Welcome to Vegan FUNdamentals, the step-by-step plan that teaches you how to cook all the basics (like veggies, beans and whole grains) and then turn them into quick and easy vegan meals PLUS establish an everyday stress-free routine.
"I have now implemented a system that actually makes eating healthy, nutritious whole foods on a daily basis faster, more convenient, and less expensive than I could have imagined. This was a revelation to me!" -- Gale Henrard, Vegan FUNdamentals Reviewer, Story, Arkansas
If you're new to plant-based cooking, or you've been at it for a little while and you feel you never really learned the basics, then this is the class for you.
...we didn't know anybody who could show us the plant-based ropes. It was incredibly challenging, especially to THIS cook who really didn't know my way around ANY kitchen, let alone one without any animal products!
It took a long time to find my way. The going was VERY slow. One recipe at a time.
Week after week. Month after month. And year after year I kept at it.
But I didn't feel that I was really making progress.
Sure, I could cook a recipe with the best of them, but I wasn't any closer to learning how to do things quickly OR easily!
...a friend or family member would see how healthy and energetic we were and would indicate an interest in checking out the vegan diet, asking me for some direction.
All I could do was send them recipes! And these were just way too complicated for them and so time consuming that they ran (no, sprinted!) in the other direction.
I knew something was wrong with my approach to vegan cooking, I just didn't know what it was!
It wasn't until I had been eating a vegan diet for about 7 years (!) when I finally figured out the basics that I had missed from the get-go.
I really wish someone had been there for me from the start -- it would have saved me so much time and effort!
...so we've created this class to show you ALL the basics of vegan cooking so you can get off to a quick and easy start. You'll feel so much more confident than I was (for such a very long time).
And as your confidence grows, you will be more excited to stick to your choice to move as much as possible to a plant-based diet. Isn't that the point, after all?
I'd love to take a few minutes of your time to share what this course covers so you feel good and secure this is the class for you.
In a nutshell...
Vegan FUNdamentals is a beginner's cooking class that teaches you everything you need to know to cook easy plant-based meals.
Because you can't even begin to make a meal if you don't know which individual foods and ingredients to buy — how to shop for them, prep them, cook them and flavor them.
Only then can you actually pull them together into tasty meals that are not only quick and easy but filled with the nutrition that you need.
Now, on-the-fly improvisational recipe-free cooking is what we've always taught in all of our courses and across our entire VeganCoach.com website.
This cooking course is devoted to laying the very foundation you need in order to pull it off day in and day out.
Because once you get the basics under your belt, you can apply them to absolutely every dish you make, recipe-free or not!
"I made the decision to move to a plant based diet but this required that I learn how to prepare and cook plant-based. This course has helped me do that. Now, I shop the Sassy way: Find the fruits and veggies that are available and then make meals without a lot of recipe action. I loved this course and the videos were so helpful. I have told a number of friends about it!"
-- Beth W., Lutz, Florida
...we'll cover everything that our experience over the years taught us AND these are the exact same tips and techniques that we'll teach you.
So by the end of the class, you can cook vegan meals that you'll love and be proud to serve.
When you study the FUNdamentals you'll learn how to:
Throughout the entirety of the course you'll find helpful instructional videos so you'll have a visual that will help make the learning curve a LOT easier for you.
Some examples of the videos you'll find are how to select, prep and cook beans, lentils and peas, breakfast grains, dinner grains, nuts, seeds, a large selection of vegetables, and more!
"I love the videos. I watch them over and over. I also appreciate baby steps. You have broken things down to their most basic parts to put together at the end. I love, love, love that I can come back again and again to repeat the course."
-- Chauna D., South Jordan, Utah
...and you'll join our fun online community of peeps. You'll never be alone.
That's because Vegan FUNdamentals is interactive!
You'll find our unique Q&A spot after each and every Lesson. Join your fellow students to ask questions about what you're learning, share your comments and ideas, and even help other students out with your own unique experience and knowledge.
And because you'll always have access to your course and our community, you can come on back any time to retake the course, ask for clarification about something, or share your successes with your new friends.
Bonus #1: Raw Veggies and Salads Videos!
Believe it or not, there's an art to making a salad that tastes amazing because it's balanced in flavor and texture.
You'll go ga-ga for these salads which includes my Spinach Salad that tastes so good everyone wants to know how to make it, even non-vegans! And my vegan Caesar Salad with such tremendous flavor it's WAY better than any non-vegan Caesar you've ever tried. You and your family will love these salads!
Bonus #2: Stock Up With Jeff
Jeff has made a science out of keeping us in good stock with all the foods from the bulk section. He'll walk you through every step so you know exactly what to buy and in what amounts, how to package and store them for the long term, and how to keep it all organized!
This guide will help you to not only create and maintain a large store of dried goods that you can rotate through your everyday cooking but also to prepare you for any emergency life throws your way.
"Oh my goodness. I'm honestly quite taken aback. Yesterday, in the middle of a busy day, I came into my transformed little kitchen, full of all sorts of beautiful food. Mysterious new whole grains, colourful pulses, big seeds, little seeds, teeny seeds... all sorts of nuts...and a fridge full of fresh vegetables. Nothing in a tin.
