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Vegan Bytes #54- Interested in Vegan Cooking for Beginners?
September 11, 2012

Vegan Bytes #54: It's Here! Vegan Cooking for Beginners

Welcome to the subscriber group! Our newsletter focuses on helping you learn more about veganism and how to apply it to your daily life. Vegan Bytes is dedicated to keeping you up-to-date with the world of food, answering your vegan nutrition questions, and providing you with ideas on ways to spread your lifestyle beliefs.

*NEW Ebook Available: Vegan Cooking for Beginners
*Question: "I need simple, fast meal ideas on a budget."
*Vegan Ebooks Collection: My Favorite Meal Plans and Recipes
*Recipe Sneak Peak: Avocado, Tomato, and Cucumber Salad
*What's New?: What's New With Vegan Nutritionista?

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Now Available: Vegan Cooking for Beginners

For years people have been writing in to Vegan Nutritionista asking for quick and simple vegan recipes, and those requests eventually gnawed their way into my brain earlier this year. This summer I posted a question on facebook (come join the party!) asking what kinds of recipes everyone wanted to learn to make.

Here are the things you told me:

  • "Anything simple and quick!"
  • "Something I can cook quickly when I come home from work that's child-friendly with limited ingredients, limited pots and pans, etc."
  • "Low cost meals. Make ahead meals. Something both hubby and I can have. He's still a meat-eater and I want to transition him."
  • "I lose patience when there are so many small measurements of a TON of ingredients.
  • "Anything kid friendly and quick! Lunch box stuff would be great."
  • "I also like MAKE AHEAD meals that will keep for a few days."
  • "I'm looking for lunch recipes, like sandwiches, soups, and salads."
  • "My other half is the cook and my skills are limited, so recipes that are relatively fail-safe so I don't get disheartened! Easy and tasty."
  • "Student friendly! Not many ingredients and cheap. I don't really care if it takes an hour in the oven if it's quick to prepare, simple, and cheap."
  • "Along with quick, easy, and simple recipes, I'd love to have some tasteful recipes to show family that a vegan lifestyle is awesome."
  • "I'm trying to become vegan and I'm looking for easy vegan recipes to start with."

I would have to be blind to miss the message here. Everyone wanted easy, quick, limited ingredient and limited steps recipes made with normal ingredients, with a special emphasis on lunch ideas like soups, sandwiches, and salads.

That day on facebook was when I knew I was on the right track to figuring out how to truly help Vegan Nutritionista readers and facebook fans. Almost every single night (and sometimes twice or three times a day), I cook quick, easy, cheap vegan meals.

My goal has always been to impact the most people possible by showing that it's easier (and more delicious) than they think to start eating vegan, and that once they do, they're going to feel so amazing that it will be hard to ever go back to eating animal products.

The problem is that most of us were raised on traditional meat-filled dinners and we don't even know where to begin when switching to a plant-based diet. While some of us truly never learned to cook and don't have kitchen skills, even more just don't have time to prepare meals, so we end up sacrificing quality for a few extra minutes of carpool time.

I hate the idea of anyone choosing pre-made, boxed meals over fresh, plant-based food, and I think my recipes and tricks to cooking quicker can help.

And that's the story of how Vegan Cooking for Beginners was born.

Vegan Cooking for Beginners

You can read the full scoop on Vegan Cooking for Beginners here, but here's a quick idea of what's in the ebook:

  • 75 easy vegan recipes, including sections on breakfast, snacks, sandwiches, salads, soups, whole grain dishes, and desserts.
  • Nutritional information and serving size for every recipe
  • As many pictures as I could stuff into the book and still make it available as a download
  • Step-by-step, detailed instructions for very new cooks

It's on sale starting today for only $7.99, and if you buy it now, you get two free bonuses:

#1. Soak, Rinse, Boil: my complete guide to cooking beans and grains. This guide is essential for anyone who wants to take advantage of the budgetary benefits of rehydrating dried beans and cooking whole grains. It will save you a ton of money!

#2. Master Vegan Grocery List: A massive list of everything you'll ever need at the grocery store. Just print it out and hang it on your fridge door and then check things off as you need them.

You can also get Vegan Cooking for Beginners Formatted Perfectly for your E-reader:

I truly hope you love this new ebook!


"I need ideas for simple, fast meals on a budget."



"I've been a vegan for about two years and when I first started, I was able to do it right and I even lost about 20 pounds!

