DSANV Cooking Club

Learn more and register for the Spring Cooking Club

 Here are the recipes from the Fall/Winter Virtual Cooking Challenge.

The 2020 Summer/Fall Cooking Club  was a success! Twenty five families were registered. Each class featured a pictorial recipe along with follow along cooking demonstration. Four of the classes also featured guest speakers including:

Amanda Steinberg, RDN


Tasha Malhotra, OTD, MSOTR/L


Adaptive Cooking Tools

Janice Goldschmidt. MPH, MS, RD, LDN

Janice Goldschmidt is the Director of Nutrition Services at Community Support Services, Inc. at the University of Maryland. DSANV is welcome to join the weekly Food For Thought Virtual Cooking Class entitled Food for Thought.

The class is held on Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 11:00; here is the zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85293047878

What’s for Dinner? is another program offered through Community Support Services, Inc. that offers shopping lists, videos and pictorial recipes.

Cindy Santa Ana


Recipes from the Summer/Fall Virtual Cooking Club:

Mediterranean Chicken Skillet

Mini Omelet and Avocado Toast

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Yogurt Parfait


Chicken Pot Pie

Oven Fajitas

Chicken Cauliflower Rice Taco Skillet

The DSANV Cooking Club is based on the tenets of maximizing choice, ensuring hands on engagement, using adaptations (as needed to ensure safety) and promoting families cooking together.

Since the onset of COVID-19, everybody is experiencing a sense of isolation, so we have created the Virtual Cooking Challenge. All DSANV members are welcome to participate. As of October, 2020 life isn’t quite back to normal, so we have created the 2020 Fall/Winter Virtual Cooking Challenge, recipes will be listed on the Virtual Cooking Challenge page. Recipes can be made at any time and you may submit pictures of the self-advocate Chefs and their culinary creations to stacy.engels@dsanv.org

Along with the Fall/Winter Virtual Challenge, we’ll be featuring monthly LIVE Cooking Demonstrations.

Our hands on classes are led by self-advocate graduates of the DSANV Cooking Club and a family member partner. Leaders choose recipes, shop for ingredients, and help set up the cafeteria for their session. In March 2020 we are launching our virtual Cooking Club to all registered DSANV members.

The DSANV Cooking Club is based on the award winning text, Teaching Authentic Cooking Skills to Adults with with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Active Engagement by Janice Goldschmidt which:

    • Promotes healthy eating habits and teaches important life skills to promote independence and self-determination
    • Supplies information on adapted cooking tools and techniques
    • Covers meal preparation basics like reading a recipe, measuring, opening packaging, and food safety

Sample Cooking Club Recipes

DSANV thanks Janice Goldschmidt, educator and author of the foundational text we use in our Cooking Club, for sharing the recipes she has compiled in her work at Community Support Services, Inc.: here

BBQ Chicken
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Meatball Sub/Caesar Salad

Click on images to view a You Tube recipe video . Each video also includes a link to pictorial recipe.

During the second Cooking Club, Sofia and Jeanette Puritano created a Powerpoint that shows all the options of tortillas and toppings you can use when making tacos.