Meet Our New Spring Intern: Kjersten

Meet Our New Spring Intern: Kjersten

Kjersten has just begun her internship with us and will be with us through the end of the school year.  We are excited for her to help out in the classrooms, in the gardens and on the farms!  She will also be doing some projects for us, including a research project...

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Fresh Pasta

Fresh Pasta

INGREDIENTS: 1 & 1/2 cups of all-purpose or semolina flour 1 egg  1 tbsp. olive oil  ¼ cup water (or more as needed)  1 tsp. salt (for cooking water) INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Place flour in bowl. 2. Break in egg, mix briefly. 3. Mix in oil and water (exact amounts not...

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Insights from our Intern – II

Insights from our Intern – II

This past week I got to spend more time with the lively and intelligent 1-3 graders at Seward Montessori. Kristi taught students all about Minnesota fruits and vegetables that people were able to enjoy throughout the winter months when refrigeration wasn't yet an...

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Insights from our Intern

Insights from our Intern

As a fall intern for the Midwest Food Connection, this week I had the opportunity to visit two different schools during their lessons. It was such a joy to see the organization and students in action! Last Tuesday morning, I visited Seward Montessori in Minneapolis....

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Minnesota’s Bounty: The Farmer’s Market Cookbook

Minnesota’s Bounty: The Farmer’s Market Cookbook

Summer is finally here and with it comes Farmer's Market Season! With multiple markets in the Twin Cities (here is a list!), there is plenty of opportunity to buy fresh produce and support local farmers this summer.     For those excited about shopping at...

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Cucumber Quick Pickle

Cucumber Quick Pickle

INGREDIENTS: 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced thinly 1 Tablespoon brown rice vinegar 1 Tablespoon tamari or soy sauce 1 teaspoon honey INSTRUCTIONS: Prepare the cucumber, place in bowl. Add last 3 ingredients, mix together, coating all slices of cucumber. Cover and set...

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Gluten Free Recipes for Kids!

Gluten Free Recipes for Kids!

To make it easy for parents who have kids with celiac disease, here is a Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner menu that is all gluten-free, nutritious, and kid-friendly! Have some fun in the kitchen with your kids this weekend and try the recipes below! Breakfast - Pancakes with...

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Toasted Pumpkin Seeds with Soysauce

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds with Soysauce

RECIPE: 1 cup raw green, hulled pumpkin seeds 1 Tablespoon Tamari or soy sauce   Wash seeds by rinsing under cold water in strainer. Heat skillet to medium high heat. Dry roast seeds, stirring often until about 20-30 have popped. Remove from skillet by pouring...

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Commentary on “The Extrodinary Science of Junk Food”

Last month, the New York Times Magazine featured an article by Michael Moss called "The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food." The article explores the creation, science, and marketing of junk food in various case studies. While the article dives into typical...

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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 Turmeric 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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