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Enjoy the Winter Season With Chewy Vegan, Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

Most of the gingerbread we ate during the holidays tended to be kind of dry and stale. This is a shame, because gingerbread cookies, cooked properly, are simply awesome.

We recently discovered a recipe for a chewy variety. They’re crisp on the outside, but melt-in-your-mouth soft on the inside. We added vegan chocolate chips for an additional flavor sensation. You can bake these cookies without chocolate chips if you desire. They taste great either way.

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon flax seeds, soaked in 3 tablespoons water
2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup gluten-free pastry flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon sea salt (not the iodized variety)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup softened coconut oil
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
1/4 cup turbinado sugar (for rolling)
3/4 cup unsweetened dark chocolate chips (optional — check label and make sure there is no dairy)

INSTRUCTIONS

Stir flax seeds and water together in a small bowl and let the mixture sit for about 15 minutes until the seeds swell and most of the liquid is absorbed. Meanwhile, mix the two flours, spices, baking soda and salt together in a medium-sized bowl.

In a separate, larger bowl, stir together the molasses, coconut sugar, flax mixture, vanilla extract, grated ginger, and chocolate chips. Ladle the wet mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients, a little bit at a time. Your batter should be moist but not runny.

Place the bowl into the refrigerator and chill for about half an hour. Remove from refrigerator. One at a time, using a large spoon, scoop out dough pieces from the bowl’s interior. They should be about 1 1/2 teaspoons in diameter. Form each one into a loose ball. Sprinkle a layer of turbinado sugar on cutting board. Roll the dough balls around in the sugar until each one is thoroughly coated. Position them a couple of inches apart on a cookie sheet, greased with coconut oil or vegan butter (such as Earth Balance).

Place cookie sheet in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes. The chilled dough will create a nice, crackly texture across the top of your cookies after you pop them into the oven. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes. Your cookies won’t get much bigger, so they won’t take long. Be careful not to burn them!

Makes about two dozen. Try to eat dinner before you dig into these cookies, so you won’t eat so many. They keep well, securely covered, for 4-5 days, but will be gone way before then. Enjoy!

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Vegan, Gluten-Free Cauliflower/Celery Root Mash is Like Mashed Potatoes, Only Better

Winter is a wonderful time for this nourishing dish. It’s creamy and filling, like mashed potatoes, but much yummier and more nutritious! Brewer’s yeast, cauliflower, and celery root are packed with vitamins, and the flavor is slightly sweet, with a bit of a tang.

You’ll be scooping this mash out of your blender or food processor for little tastes before you can even pour it into a bowl. And it’s so simple and inexpensive to make, with only seven ingredients.

INGREDIENTS

1 head cauliflower (about 2 pounds), cut into florets
1 celery root (celeriac) (about 1 pound), cut into one-inch chunks
1/2 cup vegetable broth or water
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
4 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons nutritional (brewer’s) yeast

OPTIONAL GARNISHES

Drizzle of olive oi
chopped thyme

DIRECTIONS

Peel the celery root and either compost the skin or save it for stock. Chop into one-inch chunks and set aside. Mince 2-4 cloves of garlic, and chop the cauliflower head into bite-sized florets. Place these ingredients into a large frying pan with two tablespoons of olive oil. Fry on medium heat setting for approximately ten minutes.

Add 1/2 cup vegetable broth or water and turn down the heat. Cover the pan and simmer for approximately 20-30 minutes until the celery root and cauliflower are tender. Check occasionally to make sure there is enough liquid. Add more if necessary. Remove pan from stovetop and allow its contents to cool for a few minutes.

Pour the mixture into a blender or food processor. Add salt and pepper to taste, nutritional yeast, and a tiny bit more vegetable broth or water. Blend until nice and creamy.

Transfer the contents into a large bowl. Add two tablespoons of olive oil and stir. Garnish with bits of chopped thyme. Eat this concoction warm, and you’ll be in heaven. You can add a bit more olive oil or Earth Balance to the top for additional richness. This mash is also great as a cold dip with gluten-free bread, crackers, carrot sticks, avocado slices, etc. It’s so versatile! Feel free to experiment.

