Last weekend I finally got myself to a cooking class at Sur La Table. Not that I needed to learn to cook or anything. I already do more way cooking than what’s normal for a single person, but I just loving doing it so much that I want to learn as much about it as I can. Who better to learn from than a seasoned Chef?
For those of you who don’t know, Sur La Table, as well as other kitchen stores and even grocery stores will often offer free seminars or paid classes. If you do a little exploring online, you can find what’s available in your area. Last year I’d been eyeing up classes and plotting to go to one after seeing one going on while I was at Sur La Tabe with a friend. But my injuries last year put most of my plans like cooking class on hold. Finally after the holidays I started feeling better. That’s when I saw classes 50% off the day after Christmas and I bought two tickets for me and Mom to attend Healthy, Flavorful Cooking. The class was led by Chef Meredith. She studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.
At the beginning of class, we learned a few tips on safely handling a knife, tricks for cutting various produce and what not to do with your knife. Did you know you’re not supposed to put it on your cutting board? Yeah I can dice, slice and chop like a pro but had no idea about that rule. After our schooling, we whipped up 4 meals. Quinoa salad with marinated chicken & mint, moroccan chicken and vegetable tagine, cedar plank salmon and kale butternut squash salad with spiced pecans.
All the food was flavorful and delicious and the format and delivery by the chef was great too. She explained things in an easy, understandable way that anyone could grasp. I liked that everyone in the group was involved in the preparation and cooking. I will definitely be back for another class and the store coupon we got after didn’t hurt either. Mom treated me to a few gadgets that may be making an appearance on the blog in the future. See them here on my Instagram.
If you get the chance to attend a cooking class at Sur La Table, I definitely recommend you go and if you’re in Phoenix and wanna go, let me know so I can go with you! By the way, this isn’t a sponsored post. Sur La Table didn’t offer me this opportunity. Now to show off my cooking class day eats.
Breakfast. Egg whites & spinach with the last of leftover roasted vegetable remnants from Christmas.
And my favorite grain free banana bread muffin.
Lunch. Was courtesy of my Sur La Table cooking class. On my plate, Moroccan chicken and vegetable tagine, cedar plank salmon and kale butternut squash salad with spiced pecans. In case you can’t tell from my plate, the kale salad was my favorite.
Dinner. When I got home from Sur La Table, I was starving so I made a snack plate of black bean hummus, carrots and sriracha chips. And herein lies my problem. The chips.
The good news is the chips are delicious, spicy (which I love) and healthy. Since my weight loss, I rarely ever buy chips anymore and when I do it’s always Way Better Snacks. I love the quality, whole food superstar ingredients they have like flax, kale and quinoa and they taste amazing too. The bad news is chips are my weakness. I have no control around a bag a chips when I’m starving and on this day I was crazy hungry. While the calorie content for the bag isn’t that bad and it does have healthy ingredients, I didn’t need the entire bag.
My advice -> know your food weakness. What food causes you to overindulge, eat mindlessly that you can never feel satisfied eating enough of. Mine is a bag of chips. I love them yet I have no control around them when I’m really hungry. I can pre-portion them on my plate, but my mind still knows where to find the bag in the pantry. I’m sure a lot of other people out there have this struggle too. Take my advice and throw your weakness in the trash and move on. So there you have it. My #1 weight loss advice.
What’s your #1 weight loss advice? Have you ever taken a cooking class? What’s one cooking tip that you wished you’d known sooner?
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