Shredded Jackfruit Veg Carnitas

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This page will showcase a number of ways you can season and enjoy shredded jackfruit. It is meant to be an evolving reference more than anything, and I'll keep adding to it over time. Jackfruit is a fun ingredient to play around with. People trying to reduce or eliminate meat from their diet tend to love it for its texture, which uncannily mimics pulled pork or shredded chicken. While some are able to find it in fresh form, it's readily available in canned as well, which makes it easy to keep on hand for quick meals. Here you see it pictured sautéed with lots of garlic and taco/chili seasoning for a filling for these Shredded Jackfruit Burritos. But I'm also including a number of ways you can tweak the recipe - a Thai curry paste version, as well as a BBQ jackfruit version.

If you cook the filling at the start of the week, it will keep for a few days, refrigerated. When shopping for jackfruit, I buy it canned, in water (easy to find it at places like Trader Joe's) - just drain, and rinse before using.

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Instant Pot Dynamite Cold Tonic

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If you need to jolt a cold out of your body with brute force, you might consider starting here. This head-clearing, sniffle-blasting tonic is the color of Tang, with flavor like a stick of ginger dynamite. It's a nuclear version of the Honey-Turmeric Tonic in the Coco Morante Essential Instant Pot Cookbook - hydrating, aromatic, invigorating, decongesting, immune boosting, and not for the faint of heart. I made it for Wayne who was fighting a bit of a head cold last week, and sipped on it myself just because it made me feel like I was treating my insides to a spa day.

Instant Pot Dynamite Cold Tonic Recipe

For reference, this is the Instant Pot I used for this recipe: Instant Pot DUO Plus 6 Qt 9-in-1

Instant Pot Dynamite Cold Tonic Recipe

Instant Pot Dynamite Cold Tonic Recipe

Also, if you have an Instant Pot, be sure to poke around this new section with all the instant pot recipes in one place.

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Shredded Jackfruit Burritos (Vegan)

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I suspect the most notable aspect of this burrito is the use of jackfruit. My guess is it might be an ingredient you're either completely onboard with, or not at all. Either way, mark my word, shredded jackfruit is a fascinating ingredient. People trying to reduce or eliminate meat from their diet tend to love it for its texture, which uncannily mimics pulled pork or shredded chicken. Out of the can, it has a flavor that is quite mild and neutral, making it a lot of fun to play with on the culinary front - blank slate and all. And because of that, my approach is usually to blast it with an assault of spices and flavor. Here you see it sautéed with lots of garlic and taco/chili seasoning to create a dynamic burrito filling that just about anyone can get behind. When shopping for jackfruit, I buy it canned, in water (easy to find it at places like Trader Joe's) - just drain, and rinse before using.

Shredded Jackfruit Burritos (Vegan)

Give this a try, and if you're into it, I'm happy to feature more jackfruit recipes in the future!

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Broth Love - Nine Vegetable Broths that will Invigorate you from the Inside Out

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My love for good broth is strong. And, now that we've rounded the corner into fall, I thought I'd follow up last week's blender soup recommendations, with a collection of invigorating, vegetable-based power broths. Key word here - power. I like a strong broth, and will argue that there are few things that can make you feel more revitalized than an good one. Nutrient-rich plant-based broths are great to have on hand, and there's no reason not to make XL batches to keep in the freezer. While they're incredible on their own, they're also nice to keep on hand for quick weeknight meals. You can always float a few dumplings, or stuffed pasta in a flavor-packed vegetable broth. Or, use one of these broths as the liquid called for in grains, risottos, or rice dishes. Enjoy! -h

1. Immunity Broth - (101 Cookbooks)
I'm going to kick this off with a favorite, a monster white pepper broth. White pepper with jolts of ginger, and stabs of garlic. I like it just shy of scalding, racing down my throat, sweeping through my sinuses in one boisterous, fragrant swoop. Get the recipe here.

