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Winter One Pot Lentils & Rice + Ultimate Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook review

In Book Review, Mains (Vegetarian) on January 21, 2017 at 8:55 AM

Winter One Pot Lentils & Rice + Ultimate Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook giveaway

I am starting to  look at food in a different way now that we’re starting to feed our baby. I’ve been using my Instant Pot to cook lots of vegetables before I blitz them into purees. At first, we started with simple, single ingredients. Then we moved to combinations and eventually I started making our own meals without salt and then throwing them into the blender for a new puree. Lentils, rice and rutabaga with some spices sounds like an awesome baby puree!

Turns out he loved it! Win!

Winter One Pot Lentils & Rice + Ultimate Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook review

It was also a very simple meal for his parents. We didn’t eat it as a puree though. I will be honest that I wasn’t sure it would work. Lentils take 6-8 minutes in a pressure cooker but this recipe said to keep them under pressure for 23 minutes. Since all the recipes in the cookbook were designed with the Instant Pot, and I trust Kathy’s recipes, I went for it. The rice and lentils were perfectly finished with rutabaga that was cooked to perfection as well. Spiced with thyme and rosemary, this was a comforting bowl of winter fare.

Winter One Pot Lentils & Rice + Ultimate Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook review

Backing up a bit, this recipe came Kathy Hester’s latest cookbook all for the Instant Pot. The highest pressure setting on electric pressure cookers is different than the stovetop ones, so it is lovely to have a cookbook that has recipes specific to electric pressure cookers. Recipe development still eludes me with the pressure cooker, so it is lovely to have more recipes to cook.

All recipes are vegan, mostly gluten-free, optional oil-free and she adds salt to taste usually. I don’t normally cook without salt and oil (salting my onions is a ritual in nearly all my recipes), but since we’re looking to share our meals with the baby, this has turned out to be a nice bonus.

Winter One Pot Lentils & Rice + Ultimate Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook review

Beans, whole grains and vegetables. Yes, you can have fun with a pressure cooker as a vegan. I look forward to trying some of the more complicated recipes where Kathy has multiple components all cook at the same time, in separate containers, in one pressure cooker. Crazy!! I am drawn to the Southern Breakfast: grits and tofu scramble, each made at the same time in the pressure cooker. I didn’t want my delayed kitchen adventures to keep you from hearing about the cookbook, so here we are. If you make it before me, let me know how it goes!

Winter One Pot Lentils & Rice + Ultimate Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook giveaway

Recipes from The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Your Instant Pot spotted elsewhere:

Asian Steamed Dumplings
Indo-Chinese Corn Soup
CSA Layered Indian Dinner
Tomatillo-Poblano White Beans
Smoky Pecan Brussels Sprouts

Winter One-Pot Lentils and Rice
From The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Your Instant Pot, reprinted with permission

SAUTÉ INGREDIENTS

1 tbsp (15 ml) oil (or *dry sauté or add a little water/vegetable broth)
½ cup (80 g) chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced

PRESSURE COOKER INGREDIENTS

3½ cups (820 ml) water
1½ cups (278 g) brown rice
1 cup (192 g) brown lentils
1 cup (160 g) peeled and diced rutabaga (or turnip or potato)
2″ (5-cm) sprig fresh rosemary
1 tbsp (2 g) dried marjoram (or thyme)
Salt and pepper, to taste

1. For the sauté, use the sauté setting over normal, or medium heat, and heat the oil or broth. Add the onion and sauté until transparent, 5 minutes. Then add the garlic and sauté a minute more. For the pressure cooker, add the water, brown rice, lentils, rutabaga, rosemary and marjoram to the onion mixture and stir to combine. Put the lid on and make sure that the vent is sealed. Cook on manual setting at high pressure and set for 23 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally. Season with salt and pepper before serving and add more marjoram and ground rosemary as needed.

Serves 4.

From The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Your Instant Pot by Kathy Hester. Printed with permission from Page St. Publishing.

Miso Fried Rice with Baby Bok Choy and Tofu

In Favourites, Mains (Vegetarian) on January 14, 2017 at 7:01 AM

Miso Fried Rice with Baby Bok Choy

I don’t know if other moms can relate but I am constantly running out of space on my phone and google account. I remember when I first opened my gmail account and it was meant to never run out of space. Yeah, um, not for parents.

Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t like I am taking tons of photos of my baby. I just happen to take a quick flurry of photos at one time, because much like a cat you can’t control, I never really know what kind of expression will be captured with each photo. Come to think of it, I have plenty of photos of my baby sleeping, since I like to share them with Rob as a form of my small accomplishments for the day. Getting the baby to sleep is never an easy feat. He does not nap very well.

For a while, we had some longer sleeps at night, which I could count on one hand. Provided I get some sleep, the continual feeding every 2-3 hours doesn’t bother me as much. It just means I keep trying to get him to sleep every 2-3 hours, too. Read the rest of this entry »

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies + But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan! cookbook GIVEAWAY

In Book Review, Desserts on January 7, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies + But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan! cookbook GIVEAWAY

I hope you aren’t sick of cookies yet, because if there was one way to share vegan yumminess, it would be through desserts. If you have been trying to eat vegan during January (aka Veganuary), I have the perfect cookbook for you: But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan!Kristy Turner’s second cookbook, following the success of her first cookbook But I Could Never Go Vegan! (you can see my full review here).

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Chocolate Candy Cane Pots de Creme

In Desserts, Favourites on December 31, 2016 at 8:31 AM

Chocolate Candy Cane Pots de Creme

It might not surprise you, but Rob and I do not have plans for New Year’s Eve. Last year, when I pregnant and super tired, we stayed up as late as I could muster, but these days, I am still sleep deprived and it is not worth staying up all to midnight when my baby will be waking me up a couple hours later.  Read the rest of this entry »

Candy Cane Fudge Cookies + Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook GIVEAWAY

In Book Review, Desserts on December 17, 2016 at 9:19 AM

Candy Cane Fudge Cookies + Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook

Just so we’re clear. All those Spicy Chocolate Snickerdoodles that disappeared… it wasn’t Rob’s fault. Blame the breastfeeding mama and her group of mom friends. I am making a second batch so Rob can enjoy them, too. They will also come with me to our much anticipated annual cookie exchange. Last year, I made 3 batches of cinnamon snaps to share and swap, and this year, decided to share two different kinds of cookies. In theory, I could simply multiply the recipes but instead, I wanted to #tryallthecookies. Read the rest of this entry »

Spicy Chocolate Snickerdoodles

In Desserts on December 10, 2016 at 8:43 AM

Spicy Chocolate Snickerdoodles

With the wickedly warmer weather this year, it is hard to believe that Christmas is only a couple weeks away. We had our first true snow fall yesterday as the temperature dipped below freezing. This brought me more into the Christmas mood. The snow has since melted but it feels a bit more like winter now. Thankfully I am not hosting any gatherings over the holidays, but I still wanted to make something special for the season.  I resorted to our favourite holiday snack: cookies.  Read the rest of this entry »

Early Bird Scrambled Tofu + Protein Ninja cookbook GIVEAWAY

In Book Review, Breakfasts, Mains (Vegetarian) on December 3, 2016 at 9:12 AM

Early Bird Scrambled Tofu + Protein Ninja cookbook GIVEAWAY

Tofu scrambles. We’ve made them plenty of times – dillicious, chili masala, curried dill, tahini chickpea, and mighty migas. And then there was the Revolutionary Savoury Egg Mix just waiting for a tofu scramble. They are all good but we make dillicious the most often, since we love it so. However, I have to tell you. We’ve found the chickpea scramble that rules them all. The BEST tofu scramble is right here. And it is deliciously doused in nutritional yeast and also sneaks in chickpeas.
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Slow Cooker Black Bean and Plantain Chili

In Favourites, Mains (Vegetarian) on November 26, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Slow Cooker Black Bean and Plantain Chili

Who else is a fan of plantains? They might seem like an exotic ingredient, but even here in Toronto, they are usually very reasonably priced and less expensive than sweet potatoes. However, unlike sweet potatoes, their shelf life is not as stable, as they can only last a few weeks until they turn all brown. I never buy them with a plan, other than panfry in coconut oil, but this recipe was excellent, and I’ll probably buy more plantains just to make it again, it was that good.
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Sassy Sesame Tofu with Sweet Potato, Carrots and Sugar Snap Peas & Vegan Under Pressure GIVEAWAY

