If you need some inspiration to eat healthier in 2014, consider taking one of these cooking classes:• “Aromatic Whole Grain Brunch” is a class devoted to making sure the most important meal of the day (breakfast) is a healthy one. The menu includes a savory dal, a fruit porridge and a homemade granola. The class is at noon Jan. 19 at Whisk, a kitchenwares store in Cary. It costs $49 per person. To reserve your spot, call 919-322-2458 or go to whiskcarolina.com/cooking-classes.
• “Meatless Monday” is a class inspired by the campaign to get people to eat vegetarian at least once a week. The menu includes smoky black bean soup with roasted sweet potatoes; porcini mushroom, chard and goat cheese in phyllo cups; whole-grain pasta with oven-roasted tomatoes; pistachios and sage pesto; spinach with Indian spices and homemade cheese. The class is at 6 p.m. Feb. 3 at Southern Season in Chapel Hill’s University Mall. It costs $40. To reserve a spot, call 919-929-7133 or go to southernseason.com.
• “Healthy and Delicious Cooking” is a class being offered at the Sur La Table store at Durham’s The Streets at Southpoint. The menu includes salmon and red quinoa salad with pistachios; braised chicken with kale and white bean stew; shaved Brussels sprouts with Parmesan and walnuts; and spiced pork medallions with citrus date relish. It is noon-2 p.m. March 9. It costs $69. To reserve a spot, call 800-243-0852 or go to surlatable.com.