Welcome Vegans, Vegetarians and Veg-Curious! When you learn how to cook without recipes you'll save time, save money, get healthy and have fun doing it! We'll show you how to be vegan in a way that makes sense and works for your busy life as you pull together vegan meals that are gorgeous, healthy, delicious and exciting!
Check out these beautiful made-from-scratch Stuffed Bell Peppers drizzled with a creamy Smoky Cashew Sauce — created without a recipe in sight.
First, you'll see a display of the fresh produce I had on hand to work with, and then how I used some of the ingredients to pull together this delicious and nutritous meal based on whole foods.
And when my next mealtime rolls around, I'll once again check to see what I have on hand and and select a few more ingredients to create a meal on-the-fly.
This concept of how to make whole-foods plant-based meals without a recipe is what we'll teach you here on our website and in our courses. Everything we do is based on our motto of improvisational cooking. I promise that YOU can do this!
Just like the improvisational performer who flies by the seat of their pants without a script, you'll learn how to go into your kitchen, see what's on hand, and then get cooking without a recipe. I promise it's the way you've always wanted to cook!
Since I started publishing VeganCoach.com in 2007, I've been showing vegan home cooks like you how to pull together healthy and well-balanced vegan meals — everything from selecting your ingredients in the store, to how to cook and prep your vegan food, all the way to plating and garnishing! All based on the flavors that you (and your family!) love.
Those days are over of hunting down recipes and making huge grocery lists filled with ingredients you'll only use once.
No more stocking your fridge with produce meant for your carefully-selected recipes only to find your life has other plans and you don't have the time you thought you would.
When you cook recipe-free, you can usually pull off a flavorful, gorgeous and well-balanced dish many times in less than 30 minutes that you can be proud of!
Say goodbye to waste because when you learn how to cook without recipes, you'll use up everything in your fridge.
And because you're using the ingredients you have on hand, you can stick to the vegan diet that makes you happy, whether that means oil-free, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, you name it. You'll learn how to cook what you want, when you want it — every single time.
Hello, I'm Patty Knutson, but my friends call me Sassy.
Vegan since 1994, and proud of it. :)
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 importantly: 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.
"This is the best cooking site EVER! This is cooking. This is what cooking is! I am helping a lot of people transition to veganism right now, and I will forward your site to ALL of them!"
-- Antoine from Quebec, Canada
Before we go any further, be sure to sign up to Recipes Shmecipes to receive weekly vegan cooking and nutrition tips and advice.
Plus, we'll take you by the hand and get you started with recipe-free vegan cooking.
Sound interesting? Sound fun? IT IS! You can sign up below. Then, I'll point your right back to this page when you're done so you can explore our jam-packed-to-the-gills vegan cooking and nutrition website...
We have so much here at Vegan Coach for you to discover...
So I've gathered up our most helpful pages and most popular vegan diet tips for you to explore:
Learn how to cook vegan food custom-made to your exact tastes.
Our Vegan Cooking Guide provides a long list of vegan foods, 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, ever get bored with broccoli? Ho-Hum. (Yawwwwn.)
A visit to our 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 "broccoli" on the food list, and then follow the link to learn how to select your broccoli, how to clean and cook it and how to mix and match suggested flavors and cooking techniques.
Kind of like Garanamals! ;o)
Super cool. And SO helpful too.
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. Cooking skills that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
By the way...
Our Cooking Guide can also help if you have a recipe or two that you like, but it just needs SOMETHING -- you can't put your finger on it. The "Flavor Matches" will help you find the foods, herbs and spices that match perfectly with your chosen ingredient -- and add one (or more) of them to your recipe. You'll create a new recipe all your own!
Visit Cooking From Scratch to see a REAL LIVE VEGAN in action! In our Vegan Coach world, cooking from scratch means taking whole foods from their raw state (like beans, whole grains, and veggies), cooking them up, then mixing and matching to make your very own one-of-a-kind vegan dishes.
And each and every dish I share with you includes a photo with a full explanation of how I pulled the dish together like these OMG-these-are-outstanding-and-I-can't-get-enough Quinoa Breakfast Wraps. Yummmm...
Cooking yummy food is only half of the equation. It's also important to create meals that will support your good health.
If you've found yourself removing animal foods from your diet, but you haven't replaced them with plant-based foods that supply equal (or better) amounts of nutrients, then you'll be interested in reading Vegan Nutrition Made Easy.
So you've decided to go vegan, but you're not exactly sure where to start, right? So much NOISE out there it's hard to know where to put your attention or who to trust. Click for our best and most helpful tips.
Searching for the best vegan books? As a long-time vegan, I've read and reviewed many books. This collection is full of my favorites, and they'll help to make your learning curve easier. Click here to find books that will get you going.
Want some hands-on helpful guidance?
You'll love our collection of fun and helpful online vegan eCourses.
We'll show you how to design a vegan lifestyle that's highly personalized, so everything is completely customized whether planning a menu, stocking your kitchen, choosing ingredients to cook with, creating your own recipes or exploring effective weight loss.
All of our courses are based on the same "rules of the vegan road" that we've taught since we started VeganCoach.com back in February of 2007: How to live a personalized, customized and unique vegan lifestyle. Because YOU are unique! Our students love this experience, and I think you might too. :O)
There is so much for you to discover on this site including menu planning and weight loss tips, kitchen organization advice, tips for new Vegans and so much more!
And it's all based on our belief (and experience!) that custom-made, personalized natural plant-based cooking is the best way to live an easy breezy vegan lifestyle.
(We even have some delicious vegan recipes — because sometimes you just need a recipe!)
Be sure to look over our 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.
And if you have any questions we can help you with you can send me a note through my Contact form.
Thanks again for being here! Now, let's get cookin'. :)
Patty "Sassy" Knutson
Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
p.s. Try our handy dandy Site Search Box at the top of any page to find a topic you're interested in.
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"Your approach to vegan cooking is what I have been missing. I have been over complicating my WFPB [whole-food plant-based] journey which has led to limited success. I think others may feel as I did that vegan cooking is too hands on and intensive and shy away from it. Your site and courses are fantastic, showing people vegan cooking is nutritious, easy and tasty. I'm still early in my journey but I am much more confident now :0)"
-- Erica Antos, Billerica, Massachusetts
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-- Sherry Mendoza, Simi Valley, California
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"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.
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-- Jessica Rempuszewski Conwell, Sarver, Pennsylvania
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-- Susan Covington, Richardson, 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