Green Apron MeetUp

April 21, 2016 | Personal Chef Gigs

I was recently introduced to the Green Apron group on MeetUp by a friend.  If you haven’t heard of MeetUp, it’s a site/app filled with numerous interest groups (from yoga, to beer, and even board games) that are open for anyone to join, and the groups have periodic “meet ups” (whether they are weekly, monthly, etc) where all group members are free to attend and encouraged to invite others.  MeetUp groups are a great way to meet new people if you have just moved to a new city, network, enjoy a hobby with fellow enthusiasts, and even learn new things.

The Green Apron group is a cooking club focused on healthy eating and recipes.  During each “meet up”, there is a presenter who prepares a healthy recipe in front of the group.  To earn the coveted green apron and title of Green Apron Chef, the presenter has to be sure the group learns something new, and also enjoys the food that is prepared during the demonstration.  Also during the meet up, attendees are encouraged to bring a healthy dish to share with the rest of the group; the recipes are also shared on a website set up for the group.

I was asked by the group organizer to give a cooking demonstration on meal prep.  For the demo I made Southwest Bowls, consisting of: “Spanish” brown rice, sauteed vegetables (red onion, zucchini, green bell pepper, and red bell pepper), spiced ground turkey, and spiced faux meaty crumbles.  The rice was made with vegetable stock, and when combined with the sauteed vegetables and faux meaty crumbles, the meal prep meals became a vegan option (as there are typically vegans and vegetarians at the meet ups).  I also touched on many of the key points of meal prep during my demonstration, like what it is, why it is beneficial, and debunking some myths about meal prep.

Everyone in the group learned something new: using various and generous amounts spices to help add flavor, proper portion sizes, and tricks to pump up the flavor of rice.  And everyone who tried my cooking enjoyed it.  So needless to say, I earned my green apron!

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