JUST COOK Tika Tunu Programme

As lives get busier and if there is pressure on the food budget, families may struggle to eat healthy home-cooked meals. New ideas to feed the family are often welcome especially if the recipes are tasty and loved by the whole whanau.

JUST COOK Tika Tunu is a ~4-session programme developed by the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation that focuses on making healthy, affordable food choices, improving skills, motivation and confidence in family cooking.

This fun practical, fun, interactive programme shows families that home-cooked meals can be cheap, quick and enjoyed by the whole family.


Upcoming programmes:

Dates for 2024: TBC

If you would like to bring Tika Tunu to your community in the future, do get in touch with us.

Course outline: can be adapted to each community

Each session is 3 hours long. We begin with 1 hour of education and activities, followed by 2 hours of cooking, clean up and sharing of a meal.

Week 1: What is food?
  • The four food groups
  • The Healthy Plate Model
  • Kitchen Safety
  • Cooking: Chilli con carne (and veggie version) on rice with Mexican salsa salad
Week 2: Making your money go further
  • Stretching your food budget
  • Making meat go further
  • Exploring our recipe books and new ingredients
  • Using pantry staples
  • Cooking: Tuna pasta bake, coleslaw and stewed fruit
Week 3: Family foods
  • Improving takeaway meals
  • Making meat go further (using plant-based protein alternatives)
  • Exploring our recipe books and new ingredients
  • Using our pantry staples
  • Cooking: Kiwi burgers & baked wedges, green summer salad and chickpea patties
Week 4: Tweaking your favourite recipes
  • Cultural foods, tweaking favourite recipes
  • Healthy ingredient swaps
  • Label reading
  • Cooking: Group choice

Last modified: April 15, 2024