DC Young Adult Cancer Supper Club: Quick Wonton Dishes

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April 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with Chef Kara Garrett

Join Chef Kara for a fun happy hour of virtual cooking where she will demonstrate and guide you through two quick recipes using store-bought wonton wrappers. Wonton wrappers are a versatile foundation that can provide endless opportunities for you to be creative with healthy recipes in the kitchen. We will first make a protein-packed, Chinese-style vegetable filling that will be used to crispy baked wonton cups with a tart slaw topping that are a wonderful healthy appetizer. We will also make a quick, healthy dessert that comes together in minutes.

Chef Kara will provide helpful cooking tips during this interactive class. Bring your favorite beverage and watch for new ideas, or prepare the items alongside Chef Kara. 

Note: If you plan to cook-along, please have all ingredients and supplies out and ready to use before joining the class. Contact Chef Kara prior to class for any questions regarding ingredient or equipment substitutions.

Menu Items:
  • Crispy Wonton Cups
  • Baked Banana Fritters 

Note: There will be plenty of savory tofu filling to serve with rice or quinoa as a full meal. The filling also freezes well for future use. 

  • Wonton wrappers
  • 1/2 block extra firm tofu
  • Walnuts (1/2 cup)
  • 2 Garlic cloves 
  • Ginger root (2-inch piece)
  • Bag of coleslaw or broccoli slaw mix (can sub cabbage or bok choy)
  • Shiitake mushrooms (5oz) (optional)
  • 2 small scallions
  • 1 banana
  • Neutral oil such as canola, safflower or avocado
  • Tamari, Coconut aminos, or soy sauce
  • Plain yogurt (optional, but recommended)
  • Rice wine vinegar (optional)
  • Cooking spray (optional but helpful)
  • Chinese five spice powder (optional)
  • Sesame seeds (optional)
  • Sriracha or sambal paste (optional)
  • Honey or agave (optional)
  • Nut butter (optional)
  • Chocolate chips (optional)
Kitchen supplies
  • Cutting board and knife
  • Saute pan
  • Spatula or wooden spoon
  • Clean kitchen towel or paper towels to press tofu
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Cookie sheet
  • Muffin pan 
  • Parchment paper (optional)
  • Fork & spoon

The YACS Supper Club provides an opportunity for young adult cancer survivors to come together in a casual setting to share a delicious meal. Chef Kara cooks a healthy 3-course meal to share and leads the group in preparing one menu item together. Past items include chocolate truffles, steamed dumplings. Brazilian crepes, and 5-minute carrot cake. All meals are vegan and gluten-free. **Supper Club is currently only being offered virtually. Recipes and needed supplies are provided ahead of time. We prepare one dish and enjoy our meal together.

About Chef Kara Garret

Kara is a health-supportive chef based in Washington, DC. Following her breast cancer diagnosis in 2013, she embraced the challenge of finding a balance between her foodie lifestyle and eating well with cancer. She has adopted a flexible diet plan that focuses on plant-based, sustainable whole foods, but does not restrict indulgences of things she loves. She is passionate about working with others to encourage healthier food choices that energize the body and the soul.

Kara graduated in August 2017 from the Chef Training Program at Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC and spent one month as the sous chef at The Ananda Ashram Yoga Society of New York in Monroe, NY. She is currently enrolled in the Developing Healthy Communities: Nutrition, Behavior, and Physical Activity graduate program at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

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