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Slow Cooker Meals

Thanks for tuning in today! Below are the crock pot/slow cooker recipes featured, enjoy! KMSP-TV Crock Pot Lasagna Serves 8 Preparation Time: 20 Minutes  Cook Time: 6-8  hours (overnight) Ingredients: 2 Tbsp. olive oil 2 cups mushrooms, sliced 1 cup green bell pepper, seeded, chopped 1 cup yellow onion, finely chopped 3 cups spinach, loosely [...]


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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Hastings Star-Gazette

Chef works with schools to promote healthy living Promoting healthy and smart eating at school can, hopefully, reach to the home, said O’Brien.   “We want to help change what is happening at home,” he said. “Let’s have more nutritious meals at home.”  

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NBA Boston Celtics Paul Pierce’s Truth on Health

What a privilege. Thanks to Nutrition for Kids and Connie Evers, one of my recipes, quinoa kale chili, was featured in Paul Pierce's the Truth on Health Blog. His foundation serves to provide educational and life-enriching opportunities for under-served youth. You can see the post here.

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Trick or Treat! Fun Halloween treat ideas full of sweet without the sugar.

How about providing some fun and tasty alternatives for kids this Halloween season? Here are some food and non-food ideas of mine that will make great treats for your little monsters this Halloween.


Delicious, Nutritious Lunch Ideas

Tired of the same old lunches? Here are some practical tips for both kids and adults to add some nutritious, decliciousness into every-day lunches for work or school.

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!

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Recipe:Frosty Banana Pops

To satiate sweet-craving kiddos, ditch the sugary, processed candy and serve nature’s candy as a healthy alternative, like these frozen banana pops.

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Create a Recipe with Your Kids

Create new memories and lasting traditions with your own kids by bringing them into the kitchen and creating your own recipes. Let them get creative. No rules. Experiment with flavors and ingredients. Then, when you have your favorites, jot them down on a recipe card as keepsakes.


Cereal Necklaces – Make it, wear it, eat it!

Your mom always told you not to play with your food, right?  Well, she'd probably approve of this snack that you make, wear, and then eat!  It's a cereal necklace! (Kind of like those candy ones, but so much better for you!) First, find some string or dental floss, and cut it to the length [...]

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