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Whole Kids Cooking Class


Join Whole Foods in Tustin and Chef Cintia as the kids whip up some kid friendly recipes that are easy, fun and delicious.

Having a hard time getting your kids to eat healthy?  If so, bring them to this hands-on class!  They’ll be talking about why it’s important to color your plate with healthy foods.

On Friday, March 20, 2105 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm bring the kids to make their very own Banana Sushi! The cost is $5.00 per child

RSVP Required Email: cintia.madrid@wholefoods.com

Whole Foods Tustin is located at 2847 Park Ave., Tustin, CA 92782


Whole Kids Cooking Class


Bring your kids to this hands-on cooking class at Whole Foods – Tustin, tonight, Friday, February 6, 2015 from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Chef Cintia will be sharing some kid friendly recipes that are easy, fun and delicious.

Tonight’s kids cooking class theme is “Power Snack”. My kids love these classes and always get to try something new and healthy.

If your having a hard time getting your kids to eat healthy, bring them to this hands-on class!  They’ll be talk about why it’s important to color your plate with healthy foods while making some delicious treats.

  • Program cost: $5.00 per child
  • Whole Food Tustin is located at 2847 Park Ave., Tustin, CA
  • RSVP Required Email: cintia.madrid@wholefoods.com

Panic Free Quick & Healthy Dinners

As much as I love to cook, some days putting dinner on the table is the last thing on my mind until it hits about 3:30 p.m. – then panic sets in. Those are the times I need a panic free quick & healthy dinner right now. Well, Tuesday was one of those days, luckily I was given a package of Modern Table Meals, Southwest Red Lentil Rotini for a review.

Southwest Red Lentil Rotini (2, 4, or 8 Pack) – Modern Table

Trying hard to put the “it was all part of the plan” look on my face, I brought out some frozen turkey (yes, it was still frozen yet somehow I managed the quickest defrost ever), diced it (it cooks faster when it’s diced) and seared it with some light seasoning. Thank goodness I had enough spinach to make a enough salad for everyone (hint, dinners look planned when you add a salad).

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Now, that I was no longer in panic mode, I was able to focus on the “review” part of dinner. Modern Table Meals actually contains plenty of protein on it’s own but I decided to add some turkey. This bag contains pasta with veggies and two seasoning packets. Directions are simple….put some water to boil and your dinner is on it’s way.


Once your water has come to a boil, add your pasta/vegetable mix, boil for 8 -9 minutes. In the meantime, add water & some e.v.o.o.(extra virgin olive oil) and mix in your seasoning packet. I left out the chile seasoning since my little girls don’t eat spicy foods.


Once my pasta was done, I added it to my seasoning mixture and my seared turkey. Voila, dinner was done!


So for the taste test, I didn’t say anything to my family about the pasta being made out of Red Lentils. Instead I just waited for everyone’s response. Well, I am so happy to say it was a hit, everyone loved it! My 4 year asked for seconds and then thirds!


My husband and I sprinkled the chile packet on our plates but in the future I would mix it with a little e.v.o.o. so it can be disbursed a little more evenly onto our servings. Ideally adding the chile packet to the seasoning mixture would yield the best taste but beware it’s spicy (but good).

There was plenty for the four of us and we had leftovers. I highly recommend Modern Table Meals. The meal was easy and quick to make, the taste was delicious, the seasoning was spot on and the red lentil pasta was delicious.

Modern Table Meals productsYou can find Modern Table Meals at your local Whole Foods market and guess what – it’s affordable! This product is full of protein, fiber, GMO free, free of any artificial colors or preservatives and it tastes great! Thank you Modern Table Meals, I can’t wait to try the other 3 flavors. These meals will be in my regular dinner rotation. They are  quick healthy dinner options that fit within our budget. I’m sold!


Whole Kids Cooking Class

Whole Foods features a Whole Kids Cooking Club twice a month, my kids always enjoy this class. This focus of this hands-on class is for kids create simple to make dishes using healthy, colorful fruits and vegetables while having fun.  This month’s classes features spooky fun Halloween treats.


  • Where: Whole Foods, 2847 Park Ave., Tustin, CA
  • When: October 17, 2014 -Spooky Halloween Treat and October 28, 2014 – Veggie Skeleton
  • Time: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Program cost: $5.00 per child
  • Registration: email cinthia.mardid@wholefoods.com

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Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch at One of my Favorite Places.


