Welcome to Plan It With Sass, a 100% plant-based online meal planning course that teaches you exactly WHAT to eat every day to meet your basic nutritional needs — and WHY! You'll wake up each and every day with a clear idea of the vegan ingredients that are part of a well-balanced diet. It's easy, fun, and it completely eliminates confusion!
"We truly think this is a life-changing course.
"When we first starting reading up on vegan issues we were overwhelmed by all the information - all the things we "needed to know" seemed so daunting. The info in this course convinced us that it's not only possible but actually not so difficult at all to change our eating habits altogether.
"This course has really become a bible for us and has changed our lives! We wish everyone knew that adopting a healthier, more humane way of eating is way easier than most people think!"
Lara ORLANDO and Daniel KAARS Perth, Western Australia
"Sassy does not just assume that the student already knows all the basics; she explains everything from the ground up, which is essential for newbies, and a great refresher for long-time vegans.
"Sassy's writing voice is friendly, bubbly, understanding, and nonjudgmental. I felt like I was getting great advice from a caring, well-informed friend."
Park Ridge, New Jersey
Sassy here, Chief Cook and Bottle Washer around these parts. I'm a long-time vegan chef, author, Nutritional Consultant, and publisher of VeganCoach.com.
I created Plan It With Sass! to help people just like you who are ready to start making sense of their vegan diet with less effort, confusion, and most of all less time.
And I have helped hundreds of people learn how easy it can be to plan vegan meals.In my professional opinion, these are the 3 things holding people back from long-term success with the vegan diet:
I'll give you a tried-and-tested road map to follow that pinpoint the many advantages of the vegan diet—as well as those places you need to pay special attention to—so you can feel good and comfy with your decisions.
As you go along on your journey, you'll learn to discern fact from rhetoric, discover what it means to eat a healthy and well-balanced vegan diet, pull together a grocery list in minutes, and learn how to easily make a tasty meal based on the foods you love. It will be easy for you to stick to your guns and remember the reason you chose vegan in the first place.
What follows is a description of what you'll find contained in the course, along with testimonials from some of my students. Thanks for checking it out and I hope to see you in class. :)
"This course has been absolutely spectacularly conceived, created and executed, jam-packed full of life-giving and life-affirming healthful information, techniques, tips, recipes and even some good ol' FUN, FUN, FUN from its creator to boot!
"Plan It With Sass!" is the first course I've taken here, but it will certainly NOT be the last! It is so clearly and logically laid out, terrifically well-written, using down-to-earth, SUPREMELY easy to understand language. And even though there is a LOT of information to absorb, I NEVER, EVER felt overwhelmed. (And that is coming from a guy who is ALWAYS easily overwhelmed . . . by pretty much EVERYTHING!)
"I highly recommend to anyone and everyone seriously interested in the plant-based/vegan lifestyle that they don't hesitate to take this course and become a part of the "Vegan Coach community". Whether you're a long-time vegan or just a "fledgling plant-based wannabe", there is MUCH to learn, from this course! I promise you that you will feel like you're "home", and you will be VERY glad you're taking the plunge toward a much better and healthier life, not only for yourselves, but for this planet as well!"
Daryl Grant Lindsay
Don't worry if you're confused. In grade school, they didn't teach you about the plant-based food groups, now did they?
Instead, you learned about "The 4 Food Groups" and that doesn't exactly help when you go vegan.
Remember those posters making an appearance in every classroom? You know the ones, with pictures of cows and milk and eggs. It was ingrained into your brain! Drink your milk and cheese and eat your ice cream (yes, they actually encouraged this). Eat your meat, fish, and poultry. But...
Somewhere along the way you decided to check out the vegan diet.
All hell broke loose, didn't it?
Suddenly it feels as if you're in a new world where you don't speak the language. You understand the vegan diet means no dairy, meats, or eggs, but you have no idea what else there is to know or how to pull it together into meals you can feel good about eating.
I mean, you might not really love vegetables. You don't have a lot of experience cooking with whole grains (and everyone seems to think grains are evil—are you even supposed to eat them?). And the only beans you've had are in chili or refried next to some Mexican food. And what are you supposed to make of soy? You've heard conflicting advice—should you even eat it? And what about nuts? And seeds? Aren't they fattening?
And even if you had a solid idea of the foods that can replace what you're used to, you don't have any idea how much of each of them you're supposed to eat every day.
It's all just so overwhelming.
Calgon, take me away!
You just want to find a way to move to a diet filled with these new vegan foods in a way that doesn't interfere too awfully much with your life. Is that even possible?!
My friend, it's time to put an end to that deer-in-the-headlights feeling that's brought you this confusing place where you're not moving forward—you're feeling stuck and paralyzed with fear of making a mistake with your everyday plant-based diet.
