Cooking classes teach students to be self-sufficient

12 February 2019

Edna Newey

enewey@uccs.edu     

    The Gallogly Recreation and Wellness Center has announced new cooking classes available in the Gallogly Wellness Center. Three dishes are created in each class, which are available for all students, staff and faculty free of charge and can be taken on a variety of subjects and dates.

    The Feb. 1 class concentrated on “nutrient dense dishes” for the Super Bowl.

    “A lot of Super Bowl food doesn’t have a lot of nutrition and we wanted to present students with different options,” said Hillary Kave, sports nutrition graduate student.

    The Feb. 1 class recipes were buffalo cauliflower bites (which were great for spice lovers), sweet potato pizza bites and a cookie dough dip made from chickpeas and nut butter.

    Nutrition services are available to help students transition to providing their own meals, and are further able to assist thanks to the three free visits with school dietitians that come with student fees. For those needing more guidance on how to be healthy, dietitians can help with anything food related from allergen-free food to building a healthy relationship with food.

    “We like to come to these because we like to cook and it’s a chance to eat healthier,” said junior Tara Coyne and sophomore Kory Mitchell.

   The class mission of affordable and easily prepared food is set to continue with upcoming classes. Future lessons include baking sourdough bread on Feb. 13 from noon – 1 p.m., learning meal prep basics on Feb. 20 from 5:30 – 7 p.m., and kitchen staple basics on March 6 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. and a St. Patrick’s Day celebration class March 12 from 12:15 – 1:45 p.m. Registration opens two weeks prior to class dates and each class is limited to 10 participants.

    Nutrition service’s goal of affordability, ease and student accessibility is why most recipes from classes are vegan, vegetarian and/or gluten free.

    Recipes are uploaded to the nutrition services website.

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