Poppy Post August 15 2018 #HealthySelfie – Q&A – Upcoming Classes

 

 

 

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Our Food Skills & Nutrition Educators share their advice and knowledge from questions that arise in our programs. Have a question to ask? Email us at behealthy@poppyinnovations.ca.
Q: Sometimes my boneless chicken breast is nicely cooked, other times it’s really dry. How do I make perfectly cooked chicken breast every time?

chicken breast

 
Answer:

Chicken is often overcooked in an effort to prevent food poisoning (salmonella) and/or for lack of a kitchen thermometer (every kitchen should have and use one!).

To prevent overcooking and the drying out of boneless skinless chicken, here are some tips:

  1. Cook the chicken for a shorter amount of time (and use a thermometer for make sure the chicken has reached a food-safe temperature of 74C/165F).
  2. Or use a baking soda/water solution prior to cooking the chicken.

Boneless, skinless chicken lacks the skin and bones to insulate the delicate meat fibres from overcooking and becoming dry and fibrous. The baking soda and water slurry raises the chicken’s pH, preventing the meat’s proteins from bonding together as tightly — allowing you to cook the chicken thoroughly but preventing dry, chewy chicken.   

How to use it:

Combine two boneless skinless chicken breasts, 2 tablespoons of water with 1 teaspoon baking soda in a bowl, and let sit 15 minutes before cooking. Then wash the solution off the chicken so your meal doesn’t have a residual baking soda flavour. This technique is particularly useful if you’re cutting up the chicken breast to cook in smaller pieces! We used this technique in our Thai-style Fried Noodles with Chicken and Broccolini recipe.

Kids love the Cre-Ate Kids Garden Club at the Calgary Farmers Market. This class learned about different types of plants we eat, visited Lunds Organics in the market, and made some veggie nori rolls. There are two sessions left! Click to Sign Up
Classes

Great Options for Kids

Cre-Ate Kids Garden Club sponsored by Nutrien
August 16 & 23 (ages 4-8) 
9:30 am – 10:30 am 

Calgary Farmers’ Market 510 77th Ave SE
$25 individual session per child

Kids Cooking One-Day Camps (FULL) 
Single full-day camps with four different themes available ​
August 22 & 23
South Health Campus, 4448 Front St SE
$90 includes all food & supplies

Kids Week Long Summer Cooking Camps (FULL) 
August 20 – 24
Culinary Masters
Strathcona Christie Aspen Community Association 277 Strathcona Dr SW
$450/week includes all food & supplies

Kids Cooking Bootcamp
Full-day camp on PD days (ages 6-12) 
September 21,  8:00 am – 3:00 pm
South Health Campus, 4448 Front St SE 
$90 includes all food & supplies

Parent & Child Culinary Program SE
4-week cooking series for children 8+ and parents  
Sept 27 – Nov 1, 2018  6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
South Health Campus, 4448 Front St SE
$275 includes all food & supplies

Canning and Preserving Options (suitable for adults and teens 15 and older)

Perfectly Pickled
August 22, 2018  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
South Health Campus, 4448 Front St SE
$65 includes all supplies for recipe made in class

Time to Salsa
September 23, 2018  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
South Health Campus, 4448 Front St SE
$75 includes all supplies for recipe made in class

Preserve the Harvest
September 29, 2018  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
South Health Campus, 4448 Front St SE
$75 includes all supplies for recipe made in class

Gate to Plate Teen & Adult Cooking Classes

Cooking 101 – 4 Week Beginner Cooking Series
Oct 20 – Nov 10, 2018  9:30 am – 12:30 pm
South Health Campus, 4448 Front St SE
$260 includes all supplies for recipes made in classes

Seasonal Sunday Brunch FALL
October 21, 2018  10:00 am – 12:00 pm
South Health Campus, 4448 Front St SE
$75

Seasonal Sunday Brunch WINTER
December 2, 2018  10:00 am – 12:00 pm
South Health Campus, 4448 Front St SE
$75

For more info and to register for any programs, go to http://poppyinnovations.ca/classes-events/

 

Grab your selfie stick for our Healthy Selfie Contest!

Just upload a selfie of you in the act of doing something healthy at home or on the go and hashtag it #HealthySelfie #PoppyInnovations. 

A prize with a value of over $70 will be awarded in AUGUST. The prizes will be one of a Gardening Pack, Baking Pack or Kids Pack, with each pack including supplies and a book to help you grow or cook food.

Email the link(s) to hello@poppyinnovations.ca to be entered to win! Each social platform is worth one submission. Good luck! 

View full rules on our contest page.

A look at one of the fabulous prize packages. Enter the #HealthySelfie Contest today!

 

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