Chef Ellie Krieger Offers Healthy Cooking Solutions

First Lady Michelle Obama would be so proud.   Recently, the host of the Cooking Channel show “Healthy Appetite” Ellie Krieger hosted a cooking demonstration for Central Brooklyn soup-kitchen chefs.   The event took place at St. John’s Bread & Life in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Cooking Event

The idea behind the event? To show these chefs that even low priced and mass-produced food could be healthy and well-prepared.   She showed how a simple mac and cheese recipe could be made healthier with whole-wheat bread crumbs, for instance 9along with whole-grain macaroni and low-fat milk).

Creative Cooking Ideas

She showed the chefs all sorts of creative ways to cook for healthy content.   Use extra mushrooms in the meatloaf and take out some of the meat; add some grated carrots and oatmeal to the meatloaf; use low-sodium tomato sauce as a topper rather than ketchup that is filled with sugar.

Her cooking class at City Harvest was well attended, offering great solutions for the time and creativity-strapped chef.

As she said,

“City Harvest has been on the cutting edge of not just feeding people, but feeding people well.”

During the event, she shared a number of the recipes from her cookbook “Comfort Food Fix: Feel-Good Favorites Made Healthy.”


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