Posts tagged: Red Pepper

Squash and Rice Casserole (Vegetarian or not)

By , November 22, 2012

Submitted by Teresa G.

Squash and Rice Casserole 300x225 Squash and Rice Casserole (Vegetarian or not)I am finally back to cooking after what felt to me a lifetime away!  We all have journeys in life – up and down – boy it felt good to get back to recipes and my Instant Pot.Notice in the photo, my elderly cat Valentina is savouring the smells coming from my latest dish.  She is hoping for a taste, however, I keep reminding her she is NOT a vegetarian!  She does like to keep a watchful eye on my cooking!As it is fall, there are plenty of harvest vegetables from your gardens and from the stores….a huge variety of pumpkins, squashes to be had!  So good for you. Here is what I tried and was delighted with:

Squash and Rice Casserole – Pressure Cooked in an InstantPot


  • 2 tbsp of oil  (do not waste your olive oil as it loses in value when heated – becomes like any other oil.  Olive oil is great cold) One large or two smaller onions peeled and finely chopped (food processor)
  • 2 sticks of celery finely chopped (food processor)
  • 2 carrots, washed and finely chopped (food processor)
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and finely chopped (food processor)
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp dried or fresh thyme (this also was from my garden)
  • 6-8 white mushrooms quartered or leave out if you do not like mushrooms
  • 2 – 3 cups of vegetable stock if vegetarian – chicken broth if not .  PLEASE READ BOTTOM NOTE ABOUT RICE WATER RATIO* About 9-10 ounces of brown rice – I use California brown as it cooks fast
  • 27 ounce tin of chopped tomatoes, liquid and all Flesh of squash  – I used a smaller butternut squash and a medium sized zucchini – one of my friends substituted pumpkin and it was very good.  I peel the squash, deseed it and cut into one inch cubes Salt and pepper


  • In the Instant pot I put the sauté function on medium and I heat the oil.  I sauté the onions, celery, carrots and  red pepper for about 5 minutes.
  • I now add the garlic, thyme, salt and pepper and heat for another minute.  Then add the mushrooms and stir for 1 minute.  Add the rice, mix it all together.  Transfer all into a crock, corningware or metal bowl – any bowl that will fit the pressure cooker with a lid or that can be covered with aluminum foil.  *Add the tomatoes and the 2-3 cups of stock for a sticky rice.  If you prefer your rice NOT to be sticky use one cup rice to 1 ¼ cups of liquid.  Take into account liquid in the can of tomatoes. Now stir in the squashes.
  • Put about an inch and a half of water into the pressure cooker. Place the bowl with all the ingredients mixed on a flat trivet into the pot. Cover the pot with a lid or tightly with aluminum foil.   Place pressure cooker lid on securely  and pressure cook on rice setting.  If you are really saavy you can leave the ingredients directly in the pressure cooker pot but you may risk burning on the bottom if the water ratio is incorrect.  I have done this…..thank God for the InstantPot Stainless steel pot…so easy to clean up if that happens.
  • It is done, colourful and delicious.



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


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


BBQ Hawaiian Turkey Meatloaf 

By , March 29, 2012

Submitted by Pamie F.

I have more photos and a how-to video at my Website at:

P1080332 Large 300x225 BBQ Hawaiian Turkey Meatloaf Ingredients

  • 2 – tbls. – Olive Oil – Divided
  • 1 – med Onion, (minced)
  • 3 – cloves of Garlic (minced)
  • 1- Red Pepper (finely chopped or you may use Green Pepper)
  • 1 – 15oz canned diced Tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. – Sea Salt (or Himalayan)
  • 1/2 tsp. – freshly ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp. – Parsley (fresh or dried)
  • 1 tsp. – Paprika
  • Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
  • (NOTE: Save a Pinch of Salt, Pepper, Parsley, Paprika and Cayenne to season the Bread cubes.)
  • 1 1/2 cp – whole grain Bread (Cubed)
  • 2 lbs – ground Turkey
  • 1/2 cp – dry Red Wine
  • 2 – Eggs
  • 3 1/2 tbls. – Sour Cream or Creme Fraiche
  • 1 1/2 tbls. – Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbls. – Soy Sauce
  • 3 tbls. – Ketchup
  • 3 tbls. – favorite BBQ Sauce
  • 1 cp – crushed Pineapple (drained)


