Posts tagged: Black Pepper

Juicy Sweet Glaze Meatloaf

By , February 8, 2013

Meatloaf 300x208 Juicy Sweet Glaze MeatloafSubmitted by Kay A.

This is recipe that produces very little to cleanup. It is a juicy meatloaf with a sweet glaze that goes well with the “Mashed Potatoes with Greek Yogurt and Garlic” leftovers. The meatloaf gets better as it ages, so you can cook it ahead of time, place it in the refrigerator and then reheat it for dinner. We eat the leftovers the next day as meatloaf sandwiches.


Makes 4 servings – 270 calories per serving


  • 1 pound 93% lean ground beef
  • 2/3 cup crumbled leftover cornbread (or bread crumbs)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 small onion diced (about 2/3 cup)
  • 6 black olives, sliced
  • 2 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Couple dashes of black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed (optional – for nutrition, not flavor)


  • 1 Tablespoon organic pure cane sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon spicy brown mustard (or what you have/like)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup



Spray a round Pyrex one quart dish with nonstick spray. Mix all ingredients except the Glaze ingredients together by hand and then form a loaf in the Pyrex dish. (I can mix in the same dish as I cook the meatloaf, but you may be more comfortable mixing in a larger bowl and then transferring the meatloaf to the baking dish.)  Stir the glaze ingredients together, and then spread the glaze on top of the meatloaf. Cover the Pyrex bowl tightly with foil.

Pour one cup of water into the Instant Pot, add the provided trivet, and then place your meatloaf on top of the trivet. Put the Instant Pot lid on, press the Meat/Stew button, and set the time at 45 minutes and walk away. (The Instant Pot will take about 5 minutes to come to pressure and then cook for 45 minutes.)

When the Instant Pot beeps that it is finished,  do a quick pressure release. Remove the Instant Pot lid, and carefully remove the Pyrex dish from the Instant Pot.  Using a utensil to hold the meatloaf in the baking dish, pour off most of the liquid from the meatloaf. Check that the loaf is fully cooked in the middle.  Let the meatloaf rest on the counter for a few minutes. So, you prepare, pressure cook, slice, serve, refrigerate and microwave reheat the leftovers in the same dish. Even the Instant Pot doesn’t get dirty – just wipe it dry. You just can’t do better.


Comforting Potato Soup in under 30 minutes

By , January 25, 2013

Potato soup Comforting Potato Soup in under 30 minutesSubmitted by Kay A.


  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 slices nitrite free bacon
  • 1 t minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 1/2 lbs potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • a dash of dried red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian Seasoning
  • 2 cups of low sodium chicken broth
  • 12 ounce can of evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt (or to taste)
  • black pepper to taste


  1. Press Saute on Instant Pot. Add onion, bacon, garlic and olive oil. Stir while sauteing for 3-4 minutes. Do not walk away or this will burn.
  2. Add 1 cup of chicken broth, potatoes, carrots, celery, parsley, red pepper flakes, and Italian Seasoning. Stir. Placed lid on pot, press steam button and set minutes to 10. (It takes about 10 to come to pressure and then cooks for 10 minutes.)
  3. When beeps, do a quick pressure release. Remove bacon and discard. Add 2 cups of chicken broth and evaporated milk. Insert an emersion blender and run on short bursts until a creamy consistency that you like, but make sure to leave chunks of potatoes. Don’t puree it all. Add salt and pepper to taste, stirring gently to incorporate.
  4. Makes 8 cups of creamy, comforting potato soup. 250 calories per cup.




Beef Barley Mushroom Stew With Sour Cream

By , September 29, 2012

Submitted by Sharon W.


  • 1/2 to 1 lb stew beef cut into chunks (decide how much or how little meat you want)
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 3 cups beef broth(unsalted or low salt preferred)
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper, coarse ground
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 fresh thyme sprig (replace with dried if necessary)
  • 1 T tomato paste
  • 1 T  Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup uncooked pearl barley

Add after pressure cooking is complete:

  • 1 cup sour cream   (allow to stand at room temperature 15 minutes before adding.)
  • 1 T chopped parsley, chopped (optional)


Place all above ingredients into pressure cooker.  Alternatively, if you are not short on time, brown the beef in oil or butter together with the chopped onion before commencing pressure cooking.

Bring pot to pressure and let cook for 25 minutes on meat setting.  Let pressure drop of it’s own accord.   Remove bay leaf and thyme spring.  Taste and adjust salt and pepper accordingly. Add 3/4 cup of sour cream and mix well.

