Vegan Wild Rice Soup in the Instant Pot

Just look at that creamy goodness!

Special diet: gluten-free, oil-free, soy-free, vegan

Vegan Wild Rice Soup is easy to make in the Instant Pot pressure cooker. It’s creamy and comforting while being dairy-free, gluten-free, and oil-free.

About 25 years ago I visited Minnesota for the first time.

I was really excited to try wild rice soup since I had heard so much about it.

While I wasn’t vegan back then, I was lactose intolerant.

And I was so disappointed when I learned it was a cream-based soup.

But it looked so delicious!

I had major food envy.

Thankfully, now I know how to make traditional creamy recipes dairy-free by using plant-based ingredients such as cashews.

What is wild rice?

Wild rice is native to North American and grows in the cool waters of northern Minnesota.

Technically a grass, wild rice is very nutritious.

It’s high in fiber and low in calories.

And it’s also a good source of protein, B vitamins, and potassium.

Learn more by reading The History and Story of Wild Rice.

Instant Pot Recipe

Now I can enjoy Vegan Wild Rice Soup whenever I want since it’s so easy to make in the Instant Pot!

Do you have an Instant Pot electric pressure cooker? I highly recommend it!

I bought mine many years ago.

In fact, the model I have is the original version which has since been discontinued.

But it still works great!

I use my Instant Pot several times a week.

I love it for cooking beans and grains.

For example, I always use it for making quinoa when I want to make recipes such as Quinoa Salad, Tabbouleh Salad, and Cilantro Lime Quinoa because it turns out perfectly every time.

All varieties of rice cook perfectly as well, even wild rice!

I regularly use it to make Wild Rice Salad with Apple and Pomegranate, Coconut Jasmine Rice, and Basmati Rice Pilaf.

And you can also use to to make easy and healthy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes.

How to prepare Vegan Wild Rice Soup

Making this soup in the Instant Pot is very simple:

  1. Saute onion, garlic, carrots, and celery in a little water.
  2. Add the uncooked wild rice, soaked dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans), vegetable broth or water, and some seasonings.
  3. Close the lid and set the manual function (pressure cook) for 25 minutes.
  4. Let the pressure release naturally.
  5. Meanwhile, blend raw cashews and water to make cashew cream.
  6. Add the cashew cream, salt and pepper, to taste, and enjoy your Vegan Wild Rice Soup!

Doesn’t that sound easy?

Plus you won’t miss the dairy or oil!

And if you’re looking for more soups to make in the Instant Pot, check out the recipes for Indo-Chinese Corn Soup, Instant Pot Lentil Soup, and  Vegan Potato Corn Chowder.

Vegan Wild Rice Soup Recipe

This soup is ready in less than an hour and makes about 6 servings. However, I’ve been known to eat more than one bowl at a time because it’s so delicious!

I recommend soaking the chickpeas for several hours or overnight, but if you don’t have dried beans, you can add in canned garbanzo beans at the end as many readers have told me they have done successfully.

If you have any leftovers, you can keep them refrigerated for a few days and reheat the soup on the stove or in the microwave.

  • ▢ 1 cup diced onion
  • ▢ 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ▢ 1 cup diced carrots
  • ▢ 1 cup diced celery
  • ▢ 1 cup dried chickpeas, (garbanzo beans) soaked for a few hours or overnight
  • ▢ 1 cup wild rice
  • ▢ 1 bay leaf
  • ▢ 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ▢ 5 cups vegetable broth , or water
  • ▢ ½ cup raw cashews, (soaked for 30 minutes in hot water if you don’t have a high speed blender)
  • ▢ ½ cup water
  • ▢ salt, to taste
  • ▢ pepper, to taste
  • ▢ Using the Saute function, saute the onions in a splash of water until they are softened and slightly translucent.
  • ▢ Add the garlic and saute for about 30 seconds more.
  • ▢ Add the carrots and celery and a few more splashes of water, as necessary, if the pot is dry. Saute for a few minutes until the vegetables are softened.
  • ▢ Add the chickpeas, wild rice, bay leaf, thyme, and vegetable broth or water and stir to combine.
  • ▢ Close the lid and set the timer for 25 minutes on Manual.
  • ▢ Allow the pressure to release naturally.
  • ▢ Meanwhile, in a high-speed blender such as a Vitamix, blend the cashews and ½ cup water until very smooth.
  • ▢ Remove the lid once the pressure has released. Add the cashew mixture and stir well. Add salt and pepper, to taste, and enjoy!

Leftover soup can be refrigerated for a few days and reheated.

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Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 825mg | Potassium: 627mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 4080IU | Vitamin C: 5.4mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 3.7mg

Nutritional information is an estimation only.

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Pushing the federal law to end cruel slaughter of horses to the finish line

Pushing the federal law to end cruel slaughter of horses to the finish line

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson

Year after year, after lives of trusting companionship and—in so many cases—loyal service, tens of thousands of horses are cast off and condemned to an arduous cross-border journey into Mexico or Canada that ends with their death. acceptfoto/

It is a long way from the stable, paddock and winner’s circle at Churchill Downs to the dark, dank and bloody slaughterhouses in which tens of thousands of American horses meet their sad and pitiable end each year.

Yet some former racehorses do make that terrible journey, and it’s hard not to think of them on the eve of the Kentucky Derby, the most celebrated of races.

The most dispiriting story of all might be that of Ferdinand, the 1986 Kentucky Derby winner who retired as horse racing’s fifth-leading earner of all time and was sold to a stud farm in Japan in 1989. A few years later, with no notice to his former owners, Ferdinand was sent to slaughter, for use in pet food or for human consumption. More recently, in 2020, Private Vow, a 2006 Derby runner, met his end the same way in Korea.

