Creamy Potato Green Split Pea Soup (Instant Pot Friendly!)

We recently shared a comprehensive Instant Pot Guide that included how to cook green split peas (no soaking required!). But since split peas aren’t the most flavorful on their own, we’re sharing how to put them to use in this delicious split pea soup! …

Creamy Potato Green Split Pea Soup (Instant Pot Friendly!)

We recently shared a comprehensive Instant Pot Guide that included how to cook green split peas (no soaking required!). But since split peas aren’t the most flavorful on their own, we’re sharing how to put them to use in this delicious split pea soup!

This soup is enhanced with creamy potatoes and coconut milk (swoon), plus fragrant fresh and dried herbs. Just 1 pot and simple methods required. Let us show you how it’s done!

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Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta

The idea for this pasta floated into my brain one day: sweet roasted butternut squash tossed with pasta and a garlicky white sauce. After a few rounds of testing, I knew I had something incredible to share. This is my favorite fall and winter pasta yet…

Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta

The idea for this pasta floated into my brain one day: sweet roasted butternut squash tossed with pasta and a garlicky white sauce. After a few rounds of testing, I knew I had something incredible to share. This is my favorite fall and winter pasta yet!

Squash is halved and roasted until caramelized with the skin for ease. The sauce requires just 5 pantry staple ingredients. And when topped with (optional) shiitake bacon, the salty-sweet flavor combination takes it to the next level!

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1-Pot French Onion Soup (Vegan!)

After cracking the code on oil-free caramelized onions, we found ourselves craving French Onion Soup!
So we got to work creating a 1-pot, plant-based version that doesn’t skimp on flavor. Spoiler alert? Major success! Let us show you how it’s done!
Or…

1-Pot French Onion Soup (Vegan!)

After cracking the code on oil-free caramelized onions, we found ourselves craving French Onion Soup!

So we got to work creating a 1-pot, plant-based version that doesn’t skimp on flavor. Spoiler alert? Major success! Let us show you how it’s done!

Origin of French Onion Soup

As the name suggests, French onion soup originated in France. Specifically, it’s believed that King Louis XV created it for a party when he was running low on ingredients (thank goodness for onions).

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Easy Caramelized Onions (Oil-Free!)

Caramelized onions without the oil? Friends, we tried it and it’s more than possible! These tender, caramelized bites of goodness are incredibly versatile and perfect for adding sweet-savory flavor to a variety of dishes.
Just 1 pan and 1 ingredient r…

Easy Caramelized Onions (Oil-Free!)

Caramelized onions without the oil? Friends, we tried it and it’s more than possible! These tender, caramelized bites of goodness are incredibly versatile and perfect for adding sweet-savory flavor to a variety of dishes.

Just 1 pan and 1 ingredient required. Let us show you how it’s done!

First, let’s talk about the science of caramelized onions. The process of cooking the onions for a long time breaks down and releases the natural sugars from the onion.

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Warming Red Lentil Sweet Potato Soup (Instant Pot!)

Cold temperatures call for warming soups! Inspired by our fan-favorite Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup, this incredibly delicious sweet potato soup is made in the Instant Pot.
It’s a 1-pot recipe with warming spices, creamy coconut milk, and sne…

Warming Red Lentil Sweet Potato Soup (Instant Pot!)

Cold temperatures call for warming soups! Inspired by our fan-favorite Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup, this incredibly delicious sweet potato soup is made in the Instant Pot.

It’s a 1-pot recipe with warming spices, creamy coconut milk, and sneaky red lentils for a protein and fiber boost. Let us show you how it’s done!

While experimenting for our guide to beans and lentils in the Instant Pot, we learned a couple things about red lentils.

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Superfoods Green Lemonade Smoothie

Introducing our latest obsession: an incredibly delicious, tart-sweet smoothie that immediately transports you to vacation mode or summer reminiscing. It tastes just like the name suggests: lemonade, but GREEN.
This plant-based, naturally sweetened sm…

Superfoods Green Lemonade Smoothie

Introducing our latest obsession: an incredibly delicious, tart-sweet smoothie that immediately transports you to vacation mode or summer reminiscing. It tastes just like the name suggests: lemonade, but GREEN.

