VALLEJO — Wondering what to do with your Sundays now that football season is over? No worries, Touro University California has you covered.
You are invited to take part in a free online cooking class that showcases recipes inspired by the Mediterranean Diet. The Mediterranean Diet is backed by evidence-based medical research demonstrating benefits in reducing risks of cardiovascular disease, cancer and other chronic diseases, as well as improving overall health. And, the great news is you don’t have to be Mediterranean to enjoy. Recipes are flexible and easily adapted to your favorite tastes and flavors.
Dr. Grace Jones, a biochemist researcher on nutrition and metabolic disease along with Dr. Traci Stevenson a certified culinary medicine specialist and family physician help coordinate the courses led by Touro University’s own health professional students. The events take place over three different Sundays from 4:30 until 6:30 pm on Feb. 26, March 5, and April 3. Each session has a different dietary focus and Touro students will lead hands-on lessons as guests cook along in their home kitchens while interacting online.
“The classes are a really fun way to learn not only how to make healthy food choices, but more importantly, how quick and easy it can be to prepare and cook them! The 2-hour interactive zoom session begins with useful information on nutritional topics followed by break-out sessions where everyone chops, preps and cooks their chosen recipes together. We end the session with the delicious part: eating our creations together while sharing thoughts, tips and pictures of the food we just made. The student facilitators will also share valuable information such comparison of nutrient benefits and costs of the recipes made relative to typical ‘store bought’ or restaurant versions,” Dr. Stevenson said. They will get to see how cooking at home not only is fun, healthier but usually saves money, too.”
February 26 – Session 1- Legumes, Good Shopping, Habits, and Delectable Dinners
- Recipes: Chicken Fajita Bowl or White Bean Shakshuka
March 5 – Session 2 – Carbohydrates, Fruits, Nuts, Snacking, Desserts, Sweeteners and Rethink Your Drink
- Recipes: Popcorn or Fudgy Black Bean Brownies with Quinoa Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Peanut Sauce and Crunchy Broccoli Bites with Buffalo Sauce or Oven Fried Chicken Tenders and Creole Roasted Chickpeas
April 3 – Session 3 – Fats and Cholesterol
- Recipes: Ratatouille, Kitchen Sink Salad or Cheeseburger Pasta
Learn more and register for free at tu.edu/getcooking