The Real Food Journal

Robin Asbell is your experienced guide to cooking and eating healthfully, sustainably, and deliciously. Her cookbooks, articles and blog are valuable resources for anyone interested in the good life with good food.

Juicing on Minnesota Live!

Juicing on Minnesota Live!

I was on Minnesota Live, demonstrating three kinds of juicers and four kinds of fresh juice. From vegetables to fruits, some with more fiber, some with less. Watch me here.

Whole Grains for Spring on Minnesota Live

I went on the Minnesota Live Show to make two delicious whole grain dishes, each bursting with the flavors of Spring! https://kstp.com/special-coverage/minnesota-live/whole-grain-dishes-you-can-try-this-spring/

Watch Me Make Pumpkin Spice Chili on TCL!

Watch Me Make Pumpkin Spice Chili on TCL!

Ready for a pot of chili? It’s finally Fall, and it’s time to start cooking hearty, warming meals like chili. It’s also Pumpkin Spice season, and everybody is loving cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and the flavors of pumpkin. For a fun change, I make a chili with cubed Japanese pumpkin, also known as Kabocha, and sprinkle in some warm pumpkin spices with the chili powder. It’s a wonderful twist on chili, and goes really well with a fresh pan of cornbread.

Sweet Corn Gnocchi on Twin Cities Live

Sweet Corn Gnocchi on Twin Cities Live

It's end of Summer Sweetcorn time- the perfect time to make this delicious sweetcorn dish. Check out my Cooking Demonstration on the ever-popular Twin Cities Live. Watch me make a delicious Sweet Corn Gnocchi with Basil on Twin Cities Live! Sweet Corn Gnocchi

Summery Whole Grain Salads on TCL!

Summery Whole Grain Salads on TCL!

If your go-to salad in summer is a potato or pasta salad, you need to try a whole grain salad. Light but hearty, these salads are easy to make and keep well, with none of the sogginess of a pasta salad that’s been around for more than a day!

Farmers Markets of Minneapolis New Product Roundup

Farmers Markets of Minneapolis New Product Roundup

One of the great joys of a Minnesota summer is the Farmer’s Market culture. Sure, they have markets in every state. But here, we only have a few intense months of summery abandon, and strolling the market is one of the summer rituals we just can’t miss. Buying locally grown produce supports local farmers and keeps our local foodshed thriving. Shopping at the many small businesses that sell unique products at the markets supports our homegrown entrepreneurs. Everything is grown and made with so much heart, you really can’t go wrong.

Watch Me Make Rice Paper Rolls on TCL!

Watch Me Make Rice Paper Rolls on TCL!

I was a guest chef on Twin Cities Live, demonstrating two fun recipes for Salad Rolls- stuffing healthy salads into rice wrappers for light and easy finger food. Hosts Ben Lieber and Leah McLean enjoyed learing how to moisten and roll their own salad rolls.

Need Fast Protein? Prep These Tofu-Chorizo Burritos

Need Fast Protein? Prep These Tofu-Chorizo Burritos

As the author of Vegan Meal Prep, I’m always looking for new ways to make food that holds well and tastes great when reheated. This plant-based Breakfast Burrito is one I’ve been making for a while, tinkering with the recipe to get it right. With a blend of crumbled tofu and prepared vegan chorizo, it’s got the protein you need to stay full all morning, and plenty of satisfying Mexican-inspired flavors. Make a batch of Hi-Pro Breakfast Burritos and you can refrigerate them for up to 4 days, or freeze for a month or two.

Salsas from Rancho La Puerta on TCL!

Salsas from Rancho La Puerta on TCL!

One of the many delicious foods served at RLP is the delicious salsa, served and breakfast and lunch to spoon over everything from eggs to soups. My favorites are the Salsa Macha, Three Chile Salsa, and Salsa Mexicana. I was thrilled when I asked Chef Reyna Venergas to share the recipes for a segment on Twin Cities Live, and she happily complied.