E62: Explore how food and cooking have the power to transform individual, community and environmental health with professional chef Jenny Breen
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We are thrilled to bring you today’s guest, Jenny Breen.
Jenny has been a professional chef and advocate for local and sustainably raised foods, working directly with farmers and producers in the Twin Cities area, since the mid 1980’s.
She was co-owner of Good Life Cafe and Catering, a sustainable and whole foods business from 1996-2013. She is a 2009 Archibald Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow and completed her MPH in Nutrition at the University of Minnesota in 2011 while working to build networks within health and food systems to create greater access to food, support for sustainable farming, and to utilize cooking as a health strategy.
Her first cookbook "Cooking up the Good Life" was released in April of 2011 from the University of Minnesota Press. She currently teaches three courses at the University of Minnesota through the Bakken center for Spirituality and Healing, and the college of Food and Agriculture. She contracts as a food and nutrition public health educator and delivers culinary nutrition training to local health departments, school districts, non profit food and farming organizations and regular community folks.
We had a fantastic conversation with Jenny about how food is medicine and how it is directly connected to personal health, community health and environmental health. We discussed how we need to be informed consumers of food and that our choices should be intentional. We also talk about how cooking is a delicious and potentially joyful way to engage with the food system at many levels. Jenny peppers the conversation with lots of wonderful tips including: coming up with three basic sauces and batch cooking (grain, sauce and legume each week), cooking smarter and not harder, building your freezer and your pantry with stocked items, and engaging your kids in the process.
Additionally, we discussed how to empower people to understand how to take care of themselves through food and to trust their own intuition/knowledge/experience. You will not want to miss this powerful and important conversation.
You can find Jenny on:
IG: jennybroccoli51FB: facebook.com/jennybreen
Resources mentioned:The Third Plate by Dan Barber
Thanks to our amazing sponsors:This episode is brought to you by Appetite for Change, a non-profit in North Minneapolis that uses food as a tool for health, wealth, and social change. To learn more about AFC, listen to Episode 31 of our podcast with one of their co-founders Michelle Horovitz, as well as our bonus episodes with co-founder Princess Haley. For more information or to donate head on over to https://appetiteforchangemn.org/impact/ or visit them on instagram and facebook @appetiteforchange.
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