PYP 126: Jill McKeever on Cooking Speedy-Healthy-Delicious

jill-mckeeverJill McKeever is not an introvert, I suspect. I began to form this suspicion when we started our video Skype conversation and I noticed she was wearing fuzzy bunny ears.

Plus she hollers “Woot Woot” every time she speaks or hears the words “Instant Pot.”

Good thing Jill is preaching the message of healthy cooking and delicious eating!

I reached out to interview Jill after getting a copy of her really really good cookbook, O M Gee Good. It's a compendium of Jill's adaptations of winning recipes for the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker / slow cooker / rice cooker / yogurt maker / etc.

Jill and I had a rollicking conversation all about food and speed and convenience and bunny ears and it got kind of silly in a delightful and yummy way.

The audio is available as usual, but this episode features a bonus video edition of the podcast (how could I not with the bunny ears?)

We discussed:

  • how she successfully onboarded her husband and 2 kids to a whole food, plant-based diet
  • the impact of Forks Over Knives on her food choices
  • how to get kids to eat their veggies early in life
  • whether to transition gradually or go “all-in”
  • Jill's “mac and cheese” approach to transitioning
  • her conversations with the grass-fed beef farmers
  • Instant Pot tips and tricks
  • the brave new world of Soy Curls
  • and much more…

Enjoy, add your voice to the conversation via the comment box below, and please share – that's how we spread our message and spread our roots.

Video Podcast


Jill's YouTube Channel (Simple Daily Recipes)

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Best-Cabbage-Soup-HJBest Cabbage Soup Ever – So Far (OMG Good, page 24)

Fan Rave! “While this was simmering away I made the BBQ cabbage sandwiches with the remaining half head of cabbage. Wow to both. Thank you for your videos and for making me laugh, every time! I look forward to your new recipes.” ~Lauri Hatlelid

Makes 6 servings

3 potatoes, diced
2 carrot, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
1/2 head green cabbage, chopped
1 1/2 cups canned diced tomatoes
2 Field Roast Apple Sage Sausage links, chopped
3 cups vegetable broth
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Place all the ingredients in the Instant Pot inner pot. Cover with lid then turn lid clockwise to lock into place. Align the pointed end of the steam release handle to point to “Venting.”

Press [Slow Cook], press [Adjust] to increase heat to “More”, the use [-] button to adjust cooking time to 2 hours.

When time is up, either remove lid and serve, or leave soup in the Instant Pot while in the keep warm mode. The soup’s ready whenever you’re ready.

Howard's note: I used the pressure cooker mode, manual, 12 minutes, slow release, and loved it. So if you have only 30 minutes from start to finish, you can still do it.

Bring Along Black Bean Hash (OMG Good, page 26)

black-bean-hash-HJThis recipe was born from the need to take a hot meal on the go. The night before homeschool co op, I whip up a batch of hash. The kiddos can easily reheat it and fill their thermos before heading off to school.

Makes 4 servings

1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 large potato, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 small bell pepper, chopped
1 cup canned diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed
1 cup frozen yellow corn
1/2 cup water

Toss all the ingredients into the Instant Pot. Cover with lid then turn lid clockwise to lock into place. Align the pointed end of the steam release handle to point to “Sealing.”

Press [Manual], use [-] button to adjust cooking time to 2 minutes.

When time is up, press [Keep Warm/Cancel] once to cancel the keep warm mode then wait 10 minutes for the pressure to go down. Slide the steam release handle to the “Venting” position to let out remaining steam until the float valve drops down. Remove lid.

Serve with your favorite tortillas or corn chips.

Fan Rave! “Just made this tonight! Was super yummy, going into the regular rotation. I can honestly say also this may be a good go to for feeding a bunch of folk who all eat differently. Pot luck, bring along indeed.” ~Vanessa Anderson


The Plant Yourself Podcast theme music, “Dance of Peace (Sabali Don),” is generously provided by Will Ridenour, a kora player from North Carolina who has trained with top Senegalese musicians.

It can be found on his first CD, titled Will Ridenour.

You can learn about Will, listen to more tracks, and buy music on his website,

3 Responses to “PYP 126: Jill McKeever on Cooking Speedy-Healthy-Delicious”

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  1. Thank You says:

    Need to give these recipes a try.

    Thank You, for another wonderful episode.

  2. Kirby says:

    So, would Butler Soy Curls be considered a highly processed plant based product? Did you try them after Jill recommended them?

    • Howard says:

      I did try them – they seem to be minimally processed, compared to a lot of other “meat substitutes.”

      I just overdid the mushroom stroganoff recipe of Jill’s for a couple of weeks, and now I’m taking a break 🙂

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