Use remaining sour cream to add a dollop on top before serving.

Arroz con Pollo

By , June 28, 2012

Submitted by Dana.

Ingredients: Serves: 6 – 8

12 boneless, skinless chicken thighs


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh minced oregano or 1 tablespoon dried
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice


  • 3 – 4 cloves garlic
  • ½ medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped
  • ½ medium green bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1 large handful cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, small diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and small diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 28 ounce can Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes, with liquid
  • 5 cups organic chicken stock (preferably homemade)
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 cups long grain brown rice
  • 1 ½ cups Spanish Olives
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive brine



1.     Combine olive oil, garlic, sea salt, pepper, oregano, cumin and lime in a large non-reactive bowl or zip top bag. Add the chicken and coat evenly with the marinade. Let marinade for at least one hour up to overnight. Stir occasionally.


2.     Combine garlic, onion, green bell pepper, cilantro, sea salt and pepper in a food processor and process until smooth.


3.     Heat the inner liner of the Instant Pot on “Sauté” setting. Melt coconut oil. Remove chicken from the marinade, save any leftovers, brown the chicken in batches for about 5 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.

4.    Add onion, red bell pepper, cumin and oregano. Sauté until just tender, about 5 minutes.

5.     Stir in the sofrito and sauté another 3 minutes. Add any leftover marinade, diced tomatoes, stock, and sea salt; simmer for 2 minutes.

6.     Stir in the rice, olives and brine. Add the browned chicken pieces to the pot.

7.     Place the lid on the pressure cooker and lock into place. Press the Meat/Stew Button; adjust time so that the pressure time is at 15 minutes. When done and pressure has naturally released, remove lid.

8.     Serve.

Seared Marinated Artichokes

By , June 21, 2012

Seared Marinated Artichokes 300x225 Seared Marinated ArtichokesRecipe by Natural Chef Dana Miller


  • 4 large artichokes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced fine
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


1.     Wash artichokes under cold water. Using a heavy stainless steel knife cut off the stems about ½ inch from the base. Pull off the lower petals that are small and tough. Cut off the top inch of the artichoke. Trim the thorny tips of the petals with kitchen shears.

2.     Place the artichokes, bottom up, in the inner pot of the Instant Pot fitted with a steamer basket and 2 cups of water.

3.     Choose the “Steam” setting and reduce cooking time to 8 minutes.

4.     While the artichokes are steaming prepare the marinade by placing the lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper in a small jar with a lid. Shake well to incorporate all of the ingredients. Set aside.

5.     When the “Steam” cycle is complete, release the pressure and carefully remove the artichokes.

6.     Allow to cool slightly so you can handle them. Cut the artichokes in half. Remove the center cone of purple prickly leaves. This is the choke that protects the heart. Now, scrape away the thistle fuzz covering the artichoke heart. The heart is the meatiest part of the artichoke.

7.     Drizzle the marinade over the warm artichokes. Turning to make sure to coat them well with marinade. Allow them to sit for 30 minutes to overnight.

8.     When ready to serve, sear artichokes cut side down on a grill pan or BBQ for 3 to 5 minutes

Easy Osso Bucco

By , March 27, 2012

Submitted by Frank R.

Ingredients: Serves: 4

  • 4 veal or lamb shanks cut to size for the pressure cooker
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 2 medium carrots chopped in large chunks
  • 2 stalks celery cut into large chunks
  • 1 medium to large onion chopped
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 to 2 cups chicken broth (keep in mind of the size of the pressure cooker)
  • 2 lbs red potatoes (washed)
  • 2 Tbsp butter


Add the flour and the seasonings to a large bowl. Use a wire whisk to blend everything together. Rinse the shanks and dry with a paper towel. Roll each shank in the flour mix and set aside on a plate (Keep the remaining flour). Preheat a large skillet. Add the oil and bring to almost smoking. Place the shanks in the skillet and brown turning each shank to brown all sides of the shank. Once they are browned, set aside. Add the flour to the remaining oil and make a rue. Once the rue is made add the broth to loosen the rue into a sauce.

Pour ½ of the sauce on the pressure cooker and place each shank into the sauce standing upright. Fill in the gaps with the vegetables. Pour the remaining sauce over the shanks and vegetables. Seal the pressure cooker and cook for approximately 90 minutes.

Towards the end of the cooking cycle, boil the red potatoes (skin on) until tender. Mash the potatoes adding 2 TBsp of butter. Salt and pepper to taste.

