KMC kimchi probiotic sippers

Drink your sauerkraut?

Originally published in The Journal. A new product is hitting the tables at the indoor winter market—and just in time for a digestive boost during the rich holiday eating season! Adrienne Logsdon of Kiss My Cabbage is introducing probiotic sippers, which are packed with the same health benefits of her lacto-fermented sauerkrauts and kimchis. These […]

Winter Squash

Winter Squash

Originally published in The Journal on October 31, 2017. Beautiful orange, blue and speckled green squash of all shapes and sizes are everywhere this time of year—and they’re not just for decorating! Varieties like butternut, acorn, delicata, spaghetti and kabocha are bountiful at the Mill City Farmers Market, which moves inside the Mill City Museum […]

Lentils

Lentejas: Ancient meal finds a place in modern work week lunches

Originally published in The Journal on October 17, 2017. By Meet Your Vegetables intern Karlie Weiler During my semester abroad in the ancient city of Toledo, Spain, I tasted a variety of unique foods that piqued my interest in Mediterranean cuisine. My host mom referred to one of her common dishes simply as lentejas, or […]

Burning River Mediterranean Herbs

Cooking with Mediterranean Herbs

Originally published in The Journal on September 21, 2017. By Meet Your Vegetables Intern Karlie Weiler One of the biggest barriers to cooking is the false belief that cooking only counts if you’re making elaborate, gourmet dishes. Some of the best dishes are simple! The best way to create a sense of variety and class, […]

White and prurple eggplant

Eat your colors with eggplant

Originally published in The Journal on August 11, 2017. By Meet Your Vegetables intern Karlie Weiler While it’s obvious that the amount of vegetables we eat is crucial, the color of those vegetables is just as important if not more. Eating a variety of colored vegetables provides vitamins and minerals that aren’t obtained from a […]

Kombucha

Go wild with kombucha

Originally published in The Journal on July 27, 2017. Kombucha is one of the fastest growing popular health drinks on the market these days, but why all the hype? Kombucha is a fermented black or green tea infused with sugar and natural flavors. Because it is fermented, kombucha provides many probiotics, which are the good […]

Heirloom Tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes: What a history

Originally published in The Journal on July 13, 2017. Don’t ya know, Minnesota can grow tomatoes! Heirloom tomatoes are a farmer’s market staple around the country, but Jeff Nistler, owner of Nistler Farms and a vendor at the Mill City Farmers Market, is perfecting the crop for Minnesota’s cold climate. Jeff has constructed several high-tunnel […]

zucchini noodles

Healthy Food in Disguise

Originally published in The Journal on June 14, 2017. By Mackenzie Peterson, Meet Your Vegetables Intern Summer is the perfect time to take a fresh spin on some comfort food favorites. Pasta can be one of those comfort foods that you just do not want to give up, but what if you didn’t have to? […]

Swiss Chard

All About Swiss Chard

Swiss chard, also known as Rainbow Chard and Silverbeet and botanically known as Betula vulgaris subsp vulgaris, is a leafy green originally found in the Mediterranean saline soils of Greece and Italy. The plant’s “Swiss” lineage is a complicated misnomer due to nineteenth century botanists and gardeners confusing the crop with other plants, such as […]

Sweet Potatoes

Top 5 Sweet Potato Recipes for Winter

February 22 is National Cook a Sweet Potato Day! Did you know that in 1943 Americans ate an average of 21.5 pounds of sweet potatoes each year and now we only eat about 4 pounds per year? Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamins, including vitamin A (beta-carotene), vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and vitamin […]

img_89701.jpg

How To Eat Local All Season

By: Mallory Franklin, MCFM Nutrition Liaison & Moriah Maternoski The seasons are changing and the crisp feeling of fall is in the air. The time for bonfires, changing leaves, and pumpkin spice flavored everything is here! It is a beautiful time of the year, but fall also signifies the coming of winter–a time that most local […]

Abrothecary Bone Broth

All About Bone Broth!

MCFM PATRON: WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BONE BROTH? AND WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO GET IT OR PREPARE IT? MCFM Nutrition Liaison: Bone broth is an excellent way to extend your dollar. Boiling bones renders nutrients from the bone that you would otherwise not have access to. When boiling bones, you soften the bone […]

Brain Food

Food For Thought

By: Mallory Franklin, MCFM Nutrition Liaison How often do you stop and really appreciate all the things your brain does for you? We live such busy lives, and our brains not only keep up with us, but keep us breathing and moving, literally! While you are rushing around, your brain will make sure your lungs […]

pickled vegetables_MYV 2013

Listen to Your Gut: Fermented Foods

By: Christina Petsoulis, 2015 Meet Your Vegetables Intern What’s a Fermented Food Product? What’d your gut tell you this morning? Whether you listened or not, it probably rumbled to be fed a bowl full of lactic acid-fermenting bacteria, or what consumers like to call yogurt. From yogurt and cheese to sauerkraut and kimchi, we consume food products […]

MCFM-1.jpg

Healthy Kids

Authored by: Gail Anderson, RD, U of MN Public Health Nutrition student It is important for kids to have healthy role models. When kids see their parents and siblings eating healthy, they are much more likely to eat healthy themselves. Kids who eat a variety of foods are more likely to enjoy mealtime and they […]