Serves four people. Everyone will rave about this yummy side dish. It keeps well in the refrigerator for 3-4 days and tastes just as great reheated as it did on the first day. You’ll never go back to plain mashed potatoes or look at cauliflower in the same way again. Or celery root, for that matter. We just love this dish, and feel confident that you will, as well.

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Ridiculously Easy Vegan, Gluten Free Ramen Soup in the Instant Pot

Here’s another very easy (3 ingredient!) recipe for when you are either hungry, or sick, or both, this time for delicious vegan, gluten free ramen in the Instant Pot! And if you’re wondering how to cook ramen in the Instant Pot, you’re at the right place.

As I mentioned in both the posts for the easy coconut ginger lime soup recipe and the cold killer Brahmastra juice recipe, we’ve been sick here. So we’ve been existing on soups, and they have to be easy, because neither one of us really has the will, let alone the strength, to actually cook. And one day we were low on ingredients, and I thought “Hrrmmm..what can I make with what we have here?” (Because there was no way that either of us were in condition to drive to the store.) “What we had here” was broth, and ramen. And an Instant Pot. And so this recipe was born, truly out of necessity.

And it was so delicious that we wanted it again and again, and eventually we ran out of broth! So I looked around again, and found an old package of vegan bullion. I was dubious, but desperate, and guess what! It was just as delicious

I actually feel a bit guilty even calling this a “recipe”, because it’s so simple, and was so obvious to me. But I posted it over in our vegan Instant Pot recipes group on Facebook (now with over 26,000 members from all around the world!), and on our Vegan Costco Facebook group (because the ramen I used is from Costco), and the response was so enthusiastic that I figured that I had better write it up!

We get our ramen at Costco and it’s awesome. It’s the organic millet and brown rice ramen from Lotus foods, and it’s gluten-free and vegan and delicious! And you get 12 ramen noodle bricks for just $7.99! Thrive Market sells a 4-pack for $6.15! (Well, $4.79 if you get it on sale there) and on Amazon the same 12-pack sells for $17.70! The ingredients in the Lotus Foods ramen are (and only are):

Organic Brown Rice Flour, Organic Millet, Organic White Rice Flour

So you can see why we like it, and why we get it at Costco! But that said, I’m sure that any cake of dried ramen noodles will do!

Anyways, here’s our recipe (if you can call it that :~) ) for this delicious ramen soup in the Instant Pot (I figure that you know how to cook ramen on the stove top, it’s figuring out the instructions for the Instant Pot that was tricky).

Ridiculously Easy Vegan, Gluten-Free Ramen Soup in the Instant Pot

Ingredients

2 cups of vegetable broth (we like Imagine and Pacific brands) or 2 cups of water and a vegan bullion cube (we love the Edwards & Sons gluten-free, vegan bullion cubes!)
1 brick / cake / whatever you want to call it ramen

Directions

Place the broth in the Instant Pot (if you are using water and a bullion cube, put the water but not the bullion cube in the Instant Pot).

Next place the ramen in the pot. Do not break it up, place the whole brick of ramen in there.

If you are using a bullion cube, now is the time to put it in the Instant Pot, next to (not under and not on top of) the ramen.

Lock the lid on your Instant Pot, close the pressure valve, and set to 3 minutes manual pressure.

When the three minutes is up do a quick release (QR). You do not want to natural release the pressure, as the ramen will get nasty.

Once the pressure is released, open your Instant Pot, and with a fork in each hand, tease the ramen apart. Don’t freak out because when you first open the pot it will look like you have just made yourself a solid cake of ramen floating in broth; I promise you that the ramen will come apart easily with the ‘teasing-apart-with-a-fork-in-each-hand’ method.

Serve, slurp, and enjoy!

Ridiculously Easy Vegan, Gluten Free Ramen Soup in the Instant Pot

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Easy Coconut Ginger Lime Soup – Vegan, Gluten-Free and Includes Instant Pot Directions

This recipe for easy Thai-inspired coconut ginger lime soup came about almost as an afterthought. We’ve been sick here in the HGFV household, and so we have been drinking a lot of cold-killing Brahmastra juice. Which means that we have a lot of fresh ginger around.