I'll teach you how to rethink the food on your plate so you can:
That's because I've been through this phase myself and coached hundreds of clients and students over the years. With my step-by-step easy to understand and follow program, you'll begin to learn how simple it is to get from where you're at now to where you want to be—confident in your new food choices.
As your Coach, I'll take you by the hand and show you the sights, explaining the hows and the whys of various food choices as well as how to incorporate them into your life including shopping and cooking tips you won't find anywhere else.
You'll learn everything you need to know so you can make knowledgeable decisions when it comes to your vegan diet. You'll change how you view your meal planning (don't worry, it's super simple) so you can have fun and eat what you love!
As you make your way through our online interactive course, we’ll cover the food groups you should include in your healthy vegan diet, including the amounts of each food group to shoot for each day. We'll also have in-depth discussions about protein, carbohydrates, calcium, fats, and so much more.
Then we'll work our way along in easy-to-digest Lessons as you learn exactly what it takes to create healthy vegan meals from beginning to end.
In fact, I'll teach you how to create your very own vegan menus from scratch with 100% flexibility built on the most current recommendations from top doctors and Dietitians -- I have done all the research, you simply bring your natural powers of discernment so you can feel empowered and confident as you make your way on your vegan journey well into the future.
As you move through the course each week, you will be encouraged to add (or remove) certain foods from your everyday routine. This might require learning new cooking skills or purchasing ingredients you might not have just yet.
Simply sit back and relax as each week a new Lesson is available to you in our online classroom. Everything fits together like a nice neat puzzle. And all you have to do is follow along and do your homework.
But don't worry, because all of the homework is edible! :)
By the time you make your way to the end of this course, you will have a firm grasp on which foods should appear on your own personally customized healthy vegan menus.
The course concludes with our 56-page downloadable Plan It With Sass! Meal Planning Workbook where you'll put everything you learned into practice as you create menus from scratch based on the foods and flavors that YOU love.
Plan It! is divided into 10 exciting and information-packed lessons delivered over the course of 7 weeks that will teach you how to build a vegan diet the smart way, along with a Menu Planning Workbook to help you put it all together.
So you'll never be alone!
That's because Plan It! is interactive!
Just as with all of our online courses, you'll find a forum at the end of every Lesson. If the word "forums" conjures up images of an overwhelming place to be where you're inundated with emails every day, fear not! Our forums are unique; they're simply a friendly little spot where you can ask questions about what you're learning.
It's a place for you and me to connect so you stay on track. So that means I'll be there every step of the way to help you out, answer questions, offer suggestions and encouragement as needed. Think of it as private coaching without the cost.
Plus, you can read the questions and comments students before you have made which helps to propel your learning experience even further. It's not unusual for friendships to form as students respond to a question or comment someone else has made. You'll feel supported in our friendly forums.
And because you'll always have access to your course and our forums, you can come on back any time to retake the course and ask for clarification about something. Because you WILL be learning a lot, and you WILL have questions. Guaranteed.
Bonus #1: Scratch It!
When you have an itch to play with your food, Scratch It!
Learn how to create vegan made-from-scratch meals without a recipe. Save time! Save money! Find a use for all those odds and ends sitting around in your fridge and cupboards.
You are going to LOVE this unique and fun vegan cooking class.
Bonus #2: Smooth Move
Wondering how to make a smoothie that is good for you AND tastes yummy? Look no further!
Smooth Move is the ultimate guide to creating delicious and nutritious Superfood Smoothies that make your taste buds happy. Bottoms Up!
Bonus #3: Don't Have A Cow, Man
Wondering how to eat out while sticking to your vegan and weight-loss goals?
Don't Have A Cow, Man is your guide to creating and ordering tasty 100% plant-based meals in non-vegetarian restaurants that even the chef didn't know he could make!
"I write 4 articles a week for an online newsletter. The content isn't vegan-specific, but there are lots of subscribers that do have that interest or follow that lifestyle, so I include vegan-oriented articles often. Lately I've been quoting you and sending folks to your website. I'll be continuing to do that. This has been a superb course. Your organization of your content has been outstanding, and I'm now ORGANIZED and have a consistent, sensible routine to follow--thanks to YOU! I'm so grateful I found you, and will continue to study your website. Thanks over and over again. It's been awesome."
"Thank you, thank you, thank you (Yes, 3 times!) for all the wonderful information that you share. You are such a blessing to vegans! Although I have been vegan for years, I ordered your Plan it with Sass! course and totally love it! I was in a cooking rut and you have helped me expand my normal boring steam/bake/repeat menu into more flavorful, healthy, and "can't wait to eat - yummy" meals! So thanks x 3 and have a wonderful day!"
Denville, New Jersey
"Thank you so much for providing the big picture. There are so many recipes out there, but the important thing is to have balance and know the essence of a dish, then add healthy flavorings. You have been a tremendous inspiration."
Mary Ann Tan
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Q: I've been vegan for a while. Is this course for me?
