NUTLEY, NJ - Stephanie Bini and Rebecca Zeltmann, dietitians from ShopRite of Nutley and Belleville demonstrated how to prepare cost effective and easy ways to boost the flavor and nutrition in family meals featuring seasonal grocery items.

The demonstration took place August 22 in the the classroom of the Nutley Family Service Bureau on Chestnut Street. The room was packed with residents and food pantry clients eager to learn about 'EZ meal options.'

The two recipes prepared by the dieticians were: Black Bean Burgers and Zoodle Chickpea and Avocado Salad.  Several attendees assisted the dieticians by distributing plates and utensils as well as serving the dishes including seconds!

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During food prep Stephanie and Rebecca shared tips with the audience:  ‘rinse and drain canned beans to remove 40% of the sodium’ and how to double or cut recipes in half.

Several attendees shared that they were excited that ShopRite carries organic canned beans that they are using in their recipes at home.

NFSB Director Eileen Painter told TAPinto Nutley the bureau received a $2000 grant from the Shop Rite ‘Partners in Caring’ foundation. “This grant allows us to buy our frozen protein from the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.” Painter said she and NFSB volunteers rent a truck once a month and travel to Hillside NJ where they pick up 500 to 1500 pounds of frozen food.

Painter shared that the ‘chefs’ created recipes from the ingredients that are included in the grocery bags distributed every week to Food Pantry clients.

At the completion of the cooking demonstration, Painter invited attendees to ‘take home a case of coconut water, a bag of groceries, fresh produce and sausage from the freezer.’

There were smiles all around as the participants thanked the NFSB staff and helped with clean-up.

Related: Nutley Native Stephanie Bini Joins ShopRite as In-Store Registered Dietitian