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One (Instant) Pot Basmati Rice (with optional veggies)

By , April 18, 2013

Submitted by Brandilyn T.

This is a great one pot recipe for a family or even a college student!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 small to med onion
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 cup basamati rice,
  • 3 cup water
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 garam masala
  • 1 TBSP oil
  • ** OPTIONAL Bag of Frozen Mixed Vegetables (use about 1-1/2 cups)**

Directions

Turn Instant Pot on SAUTE

Heat oil and add Cumin,Garam Masala and stir to temper the spices. Then add onions and saute until they turn translucent.

Add rice to pan and pour in water. Stir in salt and switch Instant Pot over to RICE until done. Stir and serve.

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OPTION: You can add frozen veggies to the top of the rice before closing lid. Once rice has completed cooking, stir to incorporate the vegetables.

“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.

 

 

Instant Pot Braised Turkey Thighs

By , March 25, 2013

STurkey thighs Instant Pot Braised Turkey Thighsubmitted by Robin R.

Ingredients

Serves 4

  •  2 turkey thighs (about 1 lb), excess fat removed
  • 1 cup chicken broth plus 1 Tbsp red-wine vinegar
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onions
  • 1 cup sliced Portobello mushrooms
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • ½ tsp each dried rosemary, sage, thyme, salt and pepper

Gravy

  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • ¼ cup water

Directions

  1. Set Instant-Pot to Saute and brown the turkey thighs
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and close the lid, set pot to Poultry setting and cook turkey for 1 hour
  3. After 1 hour, place a towel or pot holder over the pressure valve and do a quick pressure release; check for done-ness, if meat is not fork tender add 15 minutes and resume cooking on Poultry setting
  4. When meat is done, remove turkey thighs to cutting board and cover loosely with foil
  5. Making gravy: In a small bowl, whisk flour and water until well blended. Whisk flour mixture into liquid, onions and mushrooms in cooker, mixing well
  6. Turn cooker to Keep-warm and simmer gravy for 15 minutes or until thickened
  7. To serve: Cut meat in large pieces from both sides of each thigh bone to give you 4 pieces. Arrange on serving plates; spoon on some gravy.

NOTE:

This recipe can also be adapted for the slow-cooker setting. Instead of using the Poultry setting, set pot to slow cook for 4 hours. Remove turkey thighs and follow instructions for gravy

Pulled BBQ Beef (for sandwiches)

By , March 2, 2013

PUlled beef Pulled BBQ Beef (for sandwiches)Submitted by Kay A.

I’m not much into beef, but ever so often my hubby needs his beef and fries. I make these sandwiches from whatever beef roast I got on sale months ago and threw in the freezer. Sometimes the meat is very fatty, which is why I trim it after cooking and discard the broth.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 pounds frozen Angus Beef Roast
  • 1 cup water or leftover stock

BBQ sauce

  • 1/2 cup low sugar ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 teasoon McCormicks GrillMates BBQ Seasoning
  • 1/4 cup water

Makes about 2 1/3 cups. Approximately 150 calories per 1/3 cup serving.

Instructions:

Spray Instant Pot with nonstick spray. Put frozen roast and water/broth into pot. Put lid on, press the meat button and set to 70 minutes. Mix the BBQ sauce ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

When beeps finished, do a quick pressure release. Turn the pot off. Transfer meat to a cutting board and trim off all fat or skin that is visible on the meat and discard. With two large forks, pull the meat apart into chunks.

Pour off the beef broth from the Instant Pot and discard. Put the pulled beef back into the Instant Pot and pour the BBQ sauce over the top. Press the Saute button and mix the contents around. Continue pulling the meat apart with two forks  as the sauce sautés into the beef. This takes less than 2-3 minutes, so don’t walk away.