  • In a skillet, put in 1-tbls. Olive Oil and add Garlic, Red Pepper and Onions.
  • Sauté until Onions are almost transparent.
  • Add your chopped Tomatoes and cook down until almost all of the fluid has been cooked out of it.
    Set aside to cool.
  • Next – in a skillet add 1-tbls of Olive Oil and the Bread cubes and a pinch of the Seasonings you saved back: (Salt, Pepper, Parsley, Paprika and Cayenne) to the Olive Oil. Sauté until the Bread Cubes are well toasted.
  • In a mixing bowl add your ground Turkey, Eggs,Sour Cream, Worcestershire and Soy Sauces. Mix well.
  • Add your cooled Seasoned mixture to the Turkey mixture.
  • Add your loaf into your ceramic or glass dish.
    You may use a loaf pan that will fits inside your Instant Pot.
  • Top with the mixture of Ketchup and BBQ Sauce *Sprinkle Pineapple over top the sauces.
  • Foil the top of your Turkey Meatloaf to seal it and keep it moist.
  • Add 2 cups of water to the inside pan in your Instant Pot.
  • Set in your Trivet.
  • Add in your Turkey Meatloaf atop the Trivet.
  • Set your Instant Pot to the “Meat” setting.
  • Once done, let the the Instant Pot cool down on it’s own.
    This will help set up the Meatloaf. Note: DO NOT cut it until it’s cooled at least ten minutes.
  • Slice the Meatloaf and ENJOY!

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:


  • 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


  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)


  • 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


  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. :-)


Hyper Curry in a Hurry

By , February 11, 2012

Recipe submitted by Eliot.

I love my Instant pot, and have talked about it to all my friends. Amazing cooking tool for busy students!

This recipe has served me well and is always a hit with guests. It’s flexible delicious and quick to make Thai tasting curry. All you need is the instant pot.

Take your curry to another dimension!

HyperCurry 320x263 Hyper Curry in a HurryHyper Curry:

You will need:

  • 1 tbsb Yellow curry paste: (Green = Hot. Red = medium, Yellow = mild)
  • 1 cup chicken broth (match the meat option)
  • 3 tbsb of fish sauce
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 lime leaves (whole)
  • 1 lemon grass stalk
  • 1 piece of ginger (thumb sized)
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 large potato
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 can Coconut Milk

Meat Options: Chicken or pork or beef, or tofu)

Extra options: (bamboo shoots, root veggies, squash, zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, peanuts, galangal, cilantro, green onions, tofu, shrimp)



  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Selected Meat
  • 1 tbs curry paste.
  • fish sauce (or liht soy sauce)
  • garlic (rough chop)
  • lime leaves
  • lemon grass stalk (cut in half lengthwise) ginger (whole) carrot (pieces) large onion (pieces) large potato (Pieces) (Dried mushrooms, if you like) Close and lock Cook at pressure for 15-20 Release pressure While liquid is still hot, Add:
  • 1 can Coconut Milk
  • Personalized options (I like bamboo shoots, green onions, cilantro, shrimp) Add curry paste + fish sauce to taste.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Serve with rice or noodles.
  • Add a squeeze of lime juice + drizzle some coconut milk over the finished plate.

Good luck!

Beer Potato Fish

By , June 14, 2009

potato fish picture 300x270 Beer Potato Fish

The Beer Potato Fish would be a challenge for a non-professional cooker. But it is now a different story with Instant Pot Programmable Pressure Cooker. Even people without too much cooking experience can follow the recipe to get this delicious dish done easily. What you need to do is to prepare ingredients, put them into Instant Pot Programmable Pressure Cooker then press fish button to cook in fully automated cooking process, and switch to keep-warm after cooking.

Prepare Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: Around 40 minutes with Instant Pot Programmable Pressure Cooker

Ingredients: 6 servings

  • 1 pound fish fillet
  • 4 medium size potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1 red pepper sliced
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon oyster flavored sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rock candy
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Cooking: Put all ingredients into Instant Pot Programmable Pressure Cooker then press the Bean/Chili button. Then that is it! Simple, fast, delicious, retaining flavour and nutrition, consistent results all the time.