Weekly Ad Recipe – Almond Crusted Cod

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What a quick and easy recipe if you are in a hurry. Serve this with a side of fresh asparagus, your favorite glass of wine and you have the perfect meal. Enjoy….I did!

Coborn’s Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

Almond Crusted Cod
Serves: 2
  • 8 Oz. Fresh Skinless Cod Fillets
  • 2 T. Flour
  • 1 Egg White
  • 1 T. Milk
  • 2 T. Bread Crumbs
  • 2 T. Almonds, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp. Fresh Thyme
  • 1 T. Canola Oil
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Lightly coat a 9x9x2 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  3. Rinse fish; pat dry with paper towels.
  4. Cut fish into two serving-size pieces.
  5. Place flour in a shallow dish.
  6. In another shallow dish, whisk together egg white and milk.
  7. In a third shallow dish, combine bread crumbs, almonds and thyme.
  8. Coat both sides of fillets with flour.
  9. Dip fillets in the egg mixture; dip in bread crumb mixture to coat.
  10. Place fish in prepared pan.
  11. Drizzle fish with oil.
  12. Bake until fish reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees.
Suggested Wine Pairing Casillero del Diablo Chardonnay


Natural Energy Boost

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The most effective ways to avoid your own energy crisis are to get plenty of sleep, drink enough water, eat a wholesome, balanced diet, exercise and try your best to avoid stress.

Now, with that being said and in an attempt to be realistic in this overworked, under-hydrated, time-crunched and stressed out culture we are all trying to live in, let’s look at some easy ways to try to achieve the balance that will help us fight fatigue.


The guidelines set by the National Sleep Foundation suggest 7-9 hours of sleep per night for adults ages 18-64. Following a regular sleep cycle—same bedtime, same wake time is the best way to get in good sleep.

Avoid stressors in the hour before you go to bed, such as the news, the internet or serious discussions. Light producing electronics, even most alarm clocks emit enough light to interrupt peaceful sleep. A bath, book and quiet time to just “be” are nice ways to unwind. Keep a pad and pen by your bed to jot down the OMG thoughts like “I forgot to pay that bill” or “Remember to get a gift for Sue” will help to put your mind at ease.

Stay Hydrated with Lemon Water, Natural Energy Boost - www.cobornsblog.comStay Hydrated

We all know that we need to drink plenty of water, but truth be told, knowing and doing are two separate things. Even mild dehydration can sap your energy and cause a sense of fatigue.

Putting lemon in your water will not only make it more palatable but has an uplifting effect. It produces a clean energy that caffeinated beverages do not. NaturalHealth365.com and Livestrong.com are great websites to learn more about the cleansing and energy producing effects of lemon water.

Eat a Wholesome and Balanced Diet

Eating well usually won’t happen from a bag, box or a drive through. Eat the apple rather than the apple flavored toaster pastry. Become a label reader and be aware of the ingredients in your food choices.

Choose whole grains, real whole fruits and vegetables—again, eat the potato rather than the chip—healthy fats and lean proteins. The best sources of healthy fats are vegetable oils (olive oil!) nuts, seeds and fish. Whole energy producing foods are kale, blueberries, oatmeal, and salmon just name a few.


Exercise and other Natural Energy Boosts - www.cobornsblog.comMove that body! My motto has always been “any movement is better than no movement”. Walk to your mailbox instead of driving to it. Even that can help create a lift. The American Heart Association recommends thirty minutes of moderate exercise a day, five days a week. You can even break up that thirty minutes into two or three 15 or 10 minute sessions.

Find what works for you. I have found I seem to like exercises that have a “K” in them…walking, hiking, biking and kayaking are my favorites. Even running around the backyard with the kids helps. And remember to seek your doctor’s advice before beginning any exercise program.