A: Maybe. Whether you've been vegan for a day, a year, or a decade, there are likely some things you already know and some things you don't about the vegan diet. Everybody is coming at this from different backgrounds, knowledge bases, and experience. So for the purposes of this course, I assume you don't know ANYTHING about what a healthy vegan diet looks like. And in this way none of the information will fall through the knowledge cracks. That said, if you already feel crystal clear on what a well-balanced and well-rounded healthy vegan diet is and how to create whole-food based meals, then this course might not be for you.
Q: I would like to try your diet plan but I have food allergies that often get in the way of standard type diets. Is your program flexible to accommodate my allergies?
A: Yes. The course is designed to put YOU in the driver's seat. As you go along, you will learn how to add (and remove) foods and food groups from your diet. And rather than me handing you recipes that you must make to stay on the program, instead you choose what to eat and cook based on my recommendations. There is never any reason to eat any foods you are allergic to. xo
Q: Can we eat meat occasionally? How strict is this program?
A: This course was designed to allow YOU complete control over the food you eat. You are given the information to use as you see fit. So CAN you still eat meat? Yes, if you desire. But will you NEED to eat meat? No, because you will learn the basics of building a healthy vegan diet so you can feel comfy letting go of the meat (and other animal products) when you are ready.
Q: How do I know if this online course will fit into my schedule?
A: Each week you will receive an email to notify you that a new Lesson is ready to be viewed. You can simply visit our virtual classroom whenever you have the time (and the head space!) to concentrate and get the most out of each Lesson.
Q: How long will I have access to the course?
A: You will own the course and can access it at any time. There is no expiration date.
Q: How much do you promote the use of tofu or "fake" meat? Will I be required to use wacky, hard to find ingredients that are not found in my local Albertson's?
A: The recommended ingredients throughout the course are mostly basic whole foods, including veggies and fruit and beans and whole grains, etc. All foods which I believe you should have no challenges finding in your local grocery store.
I don't recommend a diet focused on faux meats and cheeses and such, and it is not what I teach in the course either. The use of organic soy products (such as tofu and tempeh) are completely up to you, and are not necessary to create your very own menus (which are based on your personal likes and dislikes).
Beyond that, if there are any "specialty" ingredients discussed, they are explained so you know if you would like to use them, and where to find them.
Please note, most grocery stores will special-order ingredients for you. In fact, the more people ask for ingredients they don't normally carry, the more likely they are to consider carrying it in the future. ;)
Q: Is this available outside of the U.S.?
A: Yes. Because this is an online course it is available worldwide.
Q: What is your refund policy?
A: With your purchase of Plan It With Sass! you receive my personal money-back guarantee so you can feel as confident as I am that you'll love this eCourse. If at any time you feel you did not get your money's worth, then you can request a full refund. I want you to be happy! :)
Q: I have some questions about the course. Is there anyone I can talk to?
A: Yes! Shoot me an email through our Contact form. Or you can click here to Chat w/the Coach. Sign up for an available 20-minute time slot, and I'll give you a call to answer any questions you have about the class OR help you determine which of our courses would be a better fit for your current needs and plant-based skill level. Thanks!
"Even though I have been Vegan for a while now, I've found that the information that Sass has presented in this course has opened my eyes to some things I wasn't aware of. I read every book and magazine out there for Vegetarians & Vegans, but this comprehensive course has really shown me that even as a "veteran" Vegan, there is so much out there to still learn and absorb about my diet to keep me healthy and active for years to come."
Brooke Bell, Boise, Idaho
You can start today to get a fresh, new idea of the food on your plate while you say goodbye to stress and confusion.
Learn exactly WHAT to eat and WHY, how to stock your kitchen with the foods you love that will support you nutritionally, and make connections with a community of like-minds who offer support, inspiration, and understanding.
You are going to love this easy, fun, vegan-friendly meal planning course.
Are you ready?
It's time to Plan It!
Patty "Sassy" Knutson
Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
"I just bought your Plan It with Sass! course. I wanted to tell you I love your work, it makes more sense than any other vegan writer I follow (and I follow a lot!). I especially like that you don't use the fake meats, only whole foods. Thank you for that."
-- Carrie Britten, Clayton, California
"I loved this course. I have been vegan for a couple of years but I still learned a lot from this course. It has helped me, in a short time, make some changes that I can already feel are affecting me in a positive way. I am ready to stock my cupboards and start planning meals!!"
-- Michelle Moore, Enfield, Connecticut
"I think your course was SO well organized, simple and non-threatening to a "new" vegan or someone exploring what it means to be vegan. The information, tips, recipes, etc. were so down to earth. The course definitely surpassed my expectations!"
-- Stacy Kotecki, Williamston, Michigan
"Thank you so much for your website and sharing your expertise! I've been taking your menu planning course as well as your weight loss course. They are so helpful, and love the humor, too!"
-- Nikki B., Tempe, Arizona