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Instant Pot Quick and Cheesy Vegan Enchilada Soup

VEGAN | PLANT-BASED | WFPB | OIL-FREE

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Quick and cheesy indeed! The kids loved this vegan enchilada soup and it was so easy to put together. It’s a great departure from your typical “Taco Tuesday” repertoire. Call this vegan taco soup or enchilada soup, or whatever you think it is, but all I know is that it got scarfed up pretty quickly in my house!

This vegan enchilada soup takes advantage of, dare I say, the versatility of my Creamy Versatile Instant Pot Cheese Sauce. I’m not normally a big soup guy, but this one is definitely on the list to make often. It’s also a dish you can easily swap out ingredients for if you prefer a different type of bean, want to add meatless crumbles, or even a splash of hot sauce.

Put this one on your menu for the next Taco Tuesday!

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Instant Pot WFPB Vegan No-Butter “Chicken”

I’m no expert when it comes to Indian food. In fact, if I go to an Indian restaurant, I don’t have much of a clue what I’m ordering unless I’m dining with a seasoned pro who can help me out. What I can tell you though, is this oil-free vegan version of Butter Chicken (a very popular Indian dish) is incredible… and sooo easy! It’s soy curls, chickpeas, and a cashew-tomato sauce with Indian spices. No butter, no chicken, but no lack of flavor!

Not only did I love it, but the whole family did too. And that’s hard to do when we’re talking about kids who judge food based on how closely it resembles pizza.

Note: This version isn’t very spicy, but if you’re looking to spice it up, add in some cayenne in place of the chili powder.

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Vegan Broccoli Cheddar Risotto

Since my Savory Risotto with Squash and Cranberries recipe was such a big hit (at home and with readers!), I thought I’d develop a few different varieties, starting with Broccoli and Cheddar. This one utilizes my delicious Creamy Versatile Instant Pot Cheese Sauce. Add yet another way to use this cheese sauce to the list!

The wife and kids loved this variation, so now it’s time to think of the next one. If you have a favorite flavor of risotto, let me know in the comments and I’ll work on a WFPB version!

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Cheat Day Vegan Sausage and Pierogi

Ok ok, nobody’s perfect. We all have cheat days here and there. Well, at least I do. For me, a cheat day doesn’t mean you throw caution to the wind and gobble up everything you see (although I admit that has happened before). Usually, it just means I’m staying plant-based but not necessarily “whole food” plant-based.

And when cheat day comes, this is one of the dishes I love the most. There’s definitely oil here as well as white pasta. If you can find whole wheat pierogies, then more power to you! At a minimum, grab some that don’t have cheese or other dairy in them.

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Bell Pepper and Thyme Fettuccine

This is a recipe I found in People magazine when they were featuring recipes submitted by celebrities. As a Dolphins and Eagles fan (and Patriots hater), I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit the original recipe was from Tom Brady. I can’t even type that without a shudder. But anywho…

I revised the recipe to remove any processed oil and converted the suggested process of roasting the peppers over an open flame (oh please, Tom, we don’t all have personal chefs!) to cooking the peppers in the Instant Pot and it works perfectly! So yeah, take that Tom Brady. Stick to deflating footballs and whining to referees.

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Amazing Vegan Stuffed Avocados

Folks, I’m speechless. I wish I could eat this every night. With most of the work done in the Instant Pot, these stuffed avocados are not only healthy and delicious, but they’re pretty easy to make too!

I came up with this recipe based on a non-vegan stuffed avocado dish I had at a local Mexican restaurant. That was years ago, and it’s been on my mind to recreate it ever since. I finally did!

There are no unhealthy processed foods in this recipe — no crappy shredded congealed oil passing off as cheese, no oils, no fake stuff.  Guilt-free and incredible. So let’s get on with it…

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Plant-Based Instant Pot Lasagna Soup

It’s pretty common in my house to have leftover pasta sauce laying around. Sometimes I freeze it, but most times I try to incorporate it into a different dish to use it up without making our weekly “dinner list” too repetitive. Here’s a great way to do just that.

You can do a lot with lasagna soup to customize it, but here’s my favorite version. It’s simple yet delicious and has that “comfort food” feel to it.

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Oil-Free Vegan Portobello Mushroom Parmesan

To. Die. For.

Ok, so you used to love chicken parmesan. Or maybe even veal parm. And then you went plant-based. Yeah, me too. So what’s the logical move? Eggplant parm, right? Sure, except for a couple things. First, it’s usually fried in oil. Sure, we can fix that. Second, if you want to do it right, you need to slice the eggplant super thin and layer it. It can be a long process. If you make thick slices, you risk undercooking or overcooking and you either end up with tough cutlets or a mushy mess.

Enter the mushroom. I honestly never heard of or even thought of this (not sure why) until I saw it on the menu at a local sandwich shop. So I tried it and WOW. I had to make my own whole-food plant-based version. So here it is!

Hint: DO NOT SKIP pre-cooking the mushrooms. You have to cook the water out or this isn’t going to work well.

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Oil-Free Vegan Coleslaw

Coleslaw is one of my summertime favorite sides. It seems to go with just about anything coming off the grill. When we switched to plant-based and oil-free, I was bummed that the only non-dairy coleslaw dressing I could find was loaded with oil. Recently, I came across an oil-free dressing recipe and made some adjustments to improve it. Hint: This also works as a refreshing salad dressing!

I haven’t tried this without the mustard yet, but for those who prefer to skip it, I’m going to guess it’ll be just as good without. If you do try it, let me know how it was in the comments.

Also, if your local store carries it, I’d recommend starting with “coleslaw mix” — that’s just the veggies precut and ready for the dressing. You’ll save yourself a lot of time, and maybe even a few fingers.

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