Kids in the Kitchen
Heartland Health and Mosaic Life Care partnered with the St. Joseph School District last month for the first of six cooking classes in the district, beginning with Lindbergh Elementary. The “Kids in the Kitchen – from the garden to your plate” series class teaches kids and parents how to utilize the fresh fruits and vegetables grown in their school’s community garden to create healthy and affordable meals.
The curriculum was designed to bring families together to make healthy variations to many common meals by doing things like substituting rice dishes with cauliflower rice, substituting pasta for zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash, and they even made ice cream from frozen bananas, peanut butter and cocoa powder.
“It’s a great opportunity to bring families together and show them how they can utilize fresh produce grown in their community gardens,” says Heartland Health and Mosaic Life Care Youth Health Coordinator Drew Bouge. “It’s encouraging to see kids not only trying, but enjoying the foods they are preparing.”
If you are interested in volunteering or receiving more information about this program, please email Drew Bouge at email@example.com.