Recently I moved provinces out of my parents' house to go to school. I'm completely alone here and don't drive so I rely on transit and walking to get around. Anyway I've been here about two months and I am finding it so hard to make quick easy meals and I've been gaining weight. I can't find a good balance, so I end up eating super processed or sugary crap that just makes me feel awful.

My question is to ask for some suggestions of simple meals that are healthy and hopefully even low fat. I have been searching all over and I found lots of stuff that says its simple but it requires a lot of ingredients or is hard to cook or the ingredients are expensive or hard to find. Anyway I was just hoping you had some suggestions for SUPER simple, very few ingredient meals that might make life a little easier for me and less overwhelming. I don't really have a passion for cooking or the ability to multitask. Any help or advice you have would be so helpful and appreciated! Thanks so much!"



It might seem like you are the only one dealing with this problem, but this is actually a really common problem. There are thousands of students who are just like you; they're out on their own for the first time and they want to eat healthy, but they don't have time, energy, or the tools to be able to do heavy cooking. There's a reason why people always joke about Ramen noodles and spaghetti O's as the diet of college students.

When I was in college, I did cook for myself, even though I had really limited kitchens. I did not cook all the time, and I did rely quite heavily on noodles and other cheap things like that, but I also didn't really know better.

Looking back, I did some things right and other things wrong. Here are my best tips for college students who want to eat healthy, both tips I used and those I wish I knew at the time:

Read the full article on simple, fast meal ideas and share any tips you have for people trying to eat healthy on a budget.


If you have any vegan questions and you want some guidance, feel free to send them in by following this link.


Vegan Nutritionista Downloadable EBooks

Vegan Cooking for Beginners

Vegan Cooking for Beginners is designed for new cooks and vegans who want quick, cheap, and easy vegan recipes. It has 75 recipes, tons of pictures of the finished meals, nutritional information, and detailed instructions to make every recipe easy to follow. Read more and download a copy for only $7.99 here.

Vegan Meal Plans for Fall/Winter

Vegan Meal Plans is a complete meal plan for one month vegan weekday dinners. It includes 64 recipes, pictures, nutritional information, grocery lists, and tips and techniques. Everyone from those beginning a vegan diet to those veterans who want fresh menu ideas love this ebook. It focuses on fresh, local, and seasonal vegetables and uses all normal ingredients-- no fussy or gourmet skills needed. Download a copy for only $9.75 here.

If you have an e-reader, you can get Vegan Meal Plans for Fall designed specifically for that device for $9.99:

The Vegan Bread Box: 30 Simple and Delicious Vegan Bread Recipes

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This is one of our most popular cookbooks. I've found it really difficult to find a vegan bread cookbook on the internet; there are tons of recipes out there, but they're scattered all over different sites and you never know which ones are good. This book has everything from an eggless brioche to a classic whole wheat boule recipe, so you'll never have to go scrounging the internet again. I'm so happy people have gotten so much out of this ebook.

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Menus and Cookbooks Vegan Nutritionista Ebook Package

Menus and Cookbooks Ebook Package allows you to have Vegan Cooking for Beginners, both Vegan Nutritionista Meal Plans, The Vegan Bread Box, Vegan Christmas Cookies, and Cut the Cheese. Download your copy for only $41.99 here.

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Recipe of the Month: Avocado, Tomato, and Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Tomato Salad

Here's a sneak peak into Vegan Cooking for Beginners, and one of my favorite recipes. This recipe was tested by my husband, who doesn't do much cooking on his own. Not only did he have no trouble following the recipe, he was shocked at how good his creation tasted!

Try this recipe now, before the last tomatoes and cucumbers are gone from the farmers market for the fall.


  • 3 Tbsp. lime juice, freshly squeezed is best (about 2 limes)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 big handful of fresh cilantro, chopped (if you can only use dried, use 1 tsp.)
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 small avocados, cut into small chunks
  • 1/2 medium red onion, cut into small chunks
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 cucumbers, cut in 1/2 inch circles, and then those cut in half to form semi-circles
  • freshly cracked black pepper


In a large bowl, mix the lime juice, olive oil, cilantro, and sea salt together. Gently drop in the chunks of avocado and stir them so they're covered in the dressing. The lime juice will keep the avocados from turning brown.

Add in the rest of the ingredients and stir gently so you don't break the avocado pieces. Season with pepper and a few more sprinkles of salt, if you feel like it needs it.


You can share your own recipes and comment on others by following this link to Vegan Nutritionista.


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