Going vegan can throw your entire life into a tailspin.
You have the confusion about what to eat (what are all these strange new ingredients?), your family and friends think you've joined a cult or something, you might have been an okay cook before but now practically every vegan meal you make qualifies you for a Razzie Award, and on top of it all you're in a huge rush and have no time to figure out where to go next.
"Calgon, take me away!"
Let's paint a prettier picture. What if you could...
All of this is possible!
Spend some time with us, and we'll show you exactly how to pull it off so you can find success with your new plant-based lifestyle.
Hello, I'm Patty Knutson, but my friends call me Sassy. :)
Welcome to VeganCoach.com. So happy you're here.
I went vegan back in 1994 at the age of 28. Back then I was a superbly crappy cook! I sincerely didn't know anybody else who was a worse cook than me. I began my new-vegan life at ground zero (as in zero skills in the kitchen)! But over the years, through a lot of trial and error, I taught myself how to be vegan in a way that's really simple and works for my very busy lifestyle!
If you feel your cooking skills are lacking like mine were way back then, or you feel like you're just missing something but you're not even sure what it is you need help with, please know I've been right where you are. The confusion can be debilitating!
So whether you're just starting out, have been around the block for a while, or are more "well seasoned", we'll meet you where you're at and help to make the learning curve a lot more bearable!
But since this is probably your first visit, you have no idea where to begin, right?
First and foremost, I recommend you sign up for The Path To Whirled Peas because this is where the magic happens! We'll guide you through how to be vegan in a way that makes sense, works for busy lives, and is deliciously do-able!
At this time, The Path includes a free beginner's cooking course to get you started on the right foot and includes our happy-place community where you can ask questions or make comments about what you're learning. It's a far more personalized experience than we can deliver on our website. Our subscribers love it and you will too! Jeff (Assistant Coach) and I look forward to getting to know you and helping you find your way.
If you'd prefer to check things out on your own first, that's cool too! We have hundreds of pages filled with tips and advice that you can use starting TODAY! We've gathered some of our best and most helpful tips and advice below to help you get moving...
But before you go there, we're pretty darn proud of the fact that WE'RE AD-FREE! So you can feel good and comfy roaming around and exploring without fear of annoying ads flashing at you to refinance your mortgage or buy a new car!
In fact, we've gone one step further. Because every page has a unique sidebar that shares the pages/articles we recommend you check out next. (Mobile and tablet users will find this at the bottom of every page.) We want you to have a positive experience so you come on back—and tell your friends. Thanks in advance for your support!
Now, are you ready? Let's get on with the show! :O)
Want to learn to work with whole foods? You'll find our Vegan Cooking Guide helpful. We;ll show you how to pull meals together using whole foods and show you where to find detailed tips for working with vegetables, beans, and whole grains.
Need some vegan recipes? Our recipe collection might not be giant, but every one of them is flavorful and created with whole foods, mostly. Try 'em-you'll love 'em!
Want to see some examples of how I make vegan meals in my own kitchen? 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. Click for examples of how you can easily cook from scratch every day.
The key to easy vegan cooking? No recipes! Discover tips and advice we've hand-selected to help you get started cooking recipe-free vegan meals. It's the ultimate in creative cooking. And it's fun!
Need some basic nutrition guidance? Nutrition seems to be one of the biggest assumed obstacles, whether you are 100% vegetarian or considering checking it out. But you may be surprised to learn it's easier than you think! Check out our Vegan Nutrition Guide and get the lowdown.
Looking for weight loss tips? A vegan diet is easy. It's a lifestyle change. And it works. Not only to lose weight, but to experience many positive health changes as well! Here are my top 10 weight loss tips that you can start using today.
Looking for more structured help? You'll love our collection of fun and helpful online vegan eCourses created to assist you on your exciting and fun vegan cooking adventure.
If you have any questions we can help you with, please ask in the Facebook comments below or 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
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