Welcome to VeganCoach.com where we'll teach you how to cook easy, healthy, home-style vegan meals chock-full of the flavors you love.
If you've been wishing your vegan cooking experience could be fun, creative and playful, then you're definitely in the right place. Because we believe cooking should be empowering and satisfying and not nearly so serious!
And it shouldn't take you an hour to make a meal that tastes great—and is good for you too.
Hi, I'm Patty Knutson, but my friends call me Sassy. :)
I went vegan in 1994. 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.
In our Vegan Coach world, we teach you the cooking style we've personally been using for years.
What does that mean?
We don’t figure out what we’re going to eat and THEN do the shopping. Instead, we do the shopping for what is fresh, in-season, and organic whenever possible, bring it all home, and THEN figure out what to make. It’s a big difference from the way many people are taught to run their kitchen through the use of recipes.
It's a FAR simpler way to live. You'll save so much time and money running your vegan kitchen this way.
But we understand it's not always easy to just dive into recipe-free cooking. There's a lot to learn. (But don't worry, because it's actually pretty simple -- hey, if I can do it, anybody can!)
First, I recommend you sign up for The Path To Whirled Peas. Our subscribers love it, and I think you will too!
You'll start by choosing your skill level in the kitchen, and we'll take it from there with tips and advice targeted to where you're at right now in your plant-based journey -- with all roads leading to easy, healthy, TASTY (and recipe-free!) vegan cooking.
Sound interesting? Sound fun? IT IS! You can sign up here...
If you'd prefer to check things out on your own first, that's cool too! We have hundreds of pages filled with cooking and nutrition tips and advice that you can use starting TODAY! We've gathered some of our best and most helpful stuff below to help you get moving.
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 how to cook vegetables, beans, and whole grains.
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 Nutrition Guide and get the lowdown on how to be a healthy Vegan.
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 learn how to 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 quick recipe-free vegan meals. It's the ultimate in creative cooking. And it's fun!
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! Because sometimes you just need a recipe.
Want more hands-on help? You'll love our collection of fun and helpful online vegan eCourses. Our courses let us work with you more closely to ensure your vegan adventure is smooth and easy.
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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