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Healthy Cooking for Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a disease of growing concern for many in America and around the world — including for the Kansas City region. According to the Kansas City, Kansas, Office of the American Diabetes Association, more than 320,000 people in the metro area are affected by diabetes, and it is estimated that one out of every three children born after 2000 in the United States will be directly affected by diabetes.

K-State Olathe is addressing this challenge with "Healthy Cooking for Diabetics" — a hands-on cooking class in which you will learn how to manage your Type 2 diabetes through a healthy diet. 

About the class

"Healthy Cooking for Diabetes" pairs medical science with hands-on learning and is taught by experts in nutrition, the culinary arts and education. Classes are 3 hours in length and are offered in the morning and evening for your convenience.

You'll learn:

  • How to visualize portion size.

  • How to cook multiple dishes (which we'll sample).

  • Cooking techniques that transcend the recipes we make in class.

Classes begin with a quick food safety and knife use primer, followed by information from nutritionists about diet. The majority of the time is spent reproducing, tasting and discussing groupings of recipes. While specific recipes are used, the emphasis is on cooking concepts and techniques, giving you the tools needed to create healthy food on a daily basis.

Classes are taught in the five-station teaching kitchen at K-State Olathe. Each class offers a safe, comfortable and fun environment for participants. Questions are encouraged. 

Click on the picture below to see a gallery of what you'll be doing in the kitchen and the type of meals you'll be making.

The class is provided in collaboration with the University of Kansas Medical Center and area health care professionals.  

Upcoming classes

Classes to be announced. 

Sign up today

This 3-hour class costs $35 for an individual. Bring a second household member and receive a $25 discount on their registration.

The new reduced pricing is thanks to a generous grant from K-State Olathe's partner, Humana. 

Classes are limited to 20 people at a time. 

Please note that first-time registrants will receive preference in class placement. 

The Menu

Seared Skirt Beef Steak with Chimichuri

Egg and Avocado Sandwich

Fish En Papillote

Chicken Breast in an Italian Style

Cuban Style Sandwich

Chocolate Zucchini Cake