Thursday, March 10, 2011

Beans, Beans, Are Good For Your Heart...And Your Wallet, Too!

For the Healthy Cooking Class this evening, I wanted to come up with some new items that are light on the waistline, the wallet and the clock.  In today's world, the pressure is on!  Parents are trying to make ends meet, get the kids to soccer, baseball, ballet and trying to provide healthy nutritious meals and avoid the drive thru.

The test kitchen challenge:
Due to my insistent procrastination, the hours whittled away, and I was running out of time.  I only had 2.5 hours to create new meals and side dishes for the class.  Since I work best under pressure, I was excited about the challenge.  The result?  Delicious, fun, easy and nutritious meals.

Each Healthy Cooking Session includes a breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, side meals and snack options.  I cook most of it right in the test kitchen, and students have the opportunity to taste each dish, if they like.  The class is jam packed with tips for organizing your kitchen for a healthy haven of cooking for the whole family.  It's fun, interactive an a great value!

On the menu tonight is my lightened up version of oatmeal pancakes, French toast, vegetable soup (and many options to enhance it), steaming options, healthy burritos, quesadillas, Tuscan sauce, oven smashed rosemary potatoes, chocolate brownies, ice cream and a Tuscan bean and tuna salad.  Whew!  It will be a challenge to get it all in tonight, but I love a challenge, and I enjoy providing a great value, too!

The abbreviated Healthy Cooking Session is designed for people who are short on time, who don't necessarily want a full meal, and they are seeking tips and creative ideas on how to lighten up their meals.  The cost is a very affordable $15.00 per session, and the feedback has been awesome. 

Today's recipe is my spin on the traditional Tuscan Bean and Tuna Salad.  You can substitute salmon, chicken or turkey or chicken sausage for the tuna, but I find the tuna is light and tasty.  Have fun with the recipe; make it your own, and let your inner chef come out and play!  Chow!

Tuscan White Bean Tuna Salad

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