How to manage cooking with chronic illness?

For individuals managing sarcoidosis, or many other chronic conditions, it can be extremely beneficial to pay close attention to nutrition.

Klara Knezevic, RD, LD and I appeared on the very first episode of Let’s Talk Sarcoidosis: On the Road. We invited host Dorothea McGuire into our Greenbelt office to see firsthand what it is like to visit us at Rebecca Bitzer & Associates.


We took Dorothea on a tour of our office, and discussed some of our programs like Mayhem to Mealtime. We talked about what it’s like to meet with a Registered Dietitian, what we can do for individuals trying to manage chronic conditions.


After the small talk, we got down to business! Klara, Dorothea, and I whipped up a delicious beef stew featuring spices that help with inflammation, right in our office! We paired this easy stew with this delicious turmeric rice. We couldn’t forget dessert, so we made warm cinnamon apples with a crunchy almond topping. So tasty!

Healthy cooking for managing nutrition and Sarcoidosis.


If you’re wondering what it’s like to come see us at Rebecca Bitzer & Associates or what a Registered Dietitian can do for you, check out this episode of Let’s Talk Sarcoidosis: On the Road!
Watch Kaitlin Williams Eckstein MPH, RD, LD and Klara Knezevic RD, LD, CLT cook healthy foods in our office! Our motto is, if we can cook it in our office without a kitchen, then you can EASILY cook it at home.  We love finding simple, healthy recipes to help manage chronic medical conditions.

Here are our recipes

Turmeric Rice

Not only is turmeric rice a beautiful side dish with it's vibrant yellow color, but turmeric can also help fight inflammation!
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Keyword: Budget-friendly, Easy, Kid-friendly, Whole grain
Condition: Dairy Free, Diabetes, Gluten Free, Low Sodium, Nut Free
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 2 cups rice
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp turmeric


  • Heat oil in a medium pot over medium high-heat. Add garlic and shallot and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add rice, chicken broth, and turmeric and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low.
  • Let simmer until rice is tender, about 18-20 minutes. Fluff with a fork, and serve.


Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 433mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 1g

Warm Cinnamon Apples with Crunchy Almond Topping

No need to bake an entire apple pie to be able to have a warm and delicious apple dessert. These warm cinnamon apples are sweet and gooey, and pairs beautifully with the texture of the crunchy almonds. You won't even miss the pie crust!
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American, Fun With Food
Keyword: Fall, Fiber, Holiday, Kid-friendly, Party, Winter
Condition: Gluten Free, Low Sodium, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings


  • 2 apple peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ginger ground
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup almonds sliced
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream


  • Combine first 10 ingredients in a sauce pan over medium high heat. Stir occasionally, and cook until apples are soft and the sauce has thickened slightly.
  • While apples are cooking, place sliced almonds in a dry pan, and place over medium-high heat. Add sugar and cinnamon and stir. Watch closely, and cook until almonds are lightly toasted.
  • Serve apples and almond topping over a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!


Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 19g | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 403mg | Fiber: 7g


To set up a meeting  with one of our Registered Dietitians, please click here or call (301) 474-2499 to make an appointment today!

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