It feels like just yesterday when we welcomed nine families (33 participants) on the first day of class seven weeks ago to take a few hours out of their busy schedules to join us for our Cooking with C.H.O.I.C.E.S. cooking classes. The parents and kids were excited as they all hustled and bustled into our kitchen patiently awaiting the moment they would have the opportunity to prepare their first family meals. Upon arrival once the families were settled in we took a moment to share our community garden where we grow some amazing food.
The class begun with Chef Ashley & Chef Brandon teaching the students how to safely use the utensil, cooking safety, proper handling of knives and the importance of keeping everyone’s safety as a top priority.
The families were in for a real treat and the seven weeks flew by extremely fast. The kids learned how to make the following:
Week One: The kids learned how to make Cheesy Hamburger Skillet in their very first cooking class. This is an amazing healthy alternative to the Hamburger Helper and allows the families to create a healthy meal while having fun and learning the importance of using fresh ingredients.
Week Two: The kids along with Chef Ashley created Mexican Lasagna. We took a survey of the families to see how many loved lasagna so needless to say they were extremely excited to have the opportunity to create a similar dish. What was extremely amazing about this particular recipe is the kids were able to use ingredients that many of us have in our pantry. Who would have thought that you could wipe us a delicious meal that the entire family will love!
Week Three: The kids took a trip to our garden to grab a few fresh ingredients and observe our newest addition to our garden. The kids were amazed at how the crops had blossomed since their last mini trip. The kids were in for a treat for week three because this was the week to prepare Chicken Ratatouille. The kids were a bit skeptical because all they could think of was the famous movie, Ratatouille but once they started prepping and getting into the cooking portion the entire kitchen was smelling amazing. The kids instantly fell in love upon first taste!
Are you ready to see what the kids learned on Week Four? Week Four was preparing Beef & Been Chili, Tomato Soup and Red, White & Green Grilled Cheese. Yummy Right? We had an amazing time in class. Chef Ashley taught the kids how to prepare a Chili starter and how to complete the chili. The excitement of adding a twist to your average grill cheese sandwich was the highlight of the evening. In case your wondering Chef Ashley added fresh spinach to the grill cheese. Can you say delicious? The families had the opportunity after class to go on a mini shopping trip with some of the food we had for them.
Throughout the class we had nutrition specialist students come in periodically to educate both the parents and kids on the importance of proportion eating, taking advantage of exercise and eating nutritious healthy snacks.
On Week Five we had a guest Chef come to visit. Celebrity Chef Idris joined the kids during class and taught them how to prepare Herb Crusted Chicken Breast & Fall Roasted Vegetables. It was a treat for the kids to have the opportunity to interact with Chef Idris. The kids had an amazing time as he guided them step by step to creating an super easy yet yummy meal. He even showed them how to “Dress The Plate”.
The Sixth Week was a field trip to our local Walmart. The families gathered at the front of the store with Ms. Miya and and Kris Favers, Marketing Account Manager with Amerigroup RealSolutions to educate the families on the importance of proportion eating and the benefits of using Amerigroup. Ms. Miya allocated $12 for family to go shopping, create a meal for their family and share their meals online.
Week Seven! We’re so sad to say our final goodbyes to our amazing families. On our last class we had our graduation but of course we had to have an amazing feast. The families were provided the task of assisting Chef Ashley with preparing green beans or cabbage.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SPRING/FALL 2016 CLASS…………………