Catering company provides diabetes cooking demo
by Rhonda Simmons
Culinary chef Saipin Kumlor of La Prima Catering of College Park, Maryland treated a few lucky audience members of “Mama’s Girls 2: Sugar Ain’t Sweet” with an informative diabetes-friendly cooking demonstration held on the balcony level of the State Theatre in downtown Culpeper Saturday.
Situated in front of about 20 people following the 3 p.m showing, Kumlor prepared smoky white beans with spinach.
In a large saucepan, she heated olive oil before adding onions, garlic, smoked paprika and red bell peppers.
According to Kumlor, the secret ingredient is the white wine.
“The trick is to reduce the white wine by half,” suggested Kumlor, removing the alcohol aroma.
Leaving the salt completely out also makes this dish diabetic friendly, said Kumlor.
After about two minutes, Kumlor added some tomatoes and red and white beans. She added the spinach at the end and cooked it until it was wilted. To top it all off, she added a splash of balsamic vinegar and pepper before serving.
“The red and white beans are good for the body because it’s high in protein,” said Kumlor. “Spinach is great for people who have diabetes.”
In addition to a healthy diet, Kumlor suggests exercise as a way to deter diabetes.
She added that La Prima Catering frequently partners with various charity organizations to help educate communities about healthier eating lifestyles.
Headquartered in College Park, Maryland, La Prima Catering offers seasonal cuisine, including breakfast, sandwiches, side dishes, appetizers and desserts.