In Book Review, Favourites, Mains (Vegetarian) on November 19, 2016 at 9:05 AM

Sassy Sesame Tofu  with Sweet Potato, Carrots, and Sugar Snap Peas

I have had my Instant Pot almost one year and it wasn’t until I stumbled upon Jill Nussinow‘s Vegan Under Pressure that it really clicked. I knew it didn’t have to only be rice and beans, but I finally took the leap to other meals with the cookbook. Quick and easy orange-scented beet salad, maple mustard brussels sprouts, potato salad, and this delicious Sassy Sesame Tofu. There are so many more recipes I still want to try: Lemon Cashew Cheesecake! (in a pressure cooker!) Red Lentil, Sweet Potato Hemp Burgers!
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Cheezy Chili Sweet Potato Fries + Naturally Lean cookbook GIVEAWAY

In Book Review, Sides on November 12, 2016 at 10:03 AM

Cheezy Chili Sweet Potato Fries

In addition to peanut butter, another of my pregnancy cravings were sweet potato fries. Postpartum, I haven’t craved fries as often but I still love the sweet potatoes. These sweet potato fries have been made* regularly over the past few months. *Made by Rob (I am rather lucky). Once you have the Parmesan Sprinkles ready to go (I made this!), these are a simple side that can be thrown into the oven.

Rob and I could easily eat an entire batch with a meal. They are that good. Read the rest of this entry »

Autumn Chickpea and Lentil Soup

In Mains (Vegetarian), Soups on November 5, 2016 at 9:54 AM

Autumn Chickpea and Lentil Soup

Last weekend, we tore up our garden. I think we did pretty well for keeping the garden going until the end of October. The tomato and tomatillo plants were ripped out, asparagus ferns chopped off, new garlic planted and we made a new lasagna compost garden to be ready for us next spring.

We continue to harvest a bit, too. I may even be able to store some of the Ayocote Morado runner beans, which only started to produce bean pods in September despite a summer of glorious red blossoms. I harvested them, too, but they are bright green and lush. I will try to dry them indoors. The kale keeps growing, though, and I hope to keep it going to capture some seeds next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Mesquite Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

In Appetizers, Sides on November 1, 2016 at 4:36 PM

Mesquite Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Nothing like having a baby to bring you into the spirit for Hallowe’en. Not that my little guy knew what was going on, but we dressed him up and introduced him and ourselves to our neighbours on our street.

This was also the first year we made pumpkin jack-o-lanterns!

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Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes

In Desserts, Favourites on October 29, 2016 at 8:24 AM

Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes

My mom had a (self-imposed) daunting task: use up all the poppy seeds. How many poppy seeds could she possibly have? A cup or two? No, more like 10 cups of poppy seeds. As such, Rob and I were the recipients of many, many poppy seed infused desserts this summer. In particular, everyone enjoyed these vegan lemon poppy seed cupcakes. Read the rest of this entry »

Garlic Sauteed Beet Greens

In Sides on October 22, 2016 at 8:43 AM

Garlic Sauteed Beet Greens

I hope you believe me. I had seen it multiple times but never believed it myself: beet greens taste great. I assumed they would be bitter or taste like dirt. But nope, they are as silky as sauteed Swiss chard and not nearly a strong flavour, almost sweet. Blanching them then tossing with seared garlic was an easy way to make them delicious and an easy way to eat lots of greens.
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Slow Cooker Creamy Sweet Potato & Peanut Stew + Plant Pure Nation Cookbook giveaway

In Book Review, Favourites, Mains (Vegetarian) on October 15, 2016 at 8:08 AM

Slow Cooker Creamy Sweet Potato & Peanut Stew

I always loved eating peanut butter, but I ate even more of it while pregnant. Breastfeeding brought a whole new level of hunger as I build a new human and possibly even higher levels of consumption. It is usually limited to breakfasts and desserts, and even though I had stirred it into stews before (hello, African Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew), this version is easily made in a slow cooker, simplifies the spices with curry powder, swaps chickpeas for kidney beans and I love how effortless the frozen spinach brings another layer of goodness. The coconut milk and peanut butter make for a creamy base that is deliciously paired with the sweet potatoes and carrots. I added some peanuts for garnish, but the crunch was a fun treat when they were immersed in the stew, too. Read the rest of this entry »