Nutrition Kitchen

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The Nutrition Kitchen is the diet and nutrition meeting space in the DIY Healthy Lifestyles Center. It’s the place where you’ll learn about healthier eating, meal planning and preparation.

Meal plans and preparation instructions from the classes are then published in this eRecipe Book, along with nutrition facts and information.

This eRecipe Book covers special diets like gluten-free, egg-free, organic, vegan, paleo and more. You can collect  a variety of recipes from multiple categories in one place.  You won’t need to accumulate an assortment of books on each diet, holiday, or special occasion: it’s all right here!

  • Discover the world of whole foods, what they are, where to find them, and how to cook them

  • Learn the best ways to store foods before and after preparation

  • Create your own healthy packaged convenience foods that you can just mix, heat, and eat in minutes

  • Make healthy versions of your favorite “junk food”–low in or free of salt, fat, and sugar.

  • Find quick healthy meals for active people and busy families

Learn to make your own grocery-store convenience foods yourself! Many recipes in this book show you how to make and store whole food mixes. When it comes time to cook, all you need to do is add liquids, heat, stir and serve!

These recipes are perfect for time-crunched people who might otherwise consume way too many cheeseburgers and shakes every week. Skip the drive-thru and just drive home to make your own fast food that you’ll never feel guilty about eating!

Share a Recipe, Recommend a site or book, or tell a story about recipes or food. Choose to share your responses in the Journal and be entered to win recipe-related prizes!

Share an Old Recipe

The Nutrition Kitchen also collects recipes from days gone by. The older they are, the more likely they will be made with all-natural ingredients. This is especially true of pre-World War II books published before the advent of processed food.

However–be careful with these too because they often include ingredients like pure lard or bacon fat, ‘enriched’ white flour, and white sugar.

The Nutrition Kitchen Recipe Book will show you substitutes that can turn not-so-good-for-you recipes into healthy ones.

We’d love to have you share your favorite healthy recipes with us. If it’s an old family recipe or something from a vintage cookbook, and you know something about the cook or the origin of the recipe, share the story.

We love hearing about the grandma who made the best soups or the local church lady who always brought the most popular dishes to the pot luck dinners (see below if you’re not sure what that is).  There’s nothing like adding the flavor of a story to a recipe!

If you’ve found vintage recipes online that you like, share the link in the ‘Website’ section.

Pot Luck Dinner???

About those pot luck dinners mentioned above–are you wondering what that is?

It goes by many different names depending on where you live. Some people call them “carry-ins” and some call them “bring-a-dish”.

We’ve also heard  “casserole dinners” and “church basement dinners”.  A Google search tells us that there are several other names for get-togethers where people bring food to share:

  • spread
  • Jacob’s join
  • Jacob’s supper
  • faith supper
  • covered dish supper
  • dish party
  • bring and share
  • shared lunch
  • pitch-in
  • bring-a-plate
  • dish-to-pass
  • fuddle

Comment below and let us know what you call these shared feasts in your hometown.  Your response can be from the lists above or if it’s not mentioned, let us know so we can add it to the list.

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