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by Caitlin McFeely, Communications Associate, Children's Health Fund
Cara, of the Nutrition Team at the New York Children’s Health Project, shows the class how to cook up a proper family meal. Try these sure-to-please recipies from the team Microwave Chicken Parmesan with Whole Wheat Spaghetti in Marinara Sauce • Green Beans • Simply Easy Cheesecake.
Yesterday, I visited a shelter in New York City with members of the New York Children’s Health Project (NYCHP)’s nutrition team (Vicky, Cara, and Maya) to take part in a cooking class that teaches moms in the shelter how they can create a healthy and delicious meal, all in the microwave. As I admitted in yesterday’s blog post, I was skeptical that the meal we cooked would really be tasty. Could microwave chicken parmesan really compare with my mom’s chicken parmesan made from scratch? Well, sorry mom, but it really did!
A few reasons why I loved yesterday’s class:
But for me, the absolute best part about the class was that the moms can bring their children. It was adorable to see the 3-year olds helping mix the pasta sauce or the batter for the cheesecake. I hope that by participating and learning how to cook a meal that is delicious and nutritious from such an early age, these kids will be set on a healthy track throughout their childhood.
Vicky and team are in the process of working on a cookbook of microwave recipes that they can share with other shelters across New York City.
But as a little treat, Vicky has agreed to share our recipe from yesterday. Try it out… I know you won’t be disappointed!
Thanks to the NYCHP team and the moms for letting me join in on class yesterday!