Friday, June 21, 2019

50 Vegan Instant Pot Recipes, From Soup To Entrees To Dessert

50 Vegan Instant Pot Recipes from soup to entrees to desserts - delicious, whole foods, plant-based recipes

I purchased my Instant Pot pressure cooker six months ago and I was immediately on the hunt for ways to use it to create vegan instant pot recipes like chili, soup and other kid-friendly family meals. I have found the Instant Pot especially useful for cooking dry (soaked) chickpeas and beans. It also makes creamy oatmeal using healthy steel cut oats (recipe linked below).

For more inspiration, I turned to some of the best vegan bloggers out there for their top plant-based Instant Pot recipes. I'm confident you won't be disappointed with this varied collection of whole food, vegan pressure cooker recipes. Among these recipes are high protein vegan instant pot recipes, kid-friendly recipes, whole food no oil pressure cooker recipes and overall healthy, nourishing, plant-based Instant Pot recipes.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Glazed Banana Walnut Scones Recipe (Vegan)

Glazed Banana Walnut Scones Recipe (Vegan)

Sometimes you just want a scone for breakfast. Yes I want a healthy start to the day, and most of the time I go for smoothies or avocado toast or this Vegan Yogurt Breakfast Bowl or oatmeal topped with berries. But on some days - you know the days - you just need a warm cup of tea and a sweet little treat. Because self-care is healthy. On those particular days, scones are just the perfect breakfast. Or afternoon snack. Or evening treat for that matter.

Because I love scones so much, I have a few variations of scone recipes on this site. The basic scone recipe doesn't change much. That's why these yummy vegan Glazed Banana Walnut Scones are a variation of my Peach Perfection "Buttermilk" Scones, which are a variation of my basic vegan Scottish Scones. I also have recipes for Vegan Ginger Chocolate Chip Scones and Vegan Strawberry Scones (great for strawberry season!). In terms of which is the best scone recipe, I really can't choose. I think it's very personal - it depends on the combination of flavours that you enjoy most. Try them all!

Thursday, May 30, 2019

About My Dad Free Father's Day Printable Keepsake Worksheet

About My Dad Free Father's Day Printable Keepsake Worksheet

Father's Day is a good time to get cutesy with gifts, cards and activities. This About My Dad free printable definitely falls into the cutesy category. I intentionally designed the activity sheet with very open-ended starter statements because I love the creativity (and wild abandonment) that kids bring to their art and activities. I can just imagine the adorable, amusing sentences they'll come up with.

The other great thing about printable Father's Day crafts, besides the fact that they make lovely gifts, is that they occupy your children for a good period of time. After all, occupying children is a the major goal for parents in the early years. If your child's responses come quickly, have them colour in the stars and the heart too!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Easy 4-Ingredient Guacamole Recipe (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Easy 4-Ingredient Guacamole (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Everybody needs a go-to recipe to make simple, creamy, dreamy guacamole. This is mine. This guacamole is fast and easy to make and it takes just four ingredients (not counting salt and pepper). My kids love it. They actually fought over this very bowl of delicious, healthy guacamole pictured. Perhaps I should have doubled the quantity? This recipe makes enough for two to four people to enjoy as a snack, but I definitely suggesting doubling it up to serve at a gathering (or for hungry teens just getting home from school!). The recipe is naturally plant-based, vegan and gluten-free.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Vegan Yogurt Breakfast Bowl With Chia Berry Jam Recipe

Vegan Yogurt Breakfast Bowl With Chia Berry Jam

This vegan yogurt breakfast bowl with chia berry jam is my solution for an easy, fast and healthy breakfast. You can enjoy it at home, or layer it in a mason jar or other lidded container to eat on the run. Tart coconut yogurt pairs nicely with the slightly sweet fast and easy chia berry jam recipe I recently posted. Add a delicious bounty of whole food and superfood toppings and a bit of granola and you have a filling, nourishing breakfast.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Fast & Easy Chia Berry Jam Recipe (vegan)

Fast and Easy Chia Berry Jam (vegan) - whip together this jam while making your morning oatmeal! Swirl it into oatmeal or coconut yogurt and spread it onto toast. Great when you only have frozen berries available. #vegan #dairyfree #jam #chiajam #chiaseeds #plantbased #veganrecipes

I'm willing to bet that most of us don't get around to canning fresh, homemade berry jam each year when strawberry/raspberry season rolls around. I do occasionally make this easy Breadmaker Strawberry Jam during strawberry season in June, but that recipe results in one jar that gets used up quickly! And then picking season is over when it seems it has just begun.

The thing I love most about this homemade chia seed jam is that you can make it at the drop of a hat, any time you need jam. And you don't even need fresh berries - you can use frozen berries - so you can make chia seed jam in the middle of winter without the need to search in vain for decent berries at the grocery store. Plus, it's made with all-natural, healthy ingredients and no sugar (just a bit of maple syrup if desired for sweetness).

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

What You Need To Start Making Kombucha and The Big Book of Kombucha (review & giveaway)

If you follow my Instagram stories, you know that I now brew my own kombucha (a fermented tea beverage). I have been wanting to brew kombucha at home for a very long time. I enjoy drinking bottled commercial kombucha from the health food section of the grocery store, but it's expensive (about $4 or more per bottle). My husband and daughter like kombucha too; it gets pricey for the three of us to drink it. What stopped me from brewing kombucha earlier was that general mental barrier to starting something new. To overcome that mental block, a couple of months back I took a kombucha brewing class at my local library. The instructor sent us home with a basic kombucha recipe, tea bags and the SCOBY needed to start brewing kombucha.

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