Fall Harvest Nourish Bowl

Fall Harvest Nourish Bowl via Chef Julie Harrington, RD @ChefJulie_RD #powerbowl #nourishbowl #salad #fall

Have you ever had one of those aha moments at work where you just feel like, this is what I was meant to be doing? When I was younger and was asked, what do you want to be when you grow up, my answer wasn’t a dietitian/chef. Yes, I always loved cooking, but honestly, my response was less than typical than my other classmates who wanted to be teachers, police officers, and doctors. Mine was a whale trainer. Yup. I loved animals (and still do!) and became fascinated with orca whales when I was in 2nd grade.

Fall Harvest Nourish Bowl via Chef Julie Harrington, RD @ChefJulie_RD #powerbowl #nourishbowl #salad #fall

So how did I get here? Well honestly, as a senior in high school I was like many others – I had no idea what I wanted to do. I was interested in plenty of careers, but nothing stood out to me to directly pursue. Since I was really unsure, I was looking at colleges that had a variety of offerings, but honestly, I really wanted to play a sport and Cabrini college was talking to me about playing field hockey. I went into my first year at Cabrini with a major in Health Professions.

As I was completing my gen-ed courses I started taking courses for my major and looking into the future with that major, I was thinking of all the things I wanted to do, but wouldn’t be able to pursue with just that degree. Along with a brutal first year at college (that is a whole other crazy story), I decided to leave Cabrini.

Fall Harvest Nourish Bowl via Chef Julie Harrington, RD @ChefJulie_RD #powerbowl #nourishbowl #salad #fall

That summer was difficult. I felt lost. I definitely had the support of my friends and family during this time trying to figure out what I wanted to do next. It was to my benefit that my mom is a high school guidance counselor and has the inside scoop about a plethora of colleges as she helps high school seniors apply to college. When my mom suggested Johnson & Wales University, I was skeptical. Culinary school? But then I learned about their culinary nutrition program and I fell in love. I was always drawn to the health professional field and being able to merge my love of cooking with nutrition seemed like the perfect fit. I literally applied (and got in!) about a week before the semester started. Talk about fast decisions!

I look back on that summer and remind myself that whenever in a tough situation, things will work out and never settle for anything that doesn’t make you happy. I truly appreciate the opportunities I have within the culinary nutrition field. It feels like this is what I was meant to be doing. I hope my passion is transferred over to others when I present on culinary nutrition topics and demonstrations.

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I love my job!

Last month I spent two days with Cabot and the NY American Dairy Council providing cooking demonstrations and cooking tips to Giant supermarket RD’s how to utilize seasonal fall ingredients, and of course Cabot cheese! They are gearing up for diabetes awareness month in November, so I helped develop educational materials and recipes to fit within their themes.

Traveling and presenting to other RD’s was definitely an aha moment feeling. Not many RD’s have a strong culinary background or had the opportunity to go to culinary school as I did.


I had a lot of fun developing this recipe. Whenever you build a power bowl or nourish bowl (whatever you choose to call it), think about balance. Balancing food groups to be more full and satisfying. Balancing textures and flavors so every bite is more exciting.

Build your own with this guide below.

How to build a power bowl: Build a power bowl with balance
How to Build a Power Bowl: Build a power bowl with balance

Click on the image to download!

What I love about these bowls is that you can customize them so many ways and never get bored. Plus, if you spend a little time meal prepping ingredients in advance a fancy bowl with a plethora of delicious ingredients can come together in minutes.

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Fall Harvest Nourish Bowl in a white bowl with ingredients

Fall Harvest Nourish Bowl

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1-2 1x
  • Cuisine: Seasonal



12 cups baby kale
1/2 cup farro, cooked
1/2 cup butternut squash, cubed and roasted
1/2 cup Brussels sprouts, roasted
1 small apple, sliced
3 oz. grilled chicken, chopped
1 oz. cheddar cheese, cubed (I love Cabot’s
1/4 avocado, sliced
1 tablespoon sliced almonds

6 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 small garlic clove, pressed or minced
2 teaspoons maple syrup
salt, to taste


For the dressing: In a mason jar, combine white balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, and maple syrup. Shake to combine. Season with salt to taste.

Add all ingredients into a bowl and toss together. Toss with salad dressing and serve.


The dressing will make extra. Save the remaining dressing for later use.

This recipe is great to prep all ingredients in advance and just toss together.

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Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Enjoy the taste of Fall with these Baked Apple Cider Donuts!

Baked apple cider donut cut in half on parchment paper

This is my favorite time of year. The fall crisp air means, scarves, boots, and apple picking! I go apple picking every year and I always have to get an apple cider donut when I am at the orchard. You now can make them in the comfort of your own home with this donut recipe. 

baked apple cider donuts in donut baking pan on a marble slab

These donuts are baked instead of fried and use white whole-wheat flour to incorporate more whole grains. White whole-wheat flour – sounds like a contradiction, right?

What is white whole wheat flour?

“White wheat is a different type of wheat that has no major genes for bran color (unlike traditional “red” wheat which has one to three bran color genes). An easy way to think of it is as a sort of albino wheat. The bran of white wheat is not only lighter in color but it’s also milder in flavor, making whole white wheat more appealing to many people accustomed to the taste of refined flour.

baked apple cider donuts stacked on top of each other

If you don’t have a donut pan, you can always use a muffin tin. Cook time may vary. To check for doneness, insert a toothpick in the center and see if it comes out clean.

baked apple cider donuts on top of each other on parchment paper
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Baked Apple Cider Donuts

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: american



For the donuts:
1 cup white whole-wheat flour
1/3 cup sugar
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground all spice
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1 egg
2 tablespoons butter, melted
½ cup apple cider

Cinnamon sugar topping:

½ tablespoon sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat donut pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, sift white whole-wheat flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, and ginger.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together egg, melted butter, and apple cider.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined.
  5. Add batter to piping bag or large ziplock bag (cutting off the corner) and pipe batter into donut pan.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. As donuts are baking, combine additional sugar and cinnamon; set aside.
  8. Remove donuts from the oven. Sprinkle evenly with the cinnamon and sugar mixture while donuts are warm. Let slightly cool before removing from the pan.

Keywords: donuts, apple cider, baked donuts, dessert

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