Cooking for Wellbeing: Interactive Online Cooking Classes

Thursday, October 15, Monday, November 9, and Thursday, December 10

5 to 6:30 p.m., Offered Online via Zoom

Join us for one or all three of these live, interactive cooking classes. Novice cooks welcome!

Life, food, and eating have changed. Many of us are spending more time than ever before in the kitchen, preparing food for ourselves and our loved ones all while juggling children, work, unemployment, or anything else life may throw our way. We all want to eat well, be healthy, manage our budget, and feel good about our choices. So how do we plan, procure, and prepare foods in a way that supports that? This webinar series will introduce simple, quick, seasonal, and affordable meals that can work in balance with the “new normal” that we are all experiencing.

You will be cooking with Jenny Breen who is an experienced chef, mom, educator, and activist. She has a passion for teaching about whole sustainable foods (and the folks who produce them), what to do with them, and why it matters. Jenny's approach to food and cooking is caring and accessible. She conveys simple strategies about choosing and eating well; basic but important cooking techniques and tools; feeding kids and other skeptical eaters; and planning for affordable and low stress meal preparation.

A list of groceries and kitchen supplies you will need for each of the classes will be provided prior to the webinar.

Webinar #3: One Pot Meals Including Curries and Stews

In our final webinar, you will learn how to get the most out of whatever is in season. Jenny will showcase utilizing vegetables, legumes, and hearty flavorful ingredients to create abundant, warming, nourishing, and delicious meals without a big production. Recipes we will cook include blackeyed pea and sweet potato chili, and curried veggies with chickpeas and coconut milk. 

Pay What You Can Pricing

The Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing is deeply committed to the wellbeing and flourishing of all communities. In order to make our programming accessible to a broader audience, we have implemented a pay what you can fee for this webinar series.

The suggested registration fee is $30, but for those who are unable to pay the standard fee, we have a scholarship rate of $20 available. If you would like to support this initiative and are able to contribute financially, you may select the supporter registration rate of $40 to support others attending at the scholarship rate.

UMN Employees: Attend a course in this Series and earn 25 points for the University of Minnesota's Wellbeing Program under the Wellbeing My Way pledge opportunity. Learn more about other UMN Wellbeing Program offerings through the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing. 

Refund Policy

The webinars are non-refundable. Exceptions to this policy are granted for extenuating circumstances. For more information, participants should reach out to the Center’s community relations office (mindprg@umn.edu, 612-625-8164).

About the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing

The Cooking for Wellbeing webinars are offered through the University of Minnesota's Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing. The Center's mission is to enrich health and wellbeing by providing exemplary education, conducting rigorous research, advancing integrative models of care, and delivering innovative solutions to organizations and communities.


If you have questions regarding the Cooking for Wellbeing webinars, please contact Molly Buss, community relations program and event manager (612-625-8164, bussx057@umn.edu).

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