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Mama’s Polish Red Borscht Soup

By , September 9, 2013

mamas borscht 300x224 Mama’s Polish Red Borscht SoupSubmitted by Teresa B.G.

Of course when they made soup in Poland back in the 1930’s , they would always put some meat in it if it was available…perhaps a rabbit or pigeon.  After Mama came to Canada she started to cook it meatless.  So the borscht I am used to is a vegetable borscht and I am telling you, you will not miss the meat, however, if you are so inclined to throw a pigeon in there…..or sausage or beef, sautéed, it would be great. I make this borscht with fresh vegetables from the garden available in late August and September. I do not use canned vegetables at all, but you certainly can use canned tomatoes – 14 ounce can.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 large beets , cooked in pressure cooker, peeled and diced along with the tops if you have them.3 carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 3-4 red potatoes, cleaned and cubed.  I use the red because they do not ‘dissolve’ into the soup, they remain intact and firm.
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • Fresh dill to taste
  • Water with beef bouillon powder dissolved in it
  • 2 cups of sauerkraut, drained and rinsed (small jar if you have to purchase one )or ½ fresh shredded cabbage and ½ sauerkraut.  Then you would use less sugar Fresh Tomatoes from your garden – about two cups cut up into ½ to 1 inch pieces.  No need to peel them, the pressure cooking dissolves the skin
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper….however the powdered bouillon has lots of salt in it so I would not add salt
  • 1 tablespoon Red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon or more sugar to taste
  • Squeeze of ketchup or half a can of tomatoe paste….ketchup is easier and not wasteful (1/4 cup) Sour cream for topping Fresh parsley for soup and for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

  • Place your beets on steaming rack into pressure cooker.  Do not cut the root off and cut tops near beet but not into beet Put in a cup and a half water into pressure cooker Close lid and pressure cook beets for about 30 minutes Remove from cooker, run beets under cold water and slip peels off and clean them up when not too hot to handle Dice the beets and cut fresh beet tops into one inch pieces..if you have beet leaves then shred them Place beets/tops/leaves into a bowl.
  • Clean pressure cooker pot…..put a tablespoon to two of oil and put on sauté.
  • When the oil is hot, sauté the onions, parsley, pepper (salt) and dill until onions translucent Now add into the pot the cut up beets /tops/leaves, carrots, potatoes , sauerkraut, tomatoes, garlic .
  • Add water/bouillon  to make as thin or thick a soup as you like. I do not like a runny soup in this case….you want the vegetables.    I add bouillon about 2/3rds …..not so vegetables are completely under water.
  • Put in the wine vinegar, sugar, and ketchup and stir.  Taste it to see if right sweet/sour consistency for you Pressure cook for 10 minutes.
  • Let pressure release naturally.
  • Scoop the wonderful vegetables into a bowl, top with sour cream and fresh parsley….so delicious.

This makes the maximum limit in the Instant Pot so good for a few servings or a large crowd.  Just delicious.

 

 

Red Lentils with Sweet Potato

By , February 20, 2013

Submitted by Angela W.

Here is a simple recipe I made with my Instant Pot electric pressure cooker that serves two:

Ingredients:

  • 1 small/medium onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup red lentils, rinsed
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle chili pepper powder (mine is Kroger grocery store brand)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons Sushi Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups water

 Instructions:

  1. Place all items in Instant Pot electric pressure cooker.  Stir to combine.  Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
  2. Release the pressure.
  3. Serving suggestion: spoon over hot broccoli into bowls.

Spicy Vegteble Soup in the Instant Pot

By , February 5, 2013

Submitted by Ezzie B.

Baby its cold outside!  I really crave soups this time of year!  I made a good amount of this to take to work during the week, and to share with my neighbors.  I prepared the soup and set it to cook, then took off to the gym.  It was so great to come home to such a heart warming soup on a day that didn’t break 30 degrees!    That’s the beauty of my Instant Pot 6-in-1 pressure cooker.

I use two kinds of jalapenos, fresh and pickled, because I like to adjust the heat as I am making the soup.  Two jalapenos would have been too much, but with just one the soup needed to have a bit more heat added to it. You can add as many jalapenos as you like.

I also use two kinds of broth, a low sodium broth by Pacific and 1 quart of broth made from Watkins chicken broth.  The Watkins adds a bit more depth than the Pacific does.  Feel free to use whichever brand you like.

