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Instant Pot Cauliflower Cheese Soup

This Cauliflower cheese soup is nothing short of spectacular! Made with 9 simple ingredients the soup will have everyone coming back for seconds.

It has been cold and rainy all week and just the perfect weather for soup. Not typical southern California weather but it sure is beautiful when we get rain. Today’s lunch was super sporadic, now that I’m trying to stretch what we have and not visit the grocery store as often it really digs deep into my creative side with food. I had bought ahead od cauliflower last week and it was looking pretty lifeless in the fridge. So to avoid food waste and leftovers I had to come up with a kid-friendly cauliflower recipe…

Introducing this DELICIOUS Cauliflower Cheese Soup!

Cauliflower, in my opinion, is amazing, you can have it in your smoothies, soups, and dishes it’s super versatile and easy to work with. However my kids have another idea about cauliflower, typically I here ‘disgusting.’ Blah blah blah, is all I hear when they whine about food, haha! I refuse to have picky eaters, it’s pretty much eating what is served or tuff luck! For this Cauliflower Cheese Soup, I decided to not even acknowledge the fact that it has cauliflower in it, I just let them eat it when they asked what it was I said bacon soup, haha!

While they were shooting hoops outside I decided to whip this soup up in the instant pot, the perfect soup machine. From start to finish it was done within 30 minutes. I ran the immersion blender through the soup, you know got to hide the cauliflower from the kids, ha!! And well this forking amazing soup was made, not a word from anyone about cauliflower and they asked for seconds!!

Complementary Garnishes

I added bacon crumbles, cheese, and parsley, however, use your favorites or have it plain. 

  • parsley
  • bacon
  • chives
  • sour cream
  • cheese

Instant Pot Cauliflower Cheese Soup Video

Love Instant Pot Soups also try, Instant Pot Vegan 10 Bean Taco SoupInstant Pot Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup, and Instant Pot White Bean Chicken Chili + Video!

Yield: 4 bowls

Instant Pot Cauliflower Cheese Soup

Instant Pot Cauliflower Cheese Soup

This Cauliflower cheese soup is nothing short of spectacular! Made with 9 simple ingredients the soup will have everyone coming back for seconds.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 6 cups cauliflower florets ( 1 head)
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 potato, peeled and diced ( 1 1/4 cup)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 cups broth
  • 1 cup mild cheddar cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste

Topping options:

  • bacon crumbles
  • green onion
  • parsley
  • additional cheddar

Instructions

  1. Chop cauliflower into roughly even small pieces.
  2. Select saute mode on your Instant pot and add in butter, onion, potato, cauliflower, and garlic. Sautee for 4 minutes, until onions and garlic are fragrant.
  3. Add in broth and place lid on Instant Pot. Cook on high pressure for 8 minutes.
  4. Quick-release the pressure and then take the lid off.
  5. Use an immersion blender and blend the soup until smooth.
  6. Serve hot and garnish with your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

Strawberry Pop Tarts

Strawberry Pop-Tarts are made with flakey pie crust,  strawberry jam filling, and a sweet glaze to top it off. This recipe is easy to make and a huge hit with everyone!

Strawberry Pop Tarts were my absolute favorite snack growing up! My parents were rather strict when it came to food so they always got us the ones at Trader Joes, but even those were so delicious! I got the idea on my run this morning, yes I was thinking about food and running, haha! It just popped in my head and I couldn’t get the idea out so I knew it was time to give these a try! 

I had premade pie crust in the freezer for some time now, I think Trader Joe’s brand pie crust is the best tasting. I used both sheets up for these Strawberry Pop Tarts. There is a lot of steps in this recipe however its fairly simple to make. You can eat these pop tarts warm, so dang delish, or room temp! The kids and I have already gobbled up 3 of the six that were made today! Hubby will definitely help himself to a few tonight too when we Netflix and chill! 

Never buy a store-bought pop tart again, there are so easy to make and taste so much better!!!

