For many, college is a time of extreme budgets and even extremer attempts at eating good and healthy while living on said budgets. Or, if the extreme budget isn’t the issue, the lack of time to enjoy a good and healthy meal forces late night pit stops to your favorite chinese joint on the block.
We’ve all been there.
But out of all the many warnings that our parents, friends, older siblings, and mentors give about college life, the conversation about food can be the least inspiring. It’s as if we’re destined for ramen and kool-aid for 4 years.
Luckily, there are sistah soldiers dedicated to expanding our recipe books while engaging with the complexity of food politics. Through exciting monthly cooking series called Food Heaven Made Easy with Wendy &Jess, nutrition educators Wendy Lopez and Jessica Jones, work to keep the pizazz in our meals and challenge a system that continues to marginlaize communities of color. As educators, they aim to teach the power of sustainable food choices and relationship between those choices and the overall health of our spirits, minds, and bodies.
Pumpkin spiced soup and yucca mash with sauteed portabella mushrooms are offered as tasty solutions to any budget conscious co-ed. And the garlic and white wine tofu pasta is amazing!
If you’re a resident of The Borough also known as Brooklyn, you can catch Wendy & Jess on Brooklyn Community Access Television. Elsewhere, visit their site Food Heaven Made Easy for more delicious dishes!