Here’s my version of a southern BBQ sandwich meal:

Put 1/3 cup of the pulled BBQ meat on a whole grain hamburger bun that has been smeared with Kraft light Olive Oil mayonnaise. Top it with homemade sweet mayonnaise-based coleslaw and then put on the top of the bun. Serve with honey baked beans or homemade oven baked French fries.

 

Mashed Potatoes with Garlic and Greek Yogurt

By , February 8, 2013

MashedPotatoes 300x226 Mashed Potatoes with Garlic and Greek YogurtSubmitted by Kay A.

I make Greek yogurt at home every week for our family, so I always have it on hand to use in cooking to replace sour cream, cream cheese or butter. It is high in protein and the whey from making Greek yogurt can be used in pancakes and homemade bread.

Here is a healthy and tasty mashed potato recipe. If you like sour cream on your baked potato, you will like this recipe. Although the Instant Pot does not save a lot of time in this recipe, what I absolutely love about the Instant Pot is that you can throw the potatoes in without chopping them, and then walk away worry-free from the pot. There’s no boiling water or hot oven and very little cleanup. When you hear the very loud beeps, you know to head back to mash the potatoes.

Makes  3 1/2 cups of mashed potatoes. Each half cup serving is about 115 calories (without cheese garnish)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds peeled baking potatoes (about 3 medium-sized)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • Dashes of pepper (to taste)
  • grated cheddar cheese for garnish (optional)

Directions

Pour 1/2 cup water in the Instant Pot, add the trivet that came with the pot, set the potatoes on top of the trivet, and put on the lid. Press the steam button, and set the time to 35 minutes. (The Instant Pot will take 5 minutes to come to pressure, and then it will cook for 35 minutes.)

When it beeps that it is finished,  do a quick release of the pressure, and remove the lid. Insert a fork in the largest potato to confirm that it is soft in the middle.  (If not, steam a few more minutes.)

Turn the Instant Pot off. Carefully remove the hot trivet (with a fork or tongs). With the potatoes still piping hot and still in the pot, add the butter, half of the skim milk, yogurt and garlic. Insert a potato masher and mash the potatoes to the consistency that your family likes. Add a little more of the skim milk until you reach the consistency that your family likes.  Notice that as you mash, the Instant Pot stainless steel insert rotates in a circle and makes it really easy to mash right in the pot! Add salt and pepper to taste.

Transfer the mashed potatoes to a serving bowl and garnish with grated cheese (if desired).

This goes well with meatloaf and my Easy Fresh Green Beans recipe.

Enjoy.

 

BBQ Chicken Strip Salad

By , February 5, 2013

bbq chicken salad BBQ Chicken Strip SaladSubmitted by Kay A.

Fast (frozen to ready to serve in 35 minutes) Delicious Healthy

If you divide the chicken to make four servings, the chicken alone will be 215 calories a serving.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound frozen chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup water

BBQ Sauce

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 teaspoon McCormick’s Barbeque Seasoning (or any brand you like) • Dash red pepper flakes • 1/4 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning • 2 teaspoons honey

Salad fixings

  • Lettuces, spinach, tomatoes, pine nuts, walnuts, flax seeds, shredded cheeses, etc.
  • Salad dressing of your choice (yogurt based dressings are especially delicious)

Directions

Spray the bottom of the Instant Pot with nonstick spray. Place the frozen chicken breasts and 1/3 cup of water in the pot and put the lid on. Press  the steam button and set the time to eight minutes. (The pot will come to pressure in about eight minutes and then cook for eight minutes.)

While the breasts are thawing in the Instant Pot

  1. Prepare your salad fixings and place them in into serving bowls.
  2. Mix together in a separate bowl the BBQ sauce (ketchup, BBQ seasoning, red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning and honey.) 3. Taste the BBQ sauce and adjust it to make sure it is the way your family prefers. We are a fairly low sugar family, so you may want more honey.

