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Healthful Cooking Your Heart Will Love

Posted February 18, 2021 | By ale_bellot

Digital Education Programming Presented by the
Center for Health & Wellbeing

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Like many other chronic conditions, heart disease can be prevented or managed through diet and lifestyle adjustments. In honor of Healthy Heart Month at the Center for Health & Wellbeing, Chef and Culinary Nutrition Educator Jenny Breen demonstrated three recipes full of flavor and fun while also sharing how they can be heart healthy. Chef Breen also discussed simple techniques and interesting combinations to get the most out of your seasonal ingredients. This cooking demonstration is an opportunity for you to explore new and creative approaches to integrating whole foods into your life.

By viewing this program, you can expect to learn:

  • new, nutritious recipes;
  • how food contributes to your heart health and wellbeing;
  • and how healthy food and cooking can be easy, accessible, fun and delicious!

This program covered the following recipes:

  • Thai noodle bowls with peanut (or sesame) sauce
  • Stuffed cabbage rolls with lemony dill sauce
  • Tempeh ragout over creamy polenta

Click Here to View the Recipes of the Above Featured Dishes

This program was presented by Jenny Breen and was hosted by the Winter Park Health Foundation.

About Your Program Presenter
Jenny Breen has been a professional chef and advocate for sustainable food systems and food justice, and has worked directly with farmers and producers in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota since the mid-1980’s. She was co-owner of Good Life Cafe and Catering, a sustainable food business from 1996 to 2013. She is a 2009 Archibald Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow and completed her Master of Public Health degree in Nutrition at the University of Minnesota in 2011 while working to build strong networks within health and food systems for greater access to food, support for sustainable farming, and understanding of cooking as a health strategy. Her first cookbook, “Cooking up the Good Life”, emphasizes local, seasonal whole foods cooking for families and was released in April of 2011 from the University of Minnesota Press.

Chef Breen currently teaches three courses at the University of Minnesota, including an online undergraduate course called “Food Choices: Healing the Earth, Healing Ourselves” and a graduate level cooking course for health professional students called “Food Matters: Cook Like Your Life Depends on It,” both through the Bakken Center. She also teaches an undergraduate nutrition cooking class, “A Food Systems Approach to Cooking” through the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute in College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). She contracts as a Public Health culinary nutrition educator with local health departments, school districts and nonprofit food and farming organizations.