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Recently, we invited chef Nisha Vora into our test kitchen to create a handful of vegan comfort food recipes. The founder of the popular Instagram account @rainbowplantlife and author of the cookbook The Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook: Wholesome, Indulgent Plant-Based Recipes (in stores June 2019) believes that vegan food should be simple, nourishing and crave-worthy. That means easy to find ingredients and brilliant shortcuts (like putting your Instant Pot to work, whenever possible).

PureWow’s Chef in Residence program invites food influencers and tastemakers from all over the world to create new recipes in our New York City test kitchen.   

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Nisha Vora

1. Vegan Spiced Blueberry Breakfast Cake

Made with almond milk, applesauce and whole grain spelt flour, this indulgent loaf is packed with protein and will keep you satisfied all morning long. 

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Nisha Vora

2. Creamy Vegan Lentil and Roasted Vegetable Bake

Meet the ultimate winter comfort food: caramelized veggies and hearty lentils smothered in rich cashew cream and pine nuts. 

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Photo: Michael Marquand/Styling: Nisha Vora

3. Instant Pot Spicy Thai Butternut Squash Soup

Extra dreamy-creamy thanks to full-fat coconut milk, cashew butter and a swirl of coconut yogurt. 

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Nisha Vora

4. Instant Pot Vegan Farro Risotto

This nourishing rendition of a comforting favorite uses whole-grain farro instead of white rice and creamy white bean puree instead of cheese. Plus, there's no standing over the stove for 20 minutes.

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Nisha Vora

5. Vegan, Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Ginger Tart

The ultimate crowd-pleaser, thanks to a gingersnap crust, fudgy center and zingy ginger finish. 

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About Nisha Vora

Nisha Vora is a food blogger, photographer and author of The Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook: Wholesome, Indulgent Plant-Based Recipes (June 2019, Avery). After graduating from Harvard Law School and working as a lawyer for four years, she exchanged her casebooks for cookbooks and launched a career in her dream world of food by creating Rainbow Plant Life, a popular vegan Instagram accountblog and YouTube channel. Nisha lives in Brooklyn but is a Californian at heart.

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