Hello, I'm Patty Knutson, but my friends call me Sassy.
Vegan since 1994, and proud of it. :)
If you're like many people these days, you're moving towards a more plant-based diet. Bravo!
But you probably also find that you're...
Heck no, that's not too much to ask! :O)
Since 2007 I've been showing vegan home cooks like you how to pull together flavorful and well-balanced vegan meals with whole foods; everything from selecting your ingredients in the store, to how to cook your vegan ingredients, all the way to flavoring your meals!
All based on the tastes that you (and your family!) love.
In fact, we even take it one step further by teaching you the skills you need to creatively cook every day without any recipes at all! (Don't worry if you're not ready to go there just yet, but it's something to look forward to because that's where the fun REALLY begins!)
This website was created with YOU in mind to provide the tools you need to have fun in the kitchen in a way that's easy to understand and apply to your daily life that make it easier than ever to eat a healthy diet.
Because the goal is to get you to a place where you WANT to cook so you can stick to your guns and remain a success story. And really, that's what you had in mind when you chose this path in the first place, right?
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Plus, you'll be introduced to the cooking style we promote so you can make custom-made and personalized recipe-free vegan meals that will inspire you to play with your food.
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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.
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
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