The stories of these and other horses lead to one awful conclusion. Of all modern threats to the horse in the United States, horse slaughter stands out for its sheer callousness and deceitfulness. It’s a problem rooted in wrong and outdated views of horses and how we should treat them, and it’s a problem of our own making here in the United States. For that reason, we have to solve it here, too.

The international export trade that allows horse slaughter to continue can be summed up in a sentence. Year after year, after lives of trusting companionship and—in so many cases—loyal service, tens of thousands of American horses are cast off and condemned to an arduous cross-border journey into Mexico or Canada that ends with their death.

We’re trying to bring this horse slaughter pipeline to an end, and we’re getting closer to that goal than ever. The federal Save America’s Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act has 216 cosponsors in the House of Representatives, and we’re pressing leaders in Congress to advance the measure for passage in the remaining months of the session.

Animal advocates have been fighting to end the slaughter of American horses since the 1990s and have made steady progress. In 2007, three federal courts upheld state legislation that effectively prohibited the sale of horsemeat for human consumption, which in turn effectively shut down the operation of horse slaughter plants on American soil. Since then, we have kept the industry here on ice by ensuring, year after year, that no federal funds can be used for USDA inspection of such plants.

This de facto ban on domestic horse slaughter did not end the trade, however, and stopping the export market has proven to be a difficult challenge. The killing shifted to Canada and Mexico, where there is an existing slaughter industry satisfying the appetite for horsemeat in Europe and Asia. Today, a network of bottom-feeding “kill buyers” in our own country continues to outbid potential caring owners and export American horses across our borders for slaughter. In 2021, 23,431 horses were exported for slaughter, down 13,454 from the previous year—a 36.5% decrease. Yet it’s still a shocking number, and a great betrayal of horses.

Passage of the SAFE Act would take the United States out of the circuit of cruelty as a supplier of horses to a grisly global trade in horse flesh. It’s a simple bill that permanently bans domestic horse slaughter as well as the export of American horses for slaughter elsewhere, something that 83% of citizens support. With the issue receiving a hearing in the Health Subcommittee in January 2020 and with nearly half the members of the House and six members of the Senate currently on as cosponsors, we are in the final stretch of getting this bill passed into law.

There are many in the racing industry who agree with us that horse slaughter is way out of step with American values. The Jockey Club, The Breeders’ Cup, the New York Racing Association and The Stronach Group (owner of five prominent racetracks) are all active in the campaign. Hall of Fame jockey and founding member of the HSUS National Horse Racing Advisory Council Chris McCarron has also stood tall in the fight, authoring editorials in two Kentucky newspapers, one in Lexington and one in Louisville, just days before this year’s Derby contestants line up at the starting gate.

Another one of the strongest voices in this struggle is that of Joe De Francis, onetime CEO of the Maryland Jockey Club and the chair of the HSUS National Horse Racing Advisory Council. De Francis has been a principled and consistent critic of horse slaughter and played a leadership role in spurring the industry to confront the problem directly. He has also been a stalwart in the broader campaign for horse racing reforms, testifying and advocating on behalf of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA, which we worked to enact in 2020) and playing a lead role in its implementation. As a Director of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority, the national oversight body created by the Act, De Francis strongly supports and endorses the Authority’s decision to select Drug Free Sport International to create the Horseracing Integrity and Welfare Unit that will serve as the enforcement agency for the drug and medication portion of HISA’s mandate.

There are no easy victories in the animal protection universe. They are all hard-won, and the fight to end horse slaughter has been one of the most demanding and difficult ones we have ever had to wage. Now, during this Triple Crown season, we urge you to join us in a critical push for passage of the SAFE Act. The slaughter pipeline is no place for our horses, and once the bill becomes law, they won’t ever have to face that horror.

Speak out to end horse slaughter

Sara Amundson is president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund

Judge Jeanine blasts liberal activists releasing home addresses of Supreme Court justices

Fox News Staff

Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro told viewers on Thursday’s “Jesse Watters Primetime” that releasing the home addresses of Supreme Court justices is “extremely dangerous.”

JEANINE PIRRO: A radical leftist group has released the addresses of the conservative Supreme Court justices calling on their legion of liberal followers to march to the judges’ homes. Activist group Ruth Sent Us wrote on their website, “Our 6-3 extremist Supreme Court routinely issues rulings that hurt women, racial minorities, LGBTQ+, and immigrant rights. We must rise up to force accountability using a diversity of tactics.” Now we know when Democrats say peaceful protest, it doesn’t exactly mean peaceful, especially when they use words like rise up and force accountability. On their website, the group also mentions paying out stipends to help in their protest. Where are they getting their money from? Who is funding these people? We know liberal advocates have a history of organizing protests against the court, like the group Demand Justice, who protested the Brett Kavanaugh confirmations. They’re fighting to expand the court and are backed with George Soros money. But there’s less known about smaller groups like Ruth Sent Us. They appear to be doing the dirty work of posting the judges’ addresses. 

Workers assemble non-scalable fences around the Supreme Court Building amid ongoing abortion-rights demonstrations on May 4, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

Workers assemble non-scalable fences around the Supreme Court Building amid ongoing abortion-rights demonstrations on May 4, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images) (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

Releasing the home addresses of Supreme Court justices is extremely dangerous. Keep in mind, some of these justices have small children. And while they fenced off the Supreme Court, the homes of the justices are out in the open. Now that their addresses are public, any crazy leftist could walk right up and change the course of history. Now, Democrats should be discouraging this, but instead they are fanning the flames.