Yesterday, I attended my first vegan cooking course. Come to think of it, my first cooking course ever, vegan or not. A friend at work suggested it after she discovered I was going vegan and I tasted her awesome kale salad. It was put on by the fabulous Chef AJ. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was excited to learn some new recipes and get ideas for a variety of foods. It was me and about 15 other people, plus plant-based dietition Julieanna Hever MS, RD who was available to answer the scientific questions. Check out her blog here.
In the 3 hours, we watched 9 recipes prepared from scratch! And all of them were tasty. It was really helpful to see the foods prepped and prepared in front of me because it showed how easy it was. We had some great smoothies, soups, salads and desserts. And her energy is really exciting. It's a really fun class, and I highly recommend contacting her to see when her next series is coming up. I'm going to class number 2 of hers in a couple weeks.
Interestingly, in addition to being vegan, Chef AJ also prepares all her foods without oil, salt or sugar. Basically, oil is stripped of all vitamins and minerals and is digested as pure fat, and sugar is processed and refined and unnecessary as well. Makes sense to me. I haven't been a big fan of salt for quite a while, so I rarely cook with it anyway.
I already made a smoothie today based on ideas I got from the course. And I have the ingredients for some other stuff, too.