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Parmesan Greens Chef Marshall O'Brien

Parmesan Greens

Substitute spinach or use baby kale for this easy and very delicious recipe. Serves 2-4 Ingredients:  1 bunch fresh chard or beet greens – the beets can be roasted and put in a salad or eaten as a side dish. ¼ Cup white onion, small chop 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter 1 entire whole green […]

Watermelon Salsa Chef Marshall O'Brien

Watermelon Salsa

Serves 4-6 Ingredients: 4 c seeded and diced watermelon (any variety or color) 1/2 cup minced onion                               ½ cup minced fresh cilantro 1 Tbsp. minced jalapeno pepper       ½ tsp. salt 1 Tbsp fresh garlic clove, minced   […]


Orono Kid’s Cooking Celebration

Thank you all for making the Orono Foundation Great Gathering Event a delicious success! Here's the recipes we created today. Cool Quinoa salad Serves 4-6 Ingredients: 1 cups quinoa 2 cups water 1 cup Grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in half ¼ cup Fresh mint, chopped  ¼ Cup fresh parsley, chopped  2 Tbsp or more […]

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Recipe: Roasted Edamame Cauliflower

Beautiful contrasting colors with the edamame, cauliflower and a dash of turmeric. Wonderful roasted as instructed, or as a hot stir-fry would be delicious as well.  Serves 6 Ingredients 2 2/3 cups Cauliflower, flourets 1 1/3 cups Edamame 3/4 cups Onions, diced 2 Tbsp Garlic, minced 1/2 Tbsp Italian herb blend (basil, thyme, oregano, etc)  2 […]

brussels sprouts chef marshall o'brien

Recipe: Simply Brussels Sprouts

A quick toss of olive oil and salt is all you need to make these beauties dance in your mouth. Enjoy them any time of the day with just about anything. Serves 4 to 5 Ingredients 1 pound Brussels sprouts, washed, trimmed if needed, cut in half 2 Tbsp olive oil 4 pinches (about 1/8 […]

Q&A by opensourceway

Q&A: Why is the School Starving my Kid?

There's been so much conversation and controversy about the USDA regulations and school lunch, I thought I would chime in to answer the following question I've heard a lot:   Why is the school starving my kid?     Before parents go on a tirade (which a lot have been, just read the news and […]

Nutty Breakfast Cookie courtesy Produce for Kids

Recipe: Nutty Breakfast Cookie

These can be a great start to your morning or a great delicious and nutritous snack. Try switching apples for pears, and pistachios/cashews for walnuts if desired.    Serves 12 Preparation Time: 35 Minutes   Ingredients: 2 large eggs 1 tsp. vanilla extract ½ cup honey 2 Tbsp. olive oil ¼ cup pistachios, chopped ¼ […]


Top 5 foods for beautiful skin

  If you want to save $$$ and have better looking skin, and who wouldn't, try switching some of the foods you eat. Here's 5 foods for better skin, thanks to Discovery, Fit & Health:  

A better school lunch?

Can you picture this on school lunch service?

I had the fantastic pleasure today of cooking with the nutrition staff at Waconia Public Schools. We served up a delicious, nutritious school lunch that we all enjoyed! While it’s not realistic to think this entire meal will be on the menu when school starts next week, Waconia and other districts we’re working with will be slowly introducing new entrees and side dishes in keeping with the new USDA regulations for school lunch programs.

Here’s the entire menu, with recipes, so you can try them at home. Enjoy!

Homemade Apple Orange Juice

Recipe: Homemade Apple Orange Juice

Here's an easy way to get kids to eat fruits and veggies – zip them into juice! This way you know what you're putting into your kids bodies, and they get to be part of the fun. It's a win – win. Serves 2 adults/4 kids Ingredients: 1/2 red apple 1 inch (approx) piece cucumber, […]

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