Cooking With Athletes

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Cooking with Athletes answers the question “What should an athlete eat to perform their best on and off the field?” It's a tool that connects athletes to athletes, and parents to athletes, with the hope to encourage better fueling for health and performance. By sharing recipes, knowledge, and experience from current and former athletes, chefs who cook for them, and trainers who strengthen them, we hope to enrich the lives of athletes everywhere.


Recipe of the Day

Turkey Casserole
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For casserole lovers everywhere!  This casserole combines a variety of easy ingredients that offer a savory, filling meal. 

Nutritional Tips

This recipe has a lot of processed ingredients, is low in fiber and high in saturated fat.  If you want a casserole type dish, look for some nutritionally improved alternatives that are higher in fiber and lower in fat! 


At a glance
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup evaporated non-fat milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 cups prepared bread stuffing
  • 1 cup cooked diced turkey meat
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups potatoes, mashed
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
  2. Lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
  3. Melt butter in a saucepan, add onions and cook until soft.
  4. Blend in all-purpose flour, and slowly stir in evaporated non-fat milk.
  5. Season with salt and pepper. Stir over low heat for 5 minutes.
  6. Spread the mashed potatoes on the bottom of the baking dish, spread turkey meat evenly on top. 
  7. Pour the butter sauce over the turkey and sprinkle half of the shredded cheddar cheese over this mixture. 
  8. Spread the stuffing on top and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of cheese.
  9. Bake for 45 minutes and serve.
Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts

Cook Time  1 hour
Serves  8
Amount Per Serving  7oz
Calories  300
Total Fat  16 g
Saturated Fat  7 g
Trans Fat  0 g
Cholesterol  40 mg
Sodium  870 mg
Total Carbohydrates  25 g
Dietary Fiber  2 g
Sugars  6 g
Protein  13 g


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Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth (FLIPANY)’s mission is to empower youth and their families through physical activity and nutrition education programs while raising awareness and creating policies for a healthier community.

After fifteen years of experience teaching nutrition and physical activity to youth, Lynne Kunins established FLIPANY as a 501c (3) non-profit organization in 2005. She saw, first hand, the ill effects lack of access to nutrition and physical education had on children who were living in low-income communities. Lynne developed FLIPANY to address the health and education disparities in these underserved areas of Florida.

FLIPANY serves youth and families, including seniors, through collaborations with community centers, parks, and other social services agencies. Our innovative programs fight childhood obesity and hunger by focusing on healthy food preparation, food security, physical education and work-site wellness. Many of our programs include on site food demonstrations, nutrition education and cooking classes.

FLIPANY is the lead Florida partner of the Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters® Program, nationally sponsored by the ConAgra Foods® Foundation and Wal-Mart.  Cooking Matter’s collaborative program model connects families with food by teaching them how to prepare healthy, tasty meals on a limited budget. Professional chefs and nutritionists volunteer their time and expertise to lead hands-on courses that teach adults, teens and youth how to purchase and prepare healthy foods in safe and tasty ways.

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