Welcome to VeganCoach.com. So happy you're here. :-)
You're about to learn how to make easy vegan meals that are well-balanced, nutritious and yummmmmmy. Creative fun cooking is our specialty! Plus we offer weight loss, menu planning and so much more!
Let's cut to the chase...
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 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 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.
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:
We gotcha covered. :)
We've hand-selected our very best cooking tips and advice for new Vegans (or those new to vegan cooking). Lots of good stuff to get you started. Have fun!
2. 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!
"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
3. Discover a new recipe you can fall in love with.
This recipe collection may not be large, but I think you'll enjoy preparing each and every one of them. All recipes on this site have been tested and tweaked over the course of a decade until they've received a thumbs-up from my non-vegetarian friends -- and personal chef clients. Of course, the Vegans like them too. ;O)
Follow this link to find Vegan Recipes that you're bound to fall in love with.
4. 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.
5. Visit Cooking From Scratch to see a REAL LIVE VEGAN in action! :O)
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. Click for examples of how you can easily learn how to cook from scratch every day.
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...
6. 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. Our students love this unique experience and I think you might too. :O)
Be sure to sign up for The Path To Whirled Peas.
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.
Sound interesting? Sound fun? IT IS! You can sign up here...
There is so much for you to discover on this site. 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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