Eating in Eden

Scripture: Genesis 1-2

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will review the story of Creation, focusing particularly on the Garden of Eden
  • Students will learn what produce is available to them locally
  • Students will learn the basics of nutrition [LINK] and how to plan nutritious meals
  • Students will learn how to plan nutritious dishes and meals using locally available produce

Guiding Question: How can you use only locally available produce to provide a nutritious diet for your family?


  • Variety of locally available fruits and vegetables
  • Cookbooks or local cook(s) known for delicious and nutritious meals
  • Utensils necessary to make a nutritious dish/meal

Procedure: Review the story of Creation, focusing especially on the Garden of Eden. Discuss and show (if possible) examples of produce available locally. Teach and/or review the basics of a nutritious diet [LINK] and how to plan nutritious menus. Have the students work together to make a nutritious dish using locally available produce. (Consider creating a dish that does not require cooking.) While students are eating their creation, have them use cookbooks or knowledge of local dishes to create a nutritious menu for a week. Teach them how to analyze their menus to make sure they contain enough nutrition and avoid excessive fats, salts, and sugar.

Additional Questions:

  • What was a typical menu in Bible times?
  • How nutritious was the diet of the average person in the Bible?

Supplemental Activity: Have students create and make a nutritious recipe using locally available produce.

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