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Banana Nut Muffin Smoothie

This smoothie tastes EXACTLY like a banana nut muffin - and I'm definitely not mad about it.

It's been my go-to smoothie recipe lately and I have a feeling you're gonna love it too!

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▼ BANANA NUT MUFFIN SMOOTHIE ▼

INGREDIENTS:

- 1/2 c. water

- 1/2 c. non-dairy milk

- 2-3 frozen bananas, peeled

- 1/4 c. walnuts (soak overnight for creamier texture)

- handful of spinach (optional)

- 1/4 c. oats (uncooked)

- 2 dates

- 1 tbsp. ground flaxseed

- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

- 1/8 tsp. cinnamon

- pinch of allspice (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

Enjoy! ❤️

xx Kristen

Vegan Burrito Bowl

This burrito bowl is HEAVEN!

It's vegan, GF, oil-free and all kinds of healthy but you'd never even know it.

Hooray for easy vegan meal prep!!!

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- VEGAN BURRITO BOWL -

- INGREDIENTS -

- romaine lettuce

- brown rice

- black beans

- corn

- BBQ jackfruit

- baked potatoes

- salsa

- cilantro lime sour cream

- avocado

- cilantro

- hot sauce

- black pepper

- DIRECTIONS -

1. Compile the ingredients of your bowl however you'd like.

2. Drizzle with the cilantro lime sour cream and enjoy!

NOTE: Put whatever YOU want into your burrito bowl. There is no right or wrong! 🙂

Happy burrito bowl making!!!

Love youuuuuuu! ❤️

xx Kristen

Instant Pot Baked Potatoes

Making baked potatoes in the Instant Pot is SO easy - IT’S kind of unbelievable!

And they come out perfect every time!

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- INSTANT POT BAKED POTATOES -

- INGREDIENTS -

1 cup cold water

4-10 medium-sized potatoes, scrubbed (I used russet)

- DIRECTIONS -

1. Pour the cold water into the bottom of the Instant Pot and place the trivet on top of the water.

2. Prick each potato 5-6 times and then place them into the Instant Pot.

3. Close the lid and set the valve to sealing.

4. Cook the potatoes on high pressure for 12 minutes*.

5. After the 12 minutes is up, let the pressure naturally release for 8-10 minutes.

6. Release the rest of the pressure manually.

7. Open up your Instant Pot and the taters should be perfectly done. Enjoy!

*the cooking time may vary depending on the size of your potatoes

*for small potatoes, cook for 10 minutes

*for extra large potatoes, cook for 18-20 minutes

NOTE: If you like your baked potatoes extra crispy on the outside: Preheat your oven to 400F. Once the potatoes are done in the Instant Pot, rub them with a little bit of olive oil and sprinkle them with salt and bake them for 10 minutes. Boom. Crispy-ass baked potatoes!

Love you guys!!! ❤️

xx Kristen

Instant Pot Brown Rice

If you never made brown rice in the Instant Pot before then you're 100% missing out.

It's seriously SO easy!!!

And it turns out perfectly every single time.

You just can’t go wrong.

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 - INSTANT POT BROWN RICE -

Ingredients:

2 c. brown rice
2 1/2 c. water (or veg broth)

Directions:

1. Add ingredients to Instant Pot and set the manual timer for 22 minutes. Make sure the nozzle on top is turned to 'sealing'!

2. After the 22 minutes is up, wait 10 minutes for the pressure to naturally release and then manually release the rest of the steam by turning the nozzle from 'steaming' to 'venting'.

3. Open the lid, fluff the rice with a fork and it's all good to go! Enjoy!

xx Kristen

Instant Pot Black Beans & Rice

Making black beans & rice has never been so easy!

I love this recipe because it's quick, it's simple and it's HELLA tasty! 

You're definitely gonna want to try this at home. 

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 - INSTANT POT BLACK BEANS & RICE -

Ingredients:

- 1 cup brown rice
- 1 cup black beans
- enough water to cover the rice and beans by about 3/4 of an inch
- 1/4 onion, sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tsp. cumin
- 1/2 tsp. chili powder
- 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
- 1/2 - 1 tsp. sea salt
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- Optional add ins: your favorite salsa or hot sauce
 

Directions:

1. Put the rice and beans into the Instant Pot and cover with at least a half inch of water.

2. Add in the rest of the ingredients and stir well.

3. Set your Instant Pot for 25 minutes on the manual setting (make sure the valve is turned to sealing and the pressure is on high).

4. Once the 25 minutes is up, wait until the timer counts up to 10 minutes and use a towel to turn the valve from sealing to venting. Be careful - that shit is hot!

5. Let the pressure release for another minute or so, open your Instant Pot, give the rice and beans a good stir, and boom - perfect rice and beans for all your burrito bowl needs. Enjoy!

NOTE: Cooking time may vary depending on your location, the age and size of your beans and rice, how they've been stored, etc. So keep that in mind! Play around with this recipe until it's just right for you!

I hope you love this recipe as much as I do! 

xx Kristen

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RAW VEGGIE WRAPS + Creamy Wasabi Sauce

You guys, these Raw Veggie Wraps are OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD delish!

They remind me of sushi, and I effing LOVE sushi, so I'm totally stoked on these!

