Posts tagged: Few More Minutes

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)


  • 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)


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.



Super Easy Chunky Chicken and Veggie Soup

By , January 23, 2013

Submitted by Kay A.


  • 1 lb frozen chicken breasts (3-4)
  • 1 onion quartered
  • 1 carrot, chopped chunky
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped chunky
  • 2 t diced garlic
  • 2 squash or zucchini, chopped chunky
  • 2 medium potatos, skin-on, quartered
  • 1 can Progresso Parmesan Recipe Starters
  • 1 T Italian Seasoning
  • 1 T ground flaxseed (optional, just for added nutrition not flavor) Salt to taste Pepper to taste


  1. Put all ingredients in Instant Pot except salt and pepper. Stir a little to distribute. Close lid, push rice button and set for 12 minutes.
  2. When beeps that finished, allow to depressurize normally.
  3. Remove lid. Using two forks, shread chicken breasts as much as desired in your soup. (Chicken should shred easily and be thoroughly cooked. If not, replace lid, push poultry and cook a few more minutes.)
  4. Stir the soup a little, but not too much or you will mush the vegetables. Add salt and pepper to taste. Replace lid and let sit on “keep warm” for about 30 minutes to fully integrate the flavor in the chicken.
  5. Serve with freshly baked whole grain rolls. Yummy.

One Pot Chinese Beef Stew

By , October 31, 2012

Submitted by Glenn R.

Prep time 12 minutes

Cook time 30 minutes

Ingredients: Serves 4-6

  • 1-2 T oil
  • 2 medium onions sliced
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 2 tsps rice wine or sherry
  • 1 Tb soy sauce
  • 1 kg beef round, cubed into one inch pieces
  • 2 tsps cornstarch
  • Pinch of smoked Paprika
  • 1-2 tsp (to taste) garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup broth, preferably beef
  • 1 Tb Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 can of mushrooms (optional)
  • 1-2 tsps (to taste) fresh ginger chopped finely
  • 1-2 tsps cornstarch slurry if needed


Directions are for Instant Pot 6-in-1 Pressure Cooker (IP-LUX).

  • Add oil, sauté onions until just translucent.
  • Add sugar, rice wine and soy sauce and stir fry for 30 seconds.
  • Toss beef in dry ingredients, stir into pot and stir fry for 30 seconds.
  • Add beef broth and Worcestershire sauce, stir and set cover for pressure cooking.
  • Pressure cook on “Soup” for 30 minutes, leave on keep warm for 3 minutes. Release pressure. Check meat for doneness and moisture. If needs more time set timer to “Stew” for a few more minutes making sure there is enough broth.
  • When meat is done, add chopped ginger, mushrooms (optional) and more salt and pepper (if needed). Add cornstarch slurry to thicken to desired taste (if needed).
  • Sauté for another minute. Serve with rice and stir fried greens or fresh cut veggies.
  • Variation, cook your favorite steamed greens along with the meat by setting a bowl on top of the steamer stand after interrupting the cooking time.