The First Beans Cooking Workshop

Here at Beans we focus on providing resources to help children to learn how to cook healthy recipes so that they can grow up with a positive view of healthy eating. To officially launch Beans as business we hosted our very first cooking workshop event on the 20th May, at Jurassic Perk Cafe, in Ruislip. The event consisted of a cooking workshop, goodie bags full of healthy snacks and access to the soft play area.

The Venue

Jurassic Perk Cafe was a great place to host the event. The venue has a dinosaur theme throughout, with a really fun soft play area and the staff are really welcoming. Their location is on Ruislip high street, which makes it super easy to get to. Jurassic Perk has a disco room which is where we held the cooking workshop. This made the atmosphere really fun, and the kids loved it!

Cooking Workshop Activities

During the actual cooking workshop, Kat Sullivan (Beans CEO), taught two healthy recipes: burritos, chia pudding with fruit salad. The balance of sweet and savoury ensured that the children could eat what they made, as a balanced meal. When making the burritos, the kids were split into teams where they each made a component of the burrito such as the guacamole or the salsa. They then each assembled their own burrito, depending on their preferences.

Healthy Recipes

We like to teach kids about new cooking techniques and ingredients and the chia pudding did exactly that. Chia seeds are high in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, protein and fibre – so they really do pack a punch. When liquid is added to them, they expand and become a jelly-like dessert, which children absolutely love! To our chia seeds we added soya milk, maple syrup and served it with a side of fruit salad (which they worked together to cut and assemble). Not only did the kids learn valuable cooking skills such as chopping and assembling complimentary flavours, they also developed their soft-skills. These skills include teamwork, problem solving and listening, which are all very valuable.

Goodie Bags

After the event each child was given a goodie bag full of:

  • Healthy snacks
  • The food they made during the workshop
  • Various worksheets

We partnered up with multiple snack companies to give every child and parent some healthy snacks to try. Chicp provided natural, raw and delicious hummus in their herby and chilli pumpkin flavours. This was given to the parents to snack on with breadsticks, while they waited for their child. Ombar coco mylk buttons and Clearly Scrumptious scrummies were the tasty treats that were inside the goodie bags.

Future Cooking Workshop

We are looking into hosting future pop-up cooking workshop events as well as private cooking workshop parties. Sign up to The Beans Club so that we can update you with more information!

Tofu Lettuce Tomato (TLT) Sandwich
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TLT sandwich

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1/2 block of pressed, firm tofu
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 slices of bread
  • 4 tbsp hummus
  • 2 leaves of lettuce
  • 1/2 sliced tomato
  • 1/4 carrot
  • 1/4 cucumber

Instructions

  • Thinly slice the tofu
  • In a flat dish, mix together the crushed garlic and soy sauce
  • Place the tofu into the mixture
  • Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 5
  • Leave to marinade for 10 minutes
  • Place the tofu onto a baking tray and into the oven for 20 minutes
  • Assemble the TLT by spreading a thin layer of hummus on each slice of bread
  • Then top with the lettuce, tomato and tofu
  • Decorate the sandwich with the carrot and cucumber
Apple Pie Flapjacks

Apple Pie Flapjacks

Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 3

Ingredients

  • 100 g oats
  • 60 g peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 100 g soaked, pitted dates
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 large, grated Brambly apple

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 4
  • In a large bowl, mash the dates until smooth
  • To the dates, mix in the rest of the ingredients
  • On a baking tray spread the mixture into a thin, even layer
  • Place into the oven for 35 minutes
  • Leave to cool for 15 minutes
  • Cut the flapjacks into shapes before serving
Pancake Muffins

Pancake Muffins

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 200 g self-raising flour
  • 150 ml dairy-free milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 20 g brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 6
  • Mix together the ground flax seeds and water and leave to thicken for 10 minutes
  • In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients together
  • Spoon 2-3 tbsp of the mixture into each muffin case
  • Place the muffins into the oven for 30 minutes
  • Leave to cool and serve with a large drizzle of maple syrup
Burritos

Burrito

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 tortilla
  • 50 g cooked rice and beans
  • 1 1/2 tbsp refried beans
  • 1 leaf iceburg lettuce
  • 1/8 pepper
  • 2 tbsp sweet corn

Salsa

  • 1 tomato
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp coriander

Guacamole

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • Pinch salt

Instructions

Salsa

  • Finely chop the tomato and coriander
  • Mix together the chopped tomato, coriander and lime juice

Guacamole

  • With a fork mash the avocado until smooth
  • Mix together the mashed avocado, lime juice and salt

Assemble

  • Roughly chop the iceberg lettuce
  • Slice the pepper in thin strips
  • Spread an even layer of the refried beans onto the tortiall
  • Place the lettuce, pepper, guacamole, salsa, corn, rice and beans onto the tortilla
  • Fold and rap the tortilla into a burrito shape
Chia Seed Pudding

Chia Seed Pudding

A jelly like pudding that’s both delicious and high in Omega 3s
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 person

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 10 tbsp dairy-free milk
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup Other alternative liquid sweeteners can also be used

Instructions

  • To a bowl, mix together the chia seeds, milk and maple syrup
  • Leave to thicken for 20 minutes
Pesto Pasta

Pesto Pasta

Course Main Course
Servings 1 person

Ingredients

  • 25 g spinach
  • 55 g cooked spaghetti
  • 15 g peas
  • 2 tbsp basil pesto

Instructions

  • Roughly chop the spinach
  • Mix together the chopped spinach, spaghetti, peas and pesto
Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse

Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 6 tbsp cacao powder
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup

Instructions

  • Blend all of the ingredients together in a high speed blender until smooth
  • Best served chilled