Our Classes

We offer cooking and nutrition classes where different aspects of a plant-based diet are discussed, and many delicious recipes are prepared, tasted and shared!

Educational, Nutrition and Cooking Classes

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Amanda Strombom, President of Vegetarians of Washington, gives regular cooking classes to support those interested in moving toward a plant-based diet and learning new ways of preparing food avoiding animal products. Each class focuses on a different aspect of going veggie, whether it’s on specific food groups, on a particular health topic, shopping or even holiday cooking.  Plenty of samples to taste are always provided. See upcoming classes below.

During this period of “shelter in place”, we’re offering free online health and cooking classes via zoom.  See below for more details.

In normal times, cooking classes are held at East Shore Unitarian Church, Bellevue, 7pm unless otherwise noted. A nominal charge of $5 per class helps us cover the cost of the ingredients and materials. Shopping tours are free.

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We offer free cooking and nutrition classes to high schools, colleges, churches, businesses and other civic and community groups. Classes can include a presentation on the health benefits of a vegetarian diet, concern for the environment and animal welfare along with a cooking demonstration. Contact us to learn more.

Free Online Classes:

Health Series – June 30 & July 1, 7pm

Stewart Rose, vice president of Vegetarians of Washington, is the co-author of many articles in medical journals and of the soon-to-be-released medical textbook, The Prevention and Treatment of Disease with a Plant Based Diet, written for doctors.

Tuesday June 30th, 7pm – The Health Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet (Part 1)

In Part 1 of this 2-part series, Stewart will explain just why a plant-based diet is best for your health. He’ll explain how a plant based, or vegan, diet can prevent and treat different diseases and then compare this treatment with current treatments.  The first class will cover Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, including  high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, angina and stroke. You’ll find out just how effective a plant based diet is for both preventing and treating these diseases.  If you or a loved one are suffering from or wish to learn how to prevent these diseases then this class is for you.

Wednesday July 1st, 7pm – The Health Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet (Part 2)

In Part 2 of this 2-part series, Stewart Rose, vice president of Vegetarians of Washington, will address some other serious conditions which also can benefit from following a plant-based diet.  He’ll explain how you can reduce your risk of many forms of cancer, digestive diseases, autoimmune disorders, and other chronic diseases, and in many cases stop these diseases from progressing even if you already have symptoms. He’ll also explain the basics of a plant-based diet, with some tips and hints for getting started.

Register for the Health Series


Cooking with Amanda Classes

Join Amanda in her kitchen!  Amanda Strombom, president of Vegetarians of Washington, gives plant-based cooking classes, to aid people who want to reduce their consumption of animal foods and increase the amount of wholesome plant-based foods.

In this coronavirus period, we are now able to socialize outside with friends, so in this series, she will be focusing on outdoor eating.  In each class she will introduce new plant-foods and talk about their health benefits and how to prepare them from scratch.

These free classes will be held at 5pm each Friday and will be about one hour long. Register online beforehand and the Zoom link will be sent to you via email.  The class will be suitable for all ages over 12 years, although younger children are welcome to participate too with parental supervision.

Register to participate in this cooking series

Friday July 3rd, 5pm – Recipes: Vegan Barbecue Food

In Class 1, Amanda will demonstrate how to host a delicious barbecue with plant-based foods.  She’ll show you how to make your own burgers, marinate Portobello mushrooms, prepare and grill vegetables and even make some carrot hot dogs!

Friday July 10th, 5pm – Recipes: Vegan Picnics and Sandwiches

In Class 2, Amanda will share ideas for picnics and sandwiches.  She’ll make a vegan mayonnaise and a mock tuna spread that can be used in sandwiches, and discuss lots of other ideas for hosting a delicious picnic outdoors.

Friday July 17th, 5pm – Recipes: Quinoa Salad and Black Bean Salad

In Class 3, Amanda will make two of her favorite salads, a black bean salad and a quinoa salad.

Friday July 24th, 5pm – Recipes: Vegan and Asian Coleslaws

In Class 4, Amanda will make two versions of coleslaw, and discuss other salad dressings that can be used on your favorite salads.

Friday July 31st, 5pm – Recipes: Kale Waldorf Salad and Fruit Salads

In Class 5, Amanda will demonstrate a Kale Waldorf Salad, and talk about other fruit salads to enjoy.


Previous Classes

See recipes and recordings from the Lentils and Beans series held previously.