Avoid Stress and other Natural Energy Boosts - www.cobornsblog.comAvoid Stress

Now that’s a stressful statement. Right?! Life is full of unavoidable stress; work, bad drivers, death of a loved one, just to name a few. So wherever you can, choose your commitments carefully and wisely.

Schedule times to de-stress because often if it’s not on the calendar, something stressful will be. I met with my good friend, Michelle, to brainstorm ideas for this blog and in the process we talked and laughed—relaxation at its best! Meditation, prayer, listening to birds, being still and thankful are great ways to de-stress.

Now I know all these suggestions are probably things most of you already knew and many of you already try to do but always can’t achieve. So when time is tight and sleep and good food are eluding you, try this great energy boosting smoothie. Michelle found it on the internet for me at sallysbakingaddiction.com. The TropiKale Green Smoothie is only four ingredients, quick and easy to make, tastes amazing and will give a quick, proper energy boost.

TropiKale Green Smoothie

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TropiKale Green Smoothie
Serves: 2
  • ¾ Cup Almond Milk
  • 2 Medium Frozen Bananas, peeled & sliced
  • 2 Cups Fresh Pineapple Chunks
  • 2 Heaping Cups Kale
  1. Blend all the ingredients on high for 3 minutes or until smooth, adding more milk if it’s too thick.
  2. Serve and enjoy.
Makes enough for two smoothies, one for now and one for later, or to share with a friend. Store any leftover smoothie covered in the refrigerator for up to 10 hours.

Because I have just completed the most stressful and energy zapping move of my life and have no idea where my blender is, my friend Mel and her daughter Chloe tested this recipe for me. Chloe is six and will be using it for her 4H demo because she says it’s a winner!

I would like to thank Michelle, Natural Foods Manager at the Coborn’s on Cooper Avenue in St. Cloud, MN for helping me figure out this subject in a sensible way. As well as Melanie and Chloe, kitchen enthusiasts, who knew where their blender was.

Coborn’s Natural Foods Manager
Clearwater, MN

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Science-based truth about Milk and Milk Trends

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It is super trendy these days to switch from a dairy milk to a milk alternative. In fact, I was just sifting through an article last night that said “dairy milk has nasty additives.” The article, of course, was recommending that people switch to coconut milk and almond milk. It is very disheartening to me that there is so much misinformation out there when it comes to nutrition. So as your supermarket registered dietitian, it is my job to do my best to provide you with the most current science-based research so that you can make the best decision for you and your family!

To start off, dairy milk doesn’t have any “nasty additives.” Dairy milk, especially if low fat or fat free, offers 8 grams of protein, potassium, calcium, and vitamin D, all of which are very important to get enough of each day.  There is absolutely no reason to stop drinking milk and switch to a milk alternative for health benefits.  There simply are none unless, of course, you are lactose intolerant. Some will argue that there are “8 grams of sugar in milk and that’s a lot.” The truth is if you are drinking plain white milk, the 8 grams of sugar is completely natural to the milk, it is from the natural sugar called lactose found in milk. There is no need to limit these natural sugars.  If you are drinking chocolate or other flavored milks, then yes there are added sugars, and added sugars should be limited.

The truth about Coconut Milk - www.cobornsblog.comCoconut Milk

Even if someone is lactose intolerant, I don’t recommend this milk.  Technically, coconut milk doesn’t have lactose in it, so it could be an alternative. What it does have is saturated fat.  Saturated fat is the type of fat that has been proven to increase cholesterol levels in our blood. Yes, contrary to popular belief, the saturated fat in coconut products is not considered heart healthy according to the American Heart Association, Harvard School of Public Health, and Mayo Clinic among others. Also, there is very little protein in coconut milk.  Any flavored coconut milk, even vanilla flavored has added sugars. It is usually fortified with calcium and vitamin D.

