Cooking classes explore creative, healthy options as food prices rise

Freshly chopped broccoli, cauliflower and zucchini simmered in tomato sauce as Katrina pulled back the skillet lid to stir in spiral pasta.  

“People eat with their eyes,” Katrina said, noting the bright contrast of red, white and green in the winter Italian vegetable dish.  

In the Cooking Arkansas class, Katrina and fellow participants gather each Thursday night in March to learn hands-on skills for healthy eating, nutrition and strategies to save money at the grocery store.  

Katrina dices up celery to make a winter Italian vegetable dish with her friend Kenna at the Cooking Arkansas Class in Van Buren, March 10, 2022.

The class is hosted by the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service Crawford County Office in Van Buren. 

The program is designed for adults in households that qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP), Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children benefits (WIC), free or reduced school lunches, Head Start or other nutrition assistance. 






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