From the Chopping Block: Clean Eating 2.0

It happens every year. We gorge ourselves on sweets and treats during the holidays and resolve to turn over a new leaf in the new year. While you may have been introduced to the term “clean eating” in 2016, this year is all about taking it to the next level and eating to live

The Chopping Block’s Health and Wellness Chef Alia Dalal has a mantra: Eat, make, and share food that nourishes and excites.

In the spirit of nourishing you, we are bringing a new type of cooking class to The Chopping Block: Clean Eating Boot Camp, It’s the most comprehensive clean eating workshop in Chicago to-date!

So, what can you expect in this deep dive class? Here’s a little teaser with the basic core principles of clean eating.

1.  Eat whole foods.

The building blocks of a clean eating diet are whole, unprocessed foods. Think things like vegetables, fruit, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. Most of Clean Eating Boot Camp will be devoted to learning the ins and outs of using whole plant foods. Alia will also show you how to use meat to accent to a meal, rather than the main attraction, making this class a good fit for vegans, vegetarians and omnivores alike. 

2.  Season your food well.

Seasoning is where the magic happens in the kitchen. You can check out Alia’s Culinary Color Wheel (link to http://www.aliadalal.com/the-latest/why-your-cooking-doesnt-always-taste-good) for a primer on balancing major tastes when cooking, and we’ll dive deeper into this topic in Boot Camp. The Spiced Lentil Soup we’ll make in class is the perfect way to learn how to balance sweet, sour, salty, bitter and more in your cooking so that you can learn to make all your meals taste good, even when you don’t have a recipe to follow.

3.   Play with spices, herbs, technique, texture and sauces.

Make your food interesting and fun! Don’t get stuck cooking the same recipes or preparing a single vegetable the same way every time. Make slight changes each time you cook, even with old favorites. For example, try roasting your broccoli instead of steaming it next time. In Boot Camp, you’ll be challenged to come up with your own signature “bowl” meal – a mix of grains, protein, vegetables, topped with a flavorful sauce.

4.  Use foods that make you feel good, day after day.

Seek out anti-inflammatory ingredients like turmeric, ginger, leafy greens and hemp seeds and incorporate them into your diet. We’ll kick off Boot Camp with a round of Turmeric Spice Lattes.

5.  Consider affordability and speed.

Good tasting, nutritious food does not need to take a long time to prepare or be outrageously expensive. You’ll learn recipes that are quick to put together and don’t cost a fortune in Boot Camp.

Join us for: Clean Eating Boot Camp 

Saturday, January 28, 2017
10 a.m.-4.p.m.
The Chopping Block Lincoln Square

Happy new year!

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