Instant Pot Rice & Beans
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by Lisa Le
3M ago
Inspired by arroz rojo, this is Instant Pot red rice & beans, a meal you can set and forget and come back to. I’ve been making a lot of Set It & Forget It type recipes because at this point in toddlerhood, it is necessary for survival. This is a recipe for when you’re craving something hearty and savoury. When I’m craving Mexican flavours but need it in one pot, this is what I make. By no means is this an authentic recipe, please do not mistake this for one. When I first started making this recipe, this was just rice to go with the Chipotle-style rice “burrito” bowls we often have on ..read more
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Instant Pot Vegan Butternut Squash Risotto
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by Lisa Le
4M ago
Only 10 minutes of active cooking results in this deliciously creamy and cheesy dairy-free butternut squash risotto in the Instant Pot! Lately I’ve been a big fan of quick dinners that I can set up in about 15 minutes and then come back to when it’s dinner time. I’ve made a mushroom rice cooker meal and a lentil and barley one, and they’ve both been big hits with my kid (who naturally is a fiend for rice). Unfortunately due to the mushy texture of risotto, Bean was not a fan. They don’t like oatmeal or Vietnamese rice porridge much either, so that tracks. However, I was a big fan of this butt ..read more
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Mushroom Rice Cooker Meal with quinoa, corn and lentils
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by Lisa Le
4M ago
I’m back with another rice cooker meal! This quinoa, corn, lentil & mushroom rice cooker meal is budget-friendly and an easy hands-off kinda meal. I’ve been making more of these set-it-and-forget-it kind of meals because as a toddler-mom, I just don’t have the time to stand by the stove to stir as much as I used to. What kind of rice cooker do I need? I’m using a Cuckoo rice cooker (affiliate link) which is a multi-functional rice cooker that builds up a pressurized steamy environment for the rice to cook, yielding fluffier grains. I find this helps with cooking the other grains faster an ..read more
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Lentil Barley Rice Cooker Meal
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by Lisa Le
5M ago
This Lentil Barley Rice Cooker meal is an easy one pot side dish or main that is perfect for college students, busy parents, or just busy people. I’ve been finding myself in a cooking rut lately and I needed an easy dump and go meal that I could set and forget and come back to that my toddler would like. This lentil and barley rice cooker meal uses pantry staples that I almost always have on hand. It doesn’t require any time on the stove or chopping, and has fibre, protein, carbs, and even some veggies. Substitutions I have not tested this with any other combination, but here’s what I surmise ..read more
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Copycat Vegan Ice Cream Cake
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by Lisa Le
6M ago
This is a copycat vegan ice cream cake with layers of dairy-free vanilla and chocolate ice cream, a fudgy chocolate ganache layer and a crispy cookie crumble layer. It’s the ice cream cake I grew up with, but vegan! Typically for the recipes I post on here, I like to test them a few times before I post them. However, my family can only eat so much ice cream at a time and vegan ice cream is expensive. Plus, in this economy? Frankly, I can’t afford it. But I wanted ice cream cake for my birthday, and a vegan version of this would have been around $50 for a small, 8 serving sized cake. So I vega ..read more
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Crunchy Edamame Peanut Salad
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by Lisa Le
7M ago
This Crunchy Edamame Peanut Salad is a fibre-rich and protein-packed side dish. It’s quick to throw together and has a satisfying crunch while delivering substance. I make this as a late night editing snack, but you could easily prep this as a side dish for work lunches. I recommend packing the peanuts and toasted sesame seeds separately. Add them just before you eat so you maintain the satisfying crunch! Depending on how snacky you’re feeling, this is probably more reasonable to be a 2 serving snack. This has crushed the late night cravings for me in a way that fills me up with fibre, protei ..read more
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Tofu and Garlic Chive Soup – Canh Đậu Hũ Hẹ Chay
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by Lisa Le
7M ago
Canh Đậu Hũ Hẹ chay is a Vietnamese homestyle soup that is comforting, light and savoury. Flat chives, shallots, and garlic are the main undertones of flavour for this tofu and garlic chive soup! Growing up, I ate a lot of Vietnamese style dinners where each meal had a protein, a soup, and a veggie component to be eaten with rice. Growing up, this kind of soup would typically have been accompanied with a fried fish, and maybe some blanched greens to eat with fermented bean curd. Traditionally this soup is made with ground pork, but I’ve used a vegan pork mince instead. It can be omitted! What ..read more
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Vegan Birria Tacos (Quesabirria)
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by Lisa Le
10M ago
These vegan quesabirria tacos are crisp, juicy, meaty and full of savoury flavour! The vegan birria consommé has a slow heat that builds but together with the vegan birria tacos it is just the right amount of spice. I first was introduced to birria from TikTok last year when it was making the rounds. It just lived in my head rent free until I saw Stella make this, and I thought, hey. I can totally make this vegan! What is Birria? Traditionally birria is a shredded goat dish from the Jalisco region of Mexico (which is where Stella’s family is from). Dora from Dora’s Table explains that it is a ..read more
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Vegan Vietnamese Pizza – Bánh tráng nướng Chay
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by Lisa Le
10M ago
Bánh tráng nướng is a popular Vietnamese street food that is savoury, rich, and crisp! I’ve made a vegan banh trang nuong with vegan alternatives because I just had to try it. Original Banh Trang Nuong The original bánh tráng nướng is a street food! Vendors cook it on a grill over hot coals, with tons of green onion, a chicken or quail eggs, Vienna sausage and laughing cow cheese. It originates in Đa Lạt, but I have seen this on social media everywhere in Vietnam. Some also serve it with dried shimp, fried shallots, or chili crisp instead of butter. So I think it’s regional and personal prefer ..read more
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Vegan Egg Yolk Sauce
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by Lisa Le
11M ago
In our house, this vegan egg yolk sauce is called “dippy toast”, and it’s always a breakfast favourite! One of my favourite breakfasts in my pre-vegan days was eggs over easy with rye toast, bacon, and coffee. I ate so much of this in university, sometimes at all day breakfast places, or sometimes for brunch post university-shenanigans. There are days where I really miss the diner breakfast experience of being slightly hungover and dipping hot buttery toast. So I recreated this (minus the hangover) vegan egg yolk sauce for that dippy toast experience. How to make a vegan diner breakfast exper ..read more
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