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Cooking Classes at the Library!

March 4, 2019

Happy National Nutrition Month! Join us as we kick off new, dietician-led cooking classes in our library branches.

Be Well at NPL connects you to the health information you need through free programming and resources at the library, including nutrition! Developed and taught by local dietician Erin Judge, these new, hands-on cooking classes will increase your confidence to prepare healthy meals that are simple, tasty and affordable. You will leave each class with copies of the recipes, nutrition tips and tricks, suggested library resources, and a cooking tool giveaway! Check out the class links and date listings below to see when Erin is coming to a branch near you.

New Cooking Classes

$10 Dinner for 4! Make a healthy and hearty dinner for the family for only $10 or less! You will learn how to find healthy and nutrient-rich ingredients, without breaking the bank.

Cooking with the Family Discover a few healthy, family-friendly meals that can get your kids active in the kitchen. Bring your kids along so they can learn basic knife and food-handling skills. Ages 8 and up. 

Say Goodbye to Food Waste Make your groceries go farther and save money, by learning how to use the entire plant or parts from meat products. We will talk about cooking, freezing, canning, and composting.

Food and Health Series

Part one: Meatless Monday on a Budget

Learn how to incorporate plant proteins into your diet to save money, support overall health, and increase vegetable intake.

Part two: Heart Healthy Meals

Get your blood pressure checked and learn how to reduce your risk of heart disease through food choices and cooking at home. We will recreate some of your southern favorites in a more heart-healthy way.

Part three: Treat Yourself to Less Sugar

Learn how to cut back on sugar by finding “hidden sugars” in the diet and choosing flavorful substitutes. You’ll also learn how to replace sugar in desserts with healthier options to help prevent or manage Type 2 Diabetes

Food and Health Series is happening at these library locations:

  • Green Hills (March 6, April 3, May 1 at 6:00 pm) 
  • Old Hickory (March 7, April 4, May 2 at 6:30 pm)
  • Watkins Park (March 11, March 18, March 25 at 11:00am)
  • North (March 20, May 1, May 15 at 3:00 pm) 
  • Madison (April 11, April 18, April 25 at 11:00 am) 
  • Pruitt (May 7, May 14, May 21 at 11:00 am)

Cooking Literacy Series

Part One. Want to learn how to cook?

Learn how to read a recipe, measure ingredients, and understand food labels. Together we will create a simple recipe using the skills you learn.

Part Two. Learn your way around the kitchen

We will go over kitchen equipment, different cooking methods, and food safety. Together we will create a simple recipe using the skills you learn.


Cooking Literacy Series is happening at Bordeaux Branch Library on May 16 and May 23 at 1:00 p.m.



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