It feels like just yesterday when we welcomed nine families (33 participants) on the first day of class seven weeks ago to our Cooking with C.H.O.I.C.E.S. classes. Parents and kids were excited as they hustled and bustled into our kitchen patiently awaiting the moment they would prepare their first family meals. Once the families were settled in we took a moment to share our community garden where we grow some amazing food.
Class began with Chef Ashley & Chef Brandon teaching students cooking safety, proper handling of knives and the importance of making everyone’s safety a top priority.
Families were in for a real treat and seven weeks flew by extremely fast.
Week One: The kids learned how to make Cheesy Hamburger Skillet in their very first cooking class. This is an amazing healthy alternative to Hamburger Helper and allows 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 excited to create a similar dish using ingredients that many of us have in our pantry. Who would have thought that you could whip up a delicious meal that the entire family will love so easily?
Week Three: The kids took a trip to our garden to grab a few fresh ingredients and observe our newest additions and were amazed at how the crops had blossomed since their last trip. They were in for a treat 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 the entire kitchen smelled amazing. The kids instantly fell in love upon first taste!
Are you ready to see what the kids learned on Week Four? 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 grilled cheese sandwich was the highlight of the evening. In case you’re wondering Chef Ashley added fresh spinach. 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 classes nutrition specialist students come in 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 Celebrity Chef Idris joined the kids 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. They had a great time as he guided them step by step to creating a super easy yet yummy meal. He even showed them how to “Dress The Plate”.
The Sixth Week was a field trip to our local grocery store. Families gathered at the front of the store with Myia Clay from the C.H.O.I.C.E.S. team and Kris Favers with Amerigroup RealSolutions to learn about the importance of proportion eating. Myia allocated $12 for families to shop, create a meal for their family, and share their meals online.
Week Seven! Graduation and an amazing feast! We’re so sad to say our final goodbyes to our wonderful families.
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Congratulation to our Fall 2016 Graduating Class!