A few days ago, thinking about what to do with all of this fresh ginger (we had nearly two pounds of it!), I suddenly got a hankering for a Thai-type coconut lime ginger soup.

That’s a whole lot of fresh ginger!
fresh ginger

I was also still super-sick, so it had to not only satisfy my hankering, but be so easy to make that it would almost make itself.

That’s when I realized that I had an open container of So Delicious organic unsweetened coconut milk ‘beverage’ in the fridge, and my already fevered brain went full speed at a feverish pitch. I already had limes and, of course ginger.

So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage
so delicous coconut milk beverage

A bit of vegetable broth, a dash of salt, and a handful of fresh cilantro, and we were in business!

Now, I like to experiment, and I am always prepared for my experiments to turn out less than ideal (read as “awful”). To be perfectly honest, I didn’t really have much hope for this, because I know that authentic Thai soups use full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream, often use kaffir lime, and lemongrass. Plus, it’s coconut milk beverage for goodness sake, how good could it turn out? Yeah, I was pretty sure it was going to turn out awful.

But I didn’t care, it was an experiment. Plus, I still (almost) always will eat my own experiments, I just wont inflict them on others. :~)

So I took two cups of the So Delicious coconut milk beverage, and two cups of vegetable broth, added about four inches of the ginger root, peeled and cut in strips, and a handful of fresh cilantro leaves, and chucked them all in my Instant Pot with a dash of salt (don’t worry, I include stove-top instructions below too :~) ). When it was done cooking (see instructions below) I squeezed the juice of a lime into it, stirred it, and tasted it.

Holy cow! I think this stuff tastes pretty good!

But the real test was my guy. He’s kind, but will also let me know if he doesn’t like something (pretty much the best combination an experimenting cook can have in a guy!)

He took a sip and said, and I quote:

“Superb!”

With that stamp of approval I present to you, without further ado, the recipe and instructions for this delicious (and very low calorie! The coconut milk beverage has only 45 calories per cup, and the broth only 15 calories per cup!) Thai-inspired coconut ginger lime soup!

Easy Coconut Ginger Lime Soup

Ingredients

2 cups unsweetened coconut milk beverage (the kind in a box, not in a can, that’s something different!)
2 cups vegetable broth (we really like the Imagine “No Chicken” broth)
4 inches of fresh ginger, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch strips
Handful of fresh cilantro leaves
Dash salt
Juice of 1 fresh lime

Stove Top Directions (See below for Instant Pot directions)

Put coconut milk beverage, broth, ginger, cilantro, and salt in a sauce pan. Bring to a low boil, lower heat, and simmer for 20 minutes to one-half hour.

Remove from heat, stir in lime juice, and serve.

Instant Pot Directions

Put coconut milk beverage, broth, ginger, cilantro, and salt in Instant Pot, close and lock lid, and set to Manual for 15 minutes.

Let natural pressure release (“NPR”).

Remove lid, stir in lime juice and serve.

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Delectable Butternut Squash and Black Bean Tacos With Vegan Cream Cheese/Jalapeno/Avocado Topping

Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly how to cook butternut squash. Sure, you can bake it, but what else can a person do? We recently discovered a butternut squash-based taco recipe that is so delicious we’re still salivating over our meal, hours later. The addition of whipped vegan cream cheese with avocado and fresh jalapeno makes this dish a total winner. And it’s so easy to make! The hardest part is cutting the skins off the squash. But persevere with the task, because the end result will be worth it.

INGREDIENTS

1 medium-sized butternut squash, de-skinned and cut into small chunks
2 tablespoons avocado oil
1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon powdered garlic
8 ounces vegan cream cheese (we’re wild about Kite Hill, due to its smooth, creamy texture. But you can use any kind).
1 small avocado, chopped into small chunks
1/2 small jalapeno pepper, chopped into bits
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
soft, gluten-free corn tortillas (check package to make sure there’s no wheat)
1 can or 2 1/2 cups black beans, rinsed
sliced scallions
chopped lettuce or arugula

INSTRUCTIONS

Chop the butternut squash into small chunks and cut off the skins. Place the chunks into a medium-sized-bowl with the spices and avocado oil, and toss until all pieces are completely coated with the mixture. Spread the chunks on a cookie sheet and bake in a 425 degree oven for approximately 25 minutes. The pieces should be soft, but not mushy.

