It’s been a while since I’ve posted on my website. I needed some solitude to evaluate what direction I wanted to take with it.
I’ve learned so much from the past year about how to go vegan. It hasn’t been easy, but I do feel that I’ve learned quite a bit about nutrition and navigating social situations (i.e. birthday parties, holidays, etc.) Just this one simple choice to eat a diet full of fresh, vibrant plant foods has had positive impacts not only on me, but the the people around me as well.
I now work part-time at our local food Coop as a produce stocker. It’s been life changing. I’ve come to realize how passionate I am about amazingly delicious fruits and vegetables, which we usually walk by without a second thought. I love sharing the flavors of blood oranges or bahri dates with you. I love hearing about inspiring cookbooks and recipes your making for dinner. I love hearing about what your favorite fruit is and why.
But most of all, what I’m learning is to focus my energy on the things that I love. I love plant based foods. I love the way I feel when I eat them. I love that no animals are harmed or exploited. I love that we can reduce our collective carbon footprint. I love that the world is waking up (slowly but surely). I love our beautiful, fragile planet. I love my daughter and the children of our world and I will do whatever I can to ensure that there is clean water, air and land for future generations.
ANYWAYS! Something I’ve been making a lot of lately is applesauce. I received an Instant Pot from my parents for the holidays (thank you!!!) and in all honesty, felt intimidated and nervous about using it. Out of curiosity I looked up an Instant Pot apple sauce recipe from tastesbetterfromscratch.com and saw that it would take 8 minutes of time in the pressure cooker which quite honestly blew my mind. 8 minutes!? It had been taking me 4-6 hours to make applesauce in the the crock pot (which is still great to use when you have more time! But when you have a 2 year old to take care of… time is of the essence!)
So, without further ado… I give you my take on Instant Pot applesauce!
- Apples (4-6 cups apples roughly chopped. I filled my Instant Pot to the max fill line, but use what you have on hand! Highly recommend using organic if possible! Honeycrisp or Pink Lady work great, or any apple that you like and will break down easily.)
- 1-2 Tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- sprinkle of salt
- dash of freshly ground pepper
- 1 cup water
- juice from 1 lemon + zest grated
- frozen wild blueberries
- Wash all apples and roughly chop them (they can be left in big chunks).
- Toss apple chunks into Instant Pot* and add all liquids and spices. (Can also add frozen blueberries here, or they can be saved for topping)
- Set Instant Pot to manual and time it for 8 minutes under the pressure cook setting.
- Once it's done cooking, carefully release the steam valve until all the steam is gone and the lid is safe to open.
- Let cool to desired temperature.
- If you didn't add the blueberries, add them now and stir!
- Eat, share and enjoy!
- *If you are using a slow cooker, add all ingredients (minus the water), and cook on high for a couple of hours. Mash apples with a potato masher and continue cooking until apples fall apart and have achieved the desired consistency.