Food Facts


Some exciting new things are happening at our stores! March is National Nutrition Month, which made it the perfect time to announce our new nutritional attribute program that you will now be able to find on your favorite grocery shelf tags. This new program is called Food Facts, a program that will better assist you in making more informed and nutritious grocery decisions when our team of dietitians aren’t in the aisles with you (we wish we could be everywhere at once!).

This new program is an addition to the Dietitian’s Choice program we launched last fall. As seen below, this new program will allow specific attributes (or characteristics) to be displayed on our shelf tags, with a total of 6 potential attributes to be chosen from. Because there is only room for 3 attributes at a time on our shelf tags (due to space), we have created a hierarchy in which these attributes are listed based on what we feel YOU, our guest would want to know. Don’t worry–Dietitian’s Choice is always first on the list to help you make more nutritious decisions!

  • Dietitian’s Choice
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Low Sodium
  • Whole Grain
  • Heart Healthy

You will now see several thousand items in your favorite Coborn’s, Cash Wise and Marketplace Foods locations that have this new shelf tag. We would love to hear how our new Food Facts program is helping you make more informed food choices!

Want more information? Check out our Food Facts video here!

Healthy and Happy Eating,

Eat Healthy Shop Smart With Emily


Vegan Living – It’s More Than Just Kale

Cash Wise
Natural Foods Manager

My career in Natural Foods is something that I happily, however accidentally, fell into, but the trend has been a part of my lifestyle for a little over 10 years. Starting in high school I decided the treatment of animals was important to me and quickly adapted to a vegan food diet. For some, a diet like this which ignores all meats (yes, this includes chicken AND fish), all dairy products, eggs, gelatin and for some, honey, sounds difficult to adhere to, and let me tell you 10-15 years ago it wasn’t easy finding a simple vegan meal in a grocery store and the big food holidays required a lot of creativity.  In the last 5 years, the vegan food trend has blown up and plant-based foods have become as common as ice in a freezer. Continue reading

Wingin’ It





You can have your cake and eat it too. Or hot wings. You can have those and eat them too… dipped in ranch… with a cocktail – totally guilt free and cheaper than happy hour at your local bar! I’ve got a great Cauliflower Buffalo Wings recipe paired perfectly with Cashew Ranch Dip and a Honey Coconut Mojito Mocktail to wash it all down. All of these can be made 100% vegan and gluten free. You know, if you’re in to that sort of thing.

Cauliflower Buffalo Wings
  • 1 head Cauliflower
  • 1 cup Flour (use Rice Flour for gluten-free)
  • 1 T. minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1/2 cup Milk (use Almond Milk for vegan)
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • Hot Sauce – your favorite brand will do!
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Wash and cut Cauliflower florets into bit sized pieces.
  3. Mix Flour, Garlic, Cumin, Paprika, Milk, Water, Salt and Pepper in a small bowl until the batter is moderately thick.
  4. Evenly coat Cauliflower florets with batter and space them out on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, flip cauliflower over, bake for another 15 minutes until all sides are nice and crispy.
  6. Evenly coat florets with your favorite Hot Sauce and serve! 

You probably have most of these ingredients sitting at home anyway, and you can get a head of cauliflower much cheaper than a pound of chicken. If you don’t have Cumin or Paprika, don’t worry about it, just make sure they’re all coated with your favorite hot sauce.

Now let’s make the dip!

Cashew Ranch Dip
  • 1 cup Raw Cashews
  • 1 T. minced Garlic
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped Green Onions
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • Juice from 1 Lemon
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  1. Soak cashews in a bowl of water for at least 15 minutes, drain and add to food processor.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to food processor and blend.
  3. Add additional water if needed for dip consistency.

You can find Raw Cashews in the Bulk Foods area at your local Coborn’s, they are a little softer and easier to blend, and you can get just the amount you need.

Now to wash it all down.

