Colorado Springs Vegan Cooking Academy


Tuesday | July 11 | 6 to 8 p.m.

Vegan Air Frying

Have you heard about the low- or no-oil way to fry vegan foods? Air frying is a thing! I will teach you the fundamentals and then you will do the cooking. Menu items include breakfast, vegetables, one-basket meals, dessert, tofu, perfect french fries, and more.

2-hour class + recipes: $45 

To be placed on the waitlist, please email us.

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Wednesday | July 19 | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Compassionate Cooking for Kids

Let’s get your kids in the kitchen! This class is designed for children ages 8 to 12. We’ll start the class reading from several children’s books about veganism before preparing kid-friendly plant-based recipes that will empower your children to make healthy snacks on their own. Class size limited to eight (8) children – register ASAP to secure a space.

2-hour class + an age-appropriate book for each student  + recipes: $65

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Saturday | August 19 | 12 to 2 p.m.

Seitan and Soy Curls

In this hands-on class, you make the homemade seitan (a gluten-version of vegan meat)! We will make it three ways: baked, steamed, and in the pressure cooker. While the seitan is cooking up we’ll work with soy curls, making a chicken-less salad, tacos, and Asian-style soy curls. When the seitan is ready, we’ll prepare it three different ways.

2-hour class + recipes: $55

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Tuesday | September 12 | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Vegan Pressure Cooking 

Learn how to create quick full-flavored, wholesome dishes that don’t keep you chained to the kitchen but do keep you and your family happy! Great for anyone who has a traditional stove top pressure cooker, an electric pressure cooker, or a multicooker such as the Instant Pot and Fagor LUX. (You can even bring your own device!)

2-hour class + recipes: $45

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Tuesdays | October 3, 10 and 17 | 6 to 8 p.m.

Fundamentals of Vegan Cooking

This Colorado Springs Vegan Cooking Academy course studies techniques for healthy and delicious plant-based cooking. Students will understand the pillars of vegan diets – health, environment, and ethics. Culinary focus is on ingredient substitution, healthy food preparation techniques, and making diverse vegetable, fruit, legume, and grain dishes. Students will understand how to incorporate plant-based cooking in their own home or in a restaurant or food service environment.

Designed for home cooks, paraprofessional chefs and professional culinary artists, this three-session, hands-on class provides the building blocks for vegan cooking in your own kitchen or restaurant. Building on the basic vegan food groups – vegetables, fruit, beans/legumes, grains, and nuts and seeds – you will learn essential techniques to make delicious and satisfying plant-based meals.

6-hours (three sessions) + recipes + Certificate of Completion: $155

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Tuesday | November 7 | 6 to 8 p.m.

Vegan Holiday Meals

Turn your holiday table into a healthy, delicious, compassionate version of your favorites. Learn how to make vegetable-forward centerpiece dishes, colorful and flavorful sides, and healthy and light sweet treats.

2-hour class + recipes: $45

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Classes held downtown in Colorado Springs – address provided upon registration.

Refund policy:

  • Full refund for cancellations four days prior to class.
  • 75% refund for cancellations three days (72-hours) prior to class.
  • 50% refund for cancellations two days (48-hours) prior class.
  • Full refund if the class is canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

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Private Vegan Pressure Cooking (or Instant Pot or Multicooker) Lesson

I join you in your kitchen via Skype (or Zoom, Facebook Video Chat or Google Hangouts) to teach you the basics of vegan pressure cooking. I can help you with your Instant Pot (or other multicookers, such as Fagor LUX or GoWISE 8 in 1) or electric or stovetop pressure cookers. One-hour sessions are $60 (select 2 at checkout for a two-hour session.)

***I will use the email address provided at check-out to communicate directly with you to schedule your lesson.***


Colorado Springs Vegan Cooking Academy director JL Fields is currently touring the U.S. and Canada on her book tour. See if a cooking class is being offered in your community HERE.

L Fields, MS, VLCE is the founder and culinary director of the Colorado Springs Vegan Cooking Academy. She is a chef instructor in a university culinary program and a kitchen coach for home cooks. She is an author, newspaper writer, magazine columnist, speaker, and radio personality. She is the author of the forthcoming 
The Vegan Air Fryer: The Healthier Way to Enjoy Deep-Fried Flavors (June 2017) and co-author, with Victoria Moran, of the forthcoming The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook: Over 100 Plant-Sourced Recipes Plus Practical Tips for the Healthiest, Most Compassionate You (December 2017).

She is the author of  Vegan Pressure Cooking: Delicious Beans, Grains and One-Pot Meals in Minutes and co-author of  Vegan for Her: The Woman’s Guide to Being Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet. She is also a brands consultant for a variety of national companies. The blogger of JL Goes, JL is a Main Street Vegan Academy-certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator and a certified Food for Life instructor with Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). She writes and broadcasts from Colorado Springs, Colorado where she lives with her husband and triathlon coach Dave Burgess and Oliver, their rescued cat. Follow JL on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Learn about JL’s additional vegan cooking and coaching services HERE.