When the Instant Pot beeps that it is finished, throw a dish towel over the top and do a quick pressure release. Remove the top. With the chicken still in the pot, use a large fork and long sharp knife to slice the chicken into 1/2 inch strips being careful to not touch the sides of the hot pot. The chicken will be raw in the middle but easily sliceable. Pour the BBQ sauce over the chicken and mix with a heat safe spoon. At this point, it looks like chicken in a watery tomato soup.

Press the sauté button and set the time for 18 minutes, which will likely be too much time. This will come to a good boil, but will not splatter on your kitchen because the Instant Pot insert is so deep. For the first 10 minutes you can work on other things in the kitchen and just visit the pot, stir a little, turn chicken over, etc., as you monitor the progress. However, as the sauce thickens, it is important that you stay with the pot and monitor the sauce. So, for the last five minutes, you move the chicken around in the pot a little while the sauce thickens and sticks to the chicken. When almost all of the sauce has stuck to the chicken, remove the chicken to a serving tray. Turn the pot off. IMMEDIATELY pour 2-3 cups of water into the Instant Pot to keep the remaining sauce reside from sticking and burning to the pot.

Lay the chicken on top of the salads and serve. It is so good.

 

Steamed “Soft-Boiled” Eggs

By , January 25, 2013

soft boil egg 300x225 Steamed Soft Boiled EggsSubmitted by Julie S.

Editor’s note:  Pressure cooker boiled/steamed eggs have easy peel-off shells.  Apart from time and energy saving, this is another advantage.  Hard boiled eggs are good for making sandwiches, salad and other dishes. Julie has figured out the timing to do Soft-boiled eggs. Please read on.

I came across a couple websites describing pressure cooker hard boiled eggs, which sounded so simple and delicious!

http://healthyfamilycookin.blogspot.com/2011/04/pressure-cooker-hard-boiled-eggs.html

http://www.hippressurecooking.com/2011/04/hip-modernist-soft-medium-and-hard.html

However, being brand new to our Instant Pot (and pressure cooking), I was unsure how to adapt the “low pressure” directions and timing to our Instant Pot.  Got it right on the first try!  LOVE how easy the Instant Pot is to use!  Here’s my method:

Ingredients:

  • Eggs

egg positions1 225x300 Steamed Soft Boiled EggsEquipment:

  • Steam rack and/or steamer basket
  • Canning lids or metal cookie cutters

 Directions:

  1. Pour 1 cup water into the pot and position a steamer basket or trivet atop the steam rack.
  2. Place 3-5 eggs, using canning lids or metal cookie cutters to separate/hold the eggs.
  3. Close lid and steam valve.  Press Steam setting, and adjust time down to 4 minutes.  (5 minutes for hard boiled).
  4. At end of cycle, place a cool cloth on the lid and quick release the steam valve. Use tongs to transfer eggs to a cold water bath for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Peel and enjoy!

Apple Butter (easiest one around!)

By , December 19, 2012

Submitted by Ezzie Brody.

We live in an area surrounded by 40+ orchards/farms.  During a recent trip to the local farmers market I bought a peck of Fuji apples.  On a whim I decided to try apple butter in my Instant Pot.  Couldn’t have asked for an easier way to make it!  I’ve made it several times and it’s a no fail way to make apple butter with the least amount of effort!

I used one of those hand utensils that core and section the apple, very easy to use.  I then cut each section in half. NO need to even peel the apples!

Directions:

  • Fill your inner pot to the line with apples.
  • Add 1 cup water.
  • Put the inner pot into the Instant Pot.  Put on the lid, plug in and set Instant Pot to steam setting.  Adjust time to 4 minutes using the + and – buttons.
  • When you hear the beeps indicating it’s done, just leave it.  Let the pressure return to normal on its own.
  • Open lid and using an immersion blender, blend until it reaches apple butter consistency.
  • Put in cinnamon, sugar (I use Splenda) to taste.  You can also add a touch of nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice, whatever your tastebuds tell you would be to your taste.
  • Put into containers, or into canning jars with new lids, and into a waterbath for 25 minutes.
  • This is a great holiday breakfast treat on fresh baked bread, or over pancakes and waffles.

