GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — As Fall schedules kick into gear, it can be tough to find time to eat together as a family or with friends. 

But, Kowalski’s Markets Nutritionist Sue Moores says many health benefits are associated with eating together. 

She offers the 411 on what makes eating around a table so valuable and a meal’s worth of simple recipes featuring Minnesota Grown produce that can help make it happen.

RAW CORN AND ZUCCHINI SALAD

Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh (not frozen) Minnesota Grown corn kernels
  • 1 large Minnesota Grown zucchini, diced (between ¼-½")
  • ¼ oz. fresh Italian parsley, leaves only, finely chopped (about 3-4 tsp.)
  • 1 tbsp. Kowalski's Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Kowalski's Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice (from the Produce Department)
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground Kowalski's Sea Salt
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground Kowalski's Black Peppercorns

Directions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the first 3 ingredients; toss together.
  2. Drizzle oil and juice over salad; season with salt and pepper. 
  3. Toss salad to combine.

Serves 4

CAPRESE BURGER

Ingredients 

  • 1 lb. 85% lean grass-fed ground beef
  • Balsamic glaze, such as Cucina Viva brand
  • 5 oz. Kowalski's Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, thinly sliced
  • 4 Kowalski's White Hamburger Buns, lightly toasted
  • Toppings: thickly sliced tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, kosher salt and freshly ground Kowalski's Black Peppercorns

Directions

  1. Using clean hands, form 4 hamburger patties with the beef. Grill burgers over high heat, covered, until done (about 4 min. per side for medium doneness), turning twice and brushing each side with glaze in last 2 min. of cooking. Remove from heat and top with cheese; let stand for 3-5 min., loosely covered with foil, before serving. Serve on buns with more balsamic glaze, tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper.

Serves 4

SAUTEED APPLES

Ingredients 

  • 3 tbsp. Kowalski's Unsalted Butter
  • 4 Fuji apples, peeled and cored, cut into about 8 wedges each
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • ½ cup Kowalski's Apple Cider

Directions 

  1. In a large sauté pan, melt butter over medium heat; stir in apples. Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Cook for 10 min., stirring occasionally. Add apple cider; continue cooking until liquid is reduced by 1/2 (about 5 min.).

Serves 4

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