Feed Your Family Right

Feed Your Family Right: A Nutritional Approach to Family Meals

The classes that started the adventure that is Cook Learn Live, the Feed Your Family Right Series is offered year round.

I believe that with a little nutrition knowledge and some basic cooking skills, you can prepare delicious, healthy foods for your family and yourself.  In this series of hands on classes we will make a variety of dishes centering on a central theme while discussing the nutritional needs of family members of different ages and stages.

Students will receive instruction on basic culinary skills according to their individual level.  Each class runs 2 hours and includes preparation (and eating!) of 3-4 dishes, a full set of class recipes and related resource materials.  $75 per person for group classes, $225 for private sessions.

Note:  Classes will be scheduled based on instructor availability and student interest, so keep an eye on the calendar or sign up for our mailing list to receive monthly class schedule updates.  Don’t see a class on the calendar or can’t make the scheduled date?  Contact us for options.  All FFR classes can be taught on request for a private class or as a demonstration for your group.  Contact jenna@cooklearnlive.com for more information.

New! Planning Primer – Meal Planning and Advance Prep:  We get it.  You want to eat at home more often but coming home and cooking a meal from scratch seems daunting.  Let us help you to learn how to plan ahead for a week of home cooked meals.  We’ll talk about how to plan your menu and make a preparation schedule, discuss shopping for ingredients and pantry staples, and then we will go to the kitchen and prepare all the elements for two or three dishes that you can put together later in the week.

Breakfast Basics:  Studies show that regular breakfast eaters have more stamina and better concentration throughout the day.  Eating breakfast can also help us to control weight gain and better manage what we eat throughout the day.  Make the most important meal of the day less mundane, and get some added nutrition into your family members before they start their days.  In this class we will focus on make-ahead items that can spice up your breakfast options and that everyone can help to prepare.  Menu may include home made Maple-Nut Granola and yogurt parfaits, Honey Almond Breakfast Bars, Mini Sausage and Egg Quiches, and seasonal fruits poached, baked, or used in breakfast baked goods.

Lots for Lunch:  Preparing lunch in advance can help you to plan a head for portion control and nutritional balance, and can really help to control daily expenditures.  Are you tired of the same old turkey sandwich or ready to sink the sub in favor of healthier choices?  Adults and kids alike can benefit from some creativity in their lunch box.  We’ll talk about ways to make lunch from home a more exciting option through variety and presentation.  In this class we will make some base salads and spreads, possibly including Tuna Salad with White Bean Pesto, Lemon Garlic Hummus, and Mediterranean Pasta Salad, and then incorporate these and other ingredients into a variety of lunch options.

 Healthy Family Favorites I:  Chicken fingers, fish sticks, and macaroni and cheese – the great trifecta of the American childhood diet.  Try as you might to convince them to eat something else, your kids still want them (and sometimes you do, too!)  Learn how to make healthy versions of all three from scratch, as well as how to incorporate them into creative, balanced meals that the whole family will enjoy.  We’ll prepare oven baked crispy coated fish sticks and chicken tenders.  Then, we’ll turn the fish sticks into a bright, flavorful fish taco dinner and serve the chicken with home made light Caesar salad.  The macaroni will get lots of veggies and a bit of spice to round it out as a meal.

 Healthy Family Favorites II:  Meat loaf and mashed potatoes, spaghetti and meatballs with marinara sauce, and chocolate pudding – all comfort foods that can stand a bit of a nutrition makeover while still retaining a lot of flavor.  We’ll incorporate lower fat meats and poultry, whole grain products, and lots of seasonings in the meat loaf and meatballs, make delicious lower-fat mashed potatoes and/or oven baked sweet potato fries, and talk about rounding out the plates with additional vegetables.  For dessert, the best (non-dairy) chocolate pudding ever!

 Deep Dish Dinners:  Winter months and busy families call for dinner dishes that are nutritious and easy to get on to the table.  This class will focus on impressive but easy to make dinners, many made with prepared foods available at the supermarket, that can feed a hungry group and make great leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day.  Recipes may include Cobbler Style Chicken Pot Pie, Gnocchi with Spinach and White Beans, Barley Risotto, and Oven Baked Halibut alla Puttanesca.

 Vegetable Variations:  Can’t face any more steamed broccoli and mashed potatoes, but at a loss for how to keep veggies on the plate?  Expand your side dish horizons in this vegetable focused class. You will learn to work with a variety of seasonal, fresh vegetables widely available in our local supermarkets and farmers markets, turning them into accessible dishes to try at home.  Recipes may include Garlic Creamed Swiss Chard, Oven Baked Sweet Potato “Fries”, Roasted Cauliflower with Raisins and Pine Nuts, Parisian Herbed Mushrooms, Jerusalem Artichoke Soup, Caramelized Fennel, Broccoli Raab with Roasted Red Peppers, and Lemon Butter Cabbage. Note – the menu for this class will change with the seasons, so sign up for two different sessions and you’ll experience totally different classes.   

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