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Vegetarian Course: Burgers and Tacos

Posted October 7, 2021 | By ale_bellot

Digital Education Programming Presented by the
Center for Health & Wellbeing

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There’s no denying it: whether you love both equally or prefer one more than the other, burgers and tacos are mouth-watering, all-American classic dishes. Even so, these fast-food and restaurant fan favorites are often loaded with fat, which can not only make them far from the healthiest options on the menu but also leave you feeling bloated or uncomfortable the next day.

How can we enjoy those delicious flavors and textures that a juicy hamburger or taco can give us while eliminating or reducing our meat consumption?

In this on-demand program, Chef Jenny Breen introduces creative, delicious and vegetable-focused recipes big on flavor, high on nutrition, low on cost and time needed. Chef Breen helps you transform two meat-based dishes into vegetarian-friendly recipes that are packed with flavor. Featured recipes are Veggie Tacos with Chimichurri Sauce and Pickled Slaw, and Veggie Nut Burgers with Tomato Jam and Seasonal Condiments.

Click here to view featured recipes.

By watching this program, you can expect to learn:

  • two healthful new recipes.
  • how food contributes to your health and wellbeing.
  • how healthy food and cooking should and can be easy, accessible, fun and delicious.

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

About the 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.