Easy Instant Pot Chili (Vegan, Oil-Free)

When you’re craving chili and need it on the table fast, this is the recipe for you! Say hello to our Instant Pot Chili (!) made with simple, wholesome ingredients and BIG flavor.
Smoky spices marry perfectly with kidney and black beans and sweet…

Easy Instant Pot Chili (Vegan, Oil-Free)

When you’re craving chili and need it on the table fast, this is the recipe for you! Say hello to our Instant Pot Chili (!) made with simple, wholesome ingredients and BIG flavor.

Smoky spices marry perfectly with kidney and black beans and sweet potatoes. It’s hearty, warming, and incredibly comforting. Let us show you how it’s done! 

Origins of Chili

While many think chili was created in Mexico, apparently that’s not where it originated! Who knew?

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Homemade Chili Powder

With winter in full swing, it’s chili season around here — time for our favorite cold-weather dish. But after recently running out of chili powder, we decided to make our own, and I’m so glad we did.
This homemade chili powder takes just 15 minutes to…

Homemade Chili Powder

With winter in full swing, it’s chili season around here — time for our favorite cold-weather dish. But after recently running out of chili powder, we decided to make our own, and I’m so glad we did.

This homemade chili powder takes just 15 minutes to make when using whole dried chiles, and just 5 minutes to make if using pre-ground chiles. And we must say, it’s so fresh and much better than store-bought, so there’s no going back!

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Vegan Caesar Salad with BBQ Sweet Potato Croutons

Say hello to our new favorite salad.
It’s crunchy, fresh, incredibly easy to make, and boasts BIG zesty flavor from our 5-minute Caesar dressing. The recipe was born out of a simple need to put dinner on the table with minimal effort. We had a bunch o…

Vegan Caesar Salad with BBQ Sweet Potato Croutons

Say hello to our new favorite salad.

It’s crunchy, fresh, incredibly easy to make, and boasts BIG zesty flavor from our 5-minute Caesar dressing. The recipe was born out of a simple need to put dinner on the table with minimal effort. We had a bunch of random ingredients that got thrown together, and it just totally worked. Hello, next-level vegan caesar salad!

The best part?

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Easy 1-Pot Refried Beans

There’s something incredibly satisfying about refried beans from a restaurant. The crackly top, creamy texture, tantalizing salty flavor. Pure bliss.
Are they probably filled with not-so-healthy ingredients? Sure. But on occasion, such a worthy indulg…

Easy 1-Pot Refried Beans

There’s something incredibly satisfying about refried beans from a restaurant. The crackly top, creamy texture, tantalizing salty flavor. Pure bliss.

Are they probably filled with not-so-healthy ingredients? Sure. But on occasion, such a worthy indulgence. 

When experimenting with a version at home, I was going for that classic creamy, buttery texture, and simple seasonings — sticking mainly to salt and broth. Anything more seemed overcomplicated. After all, well-salted, creamy beans don’t need much else.

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Sweet Potato Black Bean Tamales (Vegan)

After learning how easy it is to make tamales (no seriously), we set our eyes on more flavor combinations!
And after some testing, this classic yet incredibly flavorful combination won out. Say hello to your go-to vegan tamale flavor: sweet potato bla…

Sweet Potato Black Bean Tamales (Vegan)

After learning how easy it is to make tamales (no seriously), we set our eyes on more flavor combinations!

And after some testing, this classic yet incredibly flavorful combination won out. Say hello to your go-to vegan tamale flavor: sweet potato black bean! Just 10 basic ingredients required. Let’s do this!

How to Make Vegan Tamales

It all starts with baking your sweet potatoes until tender and sweet.

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1-Pot Smoky Lentil Vegan Taco “Meat”

If you’re looking for a plant-based “meat” alternative for Mexican night, look no further! Introducing smoky lentil vegan taco “meat”!
This 1-pot dish is made entirely with whole food ingredients including finely shredded carrots, which moc…

1-Pot Smoky Lentil Vegan Taco “Meat”

If you’re looking for a plant-based “meat” alternative for Mexican night, look no further! Introducing smoky lentil vegan taco “meat”!

This 1-pot dish is made entirely with whole food ingredients including finely shredded carrots, which mock the texture of meat, and lentils, which add plenty of plant-based protein. Let us show you how it’s done!

This quick and easy recipe starts with sautéing onion and garlic in a large skillet.

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Spicy Baked Fish Tacos (30 minutes!)

Over the summer, I got on a taco kick and this easy approach to fish tacos became a regular in our dinner rotation. Sometimes grilling is difficult with fish because it’s so tender, so oven roasting became the quick-and-easy alternative!
Flaky wh…

Spicy Baked Fish Tacos (30 minutes!)

Over the summer, I got on a taco kick and this easy approach to fish tacos became a regular in our dinner rotation. Sometimes grilling is difficult with fish because it’s so tender, so oven roasting became the quick-and-easy alternative!

Flaky white fish is tossed in smoky spices and sea salt and roasted to perfection — no grilling required! Just 30 minutes and 10 ingredients to a fresh and flavorful dinner on the table.

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Serrano & Rosemary Guacamole

I learned this method of making guacamole at a cooking class in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in a magical place called Flora Farms. It’s an incredibly flavorful, fluffy guacamole that’s absolutely delicious and perfect for Mexican night and beyond. Da…

Serrano & Rosemary Guacamole

I learned this method of making guacamole at a cooking class in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in a magical place called Flora Farms. It’s an incredibly flavorful, fluffy guacamole that’s absolutely delicious and perfect for Mexican night and beyond. Dare I say, it’s the best guacamole ever?

Plus, it’s super easy to make, requiring just 10 minutes, 1 bowl, and 6 ingredients.

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How to Make Tortillas (2 Ingredients, Oil-Free!)

Our love for Mexican food is real, and it was only a matter of time before we started making our own corn tortillas from scratch since store-bought can be so hit-and-miss.
After much experimentation (and consulting friends for tips) we settled on this…

How to Make Tortillas (2 Ingredients, Oil-Free!)

Our love for Mexican food is real, and it was only a matter of time before we started making our own corn tortillas from scratch since store-bought can be so hit-and-miss.

After much experimentation (and consulting friends for tips) we settled on this easy recipe that’s not only easy to make but also easy to remember!

Our rough formula is a 1:1 masa harina to water ratio, plus a pinch of salt.

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Chickpea Chopped Kale Salad with Adobo Dressing

This recipe is inspired by a salad we loved ordering at a restaurant that featured roasted chicken, cornbread croutons, and a smoky-sweet dressing.
To keep our version plant-based and gluten-free, we opted for chickpeas instead of chicken and candied …

Chickpea Chopped Kale Salad with Adobo Dressing

This recipe is inspired by a salad we loved ordering at a restaurant that featured roasted chicken, cornbread croutons, and a smoky-sweet dressing.

To keep our version plant-based and gluten-free, we opted for chickpeas instead of chicken and candied pecans in place of cornbread, and we crafted a 5-minute smoky chipotle dressing to cut down on prep time.

The result is an incredibly satisfying salad that strikes the perfect balance between smoky, spicy, savory, and sweet.

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