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A hearty pot of black-eyed pea stew that is filled with vegetables and topped with a bright and fresh green herb smash.
Black-Eyed Pea Stew with Green Herb Smash

I went on a bit of a black-eyed pea rampage around the turn of the year. Partly for (good) luck. Partly in a halfhearted attempt to KonMari my pantry, which is not a physical location, mind you, but a conglomerate mess that includes my cabinets, the kitchen floor, our front hall closet, etc.

The end result was us eating black-eyed peas for a week (or two) straight with no discernible improvement in my pantry clutter.

There are worse things.

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Kick boring snacking to the curb with this healthy (and gorgeous!) Beet Hummus! This post was created in collaboration with our friends at Thrive Culinary Algae Oil. It’s time to drop the beet. What does that even mean? In music, when someone yells “drop the beat” they mean turn up the bass – make something

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Today I’m going to let you in on a little secret about my relationship with Barrett. One of the best things we ever did for our marriage was free ourselves from the expectation of gifting to one another. For years we did it. Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, anniversary gifts, and holy how does anyone save…

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How to make instant pot lentil chili. This easy lentil chili recipe is packed with flavor and plant-based protein! It’s healthy and is ready in just about 45 minutes!

Instant Pot Lentil Chili Recipe

I gotta say, I just love my Instant Pot! Granted, I’m still learning and figuring out the best cooking times, but it’s been making my life so much easier.

Not only can you cook things like beans in under an hour, but you can also saute with it, slow cook with it and even make yogurt. But for me, what I love most is the speed and the flavor.

Take this lentil chili for example. Typically, chili takes hours to cook in order to build up proper flavor. In the Instant Pot, it’s ready in about 45 minutes, and it’s bursting with flavor. I’m starting to think of it as a better version of the slow cooker!

How to make Chili in the Instant Pot

How to Make Chili in the Instant Pot

One of the things I love about the Instant Pot over a slow cooker is the saute function. With a slow cooker, you have two options:

  1. Saute on the stove and transfer to the slow cooker
  2. Skip the saute part and lose out on some flavor

But in the Instant Pot, you can do both which is what we’re doing with our lentil chili recipe. We start by sauteeing onions and peppers, then we add in the rest of our ingredients – which includes two types of lentils and lots of amazing spices – then we just set our Instant Pot to high pressure and let it do its thing.

Easy Vegetarian Lentil Chili

How Long Does it Take to Make Chili in the Instant Pot?

You’re not going to believe me when I tell you this, but it takes just 12 minutes to cook chili in the Instant Pot! Only 12!! Isn’t that crazy?!

But here’s the thing we have to remember with pressure cookers, it does take extra time to build up the pressure and then naturally release the pressure. So from start to finish, and with those two things accounted for, it takes about 45 minutes to make this instant pot lentil chili.

(which I gotta say is still pretty darn good!)

Lentil Chili Recipe in Instant Pot

The Best Lentil Chili Recipe

Cooking time aside, this really is the best lentil chili I’ve ever tasted! What I love about the combo of the two lentils is that the brown lentils hold their shape so they have this almost ground beef like quality and the red lentils break down and add this creamy, richness.

Of course, chili isn’t chili without spices, and we’re using my favorites to flavor this one up:

  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Smoked paprika

Each adds a nice depth of flavor, and the smoked paprika adds a little touch of smokiness which is absolutely lovely!

How to Make Lentil Chili

Ways to Serve Your Lentil Chili

Now the fun part, serving! Chili is one of those things that you can kind of go crazy with. If I’m having people over, I might do a chili bar situation with all sorts of toppings, but if I’m at home, then I’ll keep things pretty simple. I’ll include toppings like:

  • Avocado (or my mango guac)
  • Sliced jalapenos
  • Fresh cilantro
  • and maybe even some crumbled up corn chips

But no matter how you serve it, this lentil chili is a winner! It’s thick, it’s nourishing, it’s full of plant-based protein and best of all, it’s super easy to make. Oh, and did I mention it’s also great for meal prep? Well, it is, so yay!

Amazing Lentil Chili in the Instant Pot

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Instant Pot Lentil Chili

This easy instant pot lentil chili is packed with flavor and plant-based protein! It has a nice, thick texture, and is ready in under 45 minutes!

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red onion
  • 1 red bell pepper (, chopped)
  • 1 cup green lentils ((or brown))
  • 1/2 cup red lentils
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Generous pinch of salt & pepper
  • 1 (28oz) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups vegetable broth ((+ more as needed))
  1. Turn your Instant Pot to the saute function and add the oil. Once the oil is hot, add the onion and pepper. Saute for 2 – 3 minutes until the onion starts to turn translucent.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and give it a quick stir. Secure the lid, making sure the pressure valve is sealed and turn to pressure cook.
  3. Set the Instant Pot to high pressure and put the timer to 12 minutes. Allow the Instant Pot to turn on and come to pressure.
  4. Once the timer is finished, allow the pressure to naturally release for 15 minutes, then release the rest and remove the lid.
  5. Give it a stir and if the chili feels a bit thick, stir in another cup or so of broth. Serve immediately and garnish with your choice of toppings! (I like sliced jalapeno, cilantro, avocado, and corn chips!)

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Caractere-titleAbraham Lincoln once said: “Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”  I always feel for the children of famous people growing up in the shadow of their parents.  This problem is particularly acute when those children are brave […]

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David Perlmutter M.D. – Empowering Neurologist: The food, the facts, the science to control your genetic destiny.

An important part of my lectures over the past several years has been to emphasize how our lifestyle choices, around things like sleep, diet, and exercise, will ultimately impact the destiny of our brains. For example, we have long been discussing how exercising today relates to a healthy brain in the future, especially its association with reduced risk for dementia.

Now, new data is revealing that exercise not only has long-term benefits for brain health, but even more acute changes are being discovered that are clearly positive.

In their recent publication in the journal PNAS, Japanese researchers, with the accepted premise that physical exercise does benefit how the brain works, wanted to determine some specifics about just how much exercise is required for it to positively impact the brain. Their human research utilized some very sophisticated, high-resolution MRI brain scanning techniques that are able to delineate the functionality of the brain’s memory center, the hippocampus. The research demonstrated that a single, 10 minute exercise intervention of very light intensity caused a very rapid and obvious increase in the connection between the brain’s memory center (hippocampus) and the rest of the brain. Subjects underwent memory testing, and these evaluations demonstrated a strong correlation between what was seen on the functional MRIs, and memory function.

Again, the relationship between exercise and better brain function has been known for quite some time, but a lot of the work has been done with animals. This new human study really ratchets up our ability to make specific recommendations for people.

I am often asked questions about how much exercise one should engage in, and what type of exercise is required. This study really does support the idea that virtually any type of aerobic exercise, even if “mild,” does impart some positive functionality for the brain.

As the authors of this important reported:

We find that this brief intervention rapidly enhanced highly detailed memory processing and resulted in elevated activity in the hippocampus and the surrounding regions, as well as increased coupling between the hippocampus and cortical regions previously known to support detailed memory processing. These findings represent a mechanism by which mild exercise, on par with yoga and tai chi, may improve memory.

So the message is clear, you don’t have to train for a half marathon, or bike 30 miles. As this study demonstrated, even just 10 minutes of exercise seems to provide significant brain benefits.

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