Posted by Kristen Pufahl

created at: 2012-12-04I am a registered dietitian and began giving my Kristen’s Kitchen workshops at 89 Pearl St in Malden in March of 2012. Participation has grown each month for this combination hands-on cooking and nutrition program.  Residents enjoy preparing and tasting many simple, healthy dishes that cost $2 or less per serving – cheaper than the average fast food meal – while learning about topics such as heart-healthy fats, whole grains, and how to eat a lower-salt diet.

When I arrive at “The Pearl” 45 minutes before Kristen’s Kitchen is scheduled to start, several residents already sit waiting for me. “What are we making today?” they ask. I tell them it’s a whole wheat couscous and fruit dish, and an animated discussion begins about what couscous is, where to buy it, and how to use it. Their enthusiasm is catching, and I am torn between trying to set up the workshop and joining their conversation.

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