Vegetable Broths that will Invigorate you from the Inside Out

2. Rebecca Katz's Magic Mineral Broth - (Rebecca Katz)
A beautiful master broth from Rebecca. Get the recipe here.

Vegetable Broths that will Invigorate you from the Inside Out

3. Ten Minute Instant Pot Mushroom Broth - (101 Cookbooks)
You can use this Instant Pot mushroom broth a thousand different ways. If you have dried porcini mushrooms, a few cloves of garlic, salt, pepper, and a bit of thyme, you're in business. Get the recipe here.

Vegetable Broths that will Invigorate you from the Inside Out

4. Homemade Vegetable Broth with Buckwheat Pancakes - (Dagmar's Kitchen)
I love love love this concept. Sonja takes a traditional brothy Austrian alpine soup and updates it with this veg-friendly version. A beautiful homemade vegetable broth hosts a tangle of buckwheat pancake strips. Get the recipe here.

Vegetable Broths that will Invigorate you from the Inside Out

5. Dragon Carrot Broth - (Hungry Ghost)
I came across this broth when I was writing this blended soup round-up, and it inspired this follow up post. The one you're reading. Andrea serendipitously comes across this broth after boiling vibrant dragon carrots (for a pie). The liquid remaining in the pot is what you see here. She brilliantly adds a bit of grated ginger, and magic happens - red dragon broth. More details here.

Vegetable Broths that will Invigorate you from the Inside Out

6. Green Curry Broth - (101 Cookbooks)
A beautiful, thin green curry broth, fragrant with garlic, lemongrass, and ginger. With heat from serrano chiles, and zings of tanginess on account of the fresh lime juice. Cumin and coriander seeds keep things grounded, and a flurry of freshly chopped herbs are there to make the sky open up. Get the recipe here.

Vegetable Broths that will Invigorate you from the Inside Out

7. Red Curry Lemongrass Broth - (Love & Lemons)
At first glance, you just know this is good. I use water in place of the vegetable stock called for, and adjust the amount of curry paste to my liking. Or, play around with a homemade curry paste here. Great jumping off point in general! Get the recipe here.

Vegetable Broths that will Invigorate you from the Inside Out


8. Gut-healing Vegetable Broth - (Wallflower Kitchen)
A vibrant, vegan alternative to all the bone broths out there. Keep all your vegetable trimmings throughout the week in a freezer bag, and make a big batch of this on a Sunday. Love that Aimee's broth is mushroom and seaweed boosted. Also(!) play around with the different dried mushrooms you use. They all lend a very distinct flavor and nutrient profile (or create your own blend!)Get the recipe here.

Vegetable Broths that will Invigorate you from the Inside Out

9. Ashley Neeses's Healing Broth - (Ashley Neese)
Ashley uses quite a long list of plants in this broth adding to its depth, and nutritional profile. Don't skip the brightening squeeze of lemon (lime) when serving! Get the recipe here.

Vegetable Broths that will Invigorate you from the Inside Out


Bonus! Japanese Clear Onion Broth - (Living Chirpy)
A reminder of just how good a simple onion broth can be. Get the recipe here.

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Curried Tomato Tortellini Soup

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I installed the Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen app on my phone last year, and it was a real eye opener for a few reasons. The app is actually just a simple checklist of ingredients to incorporate in your daily diet - ideally, every day. Beans, berries, spices, nuts, greens, etc. It's actually not simple. The thing that struck me immediately is the way you need to make every meal (and snack) count if you want to check all the boxes. I found that I needed to have more of a plan than my usual "free-style" approach, as well as an evolved arsenal of go-to recipes. So! The first thing I started doing was incorporating meals that were delicious, satisfying, one-bowl "box-checkers", like this soup. It's a fortifying lentil and tomato-based stew, dotted with plump, tender dumplings, spiked with a range of spices, and boosted with plenty of spinach. It's so delicious, and simple, week-night friendly, and great for leftovers. Also, no shame in using frozen spinach, here. It cuts the already minimal prep time here down to near nothing. Enjoy!

