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Mission

“Learn, Eat, and Grow Together”
Our mission is to convert your picky eaters into fruit and vegetable lovers, teach them how food looks in its original form, where it comes from, and how produce and spices can be manipulated and cooked into delicious and creative meals. Our offering of fun and educational classes will help you and family get healthier together!
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Sandra Maestas

Founder & Chef
Sandra Maestas, Founder and CEO of Cookin’ Kiddos, brings her unique combination of extensive educational in Pre-K education (Montessori Method) and culinary school to every class and event she helps develop. She has coordinated a variety of creative events for children, such as cooking classes with Pre-K students, planting and nurturing a vegetable garden, and organizing a toddler farmers’ market where children learned to trade and sell their own organic produce to an audience of proud parents and friends. When she is not cooking in a classroom or private event, you may find Sandra at the farmers’ market looking for the freshest seasonal produce or in her own kitchen. It is no coincidence that her family is a culinary one! Sandra, her four-year old son, Savion, and her husband John, a professional chef himself, enjoy spending time planning meals and cooking together.

OUR FOOD PHILOSOPHY:

WE PRIORITIZE VEGGIES
Vegetables make up the majority of our signature class recipes. We try to add leafy greens to almost
every meal and we make sure there is a rainbow of color, as this promises to provide the most nutrients.

WE AVOID WHITE AS A COLOR AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
Unless it’s cauliflower, white is often the least nutrient-dense color when it comes to food. Using whole grains like quinoa, buckwheat, bulgur wheat, and other such items are a great way to up the goodness in a meal. We prioritize high fiber or whole-grain pasta over the regular white option.

WE TEACH KIDS TO EAT GOOD FATS
Fat has had a bad reputation over the last couple of decades, but it is suddenly being vindicated in both science and the media. We believe that a moderate amount of good fats are an essential part of a well-balanced diet. Good fats include things like avocados, nut and olive oils, coconut oil/milk/cream, organic eggs, full-fat organic or free-range dairy and ghee.

NO KIDDOS MEAL IS COMPLETE WITHOUT DESSERT
We do NOT believe in depriving our children of sugar and sweet, so we help them create delicious alternatives using natural replacements such as honey, agave, dates and monk fruit. Your kids will be blown away by our avocado chocolate mousse, banana oat cookies, and vanilla bean cashew cake.