The 40th Annual Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch will take place October 19, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM at one of my favorite places: Environmental Nature Center at 1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663

What is the Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch? Pumpkins, food, native plant sales, children’s games, crafts & face painting, live entertainment, story time, petting zoo & animal demonstrations.


Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes will be available for sale. Proceeds benefit the environmental education programs.

Local restaurants WingstopPIE-NOT,A Market, Which Wich, Blue Water Grill,Haute Cakes, Kean Coffee (love their coffee), Sensitive Sweets, Shirley’s Bagels, Whole Foods, thePizza Bakery, Fork in the Road & Z Pizza  will have food and drinks available to purchase.


If your looking for native plants, they’ll have a selection of native plants for sale  to attract more butterflies or birds to your yard, save water, reduce pesticide use, or showcase color throughout the year.

For the children there will be a variety of fun crafts*, face painting, henna tattoos, a petting zoo and the Orange County Bird of Prey Center will be on hand with their live hawks and owls. OC Reptile Rescue will bring a variety of scaly things, and Wolf Totem Ambassadors will have their wolves on site for you to meet.


*Purchase a re-usable ENC canvas bag for $5 – your “ticket” to make awesome crafts like Star Lanterns, Pine Cone Critters, Beautiful Branches, Gratitude Cards, Pasta Necklaces, and Calendar Kites!enc_pumpkinpatch4

As for the entertainment, enjoy the music of Keith Serpa and be sure to check out the Fire Circle Stage to hear a story from Community Roots Academy, theYouth Singers of Orange County  and the Eco-Fashion show by Saddleback College.

It’s sure to be great day, hope to see you there!


images from : www.facebook.com/pages/Environmental-Nature-Center


Kids Tested, Mother Approved Healthy Pizzas

We attended another Whole Kids Cooking Club class at Whole Foods. The Healthy Eating Specialist had two healthy vegetarian pizzas for the kids to create.  One sweet and one savory.

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The savory pizza was made on sandwich thins, hummus with  shredded carrots, broccoli, romanesco broccoli, red and yellow bell pepper, zucchini and spinach as their topping options.

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The sweet pizzas were made on flat sandwich thins made with with raisins and flax seeds. The topping options were peanut butter, almond butter, sliced strawberries, bananas, kiwi, blueberries & raspberries. None of the kids seemed to have a problem with any of these options.


The kids loved making their pizza’s. It was fun and easy for them to do. My little one always digs right in there and throws all the ingredients on her plate. The funny thing is, if I would have offered my 7 year daughter and 6 year grandson romanesco broccoli earlier in the day they probably would’ve said no. In a setting like this however, they were all more then willing to eat it or at least try it.


 I recommend taking your picky eaters to Whole Foods  for a Whole Kids Club cooking class. For $5.00, they provide a fun environment with kid friendly food ideas that empower kids to try  new things.


Whole Kids Cooking Club at Whole Foods


We attended the Whole Foods, Whole Kids Cooking club on Friday, “Cooking a Rainbow” was the theme. The goal of the cooking class was to support healthy eating habits by eating from a rainbow. This class was a hands healthy eating course for kids.

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The host had an array of beautiful juliette sliced veggies such as sweet potato, squash, zucchini, finely chopped rainbow broccoli, edamame and a black bean pasta. The younger kids, 3-4, had a great time piling veggies on their plate and the 6+ age group arranged their veggies into beautiful rainbows. All of them were so proud of their creation. They topped their colorful plates with a warm marinara sauce.


For dessert they were given slices of bananas, they scooped out the middle of the banana filled it with peanut butter and dipped the bottom in chocolate. Both of my girls loved it.

Since the all the kids made such a big plate of veggies, my girls couldn’t even finish even a quarter of what was on the their plate. My husband and I were able to fest on the leftovers later on. Overall, this was a refining moment for all of us, the girls loved the veggies and I found a Black Bean pasta that I can’t wait to incorporate into a dish.


Our local Whole Foods has kids cooking classes twice a month for the cost of $5.00. They provided an abundance of ingredients (all of which were organic), my girls were able to try (and liked) the black bean pasta and my girls understood the concept of eating from a rainbow. Since the discussion was ripe for the taking, we walked around Whole Foods afterwards and discussed the importance healthy eating habits. I look forward to the next class.