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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.

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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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 »

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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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 »

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 »

Orange Wakame Cucumber Salad + The Organic Cook’s Bible giveaway

In Appetizers, Book Review, Salads, Sides on October 8, 2016 at 8:45 AM

Orange Wakame Cucumber Salad + Organic Cook's Bible giveaway

Is it still salad season? I am loving the lingering warm weather, especially since it is no longer sweltering. I try to make it a daily goal to go for a walk with my baby every day. At least every weekday. At first, he was content with the stroller, but it can be hit-or-miss and result in a crying fit, so we’ve gravitated to wrapping. I never thought I’d be into hardcore babywearing. I knew I’d want to do some babywearing since skin-to-skin is so important, but my guy is a snuggle monster and loves to be wrapped. Or as Rob says, he demands to be snuggled. For now, I am delighted to oblige as I can still walk around and do simple things around the house. Read the rest of this entry »

Slow Cooker Veggie Enchilada Soup + Easy. Whole. Vegan GIVEAWAY

In Book Review, Mains (Vegetarian), Soups on September 17, 2016 at 9:02 AM

Veggie Enchilada Soup

I forgot to mention in my last food post, but roasted tomatoes freeze incredibly well. They last a while in your fridge but if you want to savour some summer bounty during the winter, batch cook them up and stockpile them in your freezer. Last year, I bought a bushel of red bell peppers, chopped them up and froze them, and we are still eating through them!

If you need any ideas what to do with all this frozen (or fresh, if you have some made already) roasted tomatoes and bell peppers, I urge you to try this soup.
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Coconut Bacon and Coco-BLT (BMT) + Baconish cookbook review

In Book Review, Mains (Vegetarian) on September 3, 2016 at 9:40 AM

Coconut Bacon and Coco-BLT (BMT) + Baconish GIVEAWAY

Rob and I have been plowing through our tomato stash. Mostly me, since Rob doesn’t like them raw. Slow and steady it built up, as we waited for the green tomatoes to ripen on our windowsill. We had to pick them early, otherwise the rodents would take off with them. I blame the squirrels. Or maybe it is raccoons? I thought there were telltale teeth marks but my mom assured me the culprit (in that case) were earwigs. I know earwigs cannot lift a tomato on top of the fence, so I have multiple foes. I am surprised any rodent could lift them because some of the tomatoes are huge. One tomato I found on the plant that was turning red was 540g! Over a pound! Read the rest of this entry »

Smoky Corn Chowder + Vegan Bowl Attack GIVEAWAY

In Book Review, Mains (Vegetarian), Soups on August 21, 2016 at 8:23 AM

Smoky Corn Chowder + Vegan Bowl Attack GIVEAWAY

It is local corn season!

This baby business has had me cooped up most of the spring and summer and it is nice to finally feel like the early hazy days have lifted somewhat. It only took 9 weeks. One problem with having a preemie is that his newborn period runs longer.  We have to wait for his corrected age for him to develop his milestones. So no, he isn’t sleeping through the night just yet. Not even close.

But, it was nice to wake up while corn season is in full force. Rob can grill the corn pretty quickly and if you have any leftover, or can spare a handful of cobs, this is a fantastic soup. Read the rest of this entry »

Sundried Tomato & Coconut Quinoa Burgers + Superfoods 24/7 cookbook GIVEAWAY

In Book Review, Mains (Vegetarian) on August 6, 2016 at 8:05 AM

Sundried Tomato & Coconut Quinoa Burgers + Superfoods 24/7 cookbook GIVEAWAY

There is something about pregnancy and being a new mama that makes you want to kick your lifestyle up a notch. When I could finally stomach something other than this easy lasagna, I was excited to incorporate more vegetables, more protein and more nutritious foods into my diet. This is why I was so happy it timed perfectly with the release of Jess Nadel’s second cookbook, Superfoods 24/7.

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Turkish-Style Spinach with Creamy Tofu Ricotta + Peace & Parsnips cookbook GIVEAWAY

In Book Review, Mains (Vegetarian), Sides on June 11, 2016 at 8:02 AM

urkish-Style Spinach with Creamy Tofu Ricotta + Peace & Parsnips cookbook GIVEAWAY

Want to know what I would consider a lot of spinach? 2 pounds.

It can take me a week to finish a clamshell of baby spinach but I I figured 2 bunches of regular spinach would be 2 lbs. After prepping and removing the stems from both bunches, I barely had a pound of spinach.

Still eager to make this dish, I added our emergency package of frozen spinach (the convenience of it being de-stemmed was not lost on me) and while I still didn’t have enough spinach for the recipe, it was certainly plenty of spinach! Read the rest of this entry »

Three-Bean Salad with Asparagus and Coconut Dressing + Whole Bowls cookbook GIVEAWAY

In Book Review, Garden, Mains (Vegetarian), Salads on June 4, 2016 at 7:53 AM

Three-Bean Garden Salad with Asparagus and Coconut Dressing + Whole Bowls cookbook GIVEAWAY

Three beans, sweet peas, asparagus, butter beans and pecans with a coconut-lime dressing. YES! Don’t mind if I steal Allison Day‘s gorgeous photo as my lead photo. It is just too pretty to bury inside my post.

This is a fun summer salad that is perfect for your next gathering or more simply, your next meal.
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Grilled Miso Tofu & Veggie Kebabs + Lick Your Plate cookbook GIVEAWAY

In Book Review, Mains (Vegetarian) on May 21, 2016 at 8:20 AM

Miso Glazed Grilled Vegetables & Tofu

Happy long weekend, folks! Unlike Rob’s annual rainy prediction, I think we might luck out with sun all weekend long. Fire up your grills, plant your gardens, and start enjoying the summer. 🙂

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