Cooking for Wellness - Getting Creative

Students cooking

Cooking for Wellness – Getting Creative is a hands-on course designed for those who want to enhance their food and cooking skills to become more relaxed, confident and instinctive cooks while learning to create their own unique and health-supportive recipes. Participants will experiment with a variety of herbs, spices, and food combinations and use basic cooking methods to learn about flavor development in a variety of commonly prepared foods. 

This course is open to anyone in the community (no University affiliation is required). Students should have a solid background in basic cooking skills to sign up for this course (knife skills, e.g., chop an onion; prepare eggs, e.g., fry, scramble, boil an egg; cook pasta, kitchen safety, etc.). Successful completion of Cooking for Wellness - The Basics is helpful but not necessary.

  • NOTE: We need a minimum of 18 participants. If there are less than 18 registrations one week before the start of a session, then that session will be cancelled and your fees will be refunded. 

UMN employees are eligible for Wellbeing Program points if they complete six of the seven lessons (attend four labs and three home assignments). Please refer to the UMN Wellbeing Program site for more information about Wellbeing points. 

Contact Education Program Director Robin Schow ( / 612-626-6425) for more information.


We will only offer 4-week sessions starting in January 2020 -
(Specific dates/times will be posted in late October 2019)

Session A: January/February 
Session B: February/March
Session C: March/April


Here's what past participants have to say about Cooking for Wellness classes:
“The hands-on experience of making the recipes and then tasting them helped me feel more confident trying them at home on my own.”

“Thank you for putting together such a thoughtful and balanced curriculum. I learned valuable skills that I will carry with me for the rest of my years.”

“I really enjoyed the class, and as a long time recipe follower, I have more confidence in just trying things. It was very fun.”