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I usually don’t recommend this milk either.  Although it doesn’t have the saturated fat like coconut milk, thus making it a better choice in that sense, it still doesn’t have any protein.  If you are used to getting protein from your milk source, know that you are not getting it here so you need to increase your protein somewhere else.  This is especially important for growing kids.  Again, many times almond milk is flavored thus meaning there are added sugars.  Yes, you can get unsweetened and that would be better and is usually fortified with calcium and vitamin D as well.

The truth about Soy Milk - www.cobornsblog.comSoy Milk

If someone is lactose intolerant, I will recommend this milk as the best alternative because it doesn’t have the saturated fat like coconut milk, and it does have the protein comparable to regular milk plus it is fortified with calcium and vitamin D.  Soy milk is obviously a soy product.  Did you know there are many health benefits to consuming soy? Be sure to check out my April blog to learn about all those benefits!

Bottom line, if you aren’t allergic to dairy milk, there is nothing wrong with consuming it.  It is very nutritious and highly recommended to consume each day with every meal. Those other milk alternatives aren’t always what they are marketed to be.  Yes, they can still be a part of a healthy diet, just like anything else.  If you really enjoy them, great, but now you have the facts to make the best informed decision.

No matter which milk you choose, cheers!

Peace and Wellness,

Holiday Dessert Shooters

Creamy Chocolate Trifle Recipe - www.cobornsblog.com

Clayton, Coborn's Inc. Director of Bakery - www.cobornsblog.comParty season will be upon is before we know it. My name is Clayton and I have created a easy dessert that I have made for my wife to
take to her work potluck and my daughter made with a friend to take to a New Year’s Eve party. They will also be a great hit at our
next holiday party at home. Want to try something new? These individual desserts are not only fun to make, but will impress at your next gathering!

Creamy Chocolate Trifle

Creamy Chocolate Trifle
  • 1 Box Graham Crackers
  • 1 Tin Pepperidge Farm Pirouette Chocolate Wafer Sticks
  • 1 Tub Cool Whip Chocolate Frosting
  • 1 Box Food Club Chocolate Pudding
  • Chocolate Shavings
  • Clear Plastic Cups
  1. Mix chocolate pudding per box instructions or use canned.
  2. Refrigerate.
  3. Put Graham Crackers in a food processor until they are fine crumbs.
  4. Put a layer of crumbs in each cup.
  5. Spoon in or fill a piping bag with chocolate pudding and another piping bag with Cool Whip chocolate frosting.
  6. Cut the tip of the piping bag - ½ inch to ¾" wide opening will work great. Alternate layers of pudding and frosting, ending with frosting.
  7. Break wafer sticks in half.
  8. Insert half of a wafer stick into each cup along the side.
  9. Top with chocolate pieces or shaved chocolate.
  10. Refrigerate if made ahead of time. Enjoy!
Chocolate shavings can be shaved from a block of chocolate almond bark or Hershey candy bar.


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Mini Holiday Trifle

Mini Holiday Trifle
  • 1 Box Graham Crackers
  • 1 Box Food Club Vanilla Pudding
  • 3 Tubs Cool Whip White Frosting
  • Red and Green Food Coloring
  • Fresh Cherries
  • 1 Can Cherry filling
  • White Almond Bark
  • Chocolate Almond Bark
  • Clear Plastic Cups
  1. Mix vanilla pudding per box instructions.
  2. Refrigerate.
  3. Put Graham Crackers in a food processor until they are fine crumbs.
  4. Put a layer of crumbs in each cup.
  5. Mix a bowl of cool whip with green food coloring and a bowl of cool whip with red food coloring.
  6. Spoon carefully or fill a piping bag with vanilla pudding.
  7. Put the white, green and red cool whip in piping bags as well.
  8. Cut the tip of the piping bags - ½ inch to ¾" wide opening will work great.
  9. Add layer of vanilla pudding, followed by a red cool whip layer, a green cool whip layer and finally a white cool whip layer.
  10. Melt chocolate almond bark in a small bowl.
  11. Dip cherries in chocolate and place on parchment paper to cool.
  12. Spoon a couple cherries from filling on the top of each desert.
  13. Place a chocolate covered cherry on each dessert slightly to the side.
  14. Finish off with white almond bark chocolate shavings.


