Posts tagged: Cane Sugar

Savory Black Beans subtly flavored with Ham Shank

By , February 13, 2013

Savory black beansSubmitted by Kay A.

For the investment in planning time, you will get a savory, healthy pot of black beans that are versatile to serve. These beans are savory, not spicy. If you want spicy, you will need to add heat to the recipe.

Makes 8 cups. Each cup is approximately 225 calories

24 hours prior to cooking beans

  • 8 ounce ham shank
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 pound dry black beans, rinsed and picked over
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 Tablespoons whey (vinegar will work, too)

Put the ham shank and 4 cups of water in Instant Pot, add lid, press Meat button and set time at 35 minutes. Pot will take 5 minutes to come to pressure and then cook for 35 minutes. Either do a quick release of pressure or allow the Instant Pot to cool down normally based upon how much time you have. When the contents are cool enough, transfer the water and shank to a bowl, cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator.

Combine the beans, water and whey (or vinegar) in the Instant Pot, and set aside to soak the beans . (The soak will aid in digestion and nutrition absorption.)

Cooking the beans

Remove the ham shank and liquid from the refrigerator. With a spoon, skim off and discard all hardened fat that has floated to the top of the water. Remove the ham shank to a cutting board. Trim off all meat from the bone. Trim the red meat into bite size pieces, making sure to trim off all visible fat. Feed the fat to the dog.

Drain and rinse the beans. (Discard all soaking water). Add to the beans in the pot:

  • the tasty, lean ham shank meat
  • the broth we skimmed
  • the bones of the shank
  • 1 red or green pepper (sliced, seeds removed)
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1/2 stalk celery, diced
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cane sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt (we will likely add more after cooking)
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flax or chia seeds (optional – for nutrition not flavor)

Stir, add lid, press Beans/Chili button and set time to 25 minutes and walk away. (The Instant Pot will take about 15 minutes to come to pressure and then cook for 25 minutes.) This will result in a firm black bean. If you want your beans on the softer side, set the time to 30 minutes.

When beeps done, throw a dishtowel over the top of the pot and do a quick pressure release. Remove the bones and discard. Taste the beans for softness and salt. Cook a few minutes more if you want the beans softer. Add salt to taste. Insert an immersion blender and zap the beans a few very short times to thicken the beans a little.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Serve as soup with homemade cornbread
  • With a slotted spoon, scoop some beans and serve over Brown Jasmine rice
  • With a slotted spoon, scoop some beans into a whole grain flour tortilla with cheese, diced tomatoes and onions, Greek yogurt, etc.)
  • Use as the beans in a quick chili recipe
  • Puree to serve as refried beans
  • With a slotted spoon, scoop some beans and serve as a side dish to my Mild Chicken Enchilada recipe

 

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.

Ingredients

Makes 4 servings – 270 calories per serving

Meatloaf

  • 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)

Glaze

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

 

Directions

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.

 

Traditional Chinese Pork Belly

By , March 29, 2012

Submitted by Jenny W.

This is something my Grandmother always made for me as a special treat. After she passed away, I didn’t eat this for years because I couldn’t find an acceptable version – until now!

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs pork belly, cut into 5in slices
  • 1/2 cup GF soy sauce (I usually use San-J)
  • 1-2 teaspoons cane sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Chinese cooking wine
  • 4 star anise
  • 1-2 teaspoons white pepper powder
  • 2 cups water (or more if needed)
  • 4-5 slices fresh ginger
  • 6 cloves garlic, sliced

Directions:
1. Heat saute pan on high heat and sear both sides of each pork belly slice (roughly 2 minutes per side).
2. Reduce heat to medium. Add ginger and garlic and keep sauteing in the rendered fat for 5 minutes.
3. Transfer all ingredients to pressure cooker.
4. Bring up temperature of pressure cooker as directed. Cook for 30 min or so until lean meat is almost falling off with the touch of a fork.