Healthy Cooking Classes

Jim Hensrud, Physical Fitness Coordinator Saint Paul PD

This month Healthy Saint Paul sponsored two Healthy Cooking Classes that SPPD Physical Fitness Coordinator Jim Hensrud presented to employees of the police department. The goal of these classes was to present meal ideas to employees that are delicious, budget friendly and easy to prepare. Class participants got to enjoy a freshly prepared meal while Jim provided tips on cooking the meal. The first class Jim prepared a simple lunch recipe of chicken wraps with cucumber, tomato, hummus and feta cheese. The 2nd class was a chicken chickpea and veggie curry over rice. (recipe below) Both of the classes received very positive feedback:

“Thank you Chef Jim and Healthy Saint Paul for introducing quick, easy and healthy meals. It was great to be introduced to new flavors.”

“The warm, delicious, spicy meal hit the spot! Thank you Jim for putting it together!”

“I really appreciate the chance to taste the recipes before making them at home! Thank you for doing this.”

“Thank you Jim for the healthy cooking tips! The food was delicious!

This meal is often prepared without chicken as I often do myself. Adding chicken makes it a little more filling and appealing to carnivores.
You can use chicken from a previous meal or cook it slow in a crockpot and shred it for this meal.
You can use any curry mix you choose for this meal. I highly recommend going to a local Penzey’s spice shop to buy spices. You get to smell the spices so you know what you are buying. I also recommend the sweet curry or vindaloo curry from Penzey’s for this recipe.

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