Kids are doing the cooking at the Blum Center for Health in Rye. And it’s a good thing they’re taking pots and pans into their own hands.
According to the American Heart Association, one of every three American kids and teens is overweight or obese. The Blum Center is trying to make a difference in staunching the epidemic by giving children hands-on lessons and experience with cooking healthful food. It has teamed with local chef, Heather Solomon, of Schoolhouse Lunch, to develop a series of fun and educational cooking classes for kids and teens.
“The statistics are scary,” says Marti Wolfson, culinary director of the Blum Center’s Nutrition Kitchen. “This is why teaching kids good nutrition is great, but having them ‘learn by doing’ is even better.”
The cooking classes, geared toward 10- to 16-year-olds, teach kids how to cook with fresh, seasonal produce and whole grains in easy, tasty, allergy-friendly ways. Kids learn basic cooking techniques and age-appropriate nutritional information.
Below is a partial list of some of the classes offered:
• Best of Baking: This is a class full of sweet and savory baked goods. Recipes include banana bread, rosemary olive oil bread, carrot raisin muffins, toasted vanilla granola, flourless chocolate cake and more.
• Piled-high Pizzas: Kids learn the basics of making the popular dish by creating innovative new combinations for delicious (and healthful) pizzas, including homemade tomato, pesto and garlic and olive oil sauces. Kids can add toppings that include a variety of fresh vegetables.
• Mexican Fiesta: This class highlights the colorful tastes and flavors of Mexico with dishes such as fresh guacamole and chips, red and green salsa, chicken quesadillas, tortilla soup and three-bean chili.
Classes are offered Fridays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The cost is $50 per person. To learn more, visit The Blum Center.