Welcome to VeganCoach.com. So happy you're here. :-)
Our website includes whole food natural vegan cooking tips, nutrition advice, weight loss, and so much more. And it's perfect for new and long-term vegans.
But first, let's cut to the chase and talk about the food because I'm willing to bet it's the area you need the most help...
Hello, I'm Patty Knutson, but my friends call me Sassy. :)
I know it can be scary and confusing to go plant-based. Hubby Jeff and I went vegan back in 1994.
Yes, that was a long freaking time ago! So I understand EXACTLY what you are looking whether you are just starting out, have been around the block for a while, or are more "well seasoned".
We're here to help make the learning curve a little easier for you.
I'd be willing to guess that before you decided to change to a plant-based diet you popped into your kitchen, pulled out a few items, and got your meal on the table in a relatively short time.
But then you went veg, and all hell broke loose, right?
"What should I cook?
"Which recipes are good?
"What are all these strange ingredients?
"Will my family/friends like what I make?
"And perhaps most important: Why am I talking to myself?" :-)
What you'll learn here is how to once again have the know-how (and the courage!) to go into your kitchen, pull a few things out of the fridge and cupboards, and in record time have a meal on the table.
Only this time, all the ingredients are 100% vegetarian, natural, and based on whole foods.
Sure we have some vegan recipes to share. But the main emphasis on our website is not to teach you how to follow a recipe -- there are plenty of terrific websites out there with delicious and fun recipes.
Instead, we're here to show you how to create that recipe.
What if I told you it's actually EASIER and FASTER to cook this way?
Well, it's true. I pinky swear!
How else do you think you'll get in and out of the kitchen in record time? By following a recipe? Not!
Don't worry, we'll be right here by your side holding your hand the entire time. :)
All the dishes you make will be based on your favorite flavors so nothing goes in the dish you don't like. No more buying expensive ingredients you spend a ton of money on to use just once!
Plus, we have plenty of nutrition tips too. Because if the food you're eating isn't good for you, what's the point?
By the way, absolutely everything you read about or learn here at this website comes from personal (or professional) experience.
So if I don't know something, I won't talk about it or recommend it. Period. Exclamation point!
1. Learn the fundamentals of cooking plant-based foods.
The Vegan Cooking Guide provides a long list of foods like vegetables, beans, and grains, with detailed instructions on how to clean and prep each food, suggested cooking techniques, and "Flavor Matches" so you can build your own unique recipes on-the-fly, quickly and easily.
For instance, wondering what to do with sweet potatoes?
A visit to my Cooking Guide can help! There's a world of delicious ideas just waiting for you to glam onto.
In this example, you'd simply find "sweet potatoes" on the food list.
Then look to the "Sweet Potato Flavor Matches" to find those flavors that you are most familiar with and which match sweet potatoes best.
Next, mix and match the flavors to make your very own unique creation.
Kind of like Garanimals! ;)
Of course, we also provide recommended cooking techniques for each ingredient.
There is a ton of good information packed into our Cooking Guide, so be sure to read our Cooking Guide Tutorial to understand the best way to make use of it all.
I promise you'll learn to whip up fantastic new and unique dishes while you add to your cooking skills every single time you step into the kitchen; skills that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
2. Want to see how a REAL LIVE VEGAN makes it all work in the kitchen?
Then you'll love my Cooking From Scratch! series. This is where you'll find many healthy dishes made with whole foods that I whipped up on-the-fly.
Plus, I use my background as a Nutritional Consultant to discuss WHY I choose the ingredients I do so YOU can make informed and healthy decisions when pulling your own menus together.
And each and every dish I share with you includes a photo.Follow this link to discover tons of tips for how to Cook From Scratch.
3. Cooking yummy food is one half the equation.
It's also important to focus on proper Vegan Nutrition so you can create meals that will support your good health. And if you need some healthy weight loss tips we have that too.
There is so much for you to discover on this site and I could sit here blabbing away, but I want you to get started.
So a fun way to dive in is to play around with our Super-Deluxe Random Page Selector.
This fun tool will choose a page/article/cooking tip at random so you can learn something new with every visit to our website. This tool is found on every page so just look for it and click!
Or gaze upon the Sitemap for an index of all the pages on this site. There's quite a few -- you're bound to find what you're looking for!
Be sure to sign up for my FREE newsletter jam-packed with reader-submitted questions about the vegan diet, along with my answers, tips, and advice.
Now, let's go have some fun and let your creativity fly!
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-- Susan Covington, Richardson, Texas
"Today is my one year Veganversary. I have to thank you for providing so much helpful information on your website about how to actually choose, store, prep, and cook all of the beans, grains, and vegetables. You also taught me what I needed to have in my pantry so that I could prepare many basic vegan meals.
"It is because of the knowledge I gained from you, that for the last year, I've been cooking all of my meals from scratch and eating vegetables, grains, and beans that I never tried in forty years. I was able to make an immediate switch to veganism instead of a gradual change because of your website.
"Thank you for providing such a wonderful gift to us all!"
-- Jessica Rempuszewski Conwell, Sarver, Pennsylvania
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-- Adam King, Florence, Alabama
"I hope you know how extremely helpful your site is. It's different than other sites....easy to read, understand, etc. Being vegan for 5 years, you get comfortable thinking you know most of it, but then a website like yours comes along and now I'm learning even more! Thanks again for all your wonderful info!"
-- Lynne S., Rockwall, Texas
"Thank you for this site. I have been a vegetarian for over a year and am sick of hunting down cookbooks only to hope that the food comes out like it should. I like your approach of not using recipes as this is exactly what I have been trying to do lately. Just wanted to drop you a line to say that your hard work is appreciated!"
--Flix K., Texas