How to become confident in your kitchen skills
Healthy Vegan Online Cooking Classes
Learn to easily pull together healthy, tasty vegan meals
that you and your family love every day!
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By Heather Nicholds, Registered Holistic Nutritionist
Do you ever look at the food in your fridge, knowing that you meant to make all kinds of amazing meals with it, but not want to start the long process of trying to find a recipe that meets your criteria for healthy, tasty, and vegan?
Or do you ever wish that you could walk into the grocery store, without a list, see what's on special in the produce section, and know what else to pick up to create a delicious meal with it as you wander through the rest of the store?
Learning to make quick, healthy meals that taste good and satisfy everyone at the table is tough.
It took me years to figure out first how to make healthy meals, and then to make them taste good, and even longer to figure out how to do that easily on a daily basis without spending all of my precious free time in the kitchen.
If you've been watching my recipes and tips on my site and YouTube channel over the past nearly 7 years, you've gotten a good idea of how that happens in my kitchen.
But what you don't get in those videos is the behind the scenes of my mind, and how I come up with those recipes. If you want to get a closer look, a better understanding of how to cook and a deeper education of what makes a healthy vegan meal - and how to make it fun and tasty - you can.
You've got a chance right now to learn my secret tips, tricks and shortcuts for healthy cooking that don't show up in my public recipes and articles.
Stop struggling in your kitchen - join me in mine!
Over the past 10 years, as I've shifted to a healthy diet and then a vegan diet, I've made lots of mistakes, and have had more than my share of kitchen disasters.
I've tried out so many recipes, discovering what works and what doesn't.
I've taken cooking classes, to uncover the process behind cooking techniques and learn to create my own dishes and recipes.
I've become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, to understand how to get a nutritionally-balanced vegan diet.
I've experimented with and merged these fields - which are usually thought of as two separate worlds - together to bring you the best tips, tricks and techniques to make simple, healthy, tasty vegan meals.
I'm excited to help you move past the same old, not-so-healthy meals to making simple, flavorful, nutrient-dense recipes that give you the nutrients you need to sail through your day full of energy, confidence and general happiness.
This is your opportunity to become a confident cook, able to make healthy and tasty vegan meals every day of the week that you and your family love eating - and avoid kitchen disasters, disappointments and embarrassments.
You have a chance to learn the process behind the recipes, so that you can start to improvise off standard recipes to suit your tastes - and maybe even start cooking without having to use a recipe at all!
Benefits of the classes:
Here's how it works... I did a series of online classes, with students watching live from their homes. They were incredibly popular, but not everyone could make it to the live sessions because of time zones and work schedules and such.
Since I had recorded them for the participants to watch after the live class, I decided to open them up to registrations outside the live group, and they've been fantastically well-received by everyone who goes through as a self-guided student.
One student said, "I feel like I'm in a friend's kitchen while she cooks & chats about a bunch of stuff she's learned. I can almost see myself sitting at the counter with a glass of iced tea...or maybe some wine."
So here's what we'll talk about in these classes...
Cooking Class Sessions And Recipes
We'll look at how to cook dried beans, canned versus dried beans, and how to make an awesome veggie burger with lots of flavor and the right texture for putting on a bun with all the fixings. Some of the recipes:
Pizza is a great way to enjoy a big mound of veggies, and there are some easy tricks to making a super delicious cheese-less pizza. We'll cover cooking methods for vegetables and nutrition effects of those different methods. Some of the recipes:
We'll look at how to make a salad - which most people think of as a boring side dish - into a filling and energizing meal, and how to make tasty dressing bases that can be used with all kinds of different flavors. Some of the recipes:
A good soup is based on a few important ingredients, spices and steps. You'll learn how to improvise based on what's in your fridge and come out with a delicious comforting meal, plus some time-saving tips. Some of the recipes:
Discover how to make your own sauces from scratch - instead of from a jar - with healthy whole plant foods, and how to make them thick, rich and full of flavor. Some of the recipes:
We'll look at nutrition in raw foods, how to grow sprouts, and how to make raw food more interesting. Cause let's be honest - there's only so many times in a row I can eat plain raw veggies... Some of the recipes:
We'll go through how to cook whole grains (including quinoa), some tips on how to make that process faster and more efficient, and how to put together a good breakfast that gives you lasting energy. Some of the recipes:
We'll talk about how to make healthy treats with minimal amounts of oil and sugar, figure out how to use whole grain flours, and discuss which sweeteners are best for you. Some of the recipes:
Member Success Stories
I have been a vegetarian for two years but still learned new things and techniques last night so thank you! I had prepped some of the food so I finished last night after the class up to the point of baking and we will have them tonight for dinner! My husband and I tried them and they are delicious!!! The best veggie burger I have had and especially the best I have made!! It is not dry!!!! I can’t wait for tonight’s dinner nor till Thursday’s and all of our upcoming classes. And I must say the ice cream was soooo delicious!!!!! Even better than the chemical-laden store bought stuff. Even my husband liked it and he is an ice cream fanatic! Thank you so much!
I am really enjoying the classes. I've navigated all around and you have everything so nicely organized. I like how informed you are and how you share that information with us. It's not just "you should eat this because it's good for you and what they do to animals is bad." That's all true but I like how you gear your site towards complete health and you know a lot about what different types of foods can do for you. It definitely helps when talking to family and close friends who are skeptical about a vegan diet. You do so much for free too which is so kind of you...your site is sweet and honest. Thanks Heather!
