She Cooks is a ministry primarily for women ages 18-28.  It was created by Megan Schlagel and combines cooking, budgeting, and becoming a godly hostess.  Here is what Megan says about the class…

When I created the class it’s because I saw a need. Young women I knew did not know how to meal plan, stay on budget, or cook healthy meals that didn’t require a box of something labeled “healthy.” This class is intended to help those women. If you need help in all three areas or maybe just one of the areas is a struggle, this class is for you. If you realize you don’t need help in these areas, don’t care to stick to a budget, and you already love cooking, this class may not be for you.

Another reason at the heart of why I created this class is hospitality. Romans 12:13 says, “Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality.” As members of the body of Christ we are commanded to be hospitable. Many in this generation have lost the art of having people in their homes. We don’t know how to cook so we go out to eat, and never have to be hospitable. Providing meals for people in need is a great service that we miss out on when we do not know how to cook. Beyond cooking for those outside of our family, we should be able to bring our family together around a table. We should be able to provide healthy meals for those that we love.

Proverbs 31 says,

15 She rises while it is still night and provides food for her household and portions for her female servants.  16 She evaluates a field and buys it; she plants a vineyard with her earnings.  17 She draws on her strength and reveals that her arms are strong. 18 She sees that her profits are good, and her lamp never goes out at night. 19 She extends her hands to the spinning staff, and her hands hold the spindle. 20 Her hands reach out to the poor, and she extends her hands to the needy.    21 She is not afraid for her household when it snows, for all in her household are doubly clothed.”     

Sticking to a budget that provides nutritious meals for our family shows them that we care for them. Shaping our budgets with flexibility so that we can “extend our hands to the needy” is something we should strive for. Opening our home to others is what sets us apart.

We will spend much of the first class period talking about meal planning and grocery shopping. This class does not cost, but I will ask members to bring one or two ingredients each class for whatever dish we’ll be making. There are two reasons I do this–the first is to share the cost of making meals among the group, the second is to help practice grocery shopping in a specific way (which we’ll talk about more in class).

The second class will focus more on understanding the ingredients in our food, and understanding some of the ways the FDA labels food (that are not very beneficial to us).

The third class will focus on flavors! We will talk about how people taste things differently, how spices work together, and learn how to get away from premixed seasoning packets.

The fourth class will focus more on cooking techniques.

We will cook a meal during every class! The class lessons are a little flexible so don’t be surprised if I come in one day with something different. Please bring a notebook and pen for notes!

Due to the space we have, and the number of cooking utensils, I will be limiting the class to 8 people. But keep in mind that (as of now) the class is only four sessions long which means in four months we’ll be ready for a new class! We will meet at Evergreen on the first Saturday of each month beginning March 4th. The class will be from 9:30-12:00. Please plan to attend all four sessions. If you don’t think you can commit to all four Saturdays, maybe wait till the next class in a few months to sign up. I hope that eventually the class can be bigger, but right now I’m still working out a lot of details, which is why this first class needs to be fairly small.

I will admit right up front that I do not know everything about cooking. Every time I work on my lessons I learn more and more (subsequently feeling more and more inadequate to teach a class). But I love to cook. I spent my first year of marriage trying to learn how to grocery shop and meal plan and cook healthy meals. It wasn’t easy! My hope is that what I’ve learned over time will be helpful to those who haven’t figured it out yet. I also hope that these classes will be a time of joyful fellowship among a group of women all learning something together. I want each woman to take what she learns in this class and share it with other ladies. I want it to encourage each of us to welcome people into our homes.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  Hopefully by the end of four sessions people will be able to say about each lady that She Cooks!

 

In Christ,

Megan Schlagel

918.933.9812 (feel free to text!)