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In today’s episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast, we talk to Sam Turnbull about making vegan cooking easy for everyone.  A lot of people think they have to eat like a rabbit if they adopt a vegan diet and don’t end up making a change despite their understanding that this can make a difference in their health and for the environment. We talk to Sam about how she has “veganized” her favorite comfort foods and made them affordable and simple for everyone. Sam doesn’t get wrapped up with fancy superfood ingredients and we can attest that flavor is never compromised with her recipes.

This show is going to give you everything you need for keeping costs down, the ingredient lists short, and it will even get you thinking about what you can make for your loved ones on Valentine’s Day this year. We hope you’re not hungry now, but you definitely will be by the end of this episode.

Sam Turnbull is the creative voice and vision behind the popular blog It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken, author of the cookbook Fuss-Free Vegan, and now a new YouTuber. Growing up in a family of foodies, chefs, butchers, and hunters, (yep, it’s true), Sam was determined to prove that vegan cooking didn’t have to be all kale and quinoa. Her easy, comforting, satisfying, and totally non-scary recipes struck a chord with vegans, vegetarians, and even carnivores everywhere. Sam’s first cookbook has been met with rave reviews and is already in its second printing after only one month since being release. She also won the #LoveLentils competition and had the honor of filming a cooking show with Chef Michael Smith.


In this episode we discuss:

  • “It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken”
  • Becoming vegan
  • Following her passion
  • Calling food what it is as opposed to eating “un or mock”
  • Fave recipes from Fuss-Free Vegan: 101 Everyday Comfort Food Favorites, Veganized
  • Must have staples for the kitchen
  • Secrets to keeping costs down in vegan cooking
  • Simple recipes
  • Mistakes people make when starting to cook vegan
  • Making cooking easy for everyone
  • The perfect Valentine’s Day menu
  • Actionable tips to start vegan cooking today


Links to things we mentioned:

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Yummy Foods Activity Book For Kids

Sam Turnbull’s Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube


Fuss-Free Vegan: 101 Everyday Comfort Food Favorites, Veganized by Sam Turnbull  


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