Posts tagged: Parsley

Comforting Potato Soup in under 30 minutes

By , January 25, 2013

Potato soup Comforting Potato Soup in under 30 minutesSubmitted by Kay A.

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 slices nitrite free bacon
  • 1 t minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 1/2 lbs potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • a dash of dried red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian Seasoning
  • 2 cups of low sodium chicken broth
  • 12 ounce can of evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt (or to taste)
  • black pepper to taste

 Instructions:

  1. Press Saute on Instant Pot. Add onion, bacon, garlic and olive oil. Stir while sauteing for 3-4 minutes. Do not walk away or this will burn.
  2. Add 1 cup of chicken broth, potatoes, carrots, celery, parsley, red pepper flakes, and Italian Seasoning. Stir. Placed lid on pot, press steam button and set minutes to 10. (It takes about 10 to come to pressure and then cooks for 10 minutes.)
  3. When beeps, do a quick pressure release. Remove bacon and discard. Add 2 cups of chicken broth and evaporated milk. Insert an emersion blender and run on short bursts until a creamy consistency that you like, but make sure to leave chunks of potatoes. Don’t puree it all. Add salt and pepper to taste, stirring gently to incorporate.
  4. Makes 8 cups of creamy, comforting potato soup. 250 calories per cup.

 

 

 

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

 

Marilyn’s Wheat and Vegetable Breakfast

By , March 19, 2012

Submitted by Marilyn D.

Ingredients:

  • Soak 2 cups white wheat berries over night in lots of water
  • Combine wheat and about 6 ½ cups water in Instant Pot. (I use the soaking water and add whatever is necessary.)
  • 1 tablespoon oil or butter
  • 1 tablespoon regular salt
  • 2 medium potatoes sliced or cubed (I don’t peel). I use my food processor to slice all the vegetables.
  • 2 cups sliced carrots (I don’t peel)
  • Saute in frying pan in 2 to 3 tablespoons oil or butter. I do not brown.
  • 2 medium onions sliced
  • 5 stalks celery sliced
  • 2-4 cloves smashed garlic if desired
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp thyme

Instructions:

  • Use Instant Pot multi-grain setting and cook wheat, potatoes and carrots.
  • When wheat is cooked add sauteed vegetables.
  • Can be eaten at this point or turn on slow cooker and simmer for about ½ hour to mingle flavors better.
  • I garnish with flat leaf parsley and serve as is or with plain yogurt.

This dish tastes better after it has been cooled and refrigerated. I make a pot and then eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
I have also varied this recipe by cooking the wheat and then adding the potatoes and carrots on then cook the potatoes and carrots on slow cooker setting and then add the sauted onions, celery and garlic.
Everything is approximate in this recipe with the exception of the amount of wheat.

Home Made Raisin Butter Rice

By , February 28, 2012

Submitted by Crystal J Zh.

Ingredients:

  • rice, raisin, butter, salt and (optional) fresh parsley.
  • 3 or more cups of  long grained or wild rice •¼  salted butter •one teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup of raisin
  • parsley (optional) for garnishing

Instructions:

  • Washed the rice, and mix all the ingredients in instant pot, excepted for the parsley. Add water, the water needs to be 1cm-2cm above the rice line.  The texture of the rice depends on the amount of water.
  • Set up Instant Pot as ‘rice cooking.’  After, the rice has been cooked, release the pressure, open the cover and stir the cooked rice to mix the ingredients.  Add chopped parsley for garnishing.
  • Sweet buttery creamy rice, mixtures of texture and flavours, a taste of oriental and middle east culture,  sure to be a hit for the whole family, especially loved by children.

For savoury options add meat, vegetables or nuts.

Chicken Broth Recipe

By , February 21, 2012

Submitted by Laura.

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds chicken parts (backs, necks wings, etc.)
  • 1-1 quart zip bag full of vegetable trimmings.
  • As I chop veges, I keep the trimmings in a zip bag in the freezer until I’m ready to make broth. I use things like:
    • Onion skins
    • Shallot skins
    • Garlic skins
    • Celery trimmings
    • Carrot trimmings and peels
    • Herb scraps like parsley stems
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Water

Directions:

Fill pot with chicken, vegetables, salt and pepper, and bay leaf. Add water to cover plus 2 inches. Do not overfill pot!

Place lid on pot and set pressure cooker for 30 minutes on high pressure. Let steam release naturally when time is up. After lid is unlocked, take out contents of pot and stain in colander.