Curried Tomato Tortellini Soup

There are a bunch of other whole food plant-based "box checker" recipes here as well, and throughout the archives.

Curried Tomato Tortellini Soup

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17 of the Easiest Dinners on 101 Cookbooks

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A collection of the easiest dinners on 101 Cookbooks. These are some of my personal favorites - the ones that are super weeknight-friendly, with reasonable ingredient lists. And I'm pulling some long-time favorites from deep in the archives. I'll update and add to it over time with bonus recipes. Enjoy!

1. Pasta with Baby Kale, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, and Pesto -
Literally, just six ingredients in this awesome pasta bowl. Get the recipe here.

17 of the Easiest Dinners on 101 Cookbooks

2. Golden-crusted Sesame Seeded Tofu -
In the April 1998 issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine there was a recipe for Sesame Asparagus and Tofu. I ripped it out, and cooked it a hundred times in the twenty years since. Get the recipe here.

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3. Spicy Tahini Noodles with Roasted Vegetables -
This is my favorite kind of weeknight meal. Noodles tossed with a quick sauce, topped with an abundance of vegetables, and kissed with chile feistiness courtesy of the condiment shelf. Get the recipe here.

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4. Instant Pot Mushroom Stroganoff with Vodka -
My most popular Instant Pot recipe. Make this stroganoff your dinner tonight, seriously! Made with caraway-spiked vodka, and a hearty mushroom base, you get all of what you love about mushroom stroganoff, without the all the butter and cream. Get the recipe here.

17 of the Easiest Dinners on 101 Cookbooks

5. Mushroom Scallion Tartine with Poblano Yogurt -
A substantial, delicious, mushroom sheet pan sandwich recipe. You roast a bunch of mushrooms and scallions in a hot oven, whip up a simple poblano yogurt while those are roasting. So good! Get the recipe here.

17 of the Easiest Dinners on 101 Cookbooks

6. Last Minute Red Lasagna -
This is a true weeknight lasagna. No pre-cooking sauces, no pre-cooking noodles. You, literally, stir the first five ingredients together into a vibrant crushed tomato sauce, and start layering. Get the recipe here.

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7. Quick Vegan Enchiladas with Sweet Potato Sauce -
Knock-out delicious, you'll have these in the oven in less that ten minutes, They're also a healthful alternative to all the heavy cheese versions out there. With black beans, sweet potatoes, and a stealthy turmeric boost. Get the recipe here.

17 of the Easiest Dinners on 101 Cookbooks

8. Garlic Lime Lettuce Wraps -
I love these! Ginger and garlic tempeh rice, folded into lime-spiked lettuce wraps with lots of herbs, cucumber, and carrots. A one-pan meal that comes together in no time! Get the recipe here.

17 of the Easiest Dinners on 101 Cookbooks

9. Hazelnut Chard Ravioli Salad -
Plump raviolis tossed with toasted hazelnuts, lemony chard, and caramelized onions are at the heart of this ravioli salad recipe. The colorful platter is finished off with a dusting of cheese, snipped chives, and lemon zest. You can prepare most of the components ahead of time. Get the recipe here.

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10. Ultimate Vegan Nachos -
When you need a nacho fix, this is how you should roll. At least once. Nachos are always a crowd pleaser, and this is no exception. Oozy, cheesy, loaded vegan nachos everyone loves. Get the recipe here.

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11. Harissa Spaghettini -
I link to this whenever possible. Eight ingredients - most of which you definitely have on hand, between you and this flavor-punched tangle of kale-flecked goodness. That harissa in your refrigerator? This needs to be its destiny. Get the recipe here.

17 of the Easiest Dinners on 101 Cookbooks

12. Classic Stuffed Shells -
Everyone loves these. The best part about stuffed shells is that you can prepare them days ahead of time. These are topped with red sauce, and filled with ricotta. Crowd pleaser for kids & adults. Get the recipe here.

