MADISON (WKOW) -- If you or someone you know has ever faced a health crisis, you know how difficult it can be to do ordinary things like make a meal.
Whether it’s cancer, heart failure, stroke or complication from diabetes, one local organization is helping patients heal with food from the heart.
“Our focus is really to help provide education about nutrition and healthy eating,” said Tine La Haise.
La Haise is the Executive Director of Healthy Community Kitchen. The organization prepares meals for those in need using only locally grown, organic products.
“Kale is a biggie,” said La Haise. “We show people how to prepare it and give them the tools to be able to continue to make meals.”
Lillian Ramos has been battling cancer for months, but just received the news she’s been waiting to hear.
“I just had my first check up yesterday and I heard the good news,” said Ramos. “I’m clean. No more cancer in the body.”
Ramos says the meals helped ease her pain.
“Just going through so much stress during treatment puts you down,” said Ramos. “Some days are terrible but eating healthy is helping the body to keep going.”
Healthy Community Kitchen offers free and low-cost meals for up to 12 weeks to people experiencing a health crisis. The meals are offered two ways. Free meals are offered for those who can’t afford to pay. Low-cost meals are eligible for those who have available financial resources.
This program is unique, because the volunteers making the meals are made up of teenagers like Rachel Utke.
“I’ve learned a lot of cooking skills that I didn’t know before,” said Utke. “I’ve also learned how to help people out. It just feels really good to volunteer.”
Volunteer work that is helping to heal the soul.
“You know the old saying, food is medicine,” said La Haise. “That’s what we’re showing.”
Healthy Community Kitchen is always looking for adult and teen volunteers to help with the program. Click here for more information.
Cashew “Kohl” – Slaw
2C Raw Cashews
1C Cold Water
1/4C Diced Red Onion
1/2C Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4C Honey or Maple Syrup
3T Poppy Seeds
2T Onion Powder
1T Mustard Powder
Item Two (optional):
Instructions: Please ingredients in a blender and process on high until smooth. Season to taste as needed with salt and additional apple cider vinegar.
To assemble, toss the dressing over a mixture of shredded cabbage, carrots, and any other shredded vegetables you like (such as raw beets or broccoli stems). Allow marinating for at least an hour in the fridge before serving.
Makes: No. of servings: 24
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