Easy 1-Pot Vegetable Broth

Easy 1-Pot Vegetable Broth

Friends! I’m so excited to bring you this delicious kitchen staple that is SO easy to make. I’ve been telling all of my friends how they should start doing it, too.

Consider yourself part of the inner circle who gets in on a secret: Making vegetable broth is what all the cool kids are doing. Let me show you how!

This broth is easy to make, requiring just 1 pot and basic ingredients you likely have on hand year-round.

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Creamy Avocado Banana Green Smoothie

Creamy Avocado Banana Green Smoothie

Whenever we travel, the one thing I’m usually able to find, wherever we go, is a smoothie.

Thankfully, they seem to be readily available and a great way to get in some vegetables and fruit, which helps me feel a bit more “in my routine” even when I’m not. This creamy avocado smoothie was inspired by a recent trip to Iceland, where I hit the smoothie jackpot. Let me show you how it’s made!

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Vegan Pumpkin Mac ā€˜nā€™ Cheese

Vegan Pumpkin Mac ‘n’ Cheese

It’s pumpkin season (!!) and I haven’t been able to shake the idea of pumpkin pasta from my mind since I spotted the first pumpkins at the grocery store. Friends, let’s make creamy, dreamy pumpkin mac ‘n’ cheese!

This easy pumpkin pasta requires just 10 ingredients and simple methods. I even show you how to roast a pumpkin so you can impress your friends and family with this from-scratch meal.

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Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tart

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Tart

Friends, the holiday season is upon us and I’m so excited to offer up this easy plant-based dessert everyone will love and no one will suspect is dairy- or gluten-free. Let’s do this!

The crust for this gorgeous 10-ingredient tart is a blend of rolled oats and almonds naturally sweetened with a hint of coconut sugar and maple syrup. Coconut oil adds moisture and allows the tart to crisp up in the oven beautifully.

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Gestational Diabetes w/ Lily Nichols

November is National Diabetes Awareness month, and we thought it would be a great idea to end the month featuring dietitian superstar Lily Nichols on our podcast. Lily Nichols is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, researcher, speaker, and author with a passion for evidence-based prenatal nutrition and exercise. Her book and online course, Real Food […]

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Broccoli Pesto Couscous Risotto

Broccoli Pesto Couscous Risotto | Naturally Ella

I have a not-so-secret love affair with pearl couscous. I find the texture to be absolutely delightful and since it’s just pasta, it soaks up every bit of flavor around it. I love it in salads, as a base for roasted vegetables, and as a cheater risotto. The couscous works in a similar way to arborio rice in that the starch from the couscous creates a bit of creaminess. Add to that cheese and an easy broccoli pesto, this dish embodies comfort. Best of all, you can make an extra batch of the broccoli puree and have these melts for breakfast the next morning!

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The Instant Pot Starter Guide for Me and You

This is for everyone who ordered an Instant Pot on Cyber Monday, and also, somewhat selfishly, for myself. It’s all the links, references, and resources I’ve collected in eager anticipation of the delivery of my new 9-in-1 rice cooker killer.

Let me start by saying, my road to the Instant Pot hasn’t exactly been straight. I like to think I shy away from of-the-moment appliances, and instead, have collected a good number of donabe, flameware, and other clay cooking vessels that I cherish and cook with regularly. But I’ve been increasingly intrigued by sweeping Instant Pot mania (couldn’t be later to the party, I know). Some of my favorite cooks are making magic, or at least dinner, with them. One of them even released Dinner in an Instant: 75 Modern Recipes for Your Pressure Cooker, Multicooker, and Instant Pot. I buy every Melissa Clark book. Every one. So, it seemed like the time to pull the trigger here and have a little fun. Also, the newest Instant Pot has a yogurt function. And eight other functions – pressure, slow cooker, rice cooker, egg cooker, sauté mode, steamer, and on and on. Oh, and people are baking cakes in them? Woah.

Instant Pot Starter Guide

My first impression stepping into this world? It’s a lot. My guess is that many of you are either looking for instruction and inspiration (like me), or you are way ahead, and have your own favorite resources. So that’s what this post is about. I’m going to include my list here, as I start feverishly googling, including anything that catches my attention, anything I don’t want to lose track of – and I’ll try to keep this list updated over time. But, please, if you’re seasoned in the Instant Pot arts, with ideas, favorite tricks, inspiration, and whatnot – please (please!) leave a comment.


– This is the Instant Pot I purchased: Instant Pot DUO Plus 6 Qt 9-in-1 Also! Note, there are over 1000 questions answered on this page. A lot of good questions, a lot of good answers.

– Alternative: I initially bought the Breville Fast Slow Pro. And I bought it for a few reasons. It slow cooks, it pressure cooks, and it aesthetically sparks much more joy than the Instant Pot. Also, I found a refurbished one deeply discounted on Amazon, which put it striking distance (price wise) of the Instant Pot I was considering. But it arrived and looked like someone took a sledgehammer to it. This gave me some extra time to rethink the Instant Pot (and its yogurt feature!), and read more reviews and comments. So I switched my order and ordered the Instant Pot DUO Plus 6 Quart 9-in-1 instead.


This is the official Instant Pot site, it has videos, updated information related to the different models available, FAQs, and a recipe database. There is also a lively Facebook community, and Pinterest page.

How To Use an Instant Pot: A Guide by Melissa Clark (NY Times)

– The Instant Pot manual has tables with timing recommendations, this site has more.


Why Do Cooks Love the Instant Pot? I Bought One to Find Out (NY Times)

The Instant Pot Cult is Real (TASTE)

Send Help: I’m (Kind Of) Falling in Love With the Instant Pot (Food52)

I Tried The $99 Kitchen Gadget That Everyone’s Obsessed With (Buzzfeed)

After Cooking All My Meals in an Instant Pot for a Week, I Get What All the Hype Is About (Self)


I want to make amazing thali plates with this thing. That’s my personal holy grail of Instant Potting.

Ministry of Curry Instant Pot Recipes

Ten Instant Pot Recipes Ready in 30 Minutes or Less (The Kitchn)

Detoxinista / Instant Pot Recipes

Cook With Manali / Instant Pot Recipes

Five One Pot Indian Stews (Tasting Table)

– I’m excited about the concept of layering (or, pot-in-pot cooking)! For example, you use racks and containers to cook multiple recipes, like this one. – An explanation of PIP (pot-in-pot) cooking. And here’s another one. And a great comprehensive video.

Instant Pot Hot Sauce (Simply Happy Foodie)

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Comforting Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash Bowls

Tis the season for squash and today we’re bringing you these Comforting Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash Bowls. The chill of dark winter nights just got a little more bearable. These acorn squash bowls are perfect for batch prepping early in the week to take for lunches or as quick dinners during the week. They […]

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Plant-Based Monday: Delicata Squash

Hands up if you’ve ever used delicata squash before? This Plant-Based Monday we’re talking delicata squash because it seems to be the forgotten child of the winter squash family. Delicata squash is a round, cylinder shaped gourd that is yellow or cream colored with long, green stripes. The inside looks similar to other winter squashes […]

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