The second NCSU Cook Smart, Eat Smart class occurred last night. The students learned that grilling doesn’t always happen outside, you can grill delicious food indoors! We used George Foreman grills, which are easy to store in an apartment or dorm room setting.
The students first made a balsamic marinade for chicken. They learned how marinades help to tenderize and flavor meat.
After the students mixed the marinade, we allowed the chicken to marinate for one hour. While we waited, the students broke up into two groups. One group stayed in the kitchen with Sarah and learned how to chop squash, zucchini, and eggplant. They brushed the veggies with olive oil, salt, and pepper and then grilled them on the George Foreman.
Pedro is one of our international students from Brazil who is at NC State for the semester. He had never tasted eggplant and really enjoyed all of the veggies- we even caught him licking his fingers! Alex also really enjoyed grilling the veggies- check out the cool chef hat below.
While some of the students were grilling, the second group of students went on a C-Store tour with Kristen. The students learned to look for foods in the C-Store that are “Wolf Approved,” which means the food is less than 240 calories, contains no trans-fat, and 1/3 of the calories are coming from fat. They were shocked to learn that some of the items in the C-Store contained large numbers of servings, especially in packages of candy and nuts. For instance, the sunflower seed package was 210 calories per serving and had 9 servings in the whole bag! The students gained a better understanding about how to read ingredient lists and nutrition labels. One of their favorite products to look at was the honey bun, which contained over 50% of their daily amount of saturated fat! They also became more aware of the high amounts of sodium in packaged foods and learned more about trans-fats. After the tour, the students definitely learned how to pick healthier options at the C-Store.
Here is one group of the students with their favorite healthy option at the C-Store in Talley Student Center.
After the students went on a tour of the C-Store and grilled veggies, everyone came together to grill the marinated chicken. The chicken was delicious. The students thought grilling was an easy cooking technique and a few of them want to buy a George Foreman grill now!
We are excited for next Tuesday’s class- crock pot cooking!