My neighbors, Wayne and Waneta, to whom I delivered a nice serving of the soup, sent me the following email “What a treat to have our supper delivered to us. The soup was really good & also the bread. It really hit the spot. Thanks again.” I had taken them a loaf of my homemade Semolina bread which went perfect with the soup.

Ingredients:

Chop the following vegetables:

  • 1 cup celery (with about an inch of green top part)
  • 1/2 c carrots
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 three inch long fresh jalapeno with membrane and seeds removed

Rest of the ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seed
  • 3 big russet potatoes cubed but leave the peels on
  • 2 1/2 to 3 quarts Pacific low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp. Watkins chicken broth
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1/4 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp. chopped pickled jalapenos
  • Chopped cilantro to taste (I used half a bunch in this recipe)

Instructions:

  1. Set Instant Pot on Sauté.
  2. Add 2 tbsp. olive oil to pot and let warm up for a minute or so.  Drop in coriander seeds and cumin seeds and heat until the coriander seeds pop. Put in the chopped celery, carrots onion and jalapeno.  Sauté until the onions become translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3.  Add in the turmeric, cumin and pickled jalapenos. Once those have released some nice aroma, put in the potatoes and chicken broth.
  4.  Change setting to soup and set for 30 minutes.  Let pressure return to normal.
  5.  Right before serving add in the chopped cilantro.
  6.  Serve with good bread.

One Pot Sweet and Sour Spareribs

By , November 1, 2012

Submitted by Glenn R.

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 15 minutes

Ingredients: Serves 4-6

  • 1 Tb oil
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup rice wine (or cider) vinegar
  • 1 20 oz can of pineapple
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped ginger
  • 1 tsp. fish sauce (optional)
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • Pinch of smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 lbs of ribs, trimmed and cut for serving.
  • Corn starch slurry

Instructions:

Directions are for Instant Pot 6-in-1 Pressure Cooker.

  • Add oil, sauté onions until just translucent.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients except cornstarch slurry. Make sure spareribs are submerged in sauce. You can marinate refrigerated in the pot for several hours.
  • Pressure cook on “Stew” for 12 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.
  • When meat is done, remove meat to bowl and adjust seasoning (if needed). Set to sauté, when sauce starts to boil, add cornstarch slurry to thicken to desired taste and stir for one minute.
  • Serve with rice and veggies of your choice.
  • Variation, brown meat in oil on sauté before cooking. Alternately, “char” firmer meat on bbq or under broiler after pressure cooking, basting with strained sauce. Either of these are preferable if you aren’t using fish sauce.

Instant Pot Mango Dal

By , June 28, 2012

Mango Dal 300x225  Instant Pot Mango DalSubmitted by Dana.

Ingredients: Serves: 4-6

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin (or ½ teaspoon cumin seeds)
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup chana dal
  • 4 cups chicken broth (preferably homemade)
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric or 1 tablespoon grated fresh turmeric
  • 2 mangos peeled and diced
  • Juice of ½ a lime
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

Directions

1.     Place dal in a colander and rinse until water runs clear.

2.     Set the pressure cooker to Sauté to heat up the insert. Heat coconut oil until melted; add cumin and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add onion; sauté until soft and starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, coriander, cayenne and sea salt and sauté for 1 minute more.

3.     Add the dal, chicken broth, and turmeric to the pot. Keep on the Sauté feature and bring to a boil; boil for about 10 minutes removing any foam that comes to the top.

4.     Add mangoes. Place the lid on the pressure cooker and lock into place. Press the Beans/Chili button; adjust time so that the pressure time is 20 minutes.

5.     When done and pressure has naturally released, remove the lid; stir in lime juice and cilantro.

6.     Serve over cooked rice. (You can cook the rice at the same time if you want. Place 1 cup brown basmati rice with 1.5 cups chicken broth in a separate metal bowl sealed with either a lid or aluminum foil. Set gently on top of the dal before putting the lid on the pressure cooker.) Add Grilled chicken, if desire.

7. Chicken thighs marinated, for at least 30 minutes, in ½ cup greek yogurt with 2 teaspoons garam masala. Grilled

French Lentil Cassoulet with Pancetta and Chicken

By , June 23, 2012

Submitted by Lily J.

