10 Mains

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What you’ll learn

Whether you enjoy these recipes for lunch or dinner is up to you. They’re hearty center-stage kind of dishes that everyone at the table will love. And they all help you put that good food cooking know-how into practice practice practice.

The objectives for this module:

  • Learn how to make Butternut Squash & Spinach Lasagna and how to adapt it for countless variations
  • Make Classic Sliders and learn how to change them up and make them your own
  • Master the creation of Quinoa & Lentil Tacos and learn about all of the variations

Overview & Recap

Required: read and complete the module recap

1: Mains Overview

Instead of watching video lessons for this module, you’ll be putting your know-how and cooking skills into play with Practice Recipes only—they’re your lessons.

You’ve learned how to make a bunch of main dishes so far, but let’s add even more to your recipe toolbox. This module is a great one to continue practicing your knife skills, building flavor, using fresh herbs in your cooking, and pushing your creativity when it comes to changing things up.

As always, we’ll provide loads of tips for variations and substitutions. Batch cook when you can and grab your cooking journal to take lots of notes!

2: Mains Lesson Recap

Your Lesson Recap will be your personal inputs of progress (photo and written). Grab your cooking journal, prepare at least one Practice Recipe, then complete this recap.

You must complete the recap to complete the module and eventually the course.

Practice Recipes

Recommended: prepare a minimum of 1 recipe

Think outside of the box with Practice Recipes this week (and every week). Always read the entire recipe before preparing it so you have the right ingredients on hand and the tools you need to make it effortless. Remember your friend mise en place, and season to taste as you go.

Butternut Squash & Spinach Lasagna

Serve this comforting, decadent lasagna to everyone you know—especially the gluten and cheese lovers—and you’ll be rewarded with smiles and requests for “seconds, please!”

Classic Sliders

This perfect meat-free patty comes with two extra recipes! Try a quick and easy “Spicy Sauce” and some “Perfect Pickles” for the ultimate hit of the 5 Main Tastes in every bite of these Classic Sliders. As always, get loads of suggestions for how to make it your own. Roll them into rounds for (Not)Meatballs, and definitely batch cook them for loads of future meals.

Lentil & Quinoa Tacos

This is an updated version of one of the most popular recipes from YumUniverse.com. I’ve received countless comments over the years, especially from the herbivore mamas out there, claiming that when they make these tacos for the family, their kiddos and husbands happily mumble, with mouths full, “if all plant-based food tastes this good, I’ll never eat meat again!”


Helpful and inspiring books, articles, recipes, shopping links, and more for good food cooking.

“Pantry to Plate” Challenge

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Take the Pantry to Plate Challenge, upload your experience, and earn credits to use towards future courses and goodies from Good Food Cooking School.

Knowing how to open your pantry or fridge and make what you have into something special is a must-have skill these days. We’re showing you how it’s done with this course and if you want more practice, more tools, and more reward for your efforts, grab a copy of the book that inspired Good Food Cooking School: Pantry to Plate.

The Challenge: from your copy of Pantry to Plate, use the Veggie Burger Recipe Template on page 236 plus everything you’ve learned so far about ingredient substitutions, textures, and flavor building to make a some (not)meatballs. Make some, freeze some.

Follow the steps, recommendations, and guidelines from Pantry to Plate, but do not use any of the following called for in the recipe:

Red Pepper Flakes
Smoked Paprika

You will find your own alternatives and build your own flavor profile. Add any other herbs, spices, and aromatics that you like. Do reference the Ingredient Index for substitutions if needed. Remember the 5 Tastes as you create a new flavor profile, and if you want to make them sliders or burgers, that’s a-ok. Shape is cook’s choice, too.

Required to complete The Challenge: Share one photo and your experience with the Challenge in the fields above. 

Optional, but encouraged: Share in the private classmates group and show us your creations on Instagram (tag @YumUniverse and #pantrytoplate).

Earn 3 Credits = $3
Complete the Challenge and once approved by our team, you’ll earn 3 credits (= $3) to use towards a future course enrollment or product offered by GFCS. The more Challenges you complete the more credits you earn.

Extra Learning & Cheat Sheets

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Measuring Cheat Sheet

Sometimes you want more or less than the serving amount a recipe creates—use this handy cheat sheet to upsize and downsize a recipe.

Batch Cooking

Cook as usual, and just make a little more with these easy tips! Your future self thanks you.

Extra Recipes

Extra Books & Courses

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YumUniverse Pantry to Plate

100 recipes + 30 recipe templates to help you create incredible meals from what you have on hand—as seen in O Magazine and on Oprah.com. Written by your Good Food Cooking Basics Instructor and author Heather Crosby. (plant-based, gluten-free) 

The YumUniverse Cookbook

150 veg-powered, gluten-free recipes for all eaters—written by your Good Food Cooking Basics Instructor and author Heather Crosby. (plant-based, gluten-free)

Gluten-Free Baking Academy

Learn to make gluten-free baked goods like sourdough, quick breads, flatbreads, sandwich loaves, and cookies with wholesome, minimally processed ingredients.

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