Vegans love the Instant Pot!

 

Eating vegan and veganism in general have gone from being considered a very fringe movement in the 1960’s and 70’s to taking the world by storm in the past decade.

Because vegans love to eat beans and grains and lots of veggies, and because the Instant Pot is fabulous at making beans and grains and lots of veggies – well, this pair is perfect! Vegans love the Instant Pot!

Let’s clear this up first:  there is a huge difference between vegans and vegetarians.

Vegetarians:  eat no meat, but they will consume dairy products and other products that come from animals. Think eggs, cheese, kefir, etc.

Vegans:  no animal products whatsoever! Some vegans will not wear leather or eat honey. Other vegans will…some of that choice stems from the reasons that one is choosing to eat/be vegan.

For some vegans, eating this way is a health decision. They have seen the evidence provided by books like The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, et al., and the movie Forks Over Knives. They have read Dr. Neil Barnard and/or Dr. MacDougal. They have decided that for them, eating a no animal diet that is low in fat leads to better health.

For others, being a vegan is a lifestyle based on their belief system and their politics. For many vegans, the truths about how food is raised in our country is of utmost importance – eating animals and using animal products contributes to global warming; factory farming practices are harmful to both the animals, the farm workers, and eaters of food made that way; foods choices are social justice choices.

No matter the reason, a vegan cook can benefit greatly from using the Instant Pot as a tool to help them cook quickly, efficiently, and economically. Black beans, chickpeas, and navy beans are great examples of beans that are revolutionary when made in the IP. Usually, beans need to be soaked overnight and then cooked for hours to achieve the right texture. The Instant Pot cooks beans quickly, and results in beans of perfect texture. Grains such as rice, quinoa, bulgur, barley and others are also easily made using an electric pressure cooker.

The Instant Pot is a wonderful tool for any diet, but it certainly makes the challenges of eating vegan in today’s fast paced world a whole lot easier!

As with any style of cooking, there are numerous Facebook groups for Vegans and the Instant Pot. There are also many popular blogs that feature recipes for the Instant Pot. Instant Pot Eats has a fantastic compilation of 15 Instant Pot vegan Recipes here. One of the best sources of vegan recipes on the web is Susan Voisin’s Fat Free Vegan Kitchen and she has lots of recipes for the Instant Pot.

Eating vegan and staying healthy requires some deeper reading and some deeper evaluation of the why’s and wherefore’s of making this dietary choice. There are so many resources available to anyone by doing a Google search and then doing your homework. The Instant Pot is a wonderful tool for any diet, but it certainly makes the challenges of eating vegan in today’s fast paced world a whole lot easier!