 Strawberry pop tarts

Recipe Steps

As I said, there are quite a few steps. Sometimes seeing that can overwhelm you, I totally get it! However, the steps are so easy here are a few pictures for guidance! 

  1. Start with a floured surface, roll out your pie dough, and trim off edges with a knife or pizza cutter.  
  2. Cut each pie crust into three strips, you will have a total of six. Add a spoonful of your strawberry jam mixture to one side of each strip. 
  3. Brush edges with egg. 
  4. Fold the top of the strip over. 
  5. Using a fork crimp edges together on all 4 sides. 

 

Love baked goodies, also try Easy Sugar Cookies + Glaze, Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, and Monster Rice Krispies Treats

Yield: 6

Strawberry Pop Tarts

Strawberry Pop Tarts

Strawberry Pop-Tarts are made with flakey pie crust,  strawberry jam filling, and a sweet glaze to top it off. This recipe is easy to make and a huge hit with everyone!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 whole refrigerated pre-made pie crusts 
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam ( any fruit spread will work)
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot (can sub corn starch)
  • 1 egg

Icing

  • 1 cup powder sugar
  • 4 tsp water (or more as needed)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl whisk, one egg set aside. In another small bowl mix together your jam and arrowroot set aside.
  3. On a floured workspace slightly roll out your pie crust.
  4. With a pizza cutter or knife trim off round edges. Divide the crust evenly into three strips. Do this for your other pie crust too.
  5. Spoon about 1 1/2 tbsp of jam on one end of each strip. Brush the edges with egg and fold the dry end over.
  6. Using a fork crimp the edges together on all four sides. Repeat for all pop tarts.
  7. Transfer pop tarts to the prepared baking sheet and bake for 22-25 minutes or until edges are slightly golden, let cool.
  8. Whisk together powder sugar and water to create your icing glaze. Spoon over icing over pop tarts and immediately pour on your sprinkles before icing sets.
  9. Serve them warm or at room temperature, both are delicious! Enjoy

Healthier Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Healthier Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is the perfect side dish for any BBQ or Luau! Made with 5 ingredients this creamy lighted up and vegan-friendly macaroni salad is sure to hit the spot. 

Not only did this Healthier Hawaiian Macaroni Salad get the family approval, my kids asked for it the next day! I served it with my Easy Hawaiian Chicken recipe and it truly was the perfect pair. 

This recipe is perfect to bring to a BBQ or have on its own. It stores great in the fridge for up to 5 days, the kids love a bowl for snack time or lunch. Healthier Hawaiian Macaroni Salad does not skimp on flavor it is absolutely delicious!

4 Simple Ingredients for Healthier Hawaiian Macaroni

  •  dry macaroni pasta
  •  shredded carrots 
  •  grated onion 
  •  vegan mayo, or sub regular mayo
  • salt and pepper to taste

That is all you will need to create this delicious macaroni salad!

 

Love easy and healthy side dishes, also try Nutted Wild Rice Pilaf, Mexican Quinoa Salad, and Easy Greek Pasta Salad.

Yield: 4

Healthier Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Healthier Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is the perfect side dish for any BBQ or Laua! Made with 5 ingredients this lighted up creamy macaroni salad is sure to hit the spot. 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup dry macaroni pasta
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots 
  • 1 tbsp grated onion 
  • 1/2 cup vegan mayo, or sub regular mayo
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Cook macaroni according to package, about 10 minutes. You want it softer than al dente. Strain pasta and rinse with cold water to stop cooking. Let chill in the refrigerator.

Add mayo to your chilled macaroni and mix well. Stir in carrots and onion. Season with salt and pepper. Enjoy!

Can be made 24 hours ahead of time and stored in the fridge for 4-5 days.

