Public Library Classes

Plant-Based Foods Education
Free Community Classes


Vegan Cooking 101
First Wednesday of each Month
Point Loma Hervey Branch Library
6:00 – 7:30 PM, all ages welcome. Next class is Wednesday, October 2nd, Italian Night: Three Cheese Lasagne, Garlic Bread, Tiramisu Cake Link to Register

Vegan Cooking 101
Second Sunday of each Month
Pacific Beach Taylor Branch Library
1:oo – 2:30 PM, all ages welcome. (October’s class is being rescheduled due Vegan Fashion Week LA ::)) stay tuned)

Vegan Dia de los Muertos
Balboa Branch Library
October 30th, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Celebrate the history and traditions of this Latin American holiday with a colorful sugar skull decorating workshop.  Learn how to use (vegan) royal icing, gum paste, and a variety of craft materials to create unique and original sugar skull art that can be preserved and used as a decoration for many seasons to come.  Registration details will be posted soon.

Vegan Adventures
Allied Gardens Library
Second Tuesday of each Month
6:00 – 7:30 PM, all ages welcome. Next class is Tuesday November 13th.  Save the date, the menu will be posted soon.


Big thanks to participating sponsors:

Jensen’s Foods, Barons Market, Grocery Outlet, Northgate Market, Sprouts,
Mission Square Market


Access the Recipes & Photos from Earlier Classes


Pacific Beach Taylor Branch Library, All About Apples After sampling a variety of baking and snacking apples we veganized a traditional apple crisp recipe and then combined a giant bowl of fresh greens with apple slices, vegan cheddar, nuts and a balsamic fig dressing. Celebrating the fall apple harvest.   All About Apples – Cheddar Kale Salad & Apple Crisp



Point Loma Library, Back to School Recipes In this culinary lab we learned about the differentvarieties of tofu and how tofu can be used as a substitute for chicken. Recipes included a Chick’n tasting session and Chick’n Caesar Wrap, Lavash pinwheel sandwiches made with vegan mayo (we tried Follow Your Heart’s pesto mayo) and a dessert of homemade brownies…a traditional recipe veganized with vegan butter and tofu used as an egg substitute.  The result, excellent…don’t ask, don’t tell…vegan brownies are just and good and better!  Lavash Pinwheels, Grilled Chick’n Caesar Wrap, Brownies


Pacific Beach Taylor Branch Library, Vegan Seafood: Sponsored by Grocery Outlet, we had an abundant supply of organic produce and ingredients for delicious Hawaiian Poke Bowls, made with the catch of the day…watermelon. We also made crab cakes from a garbanzo and artichoke base, proving again you can just about have it all again plant-based. Hawaiian Poke Bowl & Vegan Crab Cakes


Point Loma Library, Stay Cool Wraps and Mock Tuna Salad:  A summer sandwich making celebration thanks to Baron’s Market and Jensen’s Foods. We tested a recipe for mock tuna salad and got to roll lots of sandwiches thanks to California Lavash’s generous donation to our class. Mock Tuna Salad & Lavash Roll-Ups



Pacific Beach Library, Veggie Wraps:  Garden Spinach Veggie Wraps, Mock Tuna Salad and aquafaba-based meringue cookies. A culinary lab with recipe development for Jensen’s Foods.  Veggie Wraps, Mock Tuna Salad, Meringue Cookies




Allied Gardens Library, The Art of Enchiladas: Make red enchiladas filled with chopped veggies, tricolor quinoa, black beans, corn, and vegan pepper jack cheese. Smothered with red enchilada sauce and served on a bed of sliced lettuce with a drizzle of  white sauce, chopped fresh cilantro, sliced green onions and black olives. Red Enchiladas



Point Loma Library, Celebrating the Fourth of July: Veggie Burgers, Cole Slaw, Potato Salad, and Stars and Stripes Meringue with Whipped Cream and Berries 4th of July Menu



Pacific Beach Library, The Art of Arborio Rice: Learn how to use arborio rice to make a spring risotto and vegan paella.   Paella, Risotto, Lemon Bars



Point Loma Library, Vegan Grilling: Learn how to make vegan sausage from scratch along with quick and easy seasoned veggie kebobs and coconut rice. Italian Vegan Sausage, Tofu Kebobs & Coconut Rice



Allied Gardens Library, Pasta Workshop: Learn to make pasta from scratch along with a variety of sauce recipes. Link to recipes & photos: Vegan Adventures – Eggless Pasta, Tofu Ricotta, Vegan Pasta Sauces, Mac n Cheeze



Point Loma Library, The Best of Baja’s Vegan Street Tacos:  Experience vegan carne asada tacos, no-fish tacos, and veggie quinoa tacos. Top it off with Mexican pastries and warm almond milk-based chocolate Abuelita. Link to recipes & photos:  Tacos



Pacific Beach Library, The Incredible Edible Vegan Egg:  Explore a variety of nature’s perfect substitutes for eggs from aquafaba used in French meringue cookies to a Sunday Brunch Tofu Benedict.  We’ll make the recipes and preview what products work best, then discuss how to veganize traditional egg-based recipes.  Bring your favorite recipes to class and we’ll veganize them. Link to recipes & photos: Tofu Benedict & Aquafaba Fresh Fruit Pavlova


Pacific Beach Library, Mother’s Day Fresh Fruit Buffet with Canning & Preserving:  Celebrate Mother Earth on mom’s day with an abundant menu of beautiful fresh seasonal fruits and recipes for a variety of fruit salads.  We’ll also learn home canning and preserving techniques with a demonstration on using fresh fruit to make homemade jams and preserves. Fruit Salad with Tips on Canning & Preserving


Culinary skills building, consumer education, and lots of great food thanks to our public libraries and supporting local grocers


New Options Food Group | 2726 Shelter Island Drive, #305 | San Diego, CA 92106
Phone: 619-955-2639 | Email: liz