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Instant Pot Homestyle Vegan Beef Stew

Mmmm beef stew. When I was younger, it was one of my favorite meals my mom would make in the winter. It’s the epitome of comfort food and a welcome cure for the winter chills.

This belly-warming “beef” stew is one of the first dishes I made in the Instant Pot years ago when I got it. Since then, I’ve adjusted it a bit to make it even better. It’s a hit with the family and brings back fond memories… and the best thing about it is you can put it together in about 45 minutes in the Instant Pot!

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Plant-Based BBQ Jackfruit Tacos

We normally celebrate Taco Tuesday in my house. It’s fun for the kids and really, who doesn’t love tacos? While I sometimes mix it up by replacing tacos with other Mexican-inspired dishes like Instant Pot Butternut & Bean Enchiladas or Instant Pot Vegan Burritos, the kids never seem to get tired of traditional Taco Tuesday fare.

But this week I thought I’d deviate from the norm and test out something different with the kiddos. I grabbed some jackfruit, shredded it, added some BBQ sauce, coleslaw and mango salsa, and boom! Plant-based BBQ Jackfruit Tacos — and the kids dug it!

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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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Best Plant-Based Meatless Meatballs

I’ve probably made about a dozen recipes for WFPB meatballs, and I’m not busting your balls! Most of these experiments ended with me saying, “yup, not doing that one again.” Not this one. This plant-based meatballs recipe is wife, kids, and Kev-approved.

These meatballs are vegan, oil-free, and even soy-free. There are no “meatless crumbles” or other processed fake meat-like ingredients. So if you’re looking for something that tastes just like a beef or pork meatball, this is not it. BUT… these meatballs are moist (yeah I said it), flavorful and don’t last very long in my house!

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Flavor-Packed WFPB BBQ Sliders

Plant-based burgers are all the rage right now, but the ones getting the most attention are those that “mimic” the taste and texture of beef. And yeah, they’re great but they’re not great for you. They’re packed with oil and saturated fats to help imitate the juiciness and flavor of beef burgers. So while they may be plant-based, they’re far from whole food plant-based (WFPB).

And I get it. I’ve been known to have one or two of those trendy burgers as a treat, and they’re really good. And many of the WFPB burger recipes leave a lot to be desired — they can be dry, flavorless, and downright unappetizing. Until now! I found this recipe in one of my cookbooks and then altered it to make it oil-free, then converted it into sliders to make it more fun!

These sliders are so flavor-rich and delicious! My kids loved them, and I’m sure your meat-eating friends and families will love them too!

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The WFPB School Lunch Dilemma

Well, it’s back-to-school time and if you’re like me, you’re starting to plan for school lunches and realizing options are extremely limited. At my son Ryan’s school, he has the option of buying lunch or bringing it on any given day. The school provides a menu for us to review each month, and wow is there a ton of unhealthy crap on there!

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What do you eat on the whole food plant-based diet (WFPB)?

When my wife and I decided to change the way we ate, we had a hard time explaining to friends and family what the hell we could eat. Were we vegetarians? Yeah, but stricter than that. Were we vegans? Sort of, but not really. We follow the whole food plant-based diet (WFPB). That’s indeed a mouthful, and to your average meat-a-saurus, it’s eyeroll-inducing. To them it sounds weird and complicated.

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Summertime Avocado-Lime Linguine

Here’s another versatile dish where you can swap out veggies for really whatever you like. I found this to be best when kept simple with some broccoli and spinach, allowing the sauce and avocado to be the stars of the show.

I love this in the summertime, when you’re not looking for something super heavy, but of course it’s great year-round!

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How to Make Delicious Garlic Bread with no Butter or Oil (WFPB)

I very often see questions about garlic bread in social media posts.

“How do I make vegan garlic bread?”

“I miss having garlic bread. Is there any way to do it WFPB?”

Unfortunately many answer with, “use xyz margarine,” or, “use olive oil.”

No.

We can make garlic bread and still eat healthy. Just think outside the box a bit.

I’ve tried a few different things but I’ve found a really simple way to make delicious garlic bread while keeping it plant-based and oil-free.

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The Ultimate Oil-Free Vegan Garbage Plate

For those who weren’t aware (or were thrown off by the Phillies cap), I’m from Rochester, NY. If you’re from the Western NY area or have ever visited, it’s likely you’ve been introduced to, or at least heard of, the Garbage Plate. The dish began at the famous Nick Tahou Hots in Rochester and has become a local delicacy for wobbly patrons stumbling out of local bars at 2am, as well as famished foodies who can’t get enough of this pile of picnic provisions.

While the term “Garbage Plate” is reserved for official menu items from Nick’s, variations exist at nearly every greasy spoon or burger joint in the area — trash plate, rubbish plate, sloppy plate, or just plain “plate.” If you say “plate” here, everyone knows what you mean. There’s even a local vegan restaurant with a Compost Plate and an upscale restaurant with a Plat De Refuse — be sure to stick your nose in the air when you say that one.

Ok so I’m not from there. What the hell is a Garbage Plate?

So glad you asked! A traditional Garbage Plate starts with a thick paper plate or styrofoam takeout container. On it, you’ll find a heap made up of two selections from the following: home fries, french fries, macaroni salad, or baked beans. On top of that, you’ll normally have two hot dogs (red or white), two hamburgers, two cheeseburgers, or any combination of those. There are more options for the protein (sausage, chicken, even fish and more) but those are the most common. Finally and most importantly are the condiments — deli mustard, diced onions, and a ton of Rochester-style meat hot sauce. If you want ketchup, at Nick’s you have to add it yourself. Oh yeah, and you get two slices of stale Italian bread with it — that is literally stored behind the counter in a black garbage bag. Thanks to this awful bread, I’m fairly certain Rochester leads the nation in discarded slices of bread per capita.

So it probably goes without saying that the Garbage Plate is super unhealthy, albeit delicious, so after switching my diet to whole food plant-based (WFPB), I was determined to recreate this local phenomenon as WFPB-compliant as possible.

So after some tinkering and quite a bit of sampling, I present to you the KevCooksPlants version — the Plant-Based Plate!

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