Meanwhile, prepare your topping. Pour the vegan cream cheese, lime juice, jalapeno bits, and avocado into a blender or food processor and combine until your mixture achieves a frothy, whipped texture. Add a little extra lime juice if it’s too stiff.

Heat your tortillas in the oven and your beans on the stovetop. When both are warm, pile the tortillas on plates. Ladle on the beans first, and then follow with the spicy butternut squash chunks, the cream cheese/jalapeno/avocado mixture, and finally the chopped scallions and lettuce bits. Have a seat at the table and dig in!

This incredible meal serves about four people. If you use a larger squash, maybe 6. But be careful — no one will be able to stop eating these tacos! They pair well with gluten-free beer or wine, or any other beverage of your choice. Leftovers keep in your refrigerator for 3-4 days. We’re already fantasizing about the lunch we’re going to have tomorrow. You’ll never look at butternut squash in the same way again.

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Warm Your Insides With Vegan, Gluten-Free Cream of Potato and Broccoli Soup

We don’t know what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, but it’s cold and gloomy here. The skies are pitch-black by 5:00 PM, and we do whatever we can to stay warm. Nothing soothes you more on a cold December evening than a bowl of creamy potato/broccoli soup.

The texture is like manna for the throat, and the robust, yet delicate flavor comforts as it fills you up. Invite some friends over for a soup party! Everyone will rave about this delicious meal.

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon olive oil
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 cups finely chopped broccoli
1 yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 russet potatoes, chopped (You can leave skins on or take them off. Personally, we like to leave them on).
4 cups vegetable broth (check labels for gluten)
1 cup full-fat coconut milk
Sea salt to taste

OPTIONAL TOPPING INGREDIENTS

chopped scallions
chopped chives
fresh ground pepper
sriracha sauce
broccoli croutons

INSTRUCTIONS

Heat the olive oil in a large soup pan and pour in the celery, garlic, onion, and broccoli pieces. Fry at medium heat setting until the ingredients are just beginning to turn brown. Add the chopped potatoes, sea salt, and vegetable broth. Stir, and then cover the pan. Simmer the mixture for approximately half an hour until all the vegetables are soft. You should be able to stick a fork in the potato slices with no problem, but don’t overcook them.

[INSTANT POT DIRECTIONS: Saute the celery, garlic, onion, and broccoli pieces in your Instant Pot until they start to brown, add potatoes, salt and vegetable broth, and cook manual, high pressure, 5 minutes. Let natural pressure release for 10 minutes and then quick release.]

Pour mixture into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. You will have a large amount of soup, so you’ll need to do 2-3 separate batches. When you’re done with one batch, pour it into a large bowl and start another. The soup’s texture should be thick and creamy.

But wait, you’re not done! Here comes the best part: pour a cup of full-fat coconut milk into the bowl with the soup and stir until everything is thoroughly combined. Pour the soup into separate bowls and garnish with sriracha, chopped chives, chopped scallions, and/or fresh black pepper. If you’d like to make broccoli croutons, just fry a few chopped broccoli florets in olive oil and sea salt until they’re nice and crispy. Remove florets from the pan, let them drain and cool, and toss them on top of your soup!

Serves 4-6 delighted guests. This soup can be served on its own, or with a side salad and/or a loaf of gluten-free bread. It keeps well in the refrigerator for 3-4 days and tastes even better reheated. Yum! Now you’re ready to bundle up and face the cold winds.

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Gluten-Free, Apple Cupcakes Taste Divine With Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

You’re going to flip your lid when you bite into one of these moist, tasty apple cupcakes. They contain both applesauce and grated apples, so they’re ultra-dense and rich. Grocery stores carry a variety of different vegan cream cheese products, but our go-to favorite is Kite Hill. It’s a bit spendy compared to other brands, but worth every penny. These muffins are perfect for the holidays, since they contain cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Heavenly!