What I like & noticed at first glance was the clarity and ease of use. The site is clean without a lot of decorative background. This makes it very easy to quickly find what I'm looking for. I especially appreciate the Photo Lessons section. Besides the photos being amazing, it is great to actually see the things you are writing about, rather than just a printed list of items. Last, but not least, the actual video classes themselves. FUN! I feel like I'm in a friend's kitchen while she cooks & chats about a bunch of stuff she's learned. I can almost see myself sitting at the counter with a glass of iced tea...or maybe some wine
Linda, Carson City NV
I really did learn a lot from you, and I liked that you weren't "all chefy" and didn't intimidate us. I have to say that I really enjoyed seeing your humor come out, and your playful side. The fact that I have a culinary school trained husband had no impact on your class, meaning I had no thoughts what so ever that you were inferior. I was happy to see you pull out a bigger knife though....haaa! Only for your safety though. My knife skills freak my husband out! Your site has become my go-to site when I'm looking for ideas, so I'll be around! Thanks again, Heather!
Thank you so much for offering the classes! I was sad to see them end because I've enjoyed them so much! It was a real treat to be taught a "mindset". I wanted to share a success story with you- One day, I decided to make the black bean burgers we made in class, but when I went to my grocery store, I discovered that they didn't sell any canned beans without salt (and I couldn't find some other stuff I needed), and I didn't have enough time left in the day to make my own from dried beans...I almost despaired, but then remembered the pizza night we'd had the previous week, and after quickly thinking through what I had in my pantry at home, I decided, on the spot, to instead make a mexican-style pizza that would be based on ingredients I already had on hand...I felt like an artist picking his paints as I looked at the various vegetables in the store that could top my pizza creation :) it not only ended up being absolutely delicious, but was satisfying on a whole new level because I was eating something that I created using your methods, as opposed to being enslaved to a recipe. It was empowering and I don't view cooking the same way any more. Creating in the kitchen makes me happier than following recipes :)
I thought you had organized the presentation well because you made it all work in the allotted time, and that is not so easy to do. I appreciate your attention to details and especially to your instincts for being able to anticipate questions people might have before they have them! Thanks for doing the section on sprouting last night. It was nice to see a sprouting container that works so well, so I will order one when I can get the seeds. Thanks so much for all your hard work putting together the videos, recipes, and classes. I am getting so many good ideas from you. Thanks much
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What each class includes:
You'll get full-length class videos, showing you the recipes, as well as in depth discussions on the nutrition aspects of the cooking techniques and foods we're using, with helpful tips and information along the way.
Delicious and healthy vegan recipes, with ideas for substitutions and improvisations to make them in a new way each time.
You'll get single-page class cheat sheets and the full text, with recipes, as well as a transcript of the videos as downloadable PDF files.
Plus the online learning platform includes:
Short videos with my best tips and hints on how to cook whole plant foods - from whole grains to beans to veggies to seasoning. I'll show you how to make healthy food taste absolutely fantastic.
Ask questions and get support from people like you - which can be tough if you're the only person in your family or town who's doing what you're doing.
Start the class whenever works for you, and the videos + recipes of the program are yours to download and keep forever!
Guaranteed to help you make healthy vegan meals, or your money back.
The amount of education, advice and nutrition information you get is huge! All for less than the cost of a daily cup of tea or coffee in a cafe.
Only with full program registration
3 days worth of quick-prep meals to use for busy days. Not every day can be spent learning new things.
My best tips and hints on how to plan out daily meals, to get proper fuel for your body.
All the basics on how to get balanced and complete vegan nutrition, from foods and a few key supplements..
Q: "I've never cooked for myself before. Am I going to be able to make the meals in the classes?"
A: I create recipes with the idea of being as easy as possible for people who aren't used to cooking for themselves, or aren't used to cooking whole plant foods. I put the recipes and meals together using as few packaged foods as possible, so you will be learning how to cook things from scratch, but you can totally do it.
Even the most beginner cooks have told me they weren't overwhelmed, and actually enjoyed gaining confidence in their skills in the kitchen. You'll learn all the important things you need to know about cooking vegetables, whole grains and beans and using seasonings so that you shouldn't have any trouble with the recipes.
Really unsure? Let's talk! Click here to set up a strategy call with me.
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Who Should Join
Note: If everyone at the table already loves your cooking, and if you feel that you're healthy and know how to prepare meals for optimal nutrition, you probably don't need these online cooking classes other than just for the fun of them.
These classes are best if you want to gain confidence and skills in the kitchen, get more nutrition into your body, and/or discover new cooking techniques that make your meals tasty and flavorful.
5% to protecting animals, like Oleander
Farm Sanctuary's mission is to protect farm animals from cruelty, inspire change in the way society views and treats farm animals, and promote compassionate vegan living. They work through rescue, public education, and advocacy efforts. John Stewart and his wife recently aligned their mission with Farm Sanctuary, which adds a definite cool-factor. Emily Deschanel is another celebrity member of their board, and works directly in their fundraising.
5% of your registration will be donated to the Farm Sanctuary.
Heather Nicholds is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist who helps newly minted vegans (or veg-curious) fully nourish their bodies so they have the energy to enJOY their lives. Her focus is on making it happen - clarifying practical strategies, bringing flavor and fun to everyday meals, and making it all work even when we're busy. Heather is a YouTube video personality, and has been a speaker at BlogHer Food and Toronto VegFest, and featured on Shape.com, One Green Planet, Huffington Post and Greatist.