STARTS FEB 27! Live on Zoom, every SATURDAY at 2:00 pm AST. Introducing our Plant Based Kids Online and Live Cooking Club! For kids ages 8-13 . For the next few weeks, we will prep simple recipes with a focus on REDUCING FOOD WASTE by making everyday items from scratch and using up what would be considered food waste – chances are, it’s not! Email manu@manuelascalini.com to sign up!

Week 1 Class Feb 27th – Intro to Zero Waste Kitchen and (Re) Using Fruit Peels!

We will use a very simple recipe to introduce the concept of what zero waste means in the kitchen : Banana Split Smoothie. Kids will learn how to be resourceful, get creative making natural food colors and dye using what was once waste , the nutrition behind what we are preparing and as a big bonus will learn many ways to use peels in the household.
What you need:

Ingredients:

  • 3 bananas, ripe, frozen with the peel on
  • 1 cup of juice, coconut water, nut milk or your favorite liquid – its a flexible recipe, use what you have!
  • Baking soda or white vinegar
  • For the Rainbow Colors: (pick 2) – be creative and resourceful , try to use what you have: we will need 1 cup of any red, pink, blue or yellow fruit and a few leafy greens to blend. Have fun and get colorful!

Equipment:

  • Blender
  • Serrated knife or any knife your child is comfortable using
  • jar

Week 2 Class March 6th – Fruit and Veggies Seeds

We will make a plant based milk and granola from seeds that we would normally throw away. Ingredients will be posted a week in advance.
What you need:
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 2 melon, can be honeydew or cantaloupe, or 2 butternut squash or 2 pumpkin (pretty much, we need the seeds. In class I will demo the honeydew melon)
  • sea salt
  • vanilla (optional)
  • honey or coconut sugar (optional)

For the seeds granola:

  • sweetener of choice (2-3 tablespoons)
  • 2 apple
  • cinnamon , vanilla
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup any nuts, preferably untoasted
  • 1/2 cup melon seeds or pumpkin or butternut squash seeds
  • salt

Equipment:

  • Blender
  • 2 bowls, glass or other large bowls
  • Spoon
  • Nut milk bag or very fine strainer
  • food processor
  • serrated knife
  • baking sheet with either silicone mat or wax paper

Week 3 Class March 13th – Freestyle Cooking from (delicious!) Scraps

Veggie Scrap Stir Fry and preserved herbs. Ingredients will be posted a week in advance.
What you need:

For a basic sauce

  • Tamari soy sauce (which is a healthier version of soy sauce, or liquid aminos, or coconut aminos
  • rice vinegar, or apple cider vinegar
  • minced garlic (vary amount based on what you like)
  • minced ginger (vary amount based on what you like)
  • coconut sugar or honey or to taste
  • cornstarch
  • sesame oil (optional)

For the stir fry

  • 2 cups packed of  various chopped vegetables you may find in the fridge, such as half onions, carrots, celery, broccoli stalks, bell peppers, mushrooms, green beans, bok choy, spinach and so on
  • 1 handful of any nuts or sesame seeds

Bonus Sauce, if you want make along, if you don’t have it, it’s fine, make later

  • Peanut butter
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • water or orange juice

Equipment:

  • Blender
  • 2 bowls, glass or other large bowls
  • Wooden spoon
  • Sauté pan or wok
  • serrated knife

Week 4 Class March 20th – No Bake Carrot Cake and Crackers from pulps and leftovers

Easy GF and plant based no bake carrot cake and crackers from pulps (very fun and flexible).
Please sign up by emailing manu@manuelascalini.com and get your shopping list

For all sessions:

  • INTRODUCTORY SPECIAL!!!! 20% OFF NOW UNTIL WEDNESDAY THE 24TH!!! 4 class series to start but will be ongoing – cost per class is NOW USD$12.50/BDS$25 for a single class or US$45/BDS$90 for the 4 class package USD$15/BDS$30 or US$55/BDS$110 for the 4 class package. You can sign up for individual class only or the package. You can pay via Zelle bank transfer in the USA, via transferwise.com, via PayPal: https://paypal.me/manuscalini or local barbados bank transfer.
  • Recommend ages 8-12 (+) as anyone can benefit from learning how to be resourceful in the kitchen and reduce your food waste.
  • Classes are for kids and their parents to join, or just kids if they are old enough and can handle a small knife. I recommend parental guidance if below the age of 8. If you would like to join the adult version of this zero waste class, please stay tuned!
  • Sign up by email to manu@manuelascalini.com. Please include your name and how many kids are joining (name and age). You will then receive the zoom link invitation to join us live on Saturday .
  • Recipe handout, ingredients list and any equipment needed for the upcoming week will be emailed a few days before, so you can be ready to cook along. If you prefer to just watch and do it later, thats ok too.
  • you will also receive a link for my password protected page to access the recipe handout with tips on substitutions for allergies and dislikes and also a shopping list.
  • you do not need to have all the exact ingredients in hand – I will highlight the ones you do!
  • Each class is 45 minutes with Q&A at the end (class is 30 minutes + 15 minutes of play, Q&A, discussion )
  • Questions? email me at manu@manuelascalini.com

Together, let’s teach one of the most important life skills to our kids and lay a foundation of healthy appreciation for natural and sustainable foods. For the launch of the Plant Based Cooking Club, we will start with a 4 class series where food and sustainability go hand in hand – the ZERO WASTE KITCHEN for kids. Let’s teach them young – to eat delicious wholesome and unprocessed simple food that is good for their body and the planet, and how to minimize waste in the kitchen. We will cover recipes for foods that people normally buying packaged that can be made from scratch (reducing packaging waste) and re-using what we call “waste” in the form of new recipes, household uses and fun desserts – think scraps, peels and pulps, revised and transformed through exploration and creativity. Our kids are our future, so let them be the change.