March 2019

Cooking Vegan Recipes Gotcha Down?

When it comes to cooking vegan recipes, do you ever feel like you're stuck in a never-ending loop?

Meaning, you don't feel like you're really growing OR gaining much knowledge.

This is exactly how I felt when I realized that, after 10 years of following vegan recipes, I couldn't cook without one!

How is that possible?

How is it possible to cook vegan for over a decade; yet, when it comes to making a meal off the top of your head, you're unable to do it?

If you feel this way you're not alone.

In fact, I've been hearing this FOR YEARS from my students, subscribers and fans.

Super frustrating, isn't it?

In this blog post, I'd like to share a little insight into WHY you need to move away from your dependence on recipes for everyday cooking.

We'll also cover HOW to move away from recipes as well.

But first, let's have a little chat about...

Why cooking vegan with recipes sets you up for a long-term cooking plateau

I'm going to head to my bookcase and pull out one of my cookbooks.


Yes, I still have cookbooks because they're like my chidren. They each have a story behind WHY and WHERE I got them and it would be hard for me to part with them!

I won't now -- nor will I ever -- ask you to part with your cookbooks and favorite recipes.

Never have, and never will.

Because there IS a time and a place for a good recipe.

But they have no place in your kitchen during your everyday M-F weekday rush to get a meal on the table.

Just wanted to make that super clear. :)


Now where were we?

Oh, yes, I was getting a cookbook.

Turning to one of my all-time favorites, what do I see?

  • First, I see a little blurb about why this recipe is a winner. Words like truly delicious, a symphony of flavor, delectable textures, divine. Sounds good to me. How about you?

  • Next, I see a long list of ingredients with their measurements (ie 1 cup broccoli florets, 1 clove garlic, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/2 cup green onions, 2 ears fresh corn, 1/2 cup chopped celery).

  • Then, I see fairly involved instructions for pulling these ingredients together to make the dish.

Nothing earth shattering to uncover here.

It's your basic yummy recipe. :)

But there's something pretty major missing from our recipe above...

...and from most recipes out there.

Can you guess what it is?


Let's pull out one of those ingredients and have a little chat, shall we?

We'll focus on the lemon juice.

-- Why use lemon juice here?

-- What does it contribute to the recipe?

-- And why 1/4 cup's worth?

-- Does it have to be SO specific?

-- And how does it relate to all the other ingredients?

If you've been cooking with recipes for a while...

...then you have likely been asked to use lemon juice.

In fact, it's used quite a lot in vegan recipes.

But, if you're anything like I was for years, you still don't have any idea how to use it in your cooking if you don't have a recipe to guide you.

What's missing, then, from our recipe?

Why?The WHY!

My friend, if you dont' know WHY you're using any particular ingredient in your cooking, then it will be more difficult for you to know HOW MUCH to use and WHEN at some point in the future.

In other words, you may know how to follow instructions for pulling together someone else's recipe.

But if you don't have an understanding of the WHY it's done, you have no skills to reference when you don't have a recipe to guide you.

Recipes have their place and time...

...but your kitchen is not the place and the weekday grind is not the time!

Save the recipes for long, leisurely weekends.

And join me (and my fabulous team of whole food plant-based pioneering students, newsletter subscribers and fans!) as we conquer our kitchens, learn lessons and apply what we're discovering every day with FREESTYLE VEGAN COOKING.

Ready to play with your food?

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Happy cooking!


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