Creamy Rosemary Potato Soup-Instant Pot

Creamy Rosemary Potato Soup.  When describing a recipe, the first characteristic that I would normally discuss, is how the food tastes.  Of course, food is all about the taste!  The only reason to expend effort to prepare a special recipe is the end result, the yum factor.  In this case, the basic recipe is simple–potato soup with onions, garlic and rosemary cooked in an Instant Pot.  It is very appealing when you are hungry because it only requires six ingredients and is ready in less than thirty minutes.    In this case, the rosemary was amazing….it smelled divine when the soup was cooking, and tasted delicious in the soup–there is something about the Instant Pot that infuses flavor into whatever is cooking in it. Potatoes and rosemary are a perfect combination for a comforting warm bowl of soup.  Vegan, gluten free and dairy free.

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Sweet Butternut Ginger Soup With Maple Cinnamon-Instant Pot

Sweet Butternut Ginger Soup With Maple Cinnamon Toast.  Butternut squash is one of those versatile vegetables that can be either savory, or sweet, but either way, it is delicious.  This soup, spiced up with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg is smooth and comforting on a cold day, but fancy enough for a holiday spread.  Including preparation time and cooking in the Instant Pot, your soup is on in less than thirty minutes.  Serve it with maple butter cinnamon toast, and it is almost dessert.  Vegan, gluten free and dairy free.

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Lentil Pasta With Roasted Vegetables & Jalapeno Cream

Lentil Pasta With Roasted Vegetables & Jalapeno Cream has amazing flavor and is also,  filling and nutritious.   I have recently been introduced to lentil pasta, and was pleased to find out that the lentil pasta has 13 grams of protein which is great for a vegetarian or vegan diet.  The roasted vegetables have vitamins and minerals, the jalapeno cream brings the kick, and the whole dish is dressed up with toasted pistachios and sweet cranberries.  This recipe is perfect for left-overs or lunch.   Vegan, gluten free and dairy free.

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Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Chocolate Avocado Pudding. 3 ingredients, and 5 minutes!  You only need avocados, maple syrup, cacao powder and a few minutes to spare to treat yourself to a sweet, smooth chocolate dessert.  This dessert  is actually healthy and not full of artificial ingredients….what a bonus! Vegan, gluten free and dairy free.

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Sweet Potato Apple Bake

Sweet Potato Apple Bake-For those of us who have been celebrating holidays for decades and making the food that is the center of the celebration, we have a basic drill that we go through, and usually prepare the same dishes each year. In some ways, the fact that the menu is predictable and set, is something that everyone looks forward to. As the years have gone by, we have focused more on healthy eating by choice, and of course, a gluten free diet by necessity. My mother’s sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving and Christmas were canned, loaded with butter and brown sugar, and amazing. I have used fresh sweet potatoes myself for many years, cut down on fat and sugar and have been very pleased with our sweet potato side dish.

Honestly, I didn’t really think that there were many variations on basic sweet potatoes, but oh, was I wrong. This sweet potato dish with apples, dates and topped with maple glazed pecans is not your mother’s sweet potato side dish. It is so delicious, it could almost be your holiday dessert. Vegan, gluten free and diary free.

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