David and Stephen Flynn
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Ultimate Vegan Cooking Course

Learn to cook like a professional

Ultimate Vegan Cooking Course

The Happy Pear

course content

Week 1

Kitchen Basics

Knife skills, equipment and measurements, seasoning, textures in cooking, oil free cooking basics, spices and herbs, flours, binders, sweeteners

Produce & Store Cupboard Staples

Picking good produce, store cupboard staples, alternatives to dairy, specialist ingredients, label reading, organic vs non organic seasonality of produce

Quick Easy Dinners

Intro and basics, sauce ingredients, beans and pulses, flavour agents, seasoning and garnishes, putting a dish together, bowl meals, our 5 minute meal series


Pancakes, granola & muesli, making non daily milks, smoothies and juices, fried breakfast basics, omelettes and frittatas, overnight oats and chia seed puddings, brekkie toppings

The Basics of Plant-Based Nutrition

Whole food plant based versus vegan, protein, calcium and iron, some nutrients to keep in mind, whole fat versus refined fats

Week 2

Pasta & Pizza

Pasta basics, pasta sauces, lasagne, cannelloni and baked pasta dishes, pizza basics - making your dough and tomato sauce, pizza toppings and vegan cheese options, cooking methods and bringing it all together


Soup basics, stock basics, key soup elements - texture, colour and taste, suggested recipes


Salad basics, how to take your salad to the next level, green salads, bean salads, grain salads, salad framework

Eating out and travelling while vegan and plant based

Eating out, travelling, being prepared, falling off the wagon, explaining your new diet to family and friends

Plant based nutrition - cardiovascular disease

Oil free cooking

Week 3


Burger basics, whole food burgers, meat alternative burgers, novelty burgers, fries

Dips and sandwiches

Hummus, vegan mayo, ketchup, harissa, guacamole, other condiments, sandwich masterclass

Stews and curries

Stew framework, stew sauces, how to vary cooking time, curry basics, fancier more complex curries, noodle based curries, rice based one pot wonders

Meal planning and batch cooking

Meal planning basics, planning the week ahead

Plant based nutrition - gut health and the micro biome

Low FODMAP diet, micro biome basics, 5 tips for a healthy gut

Week 4

Bakes, pies and wellingtons

Basic framework, bakes, pies, wellingtons

Introduction to fermentation

Introduction to fermentation, sourdough bread, making your own yoghurt, sauerkraut and kim chi, kombucha and ginger bug picking 101

Sustaining a vegan diet in the long term

Dave & Steve's tips for sustaining a vegan diet after 18 years

Further resources

Vegan athletes, useful websites, podcasts and books, well known vegans and instagram accounts to follow

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Read what the people who have taken the course have to say

Berta, student


"I loved the recipe frameworks and Dave and Steve were great. I gained so much knowledge and I am now much more creative and confident in the kitchen and I would really recommend the course to anyone looking to learn about cooking."

Michael, student


"I've lost weight, my energy levels have increased, I feel great and my thinking is much clearer. My kids are seeing me be a healthier dad too - I have just signed up for a triathlon, so they think I am a superhero! I really recommend this course!"

Lynsey, student


"I'm drinking more water, prioritising my sleep and I'm mindful of what I am putting into my body as well, as what I am putting on to my skin. Cooking is no longer a chore, and looking after my skin is now a habit. I am not only more confident in the kitchen, but more confident in myself."

Emma, student


"The course has changed my life! I no longer feel bloated all the time and I have better energy. I loved cooking new dishes and discovering new ingredients. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has a sensitive gut or anyone who just wants support to eat better and learn how to cook delicious meals."

David and Stephen Flynn

David & Stephen Flynn

Founders of The Happy Pear, Dave & Steve are plant-based chefs with over 20 million views on their recipes on YouTube.

They are bestselling authors with restaurants, shops and a wide range of vegan products on sale across Ireland.

Watch and learn as two seasoned chefs & best selling authors provide you with a masterclass in vegan cooking, condensing their 14 years experience down into just 4 weeks.

David and Stephen Flynn

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Frequently asked questions

How long do I have access to the course content for?

You have access to the course content for 12 months.

Will the ingredients be hard to source?

You will be able to find almost all the ingredients on this course in your local supermarket or health food shop.

Is this course suitable for coeliacs?

Gluten containing foods present on the course can be replaced with gluten-free options or omitted completely.

How many hours will the course take?

The cooking, depending on what meal plan you choose and how many you are cooking for, can take anywhere from 3 hours for the whole week, or an hour or so every day.

Do I need to follow along live?

The course notes can be accessed at whatever time suits you and it is a self-led course, so you do not need to follow along live.

Is it ok if I don't start the day I purchase the course?

Yes, this it is fine. Our courses are self-led, once they begin, so you can do it when it suits you.