Enjoy!

Tomato Bisque

By , December 19, 2012

Submitted by Ezzie B.

I usually buy those wonderful tomatoes on the vine every couple of weeks.  But my husband doesn’t eat them fast enough.  So I’ve developed a good recipe to transform them into Tomato Bisque that is delicious and inexpensive.  But you can use good plum tomatoes as well.

Instructions:

  • Cut tomatoes in half or quarters.  Put into the inner liner pot.  No need to peel the tomatoes!
  • If you put in enough to go to the fill line add 1 cup water, or if you only had enough for 1/2 pot full just add 1/2 cup water.
  • Put the lid on and plug in the Instant Pot.  Then set to steam and adjust time (using the + and – buttons) to 6 minutes.
  • When you hear the beeps indicating it is done do NOTHING.  Just let the pot return to normal pressure.
  • Remove the lid and using an immersion blender, blend to a very smooth consistency.
  • You can add whatever you like at this point.
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste (white pepper is best) Basil or oregano (fresh or dried)
  • Add as much half and half as you like.  I added 1 cup for a half batch.
  • Serve with a fresh leaf of basil on the soup and fresh bread on the side.

Quinoa Salad

By , September 7, 2012

Quinoa Salad Submitted by Teresa B.G.

I love cooking grains and beans in the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker as they come out so quick and so great.  Here is a very fresh salad that I make quite often and everyone just loves, especially with the fresh ingredients from the gardens.  It is so very good for you and so refreshing.

 

Ingredients and method:  serves 4 – 6 people

  • ½ cup white quinoa – rinsed for 30 seconds in cold water (using strainer)
  • 1 cup water

Place rinsed quinoa and water in pressure cooker pot, set manually for two minutes.  When ready release pressure manually, remove from pot, fluff up and set aside.

If I want to make a larger salad I use 1 cup of quinoa with 1 1/4 cups of water

  • ½ cup black beans
  • 3 cups water

If you think about it, you can soak your beans in the morning before you use them, but truly, I never do.

Place beans and water into pressure cooker pot and pressure cook for 20 minutes….let pressure release naturally.  Drain and set aside.

In the meantime, place in your salad bowl:

(The amounts of the following ingredients can be as much or little as you like.)

Small tomatoes cut in half, or use regular tomatoes cut into bite sized pieces – about 1 cup

  • 4 of the mini cucumbers sliced or diced
  • 1 hot pepper seeded and diced
  • 1/2 green pepper diced – optional or use red pepper Feta cheese – cubed, as much or little as you like Purple onion – ¼ diced or use a couple of green onions cut up
  • 1 can of cooked corn

Add the cooked quinoa and the beans

Dressing:

I process all the ingredients for the dressing in a blender/food processor until it looks creamy.  Or you can whisk the oil, juice and cumin and just cut up the parsley, mint and basil and add to the salad.

  • Equal amounts of oil and lemon or lime juice – ½ cup oil, ½ cup lemon juice – adjust the oil and juice as you like.  Some like more oil and less of the juice.
  • Teaspoon of cumin
  • Parsley – I like lots – 4-5 sprigs
  • Mint – a few leaves so not overpowering taste Basil (optional) Salt and pepper

 

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

Instructions:

  • 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!

Oxtails Stew

By , February 19, 2012

stew 320x213 Oxtails Stew

Submitted by Ted K.

Ingredients:

  • 5 lbs oxtails
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small bunch parsley, chopped
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sugar to taste

Instructions:

Season the oxtails with salt and pepper then put in the cooker Put the rest of the ingredients on top of oxtails, then pour the wine and water over everything.
Cook at stew setting for 40min. Let cool in cooker for at least 10min before opening the lid.
Season with salt, pepper to taste.