I hope your friends and family enjoy these delicious treats! Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!


– Clayton
Coborn’s, Inc. Director of Bakery



Mini Baker Holiday Gift Idea

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Traditional Holiday Baking at its Best!

Well in my blog this past September I introduced you to the new Mini Baker and I thought that this month we could talk more about the Mini Bakers.  December is the time of year when you get together with family and friends you haven’t seen for a while to celebrate the holidays over dinner or even a cocktail party. Each year when I get an invitation to attend a party, I always bring a gift for the host or hostess to show my appreciation for the time spent to get their house ready and all the wonderful food that he or she has prepared for all of us to enjoy. Now that I have discovered these little Mini Bakers, I am going to make a variety of items that I can put into the Mini Baker and give out as hostess gifts. I want to share these recipes because they have been in my family for over 75 years.  I grew up enjoying these breads during Thanksgiving and Christmas and want to pass them on to you.  There is nothing like the smell of these old recipes baking in the oven that brings back all those wonderful memories of my mom and grandma in the kitchen.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.

Yesterday when I picked up more of these Mini Bakers I noticed that Crafts Direct now has serving trays to go with the Mini Baker and cute decals to add to the outside of the dish.  So I just had to try them.

Now all you have to do is attach a cute little decal on the side of the dish along with a bow on the top.  You have a perfect little hostess gift that can be enjoyed as a treat and the best part your host or hostess can keep the dish to enjoy other fun treats throughout the holidays.

Cranberry Orange Bread

My Grandma's Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe made in the Mini Baker - www.cobornsblog.com

Cranberry Orange Bread
Serves: 8
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1½ tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp. Soda
  • ¼ Cup Shortening
  • ¾ Cup Orange Juice
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp. Orange Zest
  • 1 Cup Dried Cranberries, chopped
  • ½ Cup Chopped Walnuts or Pecans
  1. Mix ingredients except for nuts and cranberries, just to moisten.
  2. Fold in the nuts and berries.
  3. Spray Mini Bakers with cooking spray and flour them.
  4. Pour batter into 4 Mini Bakers.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 45 minutes.
Makes 4 individual loaves in the mini bakers.


Almond Tea Bread

Almond Tea Bread
Serves: 8
  • Bread
  • 2¼ Cups Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Oil
  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 1½ tsp. Salt
  • 1½ tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1½ Cups Milk
  • 1½ T. Poppy Seed
  • 1½ tsp. Almond Extract
  • 1½ tsp. Butter Extract
  • 1½ tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • Glaze
  • 3.4 Cup Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Orange Juice
  • ½ tsp. Almond Extract
  • ½ tsp. Butter Extract
  • ½ tsp. Vanilla Extract
  1. Mix together the sugar, egg, and oil.
  2. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk.
  3. Beat for approximately 2 minutes.
  4. Spray Mini Bakers with cooking spray and flour them.
  5. Pour batter into 4 Mini Bakers.
  6. Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 45 minutes.
  7. Stir all glaze ingredients together.
  8. Paint with pastry brush over bread while bread is still warm.
Makes 4 individual loaves in the mini bakers.

Aloha Banana Bread

Aloha Banana Bread
Serves: 8
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • ½ Cup Butter
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Ripe Bananas, mashed
  • 1 T. Orange Zest
  • ¼ Cup Milk
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • ½ tsp. Almond Extract
  • 1 Cup Flaked Coconut
  • ½ Cup Chopped Macadamia Nuts or Walnuts
  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Spray Mini Bakers with cooking spray and flour them.
  3. Pour batter into 4 Mini Bakers.
  4. Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 45 minutes.
Makes 4 individual loaves in the mini bakers.


Have a Safe Happy Holiday. And enjoy… I will!

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