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Published by James Allan for Salix Homes in Housing and also in Education, Health

Salix Homes tenants have been learning how to cook healthy meals Salix Homes tenants have been learning how to cook healthy meals

Healthy cuisine is on the menu for families in Salford thanks to Salix Homes.

The Salford-based social housing provider teamed up with the health improvement team at Salford City Council and top chef Ray Jones to teach children and their parents how to rustle up nutritious meals for the whole family

Salix Homes’ tenants were invited to come along with their children to the five-week course at Ordsall Community Cafe to learn how to cook a variety of dishes using only fresh ingredients.

The budding cooks were placed under the watchful eye of top chef Ray Jones, who works at Tameside College, and taught them how to cook a range of healthy meals including quinoa salad and bean casserole.

Grandmother-of-seven Shirley Branchflower, 55, says she has started cooking healthier meals at home since she completed the course.

She said: “The course was brilliant, I really enjoyed it.  I’d always cooked for the family anyway, especially when the grandchildren come round, but now I’m using ingredients I would never have thought of using before, like couscous. I’m definitely cooking healthier meals now and the grandchildren love it.”

The participants also produced a recipe book so they can practice what they learnt at home and eight people completed their Level Two Food and Hygiene Certificates.

Mary Rolfe, customer involvement and new initiatives officer at Salix Homes, said: “This is the second year we have organised these cooking courses, but this time we thought it’d be great for parents to bring their children along too, so that the whole family can learn about the benefits of healthy eating from a young age.

“We know how difficult it can be to encourage children to eat healthy, so it was wonderful to see how enthusiastic they were to try all these new types of food. We hope that by teaching children how to cook they are more likely to grow up to be healthy adults because they’ll know about the importance of a balanced and nutritious diet.”

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