitamin A, 25% Daily Value
    Vitamin C, 100% Daily Value
    Calcium, 4% Daily Value
    Iron, 4% Daily Value


You can visit Liz at the following:

Liz Marr, MS, RD
Liz Marr and Associates, LLC
Longmont CO
Translating the Science of Nutrition into the Art of Food

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1 comment:

  1. The grilled veggies look delicious, a perfect side dish!