Dominion Chalmers Church355 Cooper Street

à la carte:
Healthy Eating for
the Whole Family
with Laura Keogh

à la carte: Free food literacy events presented in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library with support from the government of Ontario.
"The School Year Survival Cookbook is a gift to parents wanting to keep their kids engaged with the food they’re eating to fuel their bodies. Between the meal plans, delectable recipes with magnificent photos and even ideas for jazzy snacks and leftovers, it’s the gift that will keep giving all year long!
— Catherine McCord
Laura Keogh - Photo courtesy of Maya Visnyei
Join Laura Keogh, co-author of  The School Year Survival Cookbook  for a fail-proof guide to the calendar-packed time that can break a parent's spirit: the school year. For families, cooking from September to June is about way more than just packing lunch boxes. It's trying to shoehorn a healthy dinner into already tight schedules that go in multiple directions; it's getting everyone fed before the school bus arrives; it's fuelling kids up for soccer practice and figuring out dinner when you get home after the dance recital. This book addresses every major food dilemma parents face during the 300-plus days of the school year, with 110 recipes and road-tested, guaranteed-to-work, effective strategies that will keep families on track even during the most hectic weeks. Learn how to become a lunch ninja that packs school lunches even the pickiest kid will love; master the art of the meal prep to save your sanity; celebrate the humble leftover and transform it into lunches and dinners that no one at the dinner table will ever complain about; fuel your active kids so that their brains and bodies are fed.     

From strategic dinners that become school lunches to double-duty baking that puts the "fast" in breakfast,  The School Year Survival Cookbook  is an indispensable guide for every parent, kitchen, and family.

Free savoury snacks will be provided by Operation Come Home

  • Individual St. Albert grilled cheese with house made tomato catsup
  • Tandoori chicken skewers with garlic and basil yoghurt
  • Asian spiced meatballs with sweet and sour glaze (warm)

Other special guests include an  Ottawa Public Health dietitian who can discuss healthy food options and students from Growing Futures social enterprise with their Blender Bike. Buy a pedal-powered smoothie from greens these young entrepreneurs helped grow and harvest.

This free event is presented in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library’s food literacy project, à la carte. For more information on “à la carte”, please visit the  OPL’s food literacy webpage .

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