Air Fryer Veggie & Tofu Egg Rolls {Easy Egg Roll Recipe}

Air Fryer Egg Rolls are the most delicious vegan-friendly snack, appetizer or meal! Not fried, packed with healthy veggies and tofu and cooks in 8 minutes! Veggie Egg Rolls are the perfect healthy food everyone will love. 

Everyone loves eggrolls espically with sweet chili dipping sauce! I love the crunch mixed with all the sauteed veggies. Lucky for all of us I have created this recipe without all the oil or deep frying used in traditional egg rolls. Air Fryer Egg Rolls have all same the crunch and flavor as traditional egg rolls. 

Where do you buy Egg Roll Wrapper?

Most stores carry egg roll wrappers, generally in the refrigerated aisle by the bottled dressings! If you go to an Asian market you will find much more verity, shapes and sizes.  There is a difference between spring roll wrapper and egg roll wrappers, make sure you are purchasing egg roll wrappers! 

What do you put in egg rolls?

Honestly, this is a recipe that is easily customizable. I kept mine meat-free, however, if you choose to add meat make sure it’s fully cooked before adding to your egg roll mixture. This version of egg rolls has:

  • Egg Roll Wrappers
  • Shredded Cabbage
  • Diced Mushroom
  • Crumbled Tofu
  • Shredded Carrots 
  • Green Onion
  • Flavorings: Tamari, Rice Vinegar, Salt & Pepper, Garlic Powder, and Onion Salt
  • Sesame Oil & Avocado Oil

If you choose to add meat make sure its fully cooked, shrimp, cooked sausage, chicken or beef are great add-ins. 

How do you wrap an egg roll?

  1. Set up a small station for you to wrap the rolls. I like to use a cutting board. 
  2. Place the wrapper on your cutting board, you want a diamond shape, so it should be pointing at you. 
  3. Place about 3 tbsp of your filling in the center. Roll up the bottom point so it just covers the filling.
  4. Fold in the left side of your wrapper to cover the center and then fold in the right side to cover the left side. It will like an envelope!
  5. Starting at the bottom roll your egg roll up to the top point, brush some water over the top point and seal your egg roll. If your sides need sealing brush them with water too.
  6. Repeat till finished with your egg roll filling. Love egg rolls, also try Egg Roll in a Bowl!

 

Yield: 10-12 egg rolls

Air Fryer Veggie & Tofu Egg Rolls {Easy Egg Roll Recipe}

Air Fryer Veggie & Tofu Egg Rolls {Easy Egg Roll Recipe}

Air Fryer Egg Rolls are absolutely Delicious! Perfect as a meal, snack or crowd-pleasing appetizer! Not fried, and packed with veggies these egg rolls will be ready in minutes!

Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 Egg roll wrappers
  • 3/4 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 1/4 cup mushrooms finely diced
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 3 cups cabbage
  • 1 14 oz block of firm tofu, pat dry and crumbled
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil (reserved for brushing over egg rolls)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp onion salt
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp Tamari
  • 1 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup cilantro leaves
  • Sweet Red Chili Dipping Sauce ( I love Thai Kitchen brand)

Instructions

  1. Preheat a frying pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the sesame oil & crumbled tofu. Cook for 2-3 mins stirring often.
  3. Add in the carrots, mushrooms, beans sprouts and cabbage. Cook down for 2-3 minutes till cabbage is wilted.
  4. Add in tamari, spices, and rice vinegar, and cilantro leaves. Stir till well combined and remove from heat.
  5. Assemble egg rolls (detailed description in my post). Brush avocado oil or olive oil over the egg rolls. Brush the bottom of your air fryer basket with oil.
  6. Place egg rolls in your basket seam side down and not touching each other.
  7. Air Fry at 400 for 8 minutes turning once at halfway.

Skillet

Heat a cast-iron skillet and place in enough avocado oil to cover the pan. Place seam side down and cook till brown flip and repeat, may need to add more oil. Place on a plate with paper towels to help absorb oil.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1 { 4 Freestyle Points}

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 127Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 859mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 8g