Posts tagged: Immersion Blender

Hearty Potato Soup, loaded with nutrition

By , February 27, 2013

Submitted by Kay A.

soup Hearty Potato Soup, loaded with nutritionThis is a thick, chunky soup that has wonderful flavor, is nutritious and has a low calorie count. I love hunger satisfying soups that nourish our bodies and also allow us to keep our trim figures.

Makes 8 cups. 150 calories per cup (without cheese garnish)

Ingredients

 

  • 2 pounds potatoes (about 6-8 medium) peeled and cut into 6 pieces each
  • 3/4 cup baby carrots, sliced
  • 18 ounce can Progresso Creamy Roasted Garlic Recipe Starters
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh baby spinach leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup broth (I use leftover broth from cooking green beans, carrots or chicken breasts in my Instant Pot) fresh basil leaves, finely chopped (about 1 Tablespoon after chopping)
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flax or chia seeds (optional – for nutrition, not flavor)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)

Garnish

  • Grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves

Directions

Place all ingredients (except the salt and grated cheese) into the Instant Pot and stir. Add lid, press the Soup button and leave the time set to 30 minutes. (It will take about 15 minutes to come to pressure and then will cook for 30 minutes.)

When the Instant Pot beeps that it is finished cooking, throw a kitchen towel over the lid and then do a quick pressure release. Insert an immersion blender, and apply short zaps until the soup is thick but still has some chunky potato and carrot pieces.

Taste the soup and then add salt, if desired. Ladle into bowls and garnish with cheese, if desired.

Serve with freshly baked whole grain wheat bread or cornbread.

 

 

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.

Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup

By , March 29, 2012

Submitted by Donna B.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cubed
  • 1 small-medium onion diced very finely
  • 1 inch ginger finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 ½ tsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 2 T olive oil

Instructions:

Place olive oil, onion, garlic, and ginger in the bottom of the pressure cooker and cook on “Saute” until soft and fragrant. Add remaining ingredients, except lemon juice, and bring to high pressure. Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes and allow to depressurize naturally. Using an immersion blender, blend soup, add lemon juice, and serve.