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We are Nico and Louise, foodies and plant-lovers behind The Plant-Based School. We cook Vegan Italian Recipes that taste as delicious as non-vegan ones. We promise 🙂
Nico is our chief chef. He is a professional cook, blogger, photographer, WordPress troubleshooter, metal-rock lover and his favorite desserts are Double Chocolate Brownies and Italian Crostata. Nico grew up in a hilly, cobble-stoned town in central Italy. He lived in 6 different countries since then, but his foodie-heart belongs to the Italian cooking traditions. When he doesn't cook, he usually plays the guitar, drums or takes Louise by the hand for a long hike.
Louise is our sous-chef! She was never that interested in cooking, but after going vegan she gained a whole new motivation for cooking. She is also our Communications and Community-chief, blogger and dirty-dishes Director. Louise grew up in a small green village in Denmark, close to the water. She loves long hikes in nature, has a weak spot for fat puppies, loves movement and doing handstands, and her favorite dessert is Cannoli.
When we are not in our kitchen, we spend time in nature, go for holidays to the South of Italy, read recipe books, and watch YouTube videos about tiny houses. Maybe one day we will build a tiny home and grow a small garden, who knows?
Learning and living is so exciting!
About The Plantbased School
We started "The Plant-Based School" at a point where we felt like we were sleepwalking through life.
Our energy levels were incredibly low, and we experienced mind-numbing brain fog during afternoons and evenings. We would always look forward to time-off from our 9-5, count the days to our next holiday and wish for weekends to be longer. We were in our late 20's, yet we were frustrated with losing vitality and passion in life as every day went by.
Tired of feeling drained and collapsing in bed every night at 8pm, we decided to make a change.
On a dark December evening in 2018, we made a bowl of popcorn and watched "Forks over Knives" on Netflix; a documentary about health, illness and the healing power of plant-based foods.
The movie completely shifted our mindsets and fuelled us with data about nutrition:
- Eat as much as you can (WHAT!?), but eat Whole Foods
- Focus on Fibre instead of protein
- Cook food that looks like the rainbow; fresh colourful vegetables
- Don't worry about protein, you'll get plenty if you eat legumes
We were stunned but convinced. It was the right amount of data-driven science that gave us a much-needed wake-up call.
And so, we took action and went plant-based from one day to the other with a 30-day trial period.
The Results of Lifestyle Change
Two weeks into our plant-based journey, we saw some serious changes:
- Consistent energy-levels all through afternoons and evenings
- No more water retention
- Happy digestion
- Cleaner skin
- No bloating
- For Louise, it was a major achievement to get rid of nausea and crippling menstrual cramps
It was an incredibly motivating change. We were so hyped!
The excitement came crashing down one day, when we realized how the planet and animals in general, are mistreated because of the human carnivore diet.
As a result, "The Plant-Based School" became a project of creating purpose and working towards a mission.
This blog and lifestyle connect us to the environment, our health and allow us to spread our love for sustainable cooking to others.
We are strongly dedicated to providing well-tested recipes and sharing everything we learn along the way. Before we post a new recipe, you can rest assured that we have tested until it tastes just like the original. We do not like to compromise on taste... and neither should you.
We truly hope that "The Plant-Based School" can be your go-to resource for Vegan Italian food. Hopefully, it will also give you confidence and inspire you to cook delicious vegan food without compromising the flavour.
Thank you again for joining us on this adventure!
Wait, where do I start?
New to Plant-based cooking? AMAZING!
Make it easier for yourself, start with food you know and love.
Is that pasta, pizza, veggie-packed rice salads?
By focusing on foods you already know (instead of throwing yourself into advanced Seitan-Meatloafs), the new lifestyle will not seem as scary. Take it one step at a time, allow some deep breaths and laugh at yourself in the process.
In our first week of eating plant-based, Louise "made" raw tofu for us. No sauce, just cold and raw cubed tofu. It was a painful experience, but we laughed hard about it, and we learned a valuable lesson: tofu should be marinated and cooked!
What will you learn on your journey? Remember, if you are creating a new habit it usually takes 21 days for the mind and body to get used to the habit.
A good first step, is to a look at our recipe archive, choose 3 of your favourites and follow the step-by-step instructions.
Some of our favourite recipes are:
- Easy Pastas, such as linguine with mushrooms
- Cannoli siciliani
- Vegan Flat Bread
- Homemade Pasta on special occasions because hand-made pasta is one of the most luxurious things to eat
You up for it? Let us know how it goes with your first 3 recipes, and email us if you have any questions!
WHERE DO I GO WITH QUESTIONS AND FEEDBACK?
If you have any requests, questions, constructive feedback (please be nice, we work very hard on our recipes) - you’re welcome to email us at [email protected]
Nico and Louise
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Here are some of our favourite resources for going plant-based:
- Forks Over Knives (2011), film
- Cowspiracy (2014), film
- The Game Changers (2018), film
- The China Study (2004), book: Campbell & Campbell
- How not To Die (2015), book: Greger
- The starch Solution (2012), book: McDougall
- Becoming Vegan (2014), book: Davis