Ohio SNAP-Ed, through Ohio State University Extension, offers Cooking Matters for Adults and Parents as one of the many curricula offered by Ohio SNAP-Ed nutrition education program.
Each week participants observe a multi-session course that combines hands-on food preparation with nutrition information, food budgeting, and shopping techniques.
Participants will receive free groceries after each lesson and a guide with 60+ delicious, low cost, family friendly recipes.
Twelve to fifteen participants (must be SNAP eligible) are needed for this FREE six-week course.
The third class is being planned to consist of 2 hours per week. After watching a cooking demo, participants will break into teams to prepare the recipe and share a meal together. Participants then take home a copy of the recipe and the ingredients to prepare it at home. Participants must attend 4-6 classes in order to 'graduate'.
Here's a brief overview of the sessions:
- Class 1 - Let's Get Cooking
An introduction to the tools you can use to choose and prepare healthy foods at home.
An overview of MyPlate and cooking basics.
- Class 2 - Choosing Fruits, Vegetables, and Whole Grains
Great ideas for incorporating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into family meals.
- Class 3 - Health Starts at Home
Participants will be encouraged to prepare ore meals and snacks at home.
Cooking with healthier protein and dairy foods.
Preparing healthier versions of popular convenience foods.
- Class 4 - The Power of Planning
Learn to plan healthy low-cost meals that will make the most of your food dollars.
5-minute breakfasts. reducing salt, and the benefits of shopping with a list.
- Class 5 - Shopping Smart
A fun and challenging grocery store tour where you can practice the skills you've learned in class to save money and make healthier choices.
- Class 6 - Recipe for Success
Healthy beverages, ways to be more physically active.
Review of key nutrition, cooking and food budgeting lessions.
Taste test, Secret ingredient challenge, and Cooking Matters Trivia.