Posts tagged: Red Pepper Flakes

Savory Black Beans subtly flavored with Ham Shank

By , February 13, 2013

Savory black beansSubmitted by Kay A.

For the investment in planning time, you will get a savory, healthy pot of black beans that are versatile to serve. These beans are savory, not spicy. If you want spicy, you will need to add heat to the recipe.

Makes 8 cups. Each cup is approximately 225 calories

24 hours prior to cooking beans

  • 8 ounce ham shank
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 pound dry black beans, rinsed and picked over
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 Tablespoons whey (vinegar will work, too)

Put the ham shank and 4 cups of water in Instant Pot, add lid, press Meat button and set time at 35 minutes. Pot will take 5 minutes to come to pressure and then cook for 35 minutes. Either do a quick release of pressure or allow the Instant Pot to cool down normally based upon how much time you have. When the contents are cool enough, transfer the water and shank to a bowl, cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator.

Combine the beans, water and whey (or vinegar) in the Instant Pot, and set aside to soak the beans . (The soak will aid in digestion and nutrition absorption.)

Cooking the beans

Remove the ham shank and liquid from the refrigerator. With a spoon, skim off and discard all hardened fat that has floated to the top of the water. Remove the ham shank to a cutting board. Trim off all meat from the bone. Trim the red meat into bite size pieces, making sure to trim off all visible fat. Feed the fat to the dog.

Drain and rinse the beans. (Discard all soaking water). Add to the beans in the pot:

  • the tasty, lean ham shank meat
  • the broth we skimmed
  • the bones of the shank
  • 1 red or green pepper (sliced, seeds removed)
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1/2 stalk celery, diced
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cane sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt (we will likely add more after cooking)
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flax or chia seeds (optional – for nutrition not flavor)

Stir, add lid, press Beans/Chili button and set time to 25 minutes and walk away. (The Instant Pot will take about 15 minutes to come to pressure and then cook for 25 minutes.) This will result in a firm black bean. If you want your beans on the softer side, set the time to 30 minutes.

When beeps done, throw a dishtowel over the top of the pot and do a quick pressure release. Remove the bones and discard. Taste the beans for softness and salt. Cook a few minutes more if you want the beans softer. Add salt to taste. Insert an immersion blender and zap the beans a few very short times to thicken the beans a little.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Serve as soup with homemade cornbread
  • With a slotted spoon, scoop some beans and serve over Brown Jasmine rice
  • With a slotted spoon, scoop some beans into a whole grain flour tortilla with cheese, diced tomatoes and onions, Greek yogurt, etc.)
  • Use as the beans in a quick chili recipe
  • Puree to serve as refried beans
  • With a slotted spoon, scoop some beans and serve as a side dish to my Mild Chicken Enchilada recipe

 

BBQ Chicken Strip Salad

By , February 5, 2013

bbq chicken salad BBQ Chicken Strip SaladSubmitted by Kay A.

Fast (frozen to ready to serve in 35 minutes) Delicious Healthy

If you divide the chicken to make four servings, the chicken alone will be 215 calories a serving.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound frozen chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup water

BBQ Sauce

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 teaspoon McCormick’s Barbeque Seasoning (or any brand you like) • Dash red pepper flakes • 1/4 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning • 2 teaspoons honey

Salad fixings

  • Lettuces, spinach, tomatoes, pine nuts, walnuts, flax seeds, shredded cheeses, etc.
  • Salad dressing of your choice (yogurt based dressings are especially delicious)

Directions

Spray the bottom of the Instant Pot with nonstick spray. Place the frozen chicken breasts and 1/3 cup of water in the pot and put the lid on. Press  the steam button and set the time to eight minutes. (The pot will come to pressure in about eight minutes and then cook for eight minutes.)

While the breasts are thawing in the Instant Pot

  1. Prepare your salad fixings and place them in into serving bowls.
  2. Mix together in a separate bowl the BBQ sauce (ketchup, BBQ seasoning, red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning and honey.) 3. Taste the BBQ sauce and adjust it to make sure it is the way your family prefers. We are a fairly low sugar family, so you may want more honey.

When the Instant Pot beeps that it is finished, throw a dish towel over the top and do a quick pressure release. Remove the top. With the chicken still in the pot, use a large fork and long sharp knife to slice the chicken into 1/2 inch strips being careful to not touch the sides of the hot pot. The chicken will be raw in the middle but easily sliceable. Pour the BBQ sauce over the chicken and mix with a heat safe spoon. At this point, it looks like chicken in a watery tomato soup.

Press the sauté button and set the time for 18 minutes, which will likely be too much time. This will come to a good boil, but will not splatter on your kitchen because the Instant Pot insert is so deep. For the first 10 minutes you can work on other things in the kitchen and just visit the pot, stir a little, turn chicken over, etc., as you monitor the progress. However, as the sauce thickens, it is important that you stay with the pot and monitor the sauce. So, for the last five minutes, you move the chicken around in the pot a little while the sauce thickens and sticks to the chicken. When almost all of the sauce has stuck to the chicken, remove the chicken to a serving tray. Turn the pot off. IMMEDIATELY pour 2-3 cups of water into the Instant Pot to keep the remaining sauce reside from sticking and burning to the pot.

Lay the chicken on top of the salads and serve. It is so good.

 

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.