I love helping clients learn to cook for themselves. In this class, we prepare several recipes together that are nutritious, yummy, and easy. The menu changes according to the season and the client’s dietary needs and preferences.
Here are two examples of VW Nutrition menus:
Menu 1: Laying the Foundation
- Roasted seasonal vegetables
- Steamed quinoa, perfect brown rice, or roasted yams
- Lemony steamed kale with garlic
- Baked sablefish with toasted fennel
- Homemade vinaigrette
Menu 2: Super Soups
- Butternut squash soup with ginger and coconut milk
- Homemade chicken stock and 3 variations for chicken soup
- Simmered lentils with kombu (a nutrient-dense sea vegetable) as a soup or lentil salad variation
These classes take place in the client’s home. Even if your kitchen isn’t fully stocked, I show you how you can cook like a professional. All you need are a few essential tools, some basic techniques, and good recipes. In addition to the hands-on cooking, we discuss how to make food preparation fit into a busy schedule. I offer many tips, including larger-batch cooking, assembling meals with ingredients prepared ahead-of-time, and freezing. We also look at where you or your family eats and talk about how to make mealtimes more enjoyable for everyone.
- Cooking classes are for individuals and for groups of up to five people.
- Some clients like to do a shopping tour preceding the cooking class while others prefer to shop beforehand.
- These sessions last 3-5 hours.
- Most group classes end with a shared meal to celebrate what they’ve just learned to cook.
- Everyone who participates takes home the recipes.
The VW Nutrition hourly rate is $85. Ingredient costs are additional.
For groups who like to do this seasonally, the menu will always offer a new cooking technique and often an ingredient tasting. Some examples of a cooking technique that I teach are using a food processor, broiling, and using a mandoline. An ingredient tasting might be sampling several kinds of roasted yams, extra virgin olive oils, persimmons, and grating cheeses.