Posts tagged: Calories

“Baked” Sweet Potatoes

By , March 29, 2013

Submitted by Kay A.

Often I use my Instant just because it is convenient, not because it is faster. I can throw these in and leave the house. When I return home hours later worn out and packing a hungry grandchild, lunch is ready and warm.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 large sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Tad of extra virgin olive oil

Each large sweet potato is about 165 calories (without toppings)

Directions

Scrub potatoes, coat very lightly with olive oil, wrap in aluminum foil. Pour 1/2 cup of water in pot, add provided trivet, set potatoes on top. Add lid, press steam button and set time to 15 minutes.

Serving suggestion:

Remove foil, cut slit in top of sweet potatoe and enjoy. If you like a topping, add a little of one or two of your healthier favorites: walnuts,  ground flax seeds, Greek yogurt, low fat cream cheese, etc. If a child is eating, 3-4 miniature marshmallows on a warm sweet potatoe go over big.

BTW: Since they have aluminum foil, they store well on a plate in the refrigerator to serve in later meals.

Sweet Carrots

By , March 27, 2013

Submitted by Kay A.

Makes 2 cups. About 100 calories per cup.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups baby carrots

Directions

Place the butter, brown sugar, water and salt in Instant Pot. Press saute button and stir for 30 seconds or until butter is melted. Add carrots, stir to coat carrots. Put lid on cooker, close the pressure release value (set to sealing), press steam button and set time to 15 minutes.

When beeps finished,  do a quick release of pressure. Remove lid, press saute button and saute until liquid has evaporated. Remove carrots. (Add a little water to the pot to prevent sticking until you can clean the pot.) Serve.

 

 

Easy Fresh Green Beans

By , January 31, 2013

Gbeans 300x240 Easy Fresh Green BeansSubmitted by Kay A.

My three year old granddaughter loves these green beans. I love the fact that I can throw them in the Instant Pot and walk away. In slightly over half an hour we have healthy and tasty fresh green beans that are super soft but not mushy.

Makes 4 cups, 70 calories per cup

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh stringless green beans, washed and ends trimmed
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 slice nitrite free bacon
  • 4-5 sliced mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper

Directions

Place all ingredients in the Instant Pot and stir to distribute the spices. Put the lid on, push the stream button and set the time for 25 minutes. (The pot will take 8 minutes to come to pressure and then cook for 25 minutes.) When beeps finished, do a quick release of pressure. Transfer the contents to a serving bowl. (Save any extra liquid for use in other recipes. My broth came from cooking chicken breasts in the Instant Pot to make enchiladas.)

These are usually a side dish. They go really well baked sweet potatoes and cornbread.