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Soup's On
There’s nothing quite so comforting as a hot, flavorful bowl of soup on a cool fall day or cold winter night. Soup can serve as a meal itself as it is quite filling and highly nutritious, plus it can stretch one’s meal planning dollars and freezes well. Come explore how quick and easy it is to prepare a soothing bowl of nutrition. Participants will learn how to prepare a creamy, pureed soup and a non-creamy (“chunky”) soup both low in calories with great health benefits from scratch. An additional food supply fee of $10-$12 per class will be payable the instructor, Laura Torok-Lobelson. Instructor Laura Torok-Lobelson loves to teach and cook. She holds a Master of Science in Human Nutrition and has taught science and math at the high school level. She has been cooking healthy meals “from scratch” and imparting nutritional advice to family and friends for years. Sign up fast. Registration Deadline is Friday, September 29.
2 Sessions $49 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $37) + $ food fee
Thur., 10/5 & 19 from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Scott Ridge Middle School



Ancient Grains Meet Modern Palates
Ancient grains (farro, red quinoa, millet, freekeh, black rice, etc.) many which are gluten free, are becoming mainstream and widely available in grocery stores. Explore the variety of textures, flavors and health benefits that these whole grains have to offer. Participants will learn how to easily assemble a nutritious and delicious “grain bowl”, as well as prepare other tasty meals/side dishes from scratch that incorporate ancient grains. A food fee of $10-$12 per class is payable to the teacher, Laura Torok-Lobelson. Instructor Laura Torok-Lobelson loves to teach and cook. She holds a Master of Science in Human Nutrition and has taught science and math at the high school level. She has been cooking healthy meals “from scratch” and imparting nutritional advice to family and friends for years. Sign up fast. Registration Deadline is Monday, October 23.
2 Sessions $49 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $37) + $ food fee
Thur., 10/26 & 11/2 from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Scott Ridge Middle School


Appetizers - Healthy One-Bite Wonders
The holiday season will be fast approaching beginning with Thanksgiving and ending with New Year’s Day. Whether you are hosting a celebration or attending one, appetizers can be a healthy and easy contribution to the gathering. Come explore a world of appetizers that go beyond “chips and dip”. In this class, participants will learn how to prepare a variety of delicious and nutritious appetizers from scratch that will impress their guests or hosts alike; and won’t contribute to the gain of those dreadful “holiday pounds”. An additional food supply fee of $8-$10 per class is payable to the teacher, Laura Torok-Lobelson. Instructor Laura Torok-Lobelson loves to teach and cook. She holds a Master of Science in Human Nutrition and has taught science and math at the high school level. She has been cooking healthy meals “from scratch” and imparting nutritional advice to family and friends for years. Sign up fast. Registration Deadline is Wednesday, November 8.
2 Sessions $49 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $37) + $ food fee
Tue., 11/14 & 28 from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Scott Ridge Middle School



Nutrition

What Are You Eating?
It’s true, you are what you eat. What we eat impacts our health. Do you want to clean up your diet and make healthier food choices? Not sure how to do it? We will cover what you should look for when shopping in the grocery store, the differences between grass fed and grain fed beef, when to buy organic, genetically modified organisms (GMO’s), artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup and their impact on your health. Other topics include the benefits of heart healthy fish oil and fats, foods that are good for you and those you want to avoid. Instructor Peggy Krotzer holds a Master of Science in Nutrition and is also a Certified Nutrition Specialist.
1 Session $ 31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 24)
Mon., 10/30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School