A Passion for Plants.
How to happily eat more plants.
Hands-on cooking workshops giving you practical solutions for putting more plants on your plate.
Trying you hardest to eat more vegetarian but failing miserably?
You are not alone.
These days, a lot of people are trying to incorporate more plant-based or vegetarian dishes into their diet. An increased focus on the healing power of plant foods has helped drive this gradual shift. So has worries about climate change and animal welfare issues. Whatever your personal reasons, shifting towards a more plant-centered way of eating will have a positive impact on all of the above.
But actually getting more great tasting veggies on the table can be daunting.
Reading beautifully crafted and presented recipes can work wonders for your imagination and inclination. However, if in the end the recipe you’ve fallen in love with requires the use of complicated techniques or fancy kitchen equipment you do not have access to, then your initial enthusiasm can quickly turn sour and lead you to abandon this otherwise great endeavor.
This is where I can help.
I offer hands-on, one-on-one or small group workshops customized for you or for you and a small group of your like-minded friends.
I will come to your home and together we will work on practical solutions for how you can start cooking with more plants. These solutions will be based on your situation (time, money, tastes, allergies), your kitchen and your equipment (basic or fancy) so you don’t end up with a bunch of great sounding options which in reality you have no hope of ever being able to bring about.
Together we will cook some dishes to get you familiar with the wonders of vegetarian cooking.
We will talk about the dos and don’ts of cooking with plants, about how to easily expand on and explore beyond the basic recipes, about how to adjust recipes to make them your own, and also explore ideas for how to convert meat based recipes into great tasting vegetarian versions.
We can also go to the market together and have a look at all the wonderful plant foods available.
In the end you will gain confidence in choosing and subsequently cooking with more than the usual suspects.
I am not trained as a chef, nor have I been formally trained in nutrition.
I have, however, spent many years education myself and I’m continuously digging deep into how what we eat affects how we feel. Through this ongoing pursuit I now have many years of experience in cooking with plants and putting together nutritionally balanced plant centered meals. Be it strictly vegan, vegetarian or simply to add more vegetables to the more traditional meat or seafood driven meals.
Several years ago my husband decided to switch to a strictly plant-based diet. No animal protein whatsoever. He has since relaxed this a little bit but still generally stays clear of meat, eggs, and dairy. Initially this change was of course a bit of a challenge for me but this shift also led me to understand fully the potential obstacles and difficulties associated with making the switch to a more plant-focused diet.
For clarity’s sake I should mention that I am not vegetarian myself. I guess I am one of those who are usually referred to as a Flexitarian, someone who eats mainly plant-based but enjoys the occasional bite of fish or meat.
Although in general I’m not fond of labels when it comes to what people choose to eat or not eat.
This is because diet labels only tell us what people don’t eat, not what they actually eat, and every diet can be nutritionally unbalanced and unhealthy regardless of whether it is vegan or atkins. What is more important in terms of good health is to focus on whole, unprocessed foods and to give plants the undisputed leading role. The more whole plant foods we eat the better our overall health.
And precisely this is my specialty.
Personally I enjoy all kinds of foods and will always have a bite of whatever a friend has cooked for me. I just won’t have the whole steak, nor will I order one in a restaurant. I happen to be partial to plants and on a daily basis I choose to let plants be my main source of nourishment.
So, if you choose to let me help you with your gentle transition into a life of a happy plant eater there will be absolutely no lecturing from me. Only practical solutions for how you can happily eat more plants.
And do have a look at the About Me page if you would like to know more about who I am.
Looking forward to hearing from you!