SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The main reason that teens leaving the home for the first time don’t eat well is because of a lack of time, resources, and money. Rising senior, Katie Agnello, is trying to fix this. Katie is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award Project, Katie’s Kitchen. This project includes a healthy cooking class for teens as well as a website with tips, recipes, and videos of her classes.

“I realized that I was going to college myself soon and while I knew how to eat healthy, I wasn’t sure how to go about it when I’m eventually on my own,” Katie said when asked how she came up with the idea. “I figured others had a similar problem and I thought this was a good way to fix it”.

The classes will include 2-3 meals, tips related to the recipes, and printouts of each recipe to take home. There are four classes, each relating to the four meals of the day, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. The classes will take place at Immaculate Heart of Mary’s Nazareth Center (1571 Martine Ave.,) in Scotch Plains. and can fit up to 10 people. If more are interested, videos of the recipes and tips from each class will be available on Katie’s website to take the class at home.

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“I just hope that teens can use these recipes and get something out of my classes or website that they will actually use rather than just say ‘that was fun!’ and never think about again,” Katie commented.

The Katie’s Kitchen website will include tips, recipes, and videos. It will also provide information on appetite control,  what to order at restaurants, and other advice on eating in college.

Katie can be contacted at Visit, or Instagram: @katieskitchengold. Sign-ups for the classes are on the website. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.