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Talking about a (Food) Revolution…

Over the past 5 years, Food Revolution Day in May has been an annual event all over the world, celebrating and campaigning for better food education.  This year the focus shifted from one day to every day – a year-round Food Revolution!  This year the Day fell on Friday May 20th and I spent the better part of my day teaching kids (and their parents) how to cook some of Jamie’s “Starter Pack” recipes – ten delicious, nutritionally balanced recipes, each covering a different skill and technique that can give anyone the confidence to cook good, real, healthy meals for themselves and their families, for now and the future.

At my school, the Friday before the long weekend is typically the day we welcome next year’s new boys into the school and everyone spends the morning with the teachers they will have next year. We do lots of fun activities and since it’s always Food Revolution Day, we’ve managed to incorporate some food education into those activities each year! This year, the incoming Grade 5s made Jamie’s DIY oaty-fruity cereal (sans nuts, of course).

Scooping oats for granols on eatlivetravelwrite.comThey got to choose their add-ins (ignore the pizza chain plates!!)…

Choosing granols add ins on eatlivetravelwrite.comThey made sure to chop everything finely so it was even-sized pieces to add in to the cereal…

Chopped dried fruit for granola on eatlivetravelwrite.comThen they got to name their cereals…

Granola for Food Revolution Day on eatlivetravelwrite.comI LOVE the creativity!

Later that day I headed down to the beautiful Kitchen at St Lawrence Market where I was hosting a family cooking class for nearly 30 people with fellow Toronto Food Revolution Ambassador Mary Catherine Anderson. Over the course of a few hours, the kids (and their parents) worked through several of Jamie’s recipes to make a complete meal, proving that getting a nutritious dinner on the table with kids in kitchen IS possible!

We made Jamie’s hummus and served it with peppers and flatbreads (that we made ourselves too!):

Hummus station for Food Revolution Day on eatlivetravelwrite.com Peppers, sliced for hummus on Food Revolution Day on eatlivetravelwrite.com Making Jamie Oliver Flatbreads for Food Revolution Day on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids making flatbreads for Food Revolution Day on eatlivetravelwrite.com Making hummus for Food Revolution Day on eatlivetravelwrite.com Flatbreads grilling on eatlivetravelwrite.com Hummus and flatbread station for Food Revolution Day on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe kids loved making a rainbow from their pepper strips!

Kids arranging peppers for hummus on Food Revolution Day on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe made a big old pot of Jamie’s minestrone soup

Grilling flatbreads for Food Revolution Day on eatlivetravelwrite.com Making Jamie Oliver minestrone soup on eatlivetravelwrite.comThere was a granola station where the kids made jars of the DIY oaty-fruity cereal to bring home…

Granola station for Food Revolution Day on eatlivetravelwrite.com
Kids making granola for Food Revolution Day on eatlivetravelwrite.comand the ever popular smoothie bar…

Making smoothies with the Torrent Blender on eatlivetravelwrite.com Smoothies at Food Revolution Toronto cooking class on eatlivetravelwrite.comBellies full and minds blown (“I never knew how easy it was to make bread/ hummus/ cereal etc…” resonated around the room!) everyone took home a brilliant swag bag to help them keep the Revolution alive year-round…

Sobeys and Harper Collins sponsorship for Food Revolution Day on eatlivetravelwrite.comand one of our participants took home a very special prize – a Torrent Blender!)

KitchenAid blender winner on Food Revolution Day on eatlivetravelwrite.comHuge thanks to my sponsors: Sobeys, KitchenAid Canada, Harper Collins Canada and Bernardin who helped make this possible. Thank you for helping get kids and their parents back in the kitchen. Thank you for being Revolutionary.

Those of you who read regularly will know that my quest to educate kids about food and cooking doesn’t just stop after Food Revolution Day. During my weekly cooking classes throughout the school year, I know I’m changing little minds, one at a time. It may be baby steps but slow, consistent change is the key to ultimately making a big difference. I am proud to be a part of Jamie’s Food Revolution. Every day of the year.

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2 Responses to Talking about a (Food) Revolution…

  1. Amelie Moore June 2, 2016 at 06:56 #

    It was really great of you to share this amazing blog..Kids these days need to be taught the importance of eating and cooking healthy food..This food revolution effort will not only teach them to cook a little bit, but also the need of balanced diet in their life..The children involved in activities above looked really happy..Hope you all had fun..Thanks for sharing..

    • Mardi Michels June 2, 2016 at 20:35 #

      Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope we’re making a difference doing what we’re doing – one little tummy at a time!

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