Honey Coconut Mojito Mocktail
  • 1 Cup fresh Mint leaves
  • 2 Cups Coconut Water
  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • Juice of 2 Limes
  • 6 Cups Sparkling Water
  • Ice
  1. Muddle Lime Juice and Mint until it is aromatic.
  2. Add Coconut water and stir in Honey.
  3. Add Sparkling water and give a final stir making sure everything is mixed well before topping pitcher off with ice. 

You can have this drink all summer long if you grow your own mint! It is really easy to grow and very forgiving, my mint plant has died twice now, but still manages to spring back to life when I remember to water it.

These recipes are a great way to spend a nice summer day at home with friends and family, enjoy!

Coborn’s Inc. Web Designer

Frugal Foodie with Brandon

Gluten Free Vegan Gobi Manchurian

Cauliflower Manchurian



It’s summertime! Which means a time for potlucks, picnics, and really just about any type of gathering that you are expected to bring a dish of your own to share. There sets in the panic — the share. What if they’re all vegan? You don’t want to bring a turducken to the box social! I’ve got the perfect Gluten-Free AND Vegan dish guaranteed to be a huge hit at your next mutual gathering of food consumption with like-minded individuals.

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New Gluten Free M&M Cookies in the Bakery!

New: Gluten Free M&M Cookies

Since the Coborn’s Gluten Free Bakery launched this past August 2015, dozens of new, delicious and fresh products have been released from the facility located in the heart of Minnesota. This St. Cloud facility is in a completely separate bakery from Coborn’s conventional bakery to ensure zero cross contamination with gluten containing ingredients. This spring the Gluten Free Bakery staff has been hard at it again, and this time they have a new mouthwatering cookie to show for their efforts.

Brand new to the Gluten Free Bakery scene are Coborn’s first ever Gluten Free M&M Cookies. Not only are these cookies entirely Gluten Free to ensure safety of guests, they also feature hand dipped M&M’s and are made fresh to ensure guests are purchasing the best tasting cookies possible. Want to know the best part? After being tested by multiple M&M Cookie fanatics, there is virtually no taste difference between these Gluten Free M&M Cookies and the traditional Gluten Containing M&M Cookies from the Coborn’s Bakery.

After research and feedback from guests, Coborn’s realized the growing need for a Gluten Free facility in the central Minnesota area thatNew: Gluten Free M&M Cookies offers products that are fresh, and not frozen like the majority of Gluten Free products on the market. Once Coborn’s realized the great need in the area for Gluten Free Bakery goods, they went hard to work crafting the products that tens of thousands of Midwestern families now know, love and purchase on a consistent basis. Ensuring the products taste good is just half the battle for the Coborn’s Gluten Free Bakery, because in addition to fresh and great tasting products, they also want to ensure the safety of their guests. Coborn’s recognizes the detrimental effects that even the slightest level of gluten can be for guests. For that reason they are taking additional safety precautions to ensure that the Gluten Free title holds true for each and every product that leaves the bakery facility and ships to all Coborn’s locations throughout the midwest each and every morning.

Not Gluten Intolerant, but still want to try the great products? Choose from decadent sugared cake, donuts or muffins in a variety of flavors, hamburger and hotdog buns to accompany grilling season favorites, and delightful bars, cupcakes and cookies for all occasions. The Coborn’s Gluten Free Bakery section has something to delight all taste buds – whether you have a Gluten Intolerance or not. As the kickoff to summer takes place there are multiple picnics, graduation parties and other family or friend get togethers that you are sure to be attending. Before heading out for your weekend getaway pick up a package of our brand new and delicious Gluten Free M&M Cookies. Not only are they safe for Gluten Intolerant guests, but they are also truly delicious!

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Cauliflower Pizza Crust - Family, Friends & Food with Jayne


When cauliflower pizza crust first started making its way around Pinterest and magazines I blew off the idea because I thought they were nuts. How could you take a plain ordinary vegetable as a substitution for that wonderful yummy crust that we all love and crave? But I keep hearing and seeing reviews on how it is such a big hit when making homemade pizzas that I became intrigued with it and could no longer ignore it. Continue reading