Grands Recipe Makeover Springs Into Action

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Collage of volunteers preparing food.

On April 24th, EFNEP Agent Kathy Copeland, Ag/Horticultural Agent Edward Godfrey III and Admin Assistant Cindy Davis spent part of the day with Bertie County’s “Grands” participating in the “Grands Recipe Makeover” program.

The participants split into two groups. One group potted vegetable plants and herb seeds with Edward. He instructed them on the proper soil depth to plant/seed ratio. There were many questions and lots of laughter.

The second group started to make the recipes that were chosen. The first cooking group made lasagna with ground hamburger, bread sticks, and berry yogurt bake with strawberries.

The groups then traded places. The second cooking group made lasagna with ground turkey, garlic bread, and berry yogurt bake with blueberries.

It was explained that the lasagna recipe was developed as a healthier alternative to Hamburger Helper’s lasagna. Kathy demonstrated a quick and easy method to cook pasta in the microwave. Then the groups got to sample what they cooked. Many participants were surprised to learn that they could not tell the difference between ground turkey and ground beef in the recipe. The group was also pleasantly surprised to learn that the baked yogurt was especially good and had the consistency of cheesecake.