Easy Instant Pot Vegan Butternut Squash Soup (+ Stove Top & Slow Cooker Instructions)

This comforting, vibrant soup is creamy and flavorful without any dairy or butter.  It would be the perfect healthy addition for Thanksgiving dinner or any fall-time gathering.  Everyone loves the velvety, silky-smooth texture and slightly sweet and nutty taste of butternut squash soup. This recipe includes instructions for your stove top, slow cooker and Instant Pot.  For me, the Instant Pot is my top choice and I'll talk about why in this post.  But feel free to use whatever method works best for you.  I have tried them all and love them all equally taste-wise. I have done three things to make

Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie Bowl (+ Vitamix Giveaway)

You can enter to win two Vitamix blenders at the bottom of this post (directly below the recipe).  Good luck! I have been into no-fruit smoothies lately.  Nothing against fruit at all (love fruit and eat it every day), but sometimes I like to use smoothies as a way to sneak more vegetables into my diet early in the day.  It's nice to kind of check that off my "list" so to speak.  Not that I have a daily to-do list that includes eating vegetables or anything...no that would be totally weird.  Anyhow, this smoothie is made with sweet potato to give

Three Bean Chili

Growing up, almost every Sunday during football season my dad made a huge pot of chili.  His chilis were totally epic.  He would taste, adjust seasonings and stir it regularly as it simmered on the stove for hours. It was a ritual.  He liked to let it really thicken and for the flavors to meld together.  I have taken aspects of his famous chili recipe and incorporated it into this plant-based version.  I loaded it with three beans (garbanzo, kidney and black beans) to really bulk it up.  I added sweet potato and carrots for a heartier texture and slightly sweet flavor. 

Pecan Encrusted Delicata Squash and Quinoa Kale Salad with Creamy Maple-Garlic Tahini Dressing

Fall is my favorite time of year for salads.  I love to top them with warm roasted squash, thick creamy homemade dressings and seasonal and colorful ingredients.  This salad is both beautifully vibrant and filling.  It offers plant-based protein from the pecans, quinoa and tahini.  I've been enjoying this salad all fall and am excited to finally share this family favorite recipe with you. Roasted delicata squash seems to be the epitome of autumn vegetables according to social media lately.  I find it to be delicious, hearty and satisfying.  It absorbs flavors well and is quick to cook. Delicata squash is

The Creamiest Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seed pudding makes a creamy, satisfying and nutritious treat, pre-breakfast nosh or  mid-morning snack.  I have, in fact, enjoyed chia seed pudding on all these occasions.  It is pretty versatile but if I HAD to pick my favorite time to enjoy chia seed pudding it would be first thing in the morning if I'm starving and don't have time to make my full breakfast.  On rushed mornings I enjoy the chia seed pudding straight out of the fridge and then typically make a larger breakfast a bit later when I have more time. The recipe below is for one

Easy Pecan Granola

Lately I have been topping everything with this simple homemade granola: smoothie bowls, yogurt parfaits, chia seed pudding and oatmeal.  It adds a bit of crunch, nuttiness and sweetness and just seems to make everything that much better.  I even enjoy it plain or as a "cereal" with plant milk. This recipe only requires four main ingredients: oats, pecans, avocado oil and maple syrup.  I added a touch of cinnamon and vanilla for sweetness.  The whole house smells amazing when it bakes... baked pecans, vanilla, cinnamon and maple syrup together make an incredible aroma.  This pecan granola is very customizable and you

Easy Homemade Cashew Milk (Refined Sugar-Free)

Homemade cashew milk is one of my favorite plant milks.  It is incredibly creamy, refreshing and has a mild flavor.  This version is naturally sweetened with dates (or you can use maple syrup).  The recipe could not be easier.  Simply blend together the ingredients until smooth and creamy.  No straining or fancy equipment is needed. I use cashew milk in smoothies, cereal, granola, oatmeal, lattes, chia seed pudding or anywhere else you could use regular milk. So let me break down the easy process for you.  First start with one cup of raw unsalted cashews. Then soak them in water to help your blender make the

No-Bake Flourless Brownie Energy Bites

I stumbled upon this recipe while working on a baked brownie recipe.  I tasted the batter and it was just incredible.  I literally could not stop spooning the batter into my mouth.  Because the ingredients are nutritious and plant-powered I didn't feel bad about it in the least.  This recipe provides protein, fiber, heart healthy fats and loads of fudgy brownie flavor.  It seems too good to be true, right? Energy bites (or balls) are wonderful snacks that I love to keep in my freezer and enjoy when I need a sweet, filling and healthy treat.  I have two other

Garlic & Chive Roasted Vegetables

Roasting is my favorite way to enjoy vegetables.  It brings out the best of their natural flavors and is so easy.  This recipe is a great way to get in all the colors of the rainbow.  It makes the perfect side dish for any occasion.  I recently made it for a large family dinner and the vibrant colors looked beautiful on the table.  It goes with everything, has great flavor and there is something for everyone.  It also is a great recipe to make on a Sunday night so you have vegetables to add to your lunches and dinners throughout the

Combat the Nightly “What’s for Dinner?” Stress: Weekly Meal Planning and Bulk Prepping for Healthy Meals

Have you ever had a crazy long day and walked in the door hungry without any clue what to do for dinner?  Have you ever spent an hour thinking about what you should make only to end up ordering take out or microwaving a frozen meal?  Life is busy and eating healthy can sometimes feel like a chore without some basic organization and planning.   Read on to learn time saving tips for weekly meal planning and bulk food prep.  This will make grocery shopping easier and ultimately save you time and money. We all know that a home-cooked meal

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No-Fruit Smoothie (aka Purple Sweet Potato Smoothie)

This smoothie tastes like a thick and creamy (purple) milkshake.  It is naturally sweetened with dates and purple sweet potato and flavored with sweet cinnamon and vanilla.  It basically tastes like dessert. Smoothies are typically known for helping to sneak in fruits into your diet.  But, more and more people are using smoothies to sneak in veggies too.  Recently I posted a smoothie recipe that contains FOUR different vegetables (Blueberry Veggie Smoothie ).  This proves that not all vegetable smoothies have to be green.  I'm chasing the rainbow here with some new creations lately! This latest smoothie recipe is so luxurious and decadent

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