by Marielle Hampton
Fast, cheap, and easy family meals were the goal of a free online cooking series with Extension agents Marielle Hampton and Hallie Cristobal from CTAHR’s Dept. of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Each session of the “Grinds on a Dime'' program demonstrated three simple, affordable recipes from the weekly theme of vegetarian, pasta, chicken, seafood, and Thanksgiving leftovers. With dishes like Cauliflower Gyros, Broccoli Mac & Cheese, and White Bean Chicken Chili, participants had a chance to try new recipes, learn cooking and nutrition tips, and prepare home-cooked meals for their families.
The program received positive feedback from attendees throughout the state: post-class surveys found that 85% of respondents planned to cook one of the recipes in the future, and 69% said they would prepare more meals at home as a result of the class. By the last session, 9 out of 10 survey respondents had already used something they learned.
One attendee shared, “I loved these classes! Can't wait for more. Just love switching up from making all the same things all the time.” Another commented, “This is super, you show how quick and easy it is to make healthy, affordable recipes!”
Class recordings are available on CTAHR Intergenerational Extension Programs’ YouTube page. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Extension agent Hallie Cristobal shows off a homemade Cauliflower Gyro.