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How to Quickly Cook Fresh Spinach

August 27, 2014

5 Easy Ways to Prepare Fresh Spinach

The spinach can is popped open. Popeye throws back his head, gulps down the spinach, beats off the villains and saves his fresh spinachbeloved Olive Oyl.

I remember this scene from childhood cartoons, even if I didn’t appreciate the spinach at the time. Now I adore it and fresh spinach is a staple in my kitchen. Not only is it delicious, but adding spinach to your meal means you’re adding iron; vitamins K, A, C and B2; folic acid and other healthy nutrients. If you want to increase the healthfulness of a recipe, think about adding spinach when you’re grocery shopping in Minneapolis.

Here are ways to quickly cook spinach so you can add it to your fall soups, pasta, casseroles or make it as its own side dish.

First, wash and drain the spinach, remove the stems and tear large leaves if desired. Next, choose your cooking method.

Steam

One pound of fresh spinach should be steamed for 3 to 5 minutes or until tender.

Sauté

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet, add a few cloves of sliced garlic and heat for one minute. Add the spinach and use tongs to lift and flip the spinach until it’s coated with oil. Cover and let cook for one minute, then uncover, stir and flip again. Cover again if needed and cook until wilted.

Microwave

Place 10 ounces of spinach and 1 tablespoon of water into a microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave until it starts to wilt, between 30 seconds and 2 minutes. Stir and microwave a little longer if needed until all of the spinach is wilted.

Boil

Cook one pound of fresh spinach in a small amount of boiling salted water for 3 to 5 minutes.

Cream

Cut up spinach and boil per directions above. Next, heat 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat until melted. Add ¼ cup of onion and 1 clove of minced garlic and cook for about 5 minutes. Stir in ½ cup cream, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg and a dash of salt and pepper. Stir and cook until boiling. Add the spinach and cook, stirring for 2 minutes.

You may not need Popeye’s villain-fighting skills, but most of us want to improve our health. Buying spinach when you’re grocery shopping in Minneapolis means you’ll be adding extra vitamins and nutrients to your menu, and that’s a sure win!

Shop smarter with CobornsDelivers. We’re not your typical grocery store. We’re better. Shop from organized shopping lists, choose produce based on expert ratings, support local growers and suppliers, get recipe ideas, buy meals in 1-Click, and more.

Top 7 Energizing Breakfasts For the School Day

August 26, 2014

Prepare Your Kids for Success

The school year is starting, and it can be rough on kids, and parents, to adjust to earlier mornings and new schedules. A healthy breakfast can start the day off strong for the entire family and help you all adjust to a new routine.

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An ideal breakfast combines carbohydrates, fiber and protein to help you feel satisfied and keep you powered through until lunchtime. Don’t forget about healthy breakfast ingredients when you input your order for Minnesota groceries!

Here are my Top 7 energizing breakfasts for the school day.

  1. Steel-cut oatmeal

Steel-cut oats have more fiber than rolled or instant varieties. Add some sliced fruit, a little honey, and sprinkle with almonds or pecans for protein.

  1. Greek yogurt

Slice up a banana, add a dollop of Greek yogurt to give you calcium and protein and sprinkle with granola for crunch. Read more…

Easy Eats: Snickers Apple Salad

August 24, 2014

Chopped Snickers candy bars and Granny Smith apples combined with pudding and whipped topping.

Some folks call this “snickerdoodle” salad. Doesn’t matter what you call it, we call it good.

SERVES: 10
PREP TIME: 15 Minutes
COOK TIME: Nonesnicker salad

Ingredients:
1 Pkg. Instant Vanilla Pudding
1 Cup Milk
8 oz. Whipped Topping
6 Snickers Candy Bars, cut into bite-sized pieces
6 Granny Smith Apples, cut into bite-sized pieces

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How We Pick Your Produce

August 23, 2014

Inside CobornsDelivers: We’re Picky with Your Produce

When thinking about grocery delivery in Minnesota, one big question is: What about the produce? Most of us are used to thoroughly produceinspecting and picking out that “just right” container of berries or thumping a few watermelons for the best sound.

“People are concerned that if they can’t select their own items, they won’t meet their standard of quality,” Shari Haugan, customer relations manager said. “That’s why it’s so important for us to get it right.”

There are a number of ways that CobornsDelivers goes above and beyond to deliver the best produce possible. The produce manager does a daily inspection and tasting of a variety of fruits and vegetables. The inspection includes examining their outer appearances and tasting them for sweetness and texture. Anything that doesn’t make the cut is sent to local farms for animals.

CobornsDelivers also partners with a vendor to acquire produce from local farmers based on the quality of what’s being grown during the current season. The locally grown selection may change week-to-week and day-to-day. Current local produce includes cabbage, green beans, potatoes and radishes. CobornsDelivers works directly with Sever’s for locally grown corn on the cob and Pepin Heights for locally grown apples as well. Those are just a few of the ways that Coborn’s works to get the best produce around. Read more…

Inside CobornsDelivers: How We Choose our Drivers

August 19, 2014

Going Above and Beyond the Job Description

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Driver Adam goes above and beyond his job description at this neighborhood’s National Night Out get-together

CobornsDelivers’ drivers do a lot more than drive. “My drivers are always kind and courteous,”customer Betsy Lindgren said. “They always have a positive attitude, even in tough weather conditions. They warn me when I’m handling a bag that’s heavy or has fragile items like eggs.”

When hiring its Twin Cities grocery delivery drivers, who are officially called Neighborhood Service Representatives (NSR)s, CobornsDelivers carefully screens candidates. In addition to requiring clean driving records, Delivery Services Team Lead Dan Bauman says he seeks applicants who know how to deliver top quality service. Read more…

Easy Eats: Chili-Rubbed Pork Kebabs with Pineapple Salsa

August 17, 2014

These sweet and spicy kebabs scream summer!

Grilling fruit gives it a rich, deep flavor as the natural sugars caramelize. To vary this recipe, substitute mango or papaya for the pineapple.

SERVES: 4
PREP TIME: 20 Minutes
COOK TIME: 20 MinutesPork Kebabs

Ingredients:
1 pineapple, peeled and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
1 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Kosher salt and pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons chili powder
4 6-ounce boneless pork loin chops, cut into 1-inch cubes

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Family Game Night Snacks

August 14, 2014

Make Snacks for Board Game Night

cheesy chex mix

Photo courtesy of Chex.com

Family game night: one part nostalgia, one part competitiveness, two parts fun! We love playing board games with our kids. Whether your family likes classics such as Monopoly or newer games like Settlers of Catan, board game night is a blast. And of course snacks are a “must have.” Some you can make, and some you can include in your order for local groceries in the Twin Cities.

Salty and Crunchy Snacks

For those of us who love salty, crunchy snacks, there are lots of tasty options, from ones you make yourself to those that are ready to go. Read more…

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