Posts tagged: Green Onions

Wheat Berry Salad

By , August 14, 2013

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By Teresa B. G.

I recently was invited to a luncheon at a friend’s house.  While having lunch, someone started a discussion on ‘wheat berries’.  I had never heard the term before and had no idea what that was.  I was thinking it was some sort of a fruit berry I had not heard of.  Well, much to my surprise it is the bran, the germ and the endosperm left intact when the husk of whole wheat grains is removed…..Wheat berries are a whole grain full of vitamins and fiber.  They are nutty and chewy and very good for you and can be used in a variety of ways. Believe it or not, I use it in a salad.  I make this salad frequently and love the flavours in it as do my family and guests.  Pressure cooking makes it quicker and gives it a better flavour and texture. Try it.  It is certain to become one of your favourites!

 

Wheat Berry Salad

 

Ingredients:

  • 2  cups   water
  • 1 cup wheat berries – found in natural food stores
  • ¼ cup raspberry vinegar   ( I do not purchase this, I soak raspberries in vinegar)
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • ¾ cup thinly sliced green onions
  • ¾ cup dried blueberries
  • ½ cup slivered dried apricots
  • ½ cup  chopped toasted almonds
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Directions

The night before:

Rinse your wheat berries well with cold water and place them in a bowl filled with cold water.  Soak over night. Rinse them thoroughly and drain them.

Pressure Cooking:

Place the wheat berries in the Instant Pot with 2 cups of water and pressure cook for 15 – 20 minutes, manually release pressure when done. If you were doing this on a stove top it would take more water and about 60 minutes. Rinse with cold water and drain.

Dressing and Assembling:

Whisk together the raspberry vinegar, balsamic vinegar, mustard, ¾ tsp salt and pepper in a bowl.  Gradually whisk in the oil until blended.  Stir in the onions, blueberries, apricots, almonds and parsley.  Let it stand for 30 minutes.  Stir in the wheat berries.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours in the refrigerator so that all the flavours meld.  Garnish with fresh parsley and fresh basil.  It is so delicious and a great addition to summer pot lucks.  The salad keeps well in the refrigerator.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Speedy Texas Trail Chili

By , September 27, 2012

Submitted by Peter H.SPEEDY TEXAS TRAIL CHILE

Ingredients: 8 servings

  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled, chopped
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef, turkey or chicken
  • 2 Cups favorite Bloody Mary mix (spicy preferred)
  • 2 Cans (14 ounces each) diced tomatoes with green chilies (or 28-ounce can diced tomatoes with juice)
  • 2 Cans (14 ounces each) kidney beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 4 Tablespoons (or more if you like) favorite chili powder, divided
  • 1-1/2 Cups Water

For Serving (optional):

  • Corn chips
  • Shredded cheese
  • Sliced green onions
  • Sour cream

Instructions:

  • In the INSTANT POT pressure cooker pot, heat the oil.
  • Add the onion and saute about 8 minutes until it becomes lightly golden brown.
  • Add the meat and cook until it browns, breaking it up as it cooks.
  • Stir in the Bloody Mary mix and heat on medium-high, stirring and scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan.
  • Add the tomatoes, beans and 2 Tablespoons of the chili powder. Stir well. Bring to just a boil;  add the water.
  • Lock the lid in place and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • Quick release the steam.  When the pressure valve drops remove the lid tilting it away from your face.
  • Just before serving stir in Tablespoons of the chili powder then let it stand 5 minutes.
  • Ladle into bowls and garnish as desired.  Serve and ENJOY!!

 

 

 

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

 

Braised duck with potato

By , March 30, 2012

Submitted by Angel C.

Braised duck with potato 300x225 Braised duck with potatoThis recipe can be use for other poultries. But I like to use the instant pot to do the duck because the depth of the instant pot can do the best job of keeping the oil splatter in the pot that not a single splatter shield can do. We all know how hard is to remove the oil splatter on the stove and on the wall. And duck fat and potato is a perfect match. The instant pot is the ultimate solution to a quick, easy and delicious meals.

Ingredients

  • 1 Whole duck chopped into chunks
  • 1 Potato chopped into cubes
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 (1 inch) piece fresh ginger root, sliced
  • 2 green onions cut into 2 inches length
  • 4 table spoons of soy sauce
  • 4 table spoons of sugar
  • 4 table spoons of rice/sherry wine
  • 1/2 tea spoons of salt
  • 1/4 cup of water

Directions
1. Heat up the instant pot by pressing “Saute” for 1 minute.
2. Sear the chopped duck in the instant pot with skin side down till golden brown.
3. Stir in and mix all ingredients into the instant pot, except the potato, and press “Poultry.”
4. After the poultry cycle, release pressure and open the lid. Stir in the potato cubes and press “manual” for another 5 minute.

Hyper Curry in a Hurry

By , February 11, 2012

Recipe submitted by Eliot.

I love my Instant pot, and have talked about it to all my friends. Amazing cooking tool for busy students!

This recipe has served me well and is always a hit with guests. It’s flexible delicious and quick to make Thai tasting curry. All you need is the instant pot.

Take your curry to another dimension!

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You will need:

  • 1 tbsb Yellow curry paste: (Green = Hot. Red = medium, Yellow = mild)
  • 1 cup chicken broth (match the meat option)
  • 3 tbsb of fish sauce
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 lime leaves (whole)
  • 1 lemon grass stalk
  • 1 piece of ginger (thumb sized)
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 large potato
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 can Coconut Milk

Meat Options: Chicken or pork or beef, or tofu)

Extra options: (bamboo shoots, root veggies, squash, zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, peanuts, galangal, cilantro, green onions, tofu, shrimp)

Directions:

Add:

  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Selected Meat
  • 1 tbs curry paste.
  • fish sauce (or liht soy sauce)
  • garlic (rough chop)
  • lime leaves
  • lemon grass stalk (cut in half lengthwise) ginger (whole) carrot (pieces) large onion (pieces) large potato (Pieces) (Dried mushrooms, if you like) Close and lock Cook at pressure for 15-20 Release pressure While liquid is still hot, Add:
  • 1 can Coconut Milk
  • Personalized options (I like bamboo shoots, green onions, cilantro, shrimp) Add curry paste + fish sauce to taste.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Serve with rice or noodles.
  • Add a squeeze of lime juice + drizzle some coconut milk over the finished plate.

Good luck!