CUPCAKE INGREDIENTS
2 cups gluten-free pastry flour
1/2 cup coconut sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup avocado oil
1 cup grated apple, lightly packed

FROSTING INGREDIENTS

8 ounces vegan cream cheese (such as Kite Hill)
3/4 cup organic powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon grated ginger (try it fresh for a flavor kick!)
1/3 teaspoon powdered nutmeg

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Stir them together thoroughly and set the bowl aside. Mix the wet ingredients in a separate, smaller bowl. Slowly pour them into the larger bowl with the dry ingredients, stirring until you’ve formed a nice batter. The texture should be smooth but not runny. Add the grated apple and stir for a little while longer.

Pour batter into cupcake tins. You can either place paper liners in the tin, or grease them with vegan butter or extra avocado oil. If you choose the latter option, don’t use too much oil, because these cupcakes will be dense and moist. Place the tin in the oven and bake for approximately 25 minutes, or until a fork inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove the cupcakes from the oven, and allow them to cool for approximately 15 minutes. Meanwhile, whip up the frosting by combining all ingredients and whisking them until they’re smooth and creamy. Spread the frosting along the top of each cupcake, swirling until the surface is smooth. If you can restrain yourself, allow the frosting to set for a few more minutes before you dig in.

Makes twelve cupcakes. Try to avoid eating them all at once. The cupcakes won’t rise much while baking, so they’ll be small. Yet they pack a wallop, so be careful! Needless to say, the addition of so much sugar means that these cupcakes are not a great diet food. But it’s the holiday season, so who cares? You can make your resolutions next year.

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Our Vegan, Gluten-Free Hearty Lentil and Mushroom Shepherd’s Pie is a Winter Feast

Brrrrrr! It’s getting cold outside, and we’re craving comfort food! Shepherd’s Pie is an excellent meal for these chilly nights. It’s packed full of lentils and potatoes, combined with mushrooms and spinach, and served on top of gluten-free breadcrumbs. We made this hearty offering as a main dish for our recent Thanksgiving dinner, but it’s also perfect for the December holidays. You’ll feel pleasantly full in no time, ready to brave the cold winds.

INGREDIENTS

8 russet potatoes
2 tablespoons vegan butter or margarine, such as Earth Balance
1/2 cup rice milk
Sea salt to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cups cremini mushrooms, chopped
3 1/2 cups cooked lentils with a bit of leftover liquid
2 tablespoons dry red wine (optional)
1-2 tablespoons tamari (Don’t use soy sauce, as it contains wheat)
2 tablespoons seasoning blend (We used Bragg, with great results)
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
fresh ground pepper to taste
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup spinach or arugula leaves
1 cup fresh gluten-free breadcrumbs
Dried oregano for topping

INSTRUCTIONS

Boil the potatoes until soft and remove the skins. Mash the potatoes in a large bowl with the rice milk and vegan butter or margarine. Cover your mixture and set aside.

Sauté the onions in olive oil in a medium-sized frying pan. Cast iron is best. When the onions are translucent, add the garlic and mushrooms and continue sautéing until they are golden and the mushrooms are cooked through, but not mushy.

Add the lentils and their liquid and simmer. Stir in the optional wine, tamari, seasoning blend, thyme, and pepper. Cook for about five minutes on medium heat, then add cornstarch. Toss in spinach and cook until the leaves are just beginning to wilt. Continue stirring until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Scatter the breadcrumbs across the bottom of a two-quart baking dish. Ladle the lentil mixture inside, smoothing it to make sure the surface is even and free from lumps. Spread the potato mixture across the top and sprinkle with a bit of additional thyme and/or oregano.

Bake in a pre-heated, 400-degree oven for 30-35 minutes. The edges of the potato mixture should be browned and slightly crispy. Cut into wedges and serve! This dish is great with a salad or a variety of other holiday or non-holiday sides. Serves about 8 hungry guests. You can refrigerate any leftovers in a secure container for up to three days. Happy winter, and be sure to stay warm out there!