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13. Weeknight Ponzu Pasta -
This is the pasta preparation to make when you want to keep it light, clean, and healthy. Lots of bright green broccoli, green beans, garlic, and pasta tossed with a simple ponzu sauce. Trade in roasted winter squash as the seasons shift from away from tomatoes. Get the recipe here.

17 of the Easiest Dinners on 101 Cookbooks

14. Walnut Strozzapreti -
Inspired by Mona Talbott's recipe in the new Coco cookbook, a pounded walnut pesto with marjoram and parsley, tossedwith farro pasta and Pecorino cheese. Get the recipe here.

17 of the Easiest Dinners on 101 Cookbooks

15. 10 Minute Instant Pot Mushroom Broth -
You can use this Instant Pot mushroom broth a thousand different ways. If you have dried porcini mushrooms, a few cloves of garlic, salt, pepper, and a bit of thyme, you're in business. This broth, your favorite pasta, and whatever toppings you have on hand make an A+ on-the-fly meal! Get the recipe here.

17 of the Easiest Dinners on 101 Cookbooks

16. Quick Shredded Tofu Stir-fry -
This is a snappy little stir-fry, it comes together in a flash, and is the perfect way to kick off the new year. Use it as a spring roll or lettuce wrap filling as well! Get the recipe here.

17 of the Easiest Dinners on 101 Cookbooks

17. Orange Pan-glazed Tempeh -
This is a snappy little stir-fry, it comes together in a flash, and is the perfect way to kick off the new year. Use it as a spring roll or lettuce wrap filling as well! Get the recipe here.

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Meyer Lemon Focaccia with Hemp Seeds and Herbs

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You can make this. I promise. Even if you don't think you're much of a baker. It's a golden crusted focaccia draped with whisper thin rounds of Meyer lemon, studded with black olives, and a showered with sliced almonds. The dough is herb-flecked with a generous boost of hemp seeds, and a percentage of rye flour if you happen to have some on hand. It's the same one I posted to my Instagram feed. I've been on a bit of a focaccia bender lately after making Nigel Slater's Cranberry Focaccia for New Years Eve (from The Christmas Chronicles). I forgot how simple and satisfying it is to make, and all the different ways you can top it based on what you have around the kitchen.

Meyer Lemon Focaccia with Hemp Seeds and Herbs

The pre-bake: The shot above is what the focaccia looks like prior to baking. I used an enamelled cast-iron baking pan, but(!) you can absolutely make the focaccia free-form (just shape it on a standard baking sheet). A third option is a cast iron skillet. I baked the last version I did in a 9-inch cast iron skillet. Experiment and have fun with it!

Meyer Lemon Focaccia with Hemp Seeds and Herbs

Meyer Lemon Focaccia with Hemp Seeds and Herbs

The yeast: This recipe calls for instant yeast, and I'm including a shot of the exact yeast I used for reference below. You can add it directly to the dough. Different than active dry yeast.

Meyer Lemon Focaccia with Hemp Seeds and Herbs

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13 Inspiring Instagrammers to Follow for Healthy, Feel-Good Food

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I'm so excited about this post, I'm not sure why I didn't do it sooner! I love being able to use my site not only to share the recipes I'm excited about cooking, but to highlight other cooks who inspire me. Many of them have Instagram accounts, so I thought I'd pull together a list of a few favorites. My hope is that they'll all inspire you to want to jump into the kitchen. They tend to celebrate lots of plants and vegetables, and generally integrate food, cooking, balance, and wellness into their lives in a way that inspires others. I actually have a much longer list, so think of this as the first installment. And, if you're into it, I'll share more!

13 Inspiring Instagrammers to Follow for Healthful, Feel-Good Food - Ellen Fisher / @ellenfisher - I love this family. Watching the kids grow up on Ellen's You Tube channel has been amazing, their love for good food and nature from the time they were tiny is inspiring to all. One love! :)!

