Quick Meals for Kooris is a ‘hands-on’ cooking program that was designed to assist urban Aboriginal people to cook healthy meals for the family.
The program is delivered in two x three-hour sessions and is very flexible and versatile. It can be used as a stand-alone activity or incorporated within larger programs. The recipes used include ‘everyday’ foods, fresh, frozen and tinned, which are always the cheapest to buy and often in the cupboard.
Quick Meals for Kooris is designed to be run by an Aboriginal health worker or a member of the Aboriginal community. The group leader does not need extensive nutrition knowledge, just some basic home cooking skills and knowledge of their local community.
Why was the program developed?
There is a need for urban Aboriginal people to have access to relevant food programs that promote healthy family eating. A program was needed that was ‘hands-on’ and enabled new food skills to be learnt in a friendly informal environment.
Quick Meals for Kooris was designed to enable Aboriginal people to improve their health through gaining knowledge and developing skills to enable them to feed their families healthy food on a budget.
A resource was also needed that could be used to train Aboriginal health workers or interested members of the Aboriginal community to deliver the program thus ensuring sustainability.
What is in the cooking program?
There are two x three hour sessions which begin with a demonstration of aspects of each recipe. Then the class is divided into groups to cook a recipe together. The meal is then shared and eaten, encouraging socialising and happy discussions.
Recipes used in the program are available to participants in the Quick Meals for Kooris at Home participant booklet. Each recipe has instructions on how to modify it for diabetes, for example: how to substitute ingredients depending on availability; and how to use leftovers.
Download a copy of:
Quick Meals for Kooris at Home
Quick Meals for Kooris Trainers Manual
- Learn how to prepare low cost recipes
- Share ideas and prepare meals from ingredients that are ‘in the cupboard’ use a range of ingredients, modify recipes or how to ‘extend meat’ to serve more people
- Adapt or choose recipes to suit cooking skills, utensils and equipment that they may have available
- Discuss food safety and hygiene (woven into the sessions)
- Prepare meals and snacks suitable for the whole family.
How can the program be delivered?
The cooking program can be run as a ‘stand-alone’ program or included in larger programs, including those that address:
- heart disease
- living on a budget
- working with youth
- community gardens
- vacation care etc.
The kit is also designed to train Aboriginal health workers or Aboriginal community members to deliver the cooking program.
For more information contact Carolyn Bunney on 4320 3363 or complete below.