Toddler & Kid-Approved Creamy Vegan Carrot Soup

This time of year, I turn to easy soups as a way to get more vegetables in my kids.  While they don't always go for whole vegetables, they absolutely love my creamy colorful vegetable-based soups.  This eye-catching, vibrant carrot soup is one of their favorites.  It is quick and easy to prepare, mild in flavor, slightly sweet and ultra-creamy.  You will love the ease of making it and your children will love to dive spoon-first into their bowls.  Even picky little eaters tend to love this carrot soup.  When I made it for Riley (five years old) this week she

Spiralized Sweet Potato Latkes (Vegan + Gluten-Free + Nut-Free)

This is my gluten-free, egg-free and healthier take on the traditional deep fried potato pancake recipe.  Here, I'm using sweet potatoes, one of my favorite powerhouse vegetables which offers immune boosting antioxidants, potassium and fiber while still being low in calories.  So let's turn these babies into latkes for this Hanukkah season! This recipe is so quick, simple and delicious - I know you will love it!  Instead of laboriously hand grating potatoes with a box grater or lugging out your heavy food processor and all the attachments, this recipe leverages the spiralizer which effortlessly turns sweet potatoes into latke-ready form.  In just ten seconds and a

Instant Pot Vegan Mashed Potatoes

On Thanksgiving day, saving precious minutes can be critical to pulling off the meal.  That is why I love recipes like this that leverage the Instant Pot for speedy cooking.  The potatoes cook whole (no need to chop) in just 14 minutes. While the potatoes cook, you can infuse the butter with garlic flavor which gives it a subtle but not overpowering garlic taste that makes this dish.  It sounds fancy and complicated but it is actually super easy.  You just smash the garlic cloves and let them cook in the melted butter for a bit.   Then discard the garlic (or save

26 Last Minute Vegan & Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes (Mostly Nut-Free Too!)

Any last minute planners out there?  If so, I've got you completely covered with these quick and easy last-minute Thanksgiving recipes that are tried and true crowd pleasers.  Most importantly, these recipes are quick to pull together with simple ingredients.  This list includes appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, desserts, a cocktail and a mocktail!       If you make any of these recipes for your Thanksgiving, post a picture on Instagram or Facebook and tag @eatingbyelaine and use hashtag #eatingbyelaine for a chance to win a $50 gift card to the grocery store of your choice.  Really!  I'll be randomly selecting the

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Maple Roasted Butternut Squash

Sometimes the most simple recipes are the best recipes.  This basic dish can be served as a side dish or thrown into a salad or grain bowl.  The maple syrup makes this recipe.  Each cube gets slightly caramelized as they roast leaving them slightly sweet and perfectly golden brown. These little jewels are soft, sweet and so satisfying.  They are somewhat addictive so you might want to double the recipe! I like to use freshly cut butternut squash as opposed to store-bought pre-cut butternut squash.  I find the effort of hand chopping is worth it because it has a much

Instant Pot Whipped Sweet Potatoes

Need a last minute Thanksgiving side dish that is traditional and yet a little bit unexpected?  These creamy whipped yams are both sweet and savory.  They are made with vegan cream cheese, a touch of maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, salt and pepper.  Sounds like a unique combination, I know.  But these powers combined make for an irresistible spin on yams.  They are whipped to perfection with a hand mixer for that perfect cloudy, fluffy texture that everyone loves. You can boil them on the stovetop, or to speed things up and save space you can quickly prep them in your Instant

No-Bake Mini Pumpkin Pies (vegan + gluten-free + nut-free)

Everything is better in mini size, right?  Especially dessert.  I love indulging in my own little personal pre-portioned pie.  This recipe can be made well in advance and won't take up space in your oven.  It is perfect for Thanksgiving or anytime you are in the mood for a fall treat.  And because they are frozen, you can pop them out of your freezer whenever you are in the mood for a pumpkin spiced treat. As you sink your teeth into your first bite you get hit with a creamy, smooth pumpkin filling followed by a chewy cookie crust.  It is simply

Dijon Chickpea Fritters (vegan + gluten-free + nut-free)

These crispy little fritters make a fun holiday appetizer or can easily be turned into a main course for a busy weeknight meal.  They are great to make ahead of time if you are doing your Sunday meal prep or readying for a holiday gathering and don't want to be cooking last minute.  You can form the patties in advance and layer them with parchment paper in a storage container in your fridge so that all you have to do is heat them on the stovetop (3-4 minutes per side) before serving.  You can also make the dipping sauce ahead of time. This chickpea

Instant Pot Sweet Potato Casserole with Crumble Topping (vegan + gluten-free + nut-free)

This Thanksgiving, speed things up with this easy Instant Pot sweet potato casserole with a decadent streusel-like topping that no one will forget.  The bottom layer is light and has a whipped texture that is the perfect cloud-like base for the crispy and crunchy sweet topping.  This is Thanksgiving comfort food at its best. I kept it refined sugar-free using maple syrup as the sweetener.  And if you have any gluten-free guests you can let them know there is no flour in the crumble.  I used a combination of certified gluten-free rolled oats and raw sunflower seeds which also keep this

Holiday Appetizer: Hot Pepper Socca Flatbread (Nacho-Style)

Thank you Rio Luna Organic Peppers for sponsoring this post. Rio Luna Organic Peppers are certified organic, non-GMO, fat free, cholesterol free, low calorie and Kosher. For flavorful and spicy recipe ideas follow Rio Luna on Facebook and Instagram. This epic holiday or game-day flatbread is gluten-free and entirely plant-based.  It is sort of like an open-faced nacho burrito.  My husband absolutely loved this one. It all starts with my favorite easy Gluten-Free Flatbread made from chickpea flour and water.  If you haven't tried it yet it is technically called socca and has been a game changer for me lately.  It is surprisingly simple and

Plant Powered Fall Quinoa and Arugula Salad with Apples and Figs

This fall season is already rushing by for us.  Soup season is in full swing and I love to pair my lighter soups with hearty plant-based salads like this one.  It all starts with fresh delicate spicy baby arugula which is always elegant and delicious as a salad base.  I then load up my bed of arugula with plant-based protein from quinoa, hemp seeds, crispy chickpeas and roasted & salted pepita seeds.   You certainly do not have to use all of these items but if you are looking for a salad with staying power then I recommend cramming in as many as you

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