13 Inspiring Instagrammers to Follow for Healthful, Feel-Good Food- Alaina Sullivan / @alasully - She's on design over at Bon Appétit Magazine, but she's actually one of my favorite cooks to watch.

13 Inspiring Instagrammers to Follow for Healthful, Feel-Good Food- Candice Kumai / @candicekumai/ - Excited for her new book! - Kintsugi Wellness: The Japanese Art of Nourishing Mind, Body, and Spirit

13 Inspiring Instagrammers to Follow for Healthful, Feel-Good Food - Heidi Swanson / @heidijswanson - My Instagram, just in case you're not already following!

13 Inspiring Instagrammers to Follow for Healthful, Feel-Good Food- ABCVNYC / @abcvnyc - Top of my list the next time I'm in NYC. I just wish they posted more! :)

13 Inspiring Instagrammers to Follow for Healthful, Feel-Good Food - Andy Baraghani / @andybaraghani - I met Andy at a dinner at David Tanis's house a few days days before he started as Senior Food Editor at Bon Appétit Magazine and I couldn't wait to see what he'd be up to. He's just got that je ne sais quoi, and his recipes are are, so often, exactly what you want to be eating. Color, texture, flavor - he's just one of those cooks who has the good spidey sense.

13 Inspiring Instagrammers to Follow for Healthful, Feel-Good Food - Beatrice Valenzuela / @beatricevalenzuela - Known for her clothing, shoe, and jewelry designs, Beatrice is actually one of my favorite cooks to watch. Catch glimpses through her watch Insta-stories for a peek into her Echo Park kitchen & life.

13 Inspiring Instagrammers to Follow for Healthful, Feel-Good Food- Botanica / @botanicafood - The Instagram feed for Botanica Food & Market in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. If you can't be there, you can at least see what is coming out of the kitchen ;)...

13 Inspiring Instagrammers to Follow for Healthful, Feel-Good Food - Camille Becerra / @camillebecerra - Chef at DeMaria in New York, all around inspiring person. Only wish Camille was West Coast :)!

13 Inspiring Instagrammers to Follow for Healthful, Feel-Good Food - INDAY / @inday_nyc - Energizing Food + Good Karma, wish there was an INDAY in San Francisco.

13 Inspiring Instagrammers to Follow for Healthful, Feel-Good Food - Nourished Journal / @nourishedjournal - a great wellness gateway with lots of wonderful profiles - for ex: alaalison, allylwalsh, and mynewroots.

13 Inspiring Instagrammers to Follow for Healthful, Feel-Good Food - Sprouted Kitchen / @sproutedkitchen - Real life, real food. Love Sara.

13 Inspiring Instagrammers to Follow for Healthful, Feel-Good Food - Anna Jones / @we_are_food - One of my favorite U.K. cookbook authors.

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Creamy Four Ingredient Chili Mac (Instant Pot / Conventional)

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Chili mac is a thing. And I suspect it's a thing for a few good reasons. Namely, it's a family-friendly dinner solution, something nearly everyone can get behind. Chili + macaroni, what's not to like? I decided to a take a stab at it last week, in part because I was working on this Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili with Kahlua, and I had to go a few rounds to get it just right. So much leftover chili. So much. This chili mac combines four ingredients: your favorite chili, a beer (or broth), elbow pasta, and a splash of cashew, coconut milk, or other nut milk. It's as healthful as the chili you use. The last thing I'll say before jumping into the recipe is this, I know of no other dinner that takes less effort than the Instant Pot version of this. It's literally for nights when calling in take-out takes too long, and is too much effort. Seriously.

Creamy Four Ingredient Chili Mac

Pile on toppings to boost the chili mac nutritionally, and to flair it out in general. I mean, treat it like a taco bar, or a chili bar - anything you would on those things is fair game here. Also, if you don't have leftover chili on hand - a good canned chili will absolutely work here. I'll put some related thoughts in the head notes.

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