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RAW VEGGIE WRAPS + CREAMY WASABI SAUCE
 

Ingredients for the Sauce:

1/2 c. raw cashews, soaked, drained & rinsed
1/2 of a zucchini, peeled & roughly chopped
juice from 1 lemon
3 cloves of garlic
3 tbsp. hemp seeds
2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
1/2 - 1 tsp. wasabi powder
3 tbsp. tamari
3 tbsp. coconut aminos
splash of water, if needed
squirt of Sriracha (optional)

Ingredients for the Wraps:

nori sheets
cucumber
red pepper
avocado
romaine
alfalfa sprouts
hummus (optional)
sesame seeds (optional)

Directions:

1. To make your sauce, add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high until super smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as necessary.

2. Pour into a container and store in the fridge until you're ready to eat your wraps.

3. To make your wraps, chop the cucumber, red pepper, avocado, and romaine into long, thin strips.

4. Place one of your nori sheets, shiny side down, in front of you. Make sure the lines are vertical.

5. Gently spread a thin layer of hummus on the nori sheet.

6. Top with your veggies in whatever order you'd like.

7. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

8.  Roll the wrap with your hands, making sure to keep everything nice and tight. (See the video for examples.)

9. Wet the end of the nori sheet with a bit of water to seal the roll.

10. Wet a sharp knife and cut your roll into 6 pieces.

11. Dip the pieces into your sauce and enjoy!

NOTE: You can use whatever veggies or fruit you'd like in these rolls! FYI: They're really good with mango in 'em.

xo Kristen
 

Easy Vegan Sour Cream

If you're looking for a delicious and super-easy vegan sour cream recipe then look no further!

This stuff is #LegitneySpears.

Use it however you would 'normal' sour cream!

Nachos, burritos, tacos...you name it.

It's 150% DELISH!
 

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- EASY VEGAN SOUR CREAM -

Ingredients:

- 1 cup raw cashews, soaked
- 1/2 - 3/4 c. water (as needed)
- 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1 - 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. salt (to taste)

Directions:

1. Drain and rinse your soaked cashews and add them to a blender with the rest of the ingredients

2. Blend until super smooth and creamy. This usually takes my Vitamix about 3-4 minutes total.

3. Make sure to scrape down the sides a few times throughout the blending process!

4. Adjust everything to taste.

5. Enjoy right away, or put it in the fridge for a few hours (overnight is best) to thicken up and get all sorts of delicious. Enjoy!

FYI: This will last in the fridge for about 5-7 days.

xo Kristen

Easy Oil-Free Hummus

Oil-Free Hummus is the best kind of hummus!

I usually always have a batch of this stuff on hand for dipping veggies in, slathering on sandwiches and wraps, and making quick and easy dressings for salads and bowls.

I love this hummus too much, you guys.

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- OIL-FREE HUMMUS -

Ingredients:

- 2 c. cooked garbanzo beans (or two 15 oz. cans)
- 1/2 - 3/4 c. warm water
- 2 tbsp. tahini
- 2 - 3 cloves of garlic
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1/4 tsp. cumin (optional)
- 1/2 tsp. salt (add more to taste if needed)
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- squirt of your favorite hot sauce (optional)

Directions:

1. Place all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend until super smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as necessary.
2. Add more salt and hot sauce to taste if needed.
3. Garnish with cooked garbanzo beans and a little smoked paprika if you're trying to be all fancy about it. Enjoy!

xo Kristen

Instant Pot Garbanzo Beans

It's so easy to cook garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas) in the Instant Pot.

You don't even have to soak the beans first!

And it takes less than an hour.

It's pretty much the best thing ever. 

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- INSTANT POT GARBANZO BEANS -

(makes around 2 cups of cooked beans)

Ingredients:

- 1 c. dry garbanzo beans
- water (enough to cover the beans by about an inch)

Directions:

1. Put your beans and water into your Instant Pot and set the manual timer to 40 minutes.


2. After the 40 minute timer goes off, wait 10 more minutes before releasing the rest of the pressure yourself. Be careful not to burn yourself!


3. Once all of the pressure has been released, pop the lid off, and drain your cooked beans.


4. Rinse well & enjoy in your favorite recipe!

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They're AMAZING!

xo Kristen

Instant Pot Pinto Beans

Making pinto beans in the Instant Pot is So easy!

You don't even have to soak the beans first.

Yayyyyy! 

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INSTANT POT PINTO BEANS

(makes around 3 cups of cooked beans)

Ingredients:

- 1 1/2 c. dry pinto beans (amounts aren't super important here)
- water (enough to cover the beans by at least 1 inch)

Directions:

1. Put the dry pinto beans and water into your Instant Pot and turn the valve on top to sealing.


2. Set the manual timer for 30 minutes, making sure that it's set on high pressure, and let the Instant Pot do its thing.


3. After the 30 minutes is up (you'll hear it beeping), let the pressure release for 10 minutes, and then release the rest of the steam yourself (using a towel to protect your hand from the hot steam).


4. Drain the beans and rinse them with cold water to stop the cooking process.

Use these delish pinto beans however you'd like! Think: burrito bowls, chili cheese dips, loaded nachos, etc.

ENJOY!

XO Kristen