Healthy Cooking



Every fortnight the healthy cooking group gives members the opportunity to come along and learn cooking skills, along with recipes which don’t take too many ingredients to make. The recipes used have a healthy focus, while also ensuring the ingredients used are not too costly to purchase.

The members only need to bring one ingredient toward the meal and a small cost of $1.00. They can choose to try the meal when it is finished or to take it home to use for their evening meal that evening.

An example of some of the meals we have made are crumbed fish balls, stuffed potatoes, spaghetti carbonara, vegetable filo parcels and zucchini and cheese bake.

Coming up in August at Stanmore

August 6th at 1:30pm: Homemade Dumplings, bring 200g pork mince, cost is $1.00

August 20th at 1:30pm: Curried Lentil & Pumpkin Pasties, cost is $2.50

Coming up in September at Stanmore

September 10th: Chicken Fettuccine, Members to bring 1 medium chicken breast and $1.00.

September 24th: Italian Meatloaf, Members to bring 200 grams of mincemeat and $1.00.

Coming up in September at Puriri

September 9th at 10:00am: Chicken Fettuccine, Members to bring 1 medium chicken breast and $1.00.

September 23rd at 10:00am: Italian Meatloaf, Members to bring 200 grams of mincemeat and $1.00.


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Referrer , Canterbury
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Clinician , Canterbury
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