DSANV Virtual Cooking Club

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.

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.

Every two weeks there will be a new Virtual Cooking Challenge from March 18 – June 24.

The Seventh and last Cooking Challenge runs from June 10 – June 24. The Seventh Challenge is desserts! For this challenge, we include easy to make, no bake and some healthy options too. Enjoy!

Chocolate Cookies

Rice Krispie Treats

Fruit Salad

For healthy dessert alternatives. try the Chocolate Covered Katie website. An example includes a three ingredient Banana, Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip Cookie

For two super simple, fun no bake desserts try Two Ingredient Fruit Dip

To make it even easier, use pre-cut melon from the grocery store. Another fun no-bake idea is Fairy Bread

The Sixth Cooking Challenge is Cold Dinner ideas. For this challenge we’re presenting salads. You can top a salad off with a chicken breast or a piece of salmon for a healthy dinner. These salads are also great for picnics and BBQ’s

BLT Pasta Salad

Ramen Noodle Salad

Edamame Caviar

The Fifth Cooking Challenge is cold lunches. Some ideas include: 

Ham and Cheese Wrap by Ana – watch video

Egg Salad – use hard boiled eggs

Tuna Salad

Turkey, Bacon, Guacamole Cucumber Sandwich

The fourth Cooking Challenge is Snacks – protein packed, vegetarian, portable.

Some snack ideas include:

Quinoa Pizza Balls and Dipping Sauce

Peanut butter cookies   Trail Mix  Fruit in Cones

The third Cooking Challenge will be from April 15  – April 29. The third challenge will be making warm dinners. Some warm lunch ideas include:

Slow Cooker Chicken and stuffing

Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken

Turkey Meatball Bake

I know some families are busy with Distance Learning, but slow cooker recipes can be put together in the morning to free up time in the afternoon. I also know everybody is getting BORED with quarantine, but cooking is a nice distraction.

The second Cooking Challenge will be from April 1 – April 15. The second challenge will be making warm lunches. Some warm lunch ideas include:

BBQ Chicken  Chicken Cordon Bleu  Meatball Sub  Caesar Salad Tacos

During COVID-19 stay at home time, everybody is trying to conserve food and reduce stress. These recipes can be made for lunch and leftovers can be eaten at dinner too. If you go to the DSANV Cooking Club  page you can be connected to You Tube videos for each recipe. 

The first Virtual Cooking Challenge will be making Breakfast and this challenge will be held from March 18 – April 1. The Breakfast Challenge includes the following options:

Overnight Oats, Breakfast Casseroles, Pancakes, Waffles, French Toast

Feel free to adapt the recipes to fit any dietary restrictions or preferences. Send pictures of your culinary creations to stacy.engels@dsanv.org and they will posted on the DSANV website and social media.

Below is a list of DSANV Virtual Cooking Club Challenges:

First Challenge March 18- April 1: Breakfasts – warm and cold ideas
Second Challenge April 1 – April 15: Lunches – warm ideas
Third Challenge April 15 – April 29: Dinners – warm ideas
Fourth Challenge April 29 – May 13: Snacks – protein packed; vegetarian; portable
Fifth Challenge May 13 – May 27: Lunches – cold ideas
Sixth Challenge May 27 – June 10: Dinners – cold ideas
Seventh Challenge June 10 – June 24: Snacks/Desserts – make ahead; gluten-free; summer ideas

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 You Tube videos. Each video includes a link to a pictorial recipe as well.

Here is a Powerpoint made by Sophia and Jeanette Puritano. Sophia presented this Powerpoint at a Cooking Club class that she and her Mom led together. The Powerpoint shows the multitude of options you have when you make tacos.