Cooking Classes

The Vegan Pantry Cooking Classes & Parties

AmyLeo is a cooking innovator. She develops and recreates  a wide variety of vegan dishes ranging from raw to cooked featuring recipes that use no processed ingredients as well as  recipes that focus on plant-based vegan meat and dairy replacements. These recipes are available through classes and parties.

Private Classes

“AmyLeo is a wealth of knowledge. She was very organized, offered many options for recipes she has created and was also open to anything we wanted to try. My husbands and I learned new healthy amazing recipes that we could freeze for our “grab and go.” What a blast, we learned so much including  fabulous tricks to try at home.  – Thea Jensen, Minneapolis, MN

Whether you are just leaning into a plant-based diet, or ready to fully commit to a vegan  or raw diet, AmyLeo can teach you how to prepare delicious, plant-based meals. Offering personalized, private cooking lessons in your home, she will help you address common concerns such as:

  • Jalapeno Nut Ball with CrackersHow to make healthy food without spending all day in the kitchen
  • How to bake without eggs
  • How to get adequate protein on a plant-based diet
  • How to make tasty dishes without cheese
  • How to maximize flavor without animal fat
  • How to use meat and dairy substitutes
  • How to incorporate more healthy grains into your diet
  • How to prepare raw foods to maximize nutrition
Private Parties

“A friend invited me to a Vegan Cooking Class in her home, and it turned out to be a delightful and informative experience!  The timing was perfect for me as I had recently read The China Study and decided to begin pursuing a vegan lifestyle.  AmyLeo gave me coaching, confidence, menus and brands of foods to try.  I’ve booked her to teach my family a 3-hour class in our home, and have friends requesting future classes!”  – Ann S., Burnsville, MN

Private Cooking Parties are similar to Private Cooking Classes. The main difference is that you invite your friends, family and colleagues to share in the fun. You will have so much fun that it won’t even feel like you are learning.  As the host of your Private Cooking Party you select the recipes that you and your guest will most enjoy.

Public Classes

“AmyLeo’s class was fantastic: her recipes were excellent (tasty, interesting, and accessible), her presentation skills are excellent, and her breadth of knowledge is amazing.” – Executive Director, Compassionate Action for Animals

If private cooking classes or parties aren’t your style, AmyLeo also teaches classes at various venues in the twin cities area including Cooks of Crocus Hill, Kitchen Window, The Wedge Coop, The Seward Coop, Mississippi Market, Whole Foods and Valley Natural Foods. While these classes are not personalized to you specific needs you will learn many of the same principles covered in private classes.

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A Sample of Classes


The Family Table

Family-Style dining! Easy, delicious and nutritious. You’ll be dipping in for seconds for Avocado Salad with Lemon Basil Dressing, Pink-Salt & Balsamic Sugar-Snap Peas and Progressive Quiche Lorraine – all laid out family style like in the olden days. Oh, and don’t forget the desert, Vanilla- Chocolate Pudding Parfait.

The Joy of Legumes, Nuts and Seeds

The joy of cooking vegan the old-fashioned way. If you do not like the idea of using meat analogues (substitutes) or other processed proteins, you will love the versatility of legumes, nuts and seeds. Expand your knowledge and taste buds as we prepare and sample Ancient Grain Banana Fritters, Almond Nut Loaf, Split Pea Soup and Cashew Nut Mylk. Vegan from breakfast to dinner is delightful and nutritious.

It’s A Mock

In the mood for some protein “staying power’? While a well balanced, whole-foods, plant-based diet typically offers sufficient protein, once in a while we just want that protein-packed meal. While these dishes are made of Mock Meat there is no mocking the protein. Sink your teeth into: Mock Chicken Ala Queen over Black Forbidden Rice; Spinach Salad w/Seared Mock Duck drizzled with Reduced Balsamic-Lime Vinaigrette; Grilled Seitan & Asparagus Pink-Rice Pilaf.

A Rightful Return To Raw

Before the discovery of the use of controlled fire, we ate strictly raw. We have since learned to cook food in a myriad of ways. Now there is trend towards eating raw again as there are many benefits to this way of preparing food. This time around we enter the delectable world of gourmet. Join Chef AmyLeo as you prepare and sample these easy and satisfying dishes: Kale Chips, Rawvioli with Marinara Sauce, Zucchini Peanut Thai Noodles and Cashew Cream Tartlets.

Treats From Salty to Sweet:

From the Sweetest Tooth to the Salty & Savory Palate to anything in between you will delight friends and family with this selection of tasty delicacies. For the Sweet Ones in your life: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies make for a perfect light desert or cookie-jar favorite; for tea time, or dessert of course, Fig-Pumpkin Bread with Maple Cream Cheese Spread is sure to satisfy that desire for a wholesome treat. Now for the salty treats: Garlicky, Cracked-Pepper Cheesy Popcorn, coated in garlic-infused oil and rolled in rice-parmesan cheese and fresh ground black pepper, and finally Chedda-Cheese Delights – an incredible blend of crunchy texture, nutty flavor, and hint of chili.

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