Dirty Girl Lisa Cuts Her Meds in Half & Loses 30 Pounds + Instant Pot Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats


If you’re in our private Facebook group, you’ve seen Lisa around the block, cheering people on, sharing helpful info and welcoming newbies to the group. Talking with Lisa was like catching up with a good friend. I think we both forgot that I was recording the convo.

Lisa’s story is like a lot of stories I hear about from our community. She had been on every diet imaginable before she found us and became a Dirty.

She even tried to do the Atkins diet while she was vegetarian.

Live and learn, right?

I’ve had plenty of those moments. One summer, me, the 18-year-old lifelong vegetarian, went to Alaska to work in a salmon canning factory. It’s a long story, but my point is, live and learn!

Lisa eventually found her way with food and as a result, her lab numbers are now in the healthy range, her medications have been cut in half, she has lost 30 pounds, and most importantly, she feels energized, happy and full of life.

Watch Lisa and I chat about her journey with food and all of the wonderful surprises that came her way once she started eating better and not less. 

We talk about how to deal with partners who aren’t on board with the plant train, the simple tweak that helped her easily release weight after trying every diet out there, and much more.

After you watch the video, be sure to scoop up today’s recipe for Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats! One of my new faves.

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Plant Based Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats

Author: Molly Patrick


  • ½ cup steel cut oats rinsed and drained (100g)
  • 1 apple diced into 1/4 – 1/2 inch cubes (a bit more than a cup / 140g)
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice mix find this pre-made in the bulk spice section of your health food store
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1 ½ cups water 355ml


  • Rinse and drain your steel cut oats and add them to your Instant Pot, along with the rest of the ingredients (apple, apple pie spice mix, coconut sugar and water).
  • Stir and lock the lid into place, making sure the nozzle is pointed in the sealing position.
  • Use the manual setting and set the timer for 10 minutes. After the timer goes off, use the natural release method. When all the pressure is out of the Instant Pot, carefully take off the lid and stir.
  • Top with some unsweetened non-dairy milk and chopped pecans. You can even toss on some shredded coconut for extra oomph. 


Instant pot instructions.

Wishing you a happy week. May it be filled with working smart and not hard to reach your goals.


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  1. Lynda Whitney on October 7, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Hi there, thanks for all you do !!!! I have a gluten/tofu restricted (tested positively for these and more….sadly) So to eat vegetables I love (cauliflower, broccoli, avocado & more, and beans damn it ! I take a lomotil to stop the diarrhea (ugh). So I cannot do the tofu/wheat products in recipes. Have been explained that I do not absorb nutrients either way. So I just take what is on your weekly recipe and things like your “Mother of all Mac&Cheese” and use lentil pasta, YUM ! Have not started the weekly meal plan because most suggestions have mostly been a “no” for me. Any ideas, if not, still enjoy “you” and your site and mission.
    Thanks and hugs, Lynda ( ps tweeted your Mac & Cheese recipe & a ton of people loved it ! )

    • Team Clean Food Dirty Girl on October 8, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      Hi Lynda,

      Thanks for the LOVE! You might want to download our current sample meal plan just to check out an example of a full ingredient list for a week. While the ingredients change week-to-week based on the theme, there are common ingredients that we use. Unfortunately, the more restrictions one has, the more of challenge it is to modify the plans.

      That being said, the new Quick Batch option included with a meal plan subscription includes four items to batch cook each week: a batch of beans, a batch of grains, a soup and a salad dressing. It comes with grocery and batch prep lists, just like the full meal plan. The only thing it doesn’t have are the nightly meal instructions, but the full plan can serve as inspiration if you don’t want to keep it simple. It’s ideal for people cooking for one, people who don’t have that much time to batch cook, people who are new to eating and cooking this way, and people on a limited budget. Whether it’s ideal for people with food sensitivities remains to be seen. It’s not designed that way, but as there are less ingredients overall, subbing out items might not be as tedious on Quick Batch. We don’t have a sample Quick Batch menu available for download yet but I’m sure we will at some time in the near future.

      By the way, lentil pasta sounds wonderful.

      Team Dirty Girl

  2. Pamela Patrick on October 15, 2017 at 9:07 am

    5 stars
    Loved listening to Lisa as she talked about her AMAZING food journey! I could feel her enthusiasm and see her vibrant outlook. It makes my heart happy to know that she, along with so many others, have found Cleanfooddirtygirl and as a result have discovered the joy of eating without suffering from feelings of deprivation and dissatisfaction. Team Dirty Girl offers the real deal….The BEST EVER Whole Food Plant Based meal plans and recipes on the planet, an amazing, supportive, and very positive Private Facebook group, the wit and wisdom of Molly Patrick as she shares her stories and the most Terrific Techy out there, Ms. Luanne Teoh! Thanks to all of the culinary wizards who continue to tempt and delight our taste buds with their mouth watering recipes. Your work is changing lives, one meal at a time.

    • Molly Patrick on October 15, 2017 at 11:10 am

      Thank you so much for your love and support, mom!
      I love you!

  3. Diego Lopes on October 16, 2017 at 5:44 am

    5 stars
    What a great story! Thank you for sharing it with us. Btw, the recipe looks super delicious!

  4. Kathy Roberts on October 21, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Please tell us how to do these wonderful recipes without an instant pot.

  5. Chandra on August 26, 2018 at 10:42 am


    Do you list out the nutritional facts and # of servings per recipe anywhere?


  6. Angela Payne on September 16, 2018 at 5:24 am

    How many servings does this make? Is it just one?

    • Team Clean Food Dirty Girl on September 16, 2018 at 8:12 am

      Hi Angela, I usually use 1/4 cup of s.c. oats when making a single serving recipe so this would be a 2-serving recipe. ~Karen

  7. leah on January 8, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    Hello. Quick question. Do you have a particular kind of apple that you like to use in this recipe? Honey Crisp? Gala? etc?

    • Team Clean Food Dirty Girl on January 8, 2020 at 7:04 pm

      Great question, Leah. I’ve used Fuji, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, and Granny Smith simply because they are the ones I buy most often. They all are suitable – as are others. I probably would not use Red Delicious. Pick an apple you like – you won’t go wrong. ~Karen

  8. Linda on March 13, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    5 stars
    So delicious ? I used Penzey’s Pie Spice and it tastes like apple pie! Even my Omni hubby loves it. Thank you for creating such wonderful, nourishing food ❤️

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