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Sprouts cooking school chef talks bringing kids into the kitchen, working vegetables into meals

Are you having trouble getting your kids to eat their veggies? Well with this recipe, that could all change. Natalie joins us today from Sprouts Cooking School with a simple and easy recipe!

Natalie has been with Sprouts for quite a few years. She started when she was in high school and in a culinary program and now is attending college majoring in hospitality management, while continuing on at Sprouts and teaching MemberChef® classes. She’s perfect to talk about kids who are more serious in the kitchen and want to grow in their culinary skills and how MemberChef® classes progress. 

Roasted Green Beans


  • 2 pounds fresh green beans, washed, ends snapped off, then snap them in half if necessary
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Juice of ½-1 lemon, taste after ½ lemon to see if you would like to add the other half 
  • ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Add prepared green beans to a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Make sure green beans are spread out in a single layer on the sheet pan. Roast green beans at 425 for 15-20 minutes until they are slightly softened and browned, stirring halfway through. Add garlic for last 2-3 min and cook until garlic is fragrant. When green beans are out of the oven add lemon juice. Taste for salt and lemon and add more as needed. Toss to coat evenly. Add parmesan cheese and toss one more time. Serve immediately. 

Sprouts Cooking School is Indiana’s only dedicated kids cooking school, featuring cooking classes for ages 3-13. They’re located at 13190 Hazel Dell Pkwy, Carmel, IN 46033 (near Main Street and Hazel Dell Pkwy). They are peanut and tree nut free cooking school. Additionally, they do their best to accommodate any other allergies if given advance notice at the time of booking.

They’re passionate about nurturing adventurous palates, building a strong foundation for a lifelong love of cooking and encouraging all families to cook together. Sprouts features:

  • Single session cooking classes
  • Special family fun cooking classes
  • An exclusive MemberChef® program featuring skill-based culinary curriculum
  • Seasonal cooking camps
  • Cooking themed birthday parties (currently with a birthday box virtual party option)

Their MemberChef® program is modeled after culinary school and is intended for students who have a true passion for cooking and want to elevate their skills in the kitchen. Each month their curriculum focuses on a specific culinary skill. Students attend 4 classes per month and work to hone and master the particular culinary skill outlined that month. At the end of the four weeks, classes commence with a family dinner where students show their parents what they learned and teachers present students with a custom-designed pin to display on their exclusive black Sprouts Cooking School chef coat.

Learn more about MemberChef classes here.

See their upcoming class schedule here.

All social is @ sproutscookingschool 

*In Class COVID Protocol & Precautions 

At Sprouts Cooking School, the safety of their customers and The Sprouts Team members is their #1 priority!  Sprouts has worked hard to develop the following measures and procedures to be proactive in light of COVID-19.  Here is what they are doing:

Safety measures The Sprouts Team is taking:

  • All customers and staff will be required to wear face masks during class. Masks will be removed to eat and then will be put back on
  • Staff will be administering touchless temperature checks to students upon entry to the building. Students with a temperature above 100.4 will not be allowed to participate
  • Increasing the frequency and extent of our cleaning practices with EPA-approved disinfectants
  • Washing hands frequently with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cleaning frequently used surfaces
  • Having more in-depth conversations with our students about proper food handling and sanitation
  • Requiring employees to stay home if they are ill, showing any symptoms or if believe they have been exposed to illness
  • Requiring employees to take their temperature before reporting to work
  • Closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and local health officials for appropriate measures and actions
  • Educating our employees on preventive measures provided by the CDC
  • Requiring children to wash their hands for 20 seconds upon arrival and throughout class
  • Limiting the amount of people in our facility to children and 2-4 staff members. Parents and guardians will not be allowed inside the building. Instructors will open the door before and after class to release children
  • Increasing the time between classes for thorough sanitation
  • Requiring employees to wear masks and gloves during food preparation

What they encourage their customers to do:

  • Wash your hands frequently and use paper towel to dry
  • Take your child’s temperature the morning of their scheduled class
  • Avoid touching nose, mouth, eyes and wash hands
  • Stay home when you or anyone in your family is sick or has any Covid-like symptoms
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, dispose of the tissue and wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and hot water
  • Wear a mask or face covering to any class 
  • Face masks will be provided to students who do not come to class with a mask. We charge $2 per mask.

As this situation continues to evolve, the above measures and procedures are subject to change.  For more information on preventative measures, health updates and additional information about COVID-19, please visit the CDC (Center of Disease Control) website or the WHO (World Health Organization) website at