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Light & Delicious: Healthy Cooking Dishes & Techniques

Alejandra Ramos Culinary & Lifestyle »
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Location: East Harlem, Manhattan
1325 5th Ave
Btwn E 111th & 112th Streets
New York, New York 10029 (Map)
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Class Information

  • Class Level: All levels
  • Age Requirements: 13 and older
  • Average Class Size: 8

What you'll learn in this healthy cooking class:

Learn to prepare an array of delicious, healthy dishes that are as easy on your waist as they are to prepare.

Whether you're looking to lose weight or simply get healthier, this NYC healthy cooking class will help you start the new year off on the right foot. Go over healthy cooking techniques, and discuss the health and weight-loss benefits of ingredients you can find right in your grocery store. Learn some professional tips and ideas you can take home to lighten up some of your favorite dishes. With an emphasis on real food and fresh, seasonal ingredients, you'll learn valuable recipes and ideas that will carry you throughout the year, making it possible to finally stick to those New Year's resolutions.

Attire: There is no dress code, but we do suggest dressing in cool, comfortable clothes appropriate for cooking. Skirts, dresses, and shorts are fine. Comfortable, closed-toe shoes such are strongly recommended as you will be moving and on your feet for much of the class. Flip-flops and heels are discouraged. I will be providing aprons and towels, but remember that spills and splatters are always a possibility. Long flowing sleeves and scarves are discouraged as they can catch flame or fall into the food. 

Class Policies: Classes open to all students, male and female. Students under age 18, must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. No alcohol will be served to students younger than 21 (it's the law). All students must read and sign a waiver of liability and photo release before participating in class. (Waiver will be distributed at beginning of class). 

Refund & Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy: 

All tickets are non-refundable, but they are transferable, meaning you can send someone in your place if you can't attend; no need to notify me in advance. A course voucher for the full cost of your ticket can be issued if notified via e-mail of cancellation prior to 48 hours before class. Cancellations received less than 48 hours are not eligible for refund or voucher credit. Course vouchers can be used toward any other class within 1 year of issue. To schedule a class with a voucher, please e-mail directly indicating the class you'd like to take. Class space subject to availability.  

We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule a class due to instructor illness, low enrollment, inclement weather, or other extenuating circumstances. In rare event of a class cancellation by the instructor, a choice of full refund or credit towards a rescheduled class will be offered.

Teacher: Alejandra Ramos

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Alejandra has been cooking and entertaining others since she was a teenager; she was 16 when she hosted her first dinner party and was known in her college dorm for her elaborate wine and cheese events (still underage, she would carefully select the wines and send an older friend to purchase them). After spending a few too many afternoons skipping classes in order to perfect her madeleine recipe, Alejandra realized that her true passion was in the kitchen.

Appealing to her father's sweet tooth and mother's thirst for learning, she convinced her parents to let her move to Italy to study culinary arts. They agreed, and Alejandra enrolled at Apicius International School of Hospitality in Florence, where she studied cuisine, pastry, and wine with some of the top chefs in Italy, including award-winning pastry chef Andrea Bianchini.

Upon returning to the United States (and a very tiny apartment kitchen!), Alejandra set about translating the skills she learned in the professional kitchen for use by the home cook, developing recipes that are as inspiring and accessible as they are delicious. (She also kept her promise to her father by continuing to provide him with a regular supply of his favorite cakes and pastries.)

Alejandra was previously International Editions Editor of Cosmopolitan magazine at Hearst Magazines International, where she oversaw 16 of the foreign editions of Cosmopolitan in Western Europe, South Africa, Brazil, and Asia. Prior to Cosmopolitan, Alejandra began her media career as a web editor and non-profit digital communications associate, managing websites and online communities for non-profit associations Common Good and the Americans for Libraries Council.

Outside of the kitchen, Alejandra has dedicated her time to raising awareness about the need for media literacy education in the United States, working closely with The LAMP (Learning About Multimedia Project), a New York-based nonprofit that works within communities to help students, parents, and educators develop a healthy relationship with all media. Her interest in particular is on the connection between media literacy and the way we eat, encouraging a developed awareness and understanding of what we’re allowing into our bodies.

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Alejandra Ramos Culinary & Lifestyle
East Harlem, Manhattan
1325 5th Ave
Btwn E 111th & 112th Streets
New York, New York 10029

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School: Alejandra Ramos Culinary & Lifestyle

Alejandra Ramos is a culinary and lifestyle writer, food blogger, and culinary educator. She is the creator of, an internationally recognized home cooking and entertaining blog and lifestyle platform through which she shares her original from-scratch recipes, cooking tips, do-it-yourself...

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