Hello and welcome to Vegan Coach!
I'm your hostess with the mostest Patty Knutson, but my friends call me Sassy. :)
I've been eating a vegan diet since 1994 and have found the keys to making it work.
This website was created in 2007 and was among the first vegan websites out there. We continue to be one of the most comprehensive as well.
Our focus is on working with natural whole foods, because it's the best way to fill your body with the nutrition it needs - plus it's the most affordable way to live.
We've found that if you take the old-school knowledge (you know, the stuff our great-great grandmothers knew!) and combine it with the convenient modern kitchens of today, you get super-school methods and techniques!
And these techniques will allow you to quickly and easily create home-style meals that taste and appear to be something that was a labor of love -- the kind that someone must have taken HOURS to create.
But most of the time you'll pull it off in a matter of 30 minutes.
Plus, you'll get all the lifestyle benefits of cooking with whole foods that come along for the ride...
Our site is JAM-PACKED with helpful cooking, nutrition, and vegan living tips, and it's ALL here for you to use to your heart's content.
All of our tips and techniques are appropriate for new vegans, as well as the more "well-seasoned."
Use the search box in the upper right-hand corner of every page of our website for any specific questions. And if you need further assistance, feel free to contact me.
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So welcome again, and thanks for joining me, my trusty sidekick Jeff, and the rest of our Vegan Coach community as you learn how to be your own creative 100% vegetarian chef.
"What I like best about your website and newsletters has always been your down-to-earth, never-preachy, always-patient presentation. You never take it for granted that your readers do or do not know something - you present information in a friendly, non-presumptious, non-condescending way, just as though you were talking to a best friend."
-- Susan Covington, Richardson, Texas
"Today is my one year Veganversary. I have to thank you for providing so much helpful information on your website about how to actually choose, store, prep, and cook all of the beans, grains, and vegetables. You also taught me what I needed to have in my pantry so that I could prepare many basic vegan meals.
"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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-- Adam King, Florence, Alabama
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-- Lynne S., Rockwall, Texas
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--Flix K., Texas