Health and Cooking Classes
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.
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.
We’ll come to you!
We offer free nutrition and cooking 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/or animal welfare as well as a cooking demonstration. Contact us to learn more.
Free Health Classes:
The speaker, Stewart Rose, vice president of Vegetarians of Washington, is the co-author of 23 articles published 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.
Tues September 15th, 7pm – Focus on Type II diabetes and prediabetes
In this class, Stewart will explain specifically how you can greatly lower your risk of diabetes with plant-based, or vegan, diet. You also learn how a plant-based diet can be very effective in treating diabetes and its complications. Indeed, a plant-based diet is more effective than the leading medication. In addition to presenting the latest research, you’ll learn about practical steps that you can, along with your doctor, take to prevent and treat this ever more common disease.
Tues September 22nd, 7pm – Preventing colon, prostate and breast cancer
Stewart will explain how a plant based, or vegan, diet can reduce your risk of getting colon, prostate and breast cancer. He will also explain how a plant based diet can reduce the risk of cancer recurrence in those patients who already have it. Included will be practical tips that you and your doctor can use to make a significant difference.
Tues September 29th, 7pm – Preventing and treating heart disease with a plant based diet
Cardiovascular disease remains the number one cause of death in the United States. However, heart disease is very amenable to prevention and treatment with a plant based, or vegan, diet. Learn how you can reduce your risk of getting a heart attack, treat coronary artery disease, angina and hypertension. Learn how to reduce your risk of stroke and learn how to lower your cholesterol. Learn practical tips that you and your doctor can use to treat and prevent cardiovascular disease.
Free Cooking with Amanda Classes:
Join Amanda in her kitchen! Amanda Strombom, president of Vegetarians of Washington and co-author of the Veg-Feasting Cookbook, 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.
Many of us are feeling the need for comfort food in these troubling times. In this next series of classes, Amanda will prepare some vegan comfort foods and show that comfort food doesn’t have to be unhealthy.
These free classes are held at 4:30pm 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.
Friday September 11th, 4:30pm – Pancakes and breakfast foods – Watch recording
Pancakes are traditionally made with eggs, but bananas and apple sauce both give a moist texture. Amanda will show how to make your own vegan pancakes from scratch and talk about other healthy breakfast alternatives.
Friday September 18th, 4:30pm – Vegan Mac N Cheese and Pesto Pasta
Cheese sauce and pesto are two delicious sauces that usually contain dairy products. Amanda will demonstrate how to make them both vegan while maintaining the delicious flavor.
Friday September 25th, 4:30pm – Bangers and Mash and Chocolate Pudding
An English tradition is to eat sausages (bangers) with mashed potatoes. Amanda will make a healthy mashed potato recipe, and show a selection of vegan sausages to go with it. She’ll follow this up with a chocolate “pudding”.