Thrive Kitchen cooking classes bring people together to learn new dishes and have fun eating them.

Healthy Soups and Salads to Start the New Year Right

Soups and salads are two of the easiest ways to get a healthy, veggie-laden meal on the table with a minimum of effort. And for those making New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier, lose weight, or both, they are among the kitchen’s most useful options.

For some great ideas for soups and salads from a variety of cuisines, join us for the first class in the 2019 Thrive Kitchen series on January 9th. In Soups and Salads of the World, our focus will be on international dishes adapted for a plant-based diet, giving you plenty of delicious options to start your year.


Here’s what we’ll be cooking:

  • Lentil soup
  • Green salad with Dijon vinaigrette
  • Moroccan carrot soup with chermoula
  • Moroccan orange salad
  • Miso soup with homemade Dashi
  • Quick Japanese pickles

As Director of Culinary Medicine at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco, I developed the Thrive Kitchen utilizing my dual training as a physician and chef to develop meal plans that are nutritious, delicious, and fun to cook.

This is the first class in our 2019 series. Here are the others for the next few months:

  • February 13: Healthy African Heritage Cooking
  • March 13: Eat Your Greens!
  • April 10: Spring Vegetables
  • May 8: Healthy Asian Cooking
  • June 12: Mediterranean Picnic

Thrive Kitchen classes are held the second Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8:30 PM in the demonstration kitchen at Kaiser Permanente Mission Bay, 1600 Owens Street, 6th floor.

Pre-registration opens one month before each class and is required; the fee is $30 for Kaiser Permanente members and $40 for the general public.

For more information and to register, email the Health Education Department, or call 415-833-3450. See you in the kitchen!

Melanie Haiken writes about health, wellness and fitness for national magazines and websites. She specializes in discovering and reporting the latest research on diet, nutrition, fitness, weight loss and other health-related topics. Her award-winning stories have appeared in Fitness, Shape, Health, Forbes, and other respected magazines. She also contributes health stories to numerous Kaiser Permanente newsletters and other publications.