Nutrition and Cooking Classes
We offer free nutrition and cooking classes to high schools, colleges, churches, businesses and other civic and community groups. Classes usually include a presentation on the health benefits of a vegetarian diet, concern for the environment and animal welfare. Cooking classes are also available.
Free Vegetarian Classes
In these FREE classes you’ll learn why and how to give yourself the vegetarian advantage for preventing and reversing many common diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. Discover the vegetarian advantage for the environment, the world’s hungry and all the other living creatures who share the world with us. Learn how to make sustainable changes to your diet while enjoying the journey. This well-researched class gives you information you can rely on. Come and get answers to your questions!
The class also includes a delicious vegetarian cooking demonstration. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the food we eat and to sample delicious food all in one fun filled afternoon. Classes are based on our popular books The Vegetarian Solution, Say No to Meat! and The Veg-Feasting Cookbook.
Cooking with Amanda
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.
Classes will be 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.
Wed July 11th 2018 Preventing cancer
We’ll talk about how a plant-based diet can help protect you against getting certain kinds of cancer, and which nutrients are particularly beneficial for fighting cancer. We’ll make delicious dishes using a rainbow of different vegetables to give as many cancer-protecting phytonutrients as possible.
Wed Sept 5th 2018 Back to school
We’ll discuss ideas for enticing kids with lots of healthy food ideas for meals at home and in lunchboxes, and make some simple recipes that your kids will love!
Wed Oct 3rd 2018 Cleaning out your arteries and saving chickens
Eggs often come from battery-caged hens, raised in very harsh conditions. They have saturated fat and cholesterol which leads to clogged arteries. We’ll talk about how cholesterol, present in all animal foods, impacts your health, particularly your arteries, and we’ll discuss alternatives you can use to eggs in various recipes. We’ll make some delicious egg-free recipes and even try the amazing Vegan Egg.
Wed Nov 7th 2018 Cooking for the Holidays
We’ll talk about how to handle the many issues that come up at holiday times when cooking for or eating with your meat-eating family members, and discuss ideas for special vegan holiday dishes. We’ll make some delicious dishes that all your guests can enjoy.
Wed Dec 5th 2018 Shopping for Plant-Based Foods
We’ll meet at Fred Meyer, Bellevue, to tour the Natural Foods section, and learn about label reading, choosing fresh vegetables, and finding some new favorite foods. This class is free.
Wed Jan 9th 2019 Losing weight, Defeating diabetes
We’ll talk about what foods are most helpful in losing those extra pounds, and how the same foods can also reduce your insulin resistance and defeat Type II Diabetes. We’ll make some really simple starter meals to get you started on a new way of eating for the New Year.
Wed Feb 6th 2019 Ditching Dairy and Saving Cows
Dairy products often contain surprising amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol, and come from cows forced to give birth frequently. We’ll talk about the many alternatives to dairy that are available these days, we’ll taste samples of some commercial products and make some simple cheese alternatives of our own.