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Dried Cranberries and Hazelnuts For Your Holiday Feast

Many of us have unpleasant childhood memories of being forced to eat Brussels sprouts. Such a mindset is unfortunate because, cooked properly, this cruciferous vegetable is both tasty and nutritious. Many chefs are beginning to appreciate the flavor of the oft-maligned Brussels sprout, so the tide is slowly turning in its favor. Our delicious vegan, gluten-free recipe utilizes dried cranberries, orange zest and toasted hazelnuts to create a taste sensation. You’ll be proud to showcase this offering on your Thanksgiving table. It’s crunchy yet tender, with a hint of sweetness, and packed full of vitamins. The hazelnuts add a bit of protein to our elegant side dish. Yum!

INGREDIENTS

2 pounds Brussels sprouts, with excess peels and stems removed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup roasted, chopped hazelnuts
zest of one orange

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Wash the Brussels sprouts thoroughly, then cut them in half and chop off the stems. Arrange the Brussels sprouts on a cookie sheet or large rectangular pan and toss them with olive oil, salt, and black pepper. Place the cookie sheet or pan in oven and roast for about 20 minutes. Flip the Brussels sprouts periodically with a spatula, then return the pan to the oven. They should achieve a lovely brown color.

Meanwhile, either roast the hazelnuts in your oven in a separate pan, or fry them on your stovetop in a small amount of olive oil. Do not burn them! Remove the hazelnuts from pan and crush them into coarse chunks. Grate the skin of one orange into a bowl to make zest. Toss the hazelnuts, orange zest, and dried cranberries in with the Brussels sprouts and combine everything thoroughly.

Return the pan to your oven and roast for another 5-10 minutes. The Brussels sprouts will achieve a dark brown hue and be slightly crunchy on the outside, but soft on the inside. Remove your concoction from the oven and place the contents into a festive bowl. Give them another toss or two and serve!

This dish pairs well with just about anything you’d like to serve for a holiday meal — squash, pumpkin pie, lentil loaf, sweet potatoes, etc. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination. It serves 4-6 guests, depending on everyone’s hunger level, and keeps well in the refrigerator for up to four days. Happy feasting, and enjoy your holiday, no matter what you celebrate.

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Gluten-Free Vegan Vichyssoise for National Vichyssoise Day (Includes Instant Pot Directions)

This vegan vichyssoise is naturally gluten-free, and just in time for National Vichyssoise Day! Of course, vichyssoise is also known as potato leek soup, because, well, it’s primarily made with potatoes and leeks! But it is also often made with butter and cream, which are decidedly not vegan. This vegan version is just as full flavored, and easy to make!

This soup can be served either hot, or, as is more traditional, chilled.

Gluten-Free Vegan Vichyssoise for National Vichyssoise Day

Note that these measurements are guidelines; people’s vichyssoise tastes vary – some like it more potatoey, some like it more leeky, some thicker, some thinner, some creamier, some less creamy. Play around with this until you have it just the way you like it.

2 to 3 leeks, thinly sliced (only the white and palest green part)
4 potatoes – we use 2 russet and 2 yukon gold to give it a buttery flavor
4 cups vegetable broth or vegan “no chicken” chicken broth
1 cup unsweetened vegan creamer such as Nut Pods or Ripple OR full-fat coconut milk
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons vegan butter such as Earth Balance (optional)
salt to taste
pepper to taste

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, and saute the leeks until they are tender. Add in all of the rest of the ingredients except the cream, and simmer, covered, until potatoes are very soft, about 15-20 minutes.

Remove from heat, and with a stick blender puree everything (this is where you would add the vegan butter if you are using it), slowly pouring in the cream until the desired consistency and level of creaminess. If you don’t have a stick blender, let the mixture cool a bit and then put it in a blender or food processor.

If you are going to serve it warm, serve immediately, topped with chopped chives (optional). Otherwise chill, covered, in the refrigerator, until cold.

Instant Pot Directions

Heat olive oil in Instant Pot using Saute – Low. Add leeks and saute until tender. Turn Instant Pot off, and add in all of the rest of the ingredients except the cream. Lock on lid, and cook on Manual 5 minutes. Quick release, open the Instant pot, and puree the contents with a stick blender (add in the vegan butter here if you are using it), slowly pouring in the cream until it achieves the desired consistency. If you don’t have a stick blender, let the mixture cool a bit and then put it in a blender or food processor.

This makes a yummy lunch served with a salad and a gluten-free baguette. It also makes a lovely first course for dinner.

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