I was recently invited (along with Miss M) to attend cooking classes at the Boys & Girls Clubs' Center for a Healthy Lifestyle.

During our time there, we had four cooking classes and did a tour of the garden, sampling yummy organic freshly grown produce and playing with chickens.

The Center for a Healthy Lifestyle San Diego
The kids did the first class of the day, making hummus, with Chef Amanda Mascia of The Good Food Factory.

Although Miss M doesn't like hummus, she absolutely loved the class where she learned how to squeeze lemons, use a can opener, measure ingredients, crush garlic, chop parsley and blend ingredients.

San Diego Center for a Healthy Lifestyle Cooking Classes for Kids
San Diego Center for a Healthy Lifestyle Cooking Classes for Kids
San Diego Center for a Healthy Lifestyle Cooking Classes for Kids
San Diego Center for a Healthy Lifestyle Cooking Classes for Kids
San Diego Center for a Healthy Lifestyle Cooking Classes for Kids
She may not have eaten her share, but I was more than happy to eat it for her and it was delicious.

Our second class was Raw Mozzarella Caprese with Pesto, with aged balsamic & olive oil and was taught by Vegan Chef Matthew Purnell. This man is amazing. I had absolutely no idea you could make mozzarella from macadamia nuts, and I have to say that his caprese salad was the best I have ever tasted.

Vegan cooking classes in San Diego with Chef Matthew Purnell
Vegan cooking classes in San Diego with Chef Matthew Purnell
The third class was making Chinese Five-Spice Organic Chicken Lettuce Cups with Alison Caldwell.

I love a good lettuce wrap and these did not disappoint, plus I finally learned how to pull lettuce apart into perfect cups without them breaking into tiny pieces. No more buying two heads of lettuce for me.

How to make lettuce cups with Alison Caldwell
How to separate lettuce for lettuce cups: Find the stem on the head of lettuce, place it face down above a hard surface (ie a bench or cutting board) and smash it down a couple of times to break the stem. Carefully remove it from the lettuce. Cut the bottom of the lettuce off and then turn it up the other way running water in-between all of the lettuce leaves, this will separate them. Let them dry on a paper towel. 

Our final class for the day was making Gluten-free Chocolate Glazed Mini Donuts with Vegan Chef Liz Gary.

Liz got the kids involved in this class, having them stir the mixture, flipping donuts in the Babycakes donut maker, and dipping them in the glaze. Her donuts were absolutely amazing.

Vegan donut class with Liz Gary
Vegan donut class with Liz Gary
Vegan donut class with Liz Gary
While the adults were doing a couple of the classes one of the staff took them around the garden to explore and meet the chickens and bunnies.

The Center for a Healthy Lifestyle San Diego
The Center for a Healthy Lifestyle San Diego

We sampled real popcorn.

The Center for a Healthy Lifestyle San Diego

The Center for a Healthy Lifestyle is a wonderful place for kids and adults to take cooking classes and learn more about organic produce. Check out their class schedule to see what they are currently offering.

 

Disclosure: We received complimentary cooking classes at the Center for a Healthy Lifestyle.

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2 comments

Nana July 19, 2016 - 2:20 am

Chef Amanda you are so lovely. Thanks for your patience to take the kids through the class. Be blessed

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web Design in Kenya June 21, 2017 - 2:53 am

Her donuts were absolutely amazing. Thanks for taking the kid through all that.

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