Posts tagged: Kitchen Towel

Sweet Carrots

By , March 27, 2013

Submitted by Kay A.

Makes 2 cups. About 100 calories per cup.


  • 1/2 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups baby carrots


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.



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.


  • 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.


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.


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.


Makes 4 servings – 270 calories per serving


  • 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)


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



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.


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.