French Cassoulet French Lentil Cassoulet with Pancetta and Chicken Ingredients: Makes 8 servings

  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Two 1/2-inch-thick slices of pancetta (4 ounces), cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 pound French green lentils
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 1 large head of garlic, separated into cloves and peeled * Kosher salt to taste
  • 1 lemon-pepper  rotisserie chicken, skin discarded, cut into 8 pieces
  • 3/4 pound garlic salami, sliced crosswise 1/2 inch thick
  • 4 ounces lean slab bacon, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 tablespoons chopped parsley

Instructions:

In the inner pot, use Saute function to heat 3 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the pancetta and onion and cook until the fat has been rendered, about 5 minutes. Add the lentils, thyme, water, chicken broth, garlic, chicken, salami, and bacon.

Put cover on cooker. Use Manual mode to cook for 15 minutes.  Wait 10 minutes. Ensure that pressure is fully released and remove the lid.

Discard thyme and add salt to taste. Run the Saute function to thicken the sauce. Stir in parsley and serve.

* Peel garlic cloves quickly by immersing them in boiling water for a few seconds.

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.

Hungarian Lazy Woman Soup and Dumplings

By , March 27, 2012

Submitted by Pamela F.

Hungarian Lazy Woman Soup and Dumplings 300x225 Hungarian Lazy Woman Soup and DumplingsThe Hungarian Soup:

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ pounds – Round Beef Steak (if you prefer, you may use Chicken) Veggies are 1 cup each of fresh: Cauliflower, Broccoli, (you may add others if you wish. Cabbage will take over this broth though.)
  • 3 – large Carrots
  • 1 – Red Pepper (sliced in half)
  • 4 – Celery stalks
  • 1 – Medium Onion
  • 4 – Potatoes
  • ¼ cup – Soy Sauce (our secret ingrediant)
  • 3 tbs – Hungarian Paprika (or any Paprika)
  • 1 – Quart of regular Tomato Juice (not V8)
  • 2 – cups of water (Note: You may add more if the Dumplings makes it to rich.) Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Do not cut up the vegetables. Just throw them all into the Instant pot with the seasonings and Beef Steak.
  2. Put on the lid and set the Instant Pot cook for 35 minutes on the “Meat” setting.
  3. Release steam and carefully take out all vegetables and Beef Steak. You want a smooth soup. You may blend them up if you wish and re-add them. In this soup though, I typically save them for some another soup and freeze them.
  4. Cut up the Beef Steak and add it back in the broth.
  5. Sent the Instant Pot to Sauté and let the broth heat up and simmer.
  6. Add the dumplings. (Directions below)

The Hungarian Dumplings:

While the soup is cooking – you will want to make the dumplings. (You may cut this recipe in half if you wish)

Ingredients:

  • 1 – stick of Butter softened
  • 12 – Eggs
  • 1 – softened large Potato (you may use ½ cup of Instant potato too)
  • 3-5 – cps Flour
  • ½ tsp – each – Paprika, Garlic and Onion powder
  • 1 1/2 – tsp – Salt
  • ¼ tsp – Pepper

Instructions:

  1. Whip up the butter until lightly fluffy
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients one at a time and mix them until a soft dough-ball starts to form. You want your dough to be slightly sticky to the touch so only add enough flour to form a very soft dough. Mix (or knead) until the dough is smooth.
  3. When the finished soup broth is simmering on the Sauté setting, drop the Dumplings into the hot Broth with a teaspoon. I use two of them. One to grab dough, the other to push it off the spoon. Make sure the Soup remains simmering. In other words, don’t drop them to fast or they will stick together and cause the soup to cool.
  4. Once fully cooked, the Dumplings will float. Continue cooking for another 15 minutes to let the soup flavorings absorb into the wonderful Dumplings!

Note: I top my soup with a sprinkle of Parsley and a dollop Sour Cream! You may add cheese too. :-)

Enjoy!

Savory Swiss Steak

By , March 10, 2012

Submitted by Ruth A.W.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 to 3 pounds 1/2″ thick round steak, cut in serving size pieces
  • 1 28 oz an Dei Fratelli crushed all natural tomatoes, no salt
  • 1 6 oz can V-8
  • 1 T Worchestire Sauce
  • 1 tsp Beau Monde Seasioning
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/4 tsp Lawrys seasoned salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1 medium onion cut in chunks
  • 4 stalks celery, cut in 1 inch pieces
  • 1 cup small carrots

Instructions:

  • Brown round steak lightly on both sides Add 1 small 6 oz can V-8 to the Instant Pot cookpot, then add the steak.
  • Add celery, carrots and onion
  • Mix remaining ingredients and pour over meat and vegetables.
  • Secure lid, set to seal and select Meat setting. Increase to 50 minutes and then when cycle is finished, let pressure drop automatically.