Instant Pot Vegetarian Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup)

Traditional Vietnamese pho takes an entire day to make; this version only takes under an hour! Instant Pot Vegetarian Pho is perfect for a quick refreshing and comforting weeknight meal.It’s been almost a year since Steve and I traveled to Vietnam but I still dream of pho, Banh Mi and Banh Xeo on the regs. Pronounced “fuh” (I always used to say “fo” before traveling to Vietnam), pho is probably the most well known Vietnamese dish here in the U.S. While the base of pho is rice noodles and a flavorful broth, accompaniments vary from beef (pho bo) to chicken (pho ga) and vegetarian options in-between. In Northern Vietnam, pho is left unadorned and the flavor of dry spices like star anise, cassia bark, black cardamom, cloves and coriander seeds shine through. In the South, pho is piled high with bean sprouts, fresh herbs like cilantro and condiments like hoisin…

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Why Counting Calories Doesn’t Work for Weight Loss

Stuck on calorie counting as a way to manage your weight? Sharing reasons why counting calories doesn’t work and how to transition away from calorie counts.The only thing that counting calories achieves effectively…is making you feel miserable and anxious.

There was a time when I thought calories mattered. A time when I believed in the calories in versus calories out equation. I think that most of us (dietitians included!) have fallen pray to the promise of an equation and numbers game equaling weight loss. I was never an avid calorie counter but there was a time when I was committed to counting points (yup, thanks Weight Watchers). And looking back, I can see how detrimental this was. For one, I was 12 or 13 years old at the time and an obsession with trying to stay under a certain point number for the day ended up developing into a full…

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Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies with Sea Salt

Ooey, gooey, melty chocolate chunk cookie goodness. Whip up a batch of my Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies with Sea Salt this Valentine’s Day (or any night you’re craving a delicious treat!)
Homemade chocolate chip cookies hold a special place in my heart. 
I remember as a kid sitting on my kitchen countertop, big mixing bowl in my small lap, one hand wrapped around it, the other hand holding an old wooden spoon trying to use all my six-year-old strength to mix the cookie dough.
There was no better feeling than smelling the cookies baking in the oven and eating one while it was still warm and melty and gooey and chasing it down with a tall glass of milk. All the stirring was worth it for that sweet, sweet moment. Today, homemade chocolate chip cookies are still one of my favorite desserts. I’ve always been partial to…

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Easy Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili Mac

Ultra hearty and satisfying, this Easy Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili Mac is the perfect game day meal, just in time for the Super Bowl! I’ve kind of been liking my Instant Pot lately. As evidenced by my last recipe for Easy Vegetarian Chili. I took that chili recipe and modified it to make it heartier…and cheesier. Enter CHILI MAC!

For the 60-second video on how to make this recipe, watch the video below!

I haven’t had anything remotely close to chili mac since I was a kid and my grandmother used to make Hungarian goulash. I remember not caring for it that much but chili mac is 238309x better. We’ve eaten it twice in the last few weeks now (the joys of recipe testing) and have loved every bite.Before intuitive eating, I probably would have had some thoughts or beliefs about this dish. Like chili AND…

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30 Best One Pot Meals

Whether it’s the slow-cooker, the Instant Pot, or a beloved old skillet, one-pot meals can save the day. Make dinnertime a breeze with one of these nourishing 30 Best One Pot Meals. 

Butternut Squash and Kale Slow Cooker Lasagna via The Foodie DietitianInstant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup via The Wandering RD

Slow Cooker Green Chile via Treble in the Kitchen

Crockpot Minestrone Soup via Kroll’s Korner

Easy Coconut Curry via Fannetastic FoodOne-Pan Burrito Bowls via How to Eat

One-Pot Chicken with Olives and Mushrooms via Teaspoon of Spice

20-Minute Stuffed Pepper Soup via Create Kids Club

Slow Cooker Greek Baked Beans via The Foodie DietitianOne-Skillet Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Potatoes via Homemade Nutrition

Instant Pot Creamy Broccoli Cauliflower Soup via Bite of Health

Lentils with Sausage and Kale via Living Well Kitchen

Spicy Coconut Quinoa and Black Beans with Pineapple via The Joy of EatingChicken & Kale White…

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5 Reasons Why Diets Don’t Work

With a new year comes the media feeding you new reasons to diet. Well this dietitian is here to explain 5 scientific reasons why diets don’t work. It’s January, which means it’s national dieting month. Which means, you’re probably being bombarded with the promises of a better life tied to the size of your body.

But there are SO many problems with dieting (and by dieting I mean ANY form of restriction, not just programs that call themselves diets, and yes, that includes cleanses and “lifestyle programs”). And I’m here today to explain why diets don’t work and why they are so freaking problematic.

But before I do that, let me just say that I can totally appreciate the allure of dieting. Diet programs have the best professional marketers. It’s no wonder they are a $67 billion industry. They profit off of the notion that you are not good enough as…

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Easy Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili

A delicious way to eat chili in no time. This easy instant pot vegetarian chili is about to blow your mind. Chili is definitely comfort food to me. Especially when it’s slathered with cheese and Greek yogurt and tortilla chips.

And I need all the comfort food I can get right now. It hasn’t exactly been the smoothest start to the year for me. A new health diagnosis that has me back in the PT office and bad news about my new office lease for my private practice that I was super psyched about. Needless to say, I’ve had to take some time to just allow myself to feel blah these past couple weeks. In the past, I probably would’ve powered through and not let myself feel sad but last night I told Steve I just need to wallow in my grief after I called him Jack Pearson for trying to…

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