I love my Instant Pot. I have to say that it is now perhaps my second favourite appliance, next to the Vitamix of course. I love the fact that it does so many things. It's a slow cooker, yogurt maker, a pressure cooker and just a regular saucepan. I use the IP more often than the stove these days and the reason I do, may or may not be because I can see the TV when cooking. 😇
This recipe is a total winner. I found a non-vegan recipe for split pea and ham soup and basically just veganised it by substituting the ham and ham bone for liquid smoke and really making sure there is a lot of flavour with spices and stock. I have made it 4 times in one week and Seb loves it. There are some recipe notes at the bottom, so make sure you check them out to save even more time. No Instant Pot? No worries. Regular stove top instructions available.
1 large onion chopped
3 large carrots diced
3 stalks of celery chopped
2 cups of split peas
4 cloves garlic
6 cups of water or vegetable stock
3 bay leaves
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp of pepper
1/4 cup of nutritional yeast
1 tsp liquid smoke
Add the carrot, celery and onion, stock, split peas, garlic and bay leaves to the Instant Pot. Using the manual setting, set at high pressure for 5 minutes. It doesn't matter if you use a quick release or natural release. Take out any bay leaves. Stir in the nutritional yeast and the liquid smoke. Serve as is or add some sour cream and herbs on top.
I had, what I call, my awakening thanks to Brighde Reed. I never felt good about eating meat, but I continued to do so because "it's part of the natural food chain", or "we need protein"... things so ingrained in many of our heads since childhood. A few inquisitive questions to Brighde, quite simply, changed everything. She helped me see that we humans can actually live a healthier life on a plant based diet. I had no more excuses. What made changing my ways so easy, though, was how Brighde opened my eyes to the fact that a Vegan diet isn't so much about the things you can't eat, but more about the things you can! I've never had so much fun in the kitchen, making and creating things I thought I'd have to give up, impressing people with delicious food that's, *gasp*... vegan!