I Can't: Cook Healthy Meals

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Mac & Cheese Productions℠ is an inclusive, no judgment (of self or others) space, and welcomes all human beings. This is a virtual offering. Times are CDT; convert for your location. You are encouraged to turn on your video to make conversation more conversation’y but being on camera is not required. You should be able to attend live; this is not a replay offering.

☆ Ingredients are not included in registration price; see below for what you'll need ☆

Let's cook together!

With Gwen guiding us, we'll cook two simple, healthy, delicious recipes that can be modified to suit personal taste and preferences (vegan + vegetarian-friendly). You can make one recipe, both recipes, or just watch everyone else cook. As a nutrition coach, Gwen'll be able to answer questions about the recipes as well as questions like "Why do we need to eat protein?", "Are carbs 'bad'?", "Is brown rice better than white rice?", "Does fat make me fat?" and anything else that might be on your mind related to diet, nutrition, or cooking.

If you're at all intimidated by the kitchen, interested in adding to your repertoire, or just think an evening learning, hanging, and noshing with friendly stranger-friends sounds nice, join us! We'll cook and then eat. While you're welcome to eat two dinners — no judgment — Gwen suggests putting Recipe #2 in the fridge or freezer for later.

Recipe #1 - Egg Roll in a Bowl

Recipe #2 - Sheet Pan Fajitas

People with food restrictions (vegan, vegetarian, allergies, etc.) welcome! Please note your restriction upon registration.



Gwen Holtan started her nutrition coaching business, Beyond the Box Nutrition, in September 2017 with her business partner Sheena Lawrick. She worked in the healthcare industry for many years and decided that it was time to follow her passion of helping people live healthier lives and reach their weight loss goals. She believes that diets with a name (Keto, Whole30, or Intermittent Fasting) are not necessary to lose weight and wants her clients to keep fun foods (treats) in their diet while losing weight so long-term adherence and sustainability are more likely. Bye bye revolving door, merry-go-round dieting lifestyle and hello to finding what works for you! Gwen loves to celebrate her clients’ successes and feels there is nothing better when a client reaches their goals and is ready to “graduate.”



  • Shopping List ingredients (see below; cut your veggies and protein in advance; buy pre-cut if you want)

  • Recipes (these will be sent to you ahead of time, if you want to print out or have on your device)

  • Device that has the most recent version of Zoom downloaded, is able to connect to the internet, and that you can bring to the kitchen

  • Optional: glass of something something to sip as we cook


Egg Roll Bowls

  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ cup onion, minced

  • 5 green onions, sliced separating white & green parts

  • 1 lb. ground turkey (93% lean) or ground chicken or ground pork or firm tofu or other plant-based protein

  • ½ tsp (or more) ground ginger (can buy ginger paste in a tube to make prep easier)

  • 1 Tbsp Sriracha or other chili sauce (more if you like it hotter)

  • 14oz. bag coleslaw mix

  • 3 Tbsp coconut aminos (or soy sauce)

  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar

  • 2 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds

  • Salt & Pepper

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts sliced thin or seitan or tofu

  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced thinly

  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced thinly

  • 1 red onion, sliced thinly

  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder

  • 1 tsp. Garlic powder

  • 2 tsp. Ground cumin

  • ¾ tsp. Salt

  • 2 Tbsp. olive or avocado oil

  • Juice of 1 lime

  • Optional Add Ons: tortillas, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, whatever you like to accompany your fajitas!



Minimum age

1 years or older

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A TEDx speaker and one of Brazen Careerist' s Top Twenty Young Professionals to Watch, Saya has discovered how to turn her love of creating community, challenging herself and those around her, and enjoying life to its fullest into her “job.” Via her company Mac & Cheese Productions℠, she helps others (and herself) live a Life of Yes℠. Saya is from Evanston, went to Boston College, and resides in Chicago.

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