This plant-based, naturally sweetened smoothie is potassium-rich, loaded with greens, and sneaks in superfoods like baobab, moringa, and spirulina! Just 1 blender, 10 minutes, and 10 ingredients required. Let us show you how it’s done!

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Smoky Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas & Greens (Vegan)

Happy New Year, friends! What better way to kick off a new year than with a big bowl of Black Eyed Peas & Greens? Not only is it incredibly delicious, but this dish is also believed to bring good luck and prosperity, and we could all use a little m…

Smoky Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas & Greens (Vegan)

Happy New Year, friends! What better way to kick off a new year than with a big bowl of Black Eyed Peas & Greens? Not only is it incredibly delicious, but this dish is also believed to bring good luck and prosperity, and we could all use a little more of that in our lives.

This plant-based version is incredibly comforting and delicious. Plus, it’s quick and easy to make with a little help from the Instant Pot.

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Easy Tapenade

Olive lovers, tapenade is for you! Tapenade is an olive spread or dip hailing from the Provence region in France. It’s bold, zippy, briny and salty, though…

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easy tapenade recipe

Olive lovers, tapenade is for you! Tapenade is an olive spread or dip hailing from the Provence region in France. It’s bold, zippy, briny and salty, though we’ll be sure to keep the salt level in check.

Served with crostini or crackers, tapenade is a wonderful appetizer with drinks. It offers some welcome contrast when served with creamy dips, like hummus or spinach artichoke dip. You can also spread it onto sandwiches, dollop it onto salads, and more. Tapenade will keep for a week or two in the fridge, so you’ll find many uses for it.

tapenade ingredients

Tapenade is named after the Provençal word for capers, tapenas. Over the years, olives have become the predominant ingredient, and I used capers as a subtle accent. Similar olive spreads have been served in the Mediterranean for ages, which is why tapenade is a natural pairing with your favorite Mediterranean flavors.

Traditional tapenade also includes anchovies, but being vegetarian, I omitted them. This dip is loaded with complex flavor regardless, and it’s suitable for vegans and those with shellfish allergies as well.

To make this easy tapenade, you’ll need just a few basic ingredients and a food processor. It comes together in about 10 minutes with mostly pantry ingredients! You’ll need Castelvetrano and Kalamata olives, fresh parsley, capers, olive oil, garlic and lemon juice. Let’s make some already.

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Best Bourbon Old Fashioned Recipe (+ Video)

Man, if there’s anything to celebrate in 2020, it’s that it’s over. And what better way to celebrate than with a good cocktail?
We wanted to take a deep dive and individually test each ingredient in a classic Old Fashioned to really c…

Best Bourbon Old Fashioned Recipe (+ Video)

Man, if there’s anything to celebrate in 2020, it’s that it’s over. And what better way to celebrate than with a good cocktail?

We wanted to take a deep dive and individually test each ingredient in a classic Old Fashioned to really come up with that cocktail bar-worthy beverage. Good news: We think we’ve done it.

What is an Old Fashioned?

In simple terms, an Old Fashioned is a cocktail made of bourbon, sugar, bitters, orange, and a cherry.

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Cheesy Broccoli Hashbrown Bake (Oil-Free)

When imagining what would be delicious to enjoy in a post-holiday food coma, a hash brown dish came to mind. But instead of basic hash browns, I wanted a more indulgent twist. Enter: cheese sauce.
This dish is adapted from the lovely High Carb Hannah (…

Cheesy Broccoli Hashbrown Bake (Oil-Free)

When imagining what would be delicious to enjoy in a post-holiday food coma, a hash brown dish came to mind. But instead of basic hash browns, I wanted a more indulgent twist. Enter: cheese sauce.

This dish is adapted from the lovely High Carb Hannah (who, if you don’t follow on YouTube, you absolutely should). Her version uses frozen hash browns and a low-fat cheese sauce. My version uses fresh grated potatoes and a quick cashew-carrot queso.

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