Serve a lamb shank on a bed of potatoes. Add a large spoon of the vegetables. Ladle on some of the sauce from the cooker over the shank, vegetables and potatoes.

NOT Julia Child’s Beef Bourguignon

By , March 21, 2012

Submitted by Kellie F.

This is a simple route to a wonderful rich dish, but much healthier with a fraction of the time and energy use. I love Julia Child, but I also love making recipes that taste complex in the middle of the week. Now I can!

The recipe is based on a complicated dish, but is simplified to a weekday dinner because of the use of the pressure cooker. Normally a Beef Bourguinon takes all day and is comprised of about 50 steps. It’s so intimidating that most people will never try to make it. I’m a HUGE pressure cooker fan and have converted many of my friends. The idea of making a rich stock in 45 minutes or an all day beef stew in a 1/2 hour and still get tender juicy chunks of meat seems almost magical to me.

beef bourguinonIngredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs lean boneless beef chuck roast cut into chunks
  • 5 medium carrots cut into chunks
  • 8 oz mushrooms quarters
  • 12 pearl onions peeled
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 TBS fresh thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2/3 cup beef stock
  • 2/3 cup dry red wine
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup water


  • Dry beef and saute in portions to give them room in the pressure cooker to brown until all done and set aside.
  • Brown pearl onions
  • Add back ALL ingredients (except flour and water) and set cooker on high for 12 with natural release Once complete mix water and flour in a cup and pour in. Let cook until thickened plus one minute.
  • Serve!

Curry Meatballs

By , February 21, 2012

Submitted by Teresa G.

Meatballs– ( Gluten free if you like):

For One pound lean ground beef

  • ¼ cup medium unsweetened coconut
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh ginger or ginger powder to taste
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) soy sauce (I use VH Soy Sauce as it is wheat free)
  • ¼ tsp black pepper Mix altogether and form into meatballs – about a tablespoon size or little bigger.

Store covered in refrigerator until needed.


  • 2 – 4 tbsp curry powder or paste
  • ½ onion thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed
  • (Fresh basil – optional)
  • 1 (14.5 ounce ) can stewed, diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • (1 tbsp powdered chicken bouillon – optional)
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • Pepper to taste
  • (1 cup Whipping Cream – optional)

Heat about two tablespoons of olive or vegetable oil in the pressure cooker that has sautéing feature with AT LEAST two tablespoons of curry powder or paste.(or use a pan). I use almost double as I really like the strong curry taste. If you use more curry powder, you would need more oil. Stir constantly.

Saute for about 2 – 5 minutes.

Stir in a half onion that has been thinly sliced and two cloves of garlic crushed and saute until onion is translucent, stirring (up to 10 mins.) Be careful not to burn the garlic. If you burn the garlic it will be very bitter. I also often add lots of fresh basil as I love basil. If you need more oil then add more oil.

Stir in a 14.5 ounce can of stewed diced tomatoes. I also add about a tablespoon of powdered chicken bouillon. Remember the bouillon is salty so do not add more salt.

Now add an eight ounce can of tomato sauce, the 14 ounce can of coconut milk and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Stir together.

Now take out your meatballs from the fridge and drop them into the sauce… not brown or cook them before hand. Put them raw into the sauce. Do not start stirring vigorously as you may inadvertently chop up the meatballs you have so carefully made!

Put lid on the pressure cooker and pressure cook for 10 – 12 minutes. If you have a soup or stew setting on an electric pressure cooker you can use that setting.

Let the pressure naturally release.

Often I add a cup of whipping cream to the sauce after pressure cooking…yummy. I do it after because to tell you the truth I do not know if it should be in the pot while pressure cooking.
If your sauce turns out too runny for your taste, you can cook it with lid off until it cooks off, but I have not had that problem.

A great option is to put one cup of rice with two cups of water in a metal bowl…cover with aluminum foil or lid and carefully place on top of the curry sauce….pressure cook it with the curry. Instant meal! Cooking the rice at the same time in the pressure cooker was someone else’s idea…a great one!

I also play with this recipe lots….sometimes I will add peanut butter to the curry sauce or mango chutney is a great addition. Very tasty.

Instead of meatballs I often use chicken breasts cut into pieces….marinate the chicken in the oil and curry power/paste first. Then sauté it before putting in the onion and garlic.

