Break Bread with Us

Message from Jane Maksoud, RN, MPA
Senior Vice President
Chief Human Resources Officer
Mount Sinai Health System

Welcome to the Mount Sinai Calm and Fit 2022 cookbook, Break Bread with Us.  This collection of recipes from faculty, staff, and students from across the Health System celebrates the value of healthy eating and how cooking offers an opportunity to create community by bringing people together. There is a certain intimacy that is forged as we as we set aside time to dine with one another, whatever the occasion. Sharing a meal provides a space for gratitude for the growers who cultivated the ingredients, the cooks who prepared the food, and for all who savor the meal.

Many of the recipes are “plant forward”, dishes that feature ingredients from plants: vegetables, fruits, legumes, seeds, and nuts and may include a protein like meat, poultry, or fish. These recipes are considered healthful not only for us but for our planet, maximizing nutritional content and limiting ingredients that may increase our carbon footprint. Please take the time to experience the joy of preparing and “gifting” a favorite dish during the upcoming holiday season and thanks to all of you for sharing your favorite recipes with us.

I wish you peace, contentment and joy during the holiday season and best wishes to you and your families for a future that is healthy and happy and full of special moments where you break bread together.