Using a custom built kitchen stage, NA ACT Dietitians and home cook extraordinaires Kasey and Leanne, demonstrated a range of healthy dishes on each of the three days. A total of nine different recipes were demonstrated, focusing on important nutrients for ageing including calcium, fibre, healthy fats and antioxidants. Favourite dishes were creamy mushroom risotto, vegetable curry and salmon cakes with a spiced yoghurt dressing.
At each lunchtime cooking demonstration, Leanne and Kasey teamed up with entertainers Frankie J. Holden and his wife Michelle Pettigrove who both contributed some great tips and culinary ideas, alongside lots of laughs and fun.
“It was a great opportunity to inspire people, using new ingredients and cooking skills that may be less familiar to this population group” said NA ACT dietitian Leanne Elliston.
“We loved seeing the responses from the audience when we used some novel ingredients, such as cous cous, quinoa and lentils” says NA ACT dietitian Kasey Bateup. “Inspiring people to explore cooking using our recipes, is such a rewarding experience, knowing that the recipes will contribute to improving their health.”
Unique cooking techniques, such as those used to create basic stir fries, curries and risotto, were also welcomed by the audience who went home with the recipes and motivation to get cooking in their own kitchens.
Special thanks to the ACT Government Community Services Directorate for supporting NA ACT at this event. The majority of the food used was kindly donated by Costco.
Come and cook with us! If you need inspiration and motivation in the kitchen then look no further than the Project Dinnertime – Simple Eats for Seniors Program.
Simple Eats for Seniors is a three week hands on cooking and food skills program, designed to inspire and motivate seniors in the kitchen with a focus on achieving their nutritional requirements.
Call NA ACT now to book or find out more on 6162 2583.