Chal­leng­ing young­sters to cre­ate fam­ily meals

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The New Zealand Nu­tri­tion Foun­da­tion is en­cour­ag­ing Kiwi school stu­dents to get creative in the kitchen with the Just Cook Cre­ate a Fam­ily Meal Chal­lenge.

The chal­lenge, part of the foun­da­tion’s Food Week cam­paign, aims to build young Ki­wis’ kitchen con­fi­dence and in­spire them to make a quick, de­li­cious and af­ford­able meal.

Stu­dents must cre­ate an orig­i­nal recipe for a fam­ily of five, based on in­gre­di­ents from the Just Cook Food List – es­sen­tials that all New Zealand house­holds should have on hand as com­piled by the foun­da­tion.

Stu­dents have the op­tion of en­ter­ing four dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories:

1. I Love Eggs Chal­lenge: Make eggs the main in­gre­di­ent in a din­ner dish.

2. Te­gal Chal­lenge: From freezer to ta­ble, cre­ate a din­ner dish us­ing Te­gal chicken pieces.

3. San­i­tar­ium Chal­lenge: Cre­ate a veg­e­tar­ian din­ner dish.

4. Beef and Lamb NZ Chal­lenge: Meat in a flash; make a din­ner dish that can be pre­pared in 20 min­utes or less which in­cludes New Zealand beef or lamb.

Foun­da­tion nu­tri­tion­ist Sarah Han­ra­han, said the Just Cook Cre­ate a Fam­ily Meal Chal­lenge was a great way to get youth think­ing about be­ing in­volved in the kitchen and cook­ing easy and de­li­cious fam­ily meals.

‘‘Cook­ing is an es­sen­tial skill,’’ she said.

‘‘We want teens to get into the kitchen and show us the sort of fam­ily meals they like to eat and in­spire their peers to get cook­ing as well.

‘‘ Meals cooked at home and eaten to­gether as a fam­ily are a great step to bet­ter health and well­be­ing.’’


Each cat­e­gory win­ner of the Just Cook Fam­ily Meal Chal­lenge will re­ceive a 32GB iPod Touch along with a se­lec­tion of cook books.

The over­all win­ner will re­ceive a Ken­wood Titanium Ma­jor kitchen ma­chine worth $1800 for their school and the run­ner-up a Ken­wood Multi Pro Ex­cel food pro­ces­sor worth $1000 for their school.

Each recipe that in­cludes two or more types of veg­eta­bles will also go into the draw to win one of five iPod Nanos.

Stu­dents can

en­ter by down- load­ing an en­try form from just­ and send­ing their recipe, along with an at­tached photo of their dish to sarah@nu­tri­tion­foun­da­tion. org. nz or by mail­ing their en­try to The New Zealand Nu­tri­tion Foun­da­tion, PO Box 331 366, Taka­puna, Auck­land 0740.

En­tries close Sun­day June 9 at 5pm and the win­ners will be an­nounced on Mon­day June 28.

Food Week runs from May 20 to 26.

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