"Without a recipe, I just tore up some red leaf lettuce straight onto plate, threw on a chopped salad onion and some garlic, added a good handful of gorgeous chopped orange bell pepper and chucked over some pumpkin seeds. From my bowl of pressure cooked butter beans in the fridge, I scooped out a portion that just took my fancy. I squeezed some lemon juice directly onto my salad and drizzled a teaspoon of olive oil over the top of it. I liberally crunched some coarse ground black pepper over everything. I had a slice of vegan rye bread on the side with soya spread.
"To have a bit later, I filled a small bowl with soya yoghurt, sprinkled it with roasted flaked hazlenuts and added a tiny spoon of maple syrup. It all took about three seconds. My dish was totally spontaneous and stress-free. It looked so gorgeous and tasted super delicious. And that's before I've so much as opened a packet of my new delivery of dried herbs and spices.
"The thing is, I can't cook! I've never been interested in cooking! I'm a rubbish cook! So how did you make that happen?
"I can't praise your whole approach to 'playing with your food' enough. I'm really glad I stumbled on Vegan Coach. Your course is just brilliant."
Vegan FUNdamentals Reviewer, Milton Keynes, Bucks, United Kingdom
Questions about Vegan FUNdamentals
Q: I've been vegan for a while. Is this course for me?
A: Maybe. Do you feel you have a good handle on which foods and ingredients make up a vegan diet and how to purchase them affordably? Is your kitchen (cupboards, fridge, freezer) organized so everything has its place? Have you established a routine so you know how long you've been storing them? Do you have bulk foods in a private stock at home and do you rotate them into your everyday cooking? If you answered no to any of these questions, then Vegan FUNdamentals might be perfect for you.
Q: I am the only Vegan in my household. Will your course work for me?
A: For those who share a kitchen with others, or live in a household where people prefer the status quo, then you will need space that is devoted to your cooking needs, for the most part. As you will see in the videos in this course, all the cupboard space you need is actually quite simple and doesn't take up much space. Plus, when we get into stocking up a personal store of foods, you won't be keeping these in the kitchen or even the pantry, if you have one.
Q: How do I know if this 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: Is this course adaptable to vegetarian (with eggs/dairy)?
A: All of our courses are perfect for any level of vegan, vegetarian, or non-vegan. We simply teach you the vegan end of things and you can take it as far as you want to.
For instance, in Vegan FUNdamentals! you learn all about how to shop for and prepare all of the basic ingredients that make up a vegan diet as well as how to cook them up and whip them into easy meals. You certainly don't have to eat ONLY these vegan ingredients. But if you add them to your current diet you will learn to be more comfortable with these fiber-rich, calcium-rich, and protein-rich foods that form the basis of a healthy vegan diet (which will make it easier for you down the road if you'd like to take things further).
As a point of fact, you don't have to be vegan to hang with us at all. No judgments or guilt trips here. We'll offer support to you wherever you're at on the vegan to non-vegan scale. We're cool like that. :)
Q: I have some questions about the course. Is there anyone I can talk to?
A: Yes! You can ask below in our Facebook commenting section. Or shoot me an email through our Contact form. Alternatively, 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!
You're going to love this simple (yet thorough) and fun vegan cooking and kitchen management course.
Can't wait to play with you!
Patty "Sassy" Knutson
"I really loved this course. It was very interesting. Also, the videos are amazing. The way I cook now is so very different to the way I cooked before and my food tastes so very different. This course was truly amazing. I would recommend it to all Vegans. Congratulations on such a well presented course."
-- Audrey McQuade, Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom
"Before I took this course I was shopping without any plan and usually only for 1 or 2 meals at a time. This course is practical and manageable. Do it!"
-- Charlene Fitzpatrick, Tucson, Arizona
"I feel really good about the changes we are making. We are exploring new flavors, and textures. I feel we are making positive lifestyle changes that will be helpful not only to us, but the environment."
-- Candace Selph, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"This is the best course I have seen to learn vegan. Though I usually prefer books so I have something in my hand to refer to without going online (I can't get the best internet), the videos were helpful to actually see how things work, since you can't get that in a book. Overall I would recommend this course (and your website!) to anyone wanting to learn how to eat vegan in a simple, straight-forward sustainable way."
-- Vicki Shockley, Thaxton, Virginia
"This course has benefits for non-vegetarians and vegetarians alike. It gives us basic concepts for incorporating valuable nutrients into our diet and saving time and money!"
-- Teri Peters, El Paso, Texas
"I live alone and find it hard to cook something exciting and/or different for one. I was feeling stuck in eating the same foods over and over and not sure how create new meals. I was picking up items as I felt the urge. Now I shop once a week and purchase items that are in season and by price. I loved the humour and presentation. Thank you."
-- Stella Lum, Duncan, British Columbia, Canada
"I'm working on being more mindful of what I'm buying and what we've got on hand for quick easy meals. I have pre-cooked more and a larger variety of grains and beans. I love the "no-recipe recipes", especially since I can never seem to follow a recipe as-is!"
-- Dawn Martin, El Cajon, California
"While I have been vegan for nearly 4 years, I was eating a ton of processed foods. My kitchen was extremely disorganized. Since taking the course, I have been trying to eat whole foods a lot more often. And while my kitchen has a long way to go, I'm working on it."
-- Nancy Davis, Carson City, Nevada