Office of Nutritional Services to hold Cooks Series

The Office of Nutrition Services will hold a three-part Cooks Series from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on March 3, 11 and 19 in Roosevelt Hall room 5.

The ONS is celebrating National Nutrition Month by teaching students about cooking and nutrition. Students will have the opportunity to prepare a meal with the help of junior and senior dietetic students working in the ONS.

Alison Jay, the registered dietitian and supervisor at the ONS, will supervise the dietetic students. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University’s dietetic program in 2013 and will graduate this April with a masters in EMU’s Human Nutrition program.

“Because most students are on a budget and are faced with preparing their own foods for the first time, these classes are a great way to help students build confidence in the kitchen by expanding their horizons and learning new kitchen skills,” Jay said.

In the first session, the Breakfast Cooking Demo, students will make quiche toast cups, apple-berry baked oatmeal and raspberry almond chia smoothies.

Students will make an arugula and olive salad, winter minestrone soup and white bean brownies in the Lunch Cooking Demo.

In the final session, the Dinner Cooking Demo, students will make falafel-crusted chicken with hummus slaw, tabbouleh and berry clafoutis.

All supplies will be provided for students.

Jay said that while the recipes may seem intimidating, they are easy enough for a beginner.

“Some of the ingredients may be new to some of the participants, but the assistance of the ONS staff makes the experience of preparing the recipes easy and fun,” Jay said.

The event is free due to a grant provided to the ONS by the Southeastern Michigan Dietetic Association.

Each class will be capped at 25 students. Attendance to all three sessions is not mandatory. Students will earn LBC credit.

To pre-register for the sessions call 734-487-6572 or email Registration will be open through the day of the sessions. For more information about ONS and their nutrition counseling services, visit their website at

“For those living on EMU’s campus and eating in the EMU restaurants, the Office of Nutrition Services provides advice and resources for how to eat healthier on campus and make good nutrition decisions to maintain good health,” Jay said.

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