Thursday, January 23, 2014


Last night I attended my first cooking class.  Healthy, delicious, vegan cooking!  Tara (teacher and health coach) watched the movie "Forks Over Knives" about two years ago and decided right on the spot to become vegan.  She is married and at the time, had a 4 year old and an 8 year old.  What a brave journey!

Maui is filled with people who eat vegetarian, vegan, raw and live.  I'm even friends with a few.  My best and most healthy Maui friend is married to a meat and white carb man ... so she doesn't really cook.  My sister is on a specific carbohydrate diet for her husband's health.  VERY few carbs.  She kick started my healthier eating on her recent visit.  

We started with Tara's secret protein bars (think smoothy moist tasty almost fudge bars!).  Followed by a flavorful taco salad with lentil "meat", fresh salsa, queso blanco (think creamy gooey cheese sauce)(made from cashews) ... and a non-cheese cake with blueberry topping.

There were so many ingredients I had never even tasted before.  Tara explained the health benefits of the different seeds and fruits and nutrients as well.  What a lot of knowledge she shared.  She brought along the packages and explained where to shop (for best prices).

Tomorrow I'm making my first trip to the original "health" food store on Maui.


  1. Isn't it fascinating how we can eat our entire lives and still not have tasted everything there is to taste? The cooking lessons I took last year weren't called vegan but the instructor practiced it at home and taught a whole class on grains and seeds. Unlike Maui it's hard to find anyone around here who eats the vegan style. Since the class, I gave up meat four days a week.

    Have fun at the store!

    1. I'm not sure I could be 100% vegan. But through the years, meat has become a side dish. I just watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead .... I may need to do ten days of juicing to jump start my weight loss ...