Today I went to a Plant Based Kitchenista Cooking class run by Kelley Williamson and Jerry Casados. I loved the experience. The class is taught in a large kitchen at the Denver Presbyterian Church. There were about 12 people in class and we all broke up into groups of 2 or 3 to prepare five plant based dishes under chef Kelley's supervision. Jerry is a nutritionist who was there to answer any questions anyone had about the nutritional aspects of the food.
The energy of the class was great, all the participants were fun to chat with and interested in learning how to become a better cook. I'm a novice, and didn't feel intimidated at all. The style of cooking was plant based, and had an additional focus on not using cooking oils. This aspect of the class was new to me, but I'm interested in doing more research to learn about the health benefits of cutting oil out of one's diet.
Americans do get a lot of their excess calories from added fats. The average American in 1970 ate 2039 calories. In 2010 that number was 2,544. A lot of that increase was from added fats. That number rose from 337 to 550. You can read the full article from Bloomberg Business here.
My favorite dish of the day was a delicious Walnut, Chickpea and Mixed Vegetable Tart. It tasted sweet, savory and rich. I'll definitely be making it at home. The recipe is here. And here is a link to their cooking class schedule.