One of the perks of my work as a Community Dietitian is working alongside some fabulous home cooks. Together we create delicious meals for our programs.
The English School Lunch Program is a project that I started several years ago. We provide a hot, healthy lunch to a group of moms and kids who are New Canadians. Our lunch program extends their English-as-a-Second-Language learning day, which would otherwise be just a very short morning. And their children get to experience a wonderful school readiness program. It’s win-win-win!
Another side benefit for me is working in the kitchen with incredible women; learning and laughing together as we better understand our cultures and our lives. The very best part of my work week.
I was fortunate to find a great cook and friend when I hired Anna to lead the kitchen. That girl has skills! The women coming to learn are thrilled with Anna’s cooking – and so am I – I get to take her great recipes home. And today, I get to share one with you!
Anna grew up in an Old Colony Mennonite community in Mexico. She left in her teens and made a new life for herself in Canada. She writes about her journey on her blog, Mennopolitan. It’s a fascinating read!
Recently, when we had family visiting, I made Anna’s Taco Soup alongside our Mexican Lasagne. It was an absolute hit! And the best part: there was enough left over that Ed and I ate some delicious lunches for the rest of the week.