Red Lentil Dahl

Red Lentil Dahl

INGREDIENTS: 1 cup Red Lentils (they are orange but may be known in the store as red lentils) 1/2 onion - minced 1 tbsp olive oil or ghee Start with 2 ½ cups water - add more water as needed Tumeric or another favorite spice (ground cumin or cumin seeds, cayenne,...

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Soup Soup Soup!

Soup Soup Soup!

With the beautiful snow and chilly temperatures, it is the kind of weather outside that makes you want to eat something that will warm you right up. Here is a recipe for Minnesota Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup. Wild rice is the official grain of Minnesota, and it is...

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Herbed Yukon Gold Potatoes

Herbed Yukon Gold Potatoes

    INGREDIENTS: Fresh Yukon Gold potatoes (or another variety of your choice…ask your student! He or she should be able to name a few varieties) cut into thin slices A dash or two of oregano or a different favorite herb of your choice A pinch of salt to sprinkle on...

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The “Gift of Grain” Tortilla with Salsa Recipe

The “Gift of Grain” Tortilla with Salsa Recipe

INGREDIENTS:  With your child you can choose which toppings to add to your salsa. In class we often use these ingredients: Roma and/or cherry tomatoes, chopped Avocado pieces Cilantro, chopped finely Orange or red bell pepper, chopped fresh squeezed lime Salt...

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Urban Farming in Minneapolis

Urban Farming in Minneapolis

Per Wikipedia, urban agriculture is defined as "the practice of cultivating, processing, and distributing food in or around a village, town, or city." Urban farms give urban residents access to fresh vegetables, fruits, and meat products, thus decreasing the amount of...

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Steel Cut Oats

Steel Cut Oats

Steel Cut oats are a delicious way to eat the seeds from oat plants!  Steel cut oats are simply the whole oat seed chopped up into little pieces.  They are the most nutritious way to eat the seeds since there are minimal changes to the content of the seeds.  When...

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Healthy Holiday Appetizers for Kids!

Healthy Holiday Appetizers for Kids!

With the Holidays in full swing, be sure to accommodate your bite-sized guests by serving some of these delicious and nutritious appetizers at your next gathering!     Using this inspiration from Parents.Com, add extra holiday magic to a simple cheese and...

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Ambrosia

Ambrosia

INGREDIENTS: 1 cup of plain yogurt 1 teaspoon honey 1 teaspoon natural maple syrup (from a tree!) A dash or two of cinnamon Add fresh fruit and/or granola if you would like to make it less of a snack and more of a meal, especially at breakfast.  ...

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Incred-HERB-ly Delicious Pizza

Incred-HERB-ly Delicious Pizza

INGREDIENTS:  One ready made or prebaked pizza crust (we used Rustic Crust Thin & Crispy brand in class) About 1/3 cup pizza sauce (we used Enrico’s brand in class) A variety of fresh herbs of your choice. Just a few sprigs of each. We used basil, rosemary,...

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Winter Vegetable Stew Recipe

Winter Vegetable Stew Recipe

INGREDIENTS: Rutabaga - chop into cubes Dinosaur Kale (or another kind of kale or “greens”) - cut into bite-size pieces Leek - cut the white and light green parts into rings or half rings Oil and Salt INSTRUCTIONS: Heat up a little oil in a pan. Add the rutabaga.  Let...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

In order to celebrate Thanksgiving, we thought we would give you some ideas for recipes that put a healthy, family friendly spin on classic Thanksgiving sides! Enjoy!   Keep the kids out of the kitchen by serving the Fruit Gobbler below at the kids table! It is...

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Minnesota + Our Bountiful Harvest = Minnesota Salad

Minnesota + Our Bountiful Harvest = Minnesota Salad

In the fall of each school year, the students in the classrooms we visit have the chance to make a "Minnesota Salad." The local leaf, root, and "seedholder" selections for their salads often include produce such as red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, mizuna mustard...

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Fall Field Trips

This fall has been packed with field trips for the third graders at Brimhall Elementary School and FAIR School. The focus of these field trips has been to learn about the nutritional, economic, and environmental benefits of eating locally by visiting the local farm...

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Peterson Produce Field Trip

Peterson Produce Field Trip

The Kenwood 5th graders visited Peterson Produce in Orono on a beautiful fall day during their 2nd week of school.  As a part of our Fall series of lessons called "Grown Near Home," kids learn many good reasons why growing, buying and eating foods grown here in...

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Macaroni and… Squash?

Macaroni and… Squash?

That's right! With Fall in the air, it's time to get cozy with comfort food and winter vegetables. Turn a family favorite into a healthy, "hidden veggie," alternative with a great recipe for Macaroni and "Squash" Cheese. Imagine how this delicious, nutritious, sweet...

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Vegetables Around the World – Peru!

Vegetables Around the World – Peru!

Having recently visited Peru, I thought I would share some fun information about the agriculture there, specifically as it relates to the ancient Incas!   MFC teaches lessons both on corn and on potatoes, both of which the Incas helped to develop into important crops....

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Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota State Fair

What a great food learning experience the Fair was again this year for kids! While it may be easy to think of the State Fair as a time to indulge in cheese curds and carnival rides, we must remember that the fair has agricultural roots, that it continues to celebrate...

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