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July 23, 2013

School’s Out for the Summer…Where Are All the Kids?

Our first Cooking Matters for Families Cooking Class Series had 23 participants in just the first class! This was the largest Cooking Matters for Families class ever held at Food & Friends!

What’s on the agenda? In our first two classes, we discussed the importance of cooking side by side in the kitchen, tried new ways to add fruits, vegetables and whole grains into recipes, and learned how to use MyPlate as a guide to make smart food choices. Children worked in teams to create a healthy meal using food models from each food group.

What’s on the menu? Families have been working to prepare many of our recipes including Broccoli Soup, Whole Wheat S’more cookies, Guacamole, Pear Kabobs with Strawberry dipping sauce, and Cauliflower Mac & Cheese with pureed cauliflower as a sneaky ingredient.

Try out the Cooking Matters version of a healthy Mac & Cheese with your children this summer!

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Servings: 6-8

1 lb. whole wheat penne pasta
1 cup skim milk
1 lb. shredded cheddar cheese
½ head cauliflower florets
¼ cup parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Bring salted water to a boil and cook the pasta until al dente.
2. In the meantime, cook the cauliflower until soft and transfer in a blender to puree.
3. In a medium sized pan, transfer the pasta and pour the cauliflower puree in.
4. Add the milk, cheese and season to taste. Sprinkle chopped parsley. Serve immediately.

Brittany Lawrance, RD, CNSC, LDN, Community Dietitian

Brittany is a registered dietitian and has been with Food & Friends since October 2012. Her previous experience was working as a clinical dietitian on the pediatric hematology and oncology unit at Children’s National Medical Center. Brittany completed her dietetic internship in Baltimore, Maryland through Sodexo-Mid Atlantic and is a graduate of Bluffton University in Ohio. She enjoys traveling, playing tennis and softball, making crafts, and has a new found love for leading cooking class. Learn more about Food & Friends' nutrition services.

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