Sometimes I will use shrimp. I clean the shrimp and sauté it in butter then add it to the pressure cooked sauce at the very end. I only sauté the shrimp enough to change it to pink in the pan. If you sauté longer than that you will make the shrimp very tough.

Great Tasting curry!

Sue B’s Sweet & Spicy Fat Free Red Beans

By , February 18, 2012

Submitted by Sue B.

Great with BBQ menu.


  • 1 bag dry small red beans (10 oz)
  • 1 small yellow onion (chopped fine)
  • 4 cloves garlic (smash first, then grind in coffee grinder or mince)
  • 1 large crisp apple peeled/chopped in 1 inch squares (Jonagold easter apple is good)
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • 10 tablespoons ketchup (w/o high fructose corn syrup)
  • 1 rounded tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 generous dash of celery salt
  • 3 tablespoons dry oregano
  • 4 generous dashes of cayenne pepper
  • 12 twists fresh black pepper
  • 2 dashes cumin powder


Soak beans overnight.  (15 min prep time)

Place soaked beans and the ingredients in the inner pot.

Add fresh water with 2 inches over top of beans.

Pressure cook for 45 minutes. Let it cool naturally.


Potato Bacon Chowder

By , December 1, 2011

Glenda Embree is one of a kind grandmother of three beautiful grandchildren. She maintains a creative blog for busy wives and moms. The blog is full of wonderful and practical tips and recipes. The following is her recent creation of a Potato Bacon Chowder recipe using Instant Pot. The recipe is posted here with permission from Glenda.

Potato bacon chowder Potato Bacon Chowder

Ingredients: 8 servings

  • 5 lbs. russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced thin
  • 1 large onion, small diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon seasoning salt (I used Country Bob’s)
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 lb. bacon, fried crisp and rough chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and diced green onion for garnish


  1. Place potato chunks into inner pot of pressure cooker.potatochunks Potato Bacon Chowder
  2. Add celery, onion, garlic, seasoning salt, pepper and butter. Stir to combine.onions Potato Bacon Chowder
  3. Add bacon and chicken stock to pot and then stir to combine. (I debated on whether to add the bacon, now, or when the soup was done. Now, meant sinking that smoky flavor deep into the potatoes. Later, meant having that crispier texture element to enjoy in my finished soup. Tonight, I opted for the deep flavor (Totally delish, by the way!), but you could go either way and it would be tasty and perfectly acceptable.) If you decide to wait, you will add the bacon when you stir in the milk and cream.)bacon Potato Bacon Chowder
  4. Place the lid on the Instant Pot slow cooker and lock it into place.puttingonlid Potato Bacon Chowder
  5. It will start, off to the side, so it drops into the slots in the rim and then you will grip the handle to spin the lid into the locked position. See how the arrows line up when it’s locked?lidlocked Potato Bacon Chowder
  6. Push the Manual mode button and set the timer for 5 minutes. (I started with 10 and then checked half way through. At five minutes, the potatoes were fork tender and perfect. Amazing!)
  7. Quick-release the steam from the pressure cooker.
  8. When steam is fully gone, remove the lid of the slow cooker. There should still be liquid in the pot with your veggies.
  9. Use a potato masher to crush vegetables, resulting in a thick, semi-smooth mash. I left a few bigger chunks of potato, in mine, for texture. That’s totally a preference thing, so adjust for what your family likes.)
  10. Add cream and whole milk, stirring to incorporate.cream Potato Bacon Chowder
  11. Serve hot and steaming, topped with sour cream, shredded cheddar and sliced green onion.Potato bacon chowder1 Potato Bacon Chowder

Oxtail Soup Recipe

oxtail picture 300x269 Oxtail Soup Recipe

Oxtail bones make the most delicious soup. The soup is high in calcium and other minerals.

Oxtail soup  is made with celery, onions, carrots and wine. It does take a long time to cook if using slow-cooker or other common methods. It can be cooked rather fast with Instant Pot Programmable Pressure Cooker.

Prepare Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: Around 30 minutes with Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker

Ingredients: 6 servings

  • 2 pounds oxtail, cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 2 medium-size tomatoes, cut into pieces
  • 2 medium-size carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 green onion, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 3 thin slices of ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup wine (of your choice)
  • 6 cups water

Put all ingredients into Instant Pot Programmable Pressure Cooker then press the Soup button. Then that is it! Simple, fast, delicious, retaining flavor and nutrition, consistent results all the time.

Ready to serve:
Wait till the Instant Pot Programmable Pressure Cooker to cool down or open the pressure exhaust valve in order to open the cover.