Class of 2013 LIFE Series: “Healthy” Cooking Class

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The other day my roommate and I had the opportunity to attend a healthy cooking class sponsored by the Class of 2013 Trustees. On the menu for the evening: Pasta with a Pesto/Alfredo sauce, Smoothies, and Cupcakes for dessert.

The first station was the smoothie station. We were given a variety of ingredients: bananas, pineapples, blueberries, strawberries, mangoes, greek yogurt, flax seed, almond butter, orange juice, and cranberry juice. From that, we could use any combination we wanted to make the smoothie. My roommate and I chose strawberries, pineapples, blueberries, greek yogurt, bananas, and orange juice to make our smoothie. After adding plenty of ice, we used a blender to mix it all together. The result: delicious.

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Next up was the spaghetti station, where we learned exactly how much sauce and olive oil (which is much healthier than Canola Oil) to use when making pasta. Hint: less is more. We also got some tips that are really helpful for beginners just starting out. For example, lightly salting the water before you boil it not only adds flavor to pasta, but it also helps the water to boil at a much faster rate.

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Finally, we had the cupcake station, where we baked and iced cupcakes to perfection, using a tip we learned here.

2013-04-08 18.02.08Overall, the Trustees provided attendees with some healthy cooking tips that are great for beginners who are just starting out on their cooking journey. One caveat though- the pasta, while delicious, was not that healthy (especially given the alfredo sauce). I would stick to pesto or tomato sauce if you’re craving pasta. If you’re feeling like alfredo, go for it, just in moderation!

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