Class to teach thrifty, healthy eating

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LEWISTON – It’s easy to cook and enjoy healthy, delicious meals without spending lots of money. Personal Chef Justin Liudvinaitis will be leading a class aimed at teaching you how to do just that at the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center in Lewiston. Meals for $20 or less will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 20. Liudvinaitis will focus on making multiple meals from a whole chicken. Participants will learn how to stretch their dollars while making everything from chicken cordon bleu to buffalo wings to homemade stock. The class will be hands-on, offering a chance to learn new skills and brush up on old ones.

The cost is $14 per person, with scholarships available upon request. The class will include instruction and a chance to taste each recipe, along with some delicious side dishes. There are a limited number of participant slots, so be sure to register quickly.

The Nutrition Center is located at 208 Bates St. To register, contact the Nutrition Center at 513-3848 or email nutritioncenter@stmarysmaine.com.

The mission of the Nutrition Center is to improve the nutritional status of Maine residents through education and demonstration, as well as to provide food to those in need. This mission includes helping individuals and the community to learn and implement healthy eating practices; make lifestyle changes that reduce risk of disease; access affordable, healthy food; promote personal food security through growing one’s own food; and seek appropriate curative, preventive and restorative medical care.

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Justin Liudvinaitis currently works as a personal chef and owns Sam’s Own Good Cooking, a small business aiming to utilize all things local on the menu. Justin’s abilities in cooking have been honed personally over the years, in addition to mentored instruction. Visit www.samsown.wordpress.com for more details.

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