Posts tagged: Salt Pepper

Balsamic Chicken Thighs

Submitted by: Darlene P.

Oh, this is so delicious and tender.  My husband can’t wait for me to make it again. If you are serving this with Jasmine rice, cook the rice first. Add a couple pats of butter to the rice when cooking.


  • 1 LB of Boneless, Skinless Chicken thighs – about eight pieces
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh cillantro, chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of minced green onion
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons of EVOO light olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of Balsamic Vinegar (buy the expensive one, it is better)
  • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup of Cream Sherry wine.

How to Make it:

  1. In a plastic bag, Mix  the basil, salt, pepper, Sherry, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, minced onion, and balsamic vinegar.
  2. Mix it up, then add chicken to the mixture, be sure to cover the chicken in this sauce and set aside.
  3. Set your Instant Pot to Saute, add the olive oil and saute the minced garlic, stirring frequently.
  4. Set your Instant Pot to the Poultry setting, add the chicken and sauce from bag to the existing olive oil and garlic that is already in there.  Close the lid, and cook for 15 minutes.
  5. When serving, sprinkle the chopped cilantro on top for a tasty treat.
  6. Serve with white Jasmine rice and your favorite vegetable.  Your family will ask for more!

Sorry, I don’t have a photo, We ate it too quickly!

Super Easy Chunky Chicken and Veggie Soup

By , January 23, 2013

Submitted by Kay A.


  • 1 lb frozen chicken breasts (3-4)
  • 1 onion quartered
  • 1 carrot, chopped chunky
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped chunky
  • 2 t diced garlic
  • 2 squash or zucchini, chopped chunky
  • 2 medium potatos, skin-on, quartered
  • 1 can Progresso Parmesan Recipe Starters
  • 1 T Italian Seasoning
  • 1 T ground flaxseed (optional, just for added nutrition not flavor) Salt to taste Pepper to taste


  1. Put all ingredients in Instant Pot except salt and pepper. Stir a little to distribute. Close lid, push rice button and set for 12 minutes.
  2. When beeps that finished, allow to depressurize normally.
  3. Remove lid. Using two forks, shread chicken breasts as much as desired in your soup. (Chicken should shred easily and be thoroughly cooked. If not, replace lid, push poultry and cook a few more minutes.)
  4. Stir the soup a little, but not too much or you will mush the vegetables. Add salt and pepper to taste. Replace lid and let sit on “keep warm” for about 30 minutes to fully integrate the flavor in the chicken.
  5. Serve with freshly baked whole grain rolls. Yummy.

Jamaican Pepper Pot Soup

By , December 30, 2012

Submitted by Kay G.


  • 1/4 bacon, diced
  • 1 pound chicken breast/or beef chuck 1″ cubes
  • 1/2 lb shrimp
  • 1 can beef broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 pkg 16oz frozen spinach
  • 1/4- 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1 red or green pepper diced
  • 1 can of sliced tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp hot sauce or to taste
  • 1 pkg frozen sliced okra (optional)
  • 3 TB butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (optional)
  • paprika


  1. place bacon, chicken, onion, water and broth in pressure cooker.  Add spinach, thyme, green pepper, tomatoes, bay leaf, salt pepper and hot sauce.
  2. (optional) Saute the okra in the butter ovser the lowest heat for 5 minutes, then add to the soup.
  3. Pressure cook on manual for 9-10min
  4. Do a quick release – add shrimp to soup and let pink up about 3 minutes 4.(optional)I added some canned potatoes that I had canned (Russian banana fingerlings)that I just heated in the microwave to round it out for my taste.
  5. Serve with cornbread

Yield 6 servings – 16 grams of carbs and 5 grams of fiber, 33 grams of protein per serving.

Arroz con Pollo

By , June 28, 2012

Submitted by Dana.

Ingredients: Serves: 6 – 8

12 boneless, skinless chicken thighs


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh minced oregano or 1 tablespoon dried
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice


  • 3 – 4 cloves garlic
  • ½ medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped
  • ½ medium green bell pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1 large handful cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, small diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and small diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 28 ounce can Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes, with liquid
  • 5 cups organic chicken stock (preferably homemade)
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 cups long grain brown rice
  • 1 ½ cups Spanish Olives
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive brine



1.     Combine olive oil, garlic, sea salt, pepper, oregano, cumin and lime in a large non-reactive bowl or zip top bag. Add the chicken and coat evenly with the marinade. Let marinade for at least one hour up to overnight. Stir occasionally.


2.     Combine garlic, onion, green bell pepper, cilantro, sea salt and pepper in a food processor and process until smooth.


3.     Heat the inner liner of the Instant Pot on “Sauté” setting. Melt coconut oil. Remove chicken from the marinade, save any leftovers, brown the chicken in batches for about 5 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Transfer chicken to a plate and set aside.

4.    Add onion, red bell pepper, cumin and oregano. Sauté until just tender, about 5 minutes.

5.     Stir in the sofrito and sauté another 3 minutes. Add any leftover marinade, diced tomatoes, stock, and sea salt; simmer for 2 minutes.

6.     Stir in the rice, olives and brine. Add the browned chicken pieces to the pot.

7.     Place the lid on the pressure cooker and lock into place. Press the Meat/Stew Button; adjust time so that the pressure time is at 15 minutes. When done and pressure has naturally released, remove lid.

8.     Serve.

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!

Cabbage Rolls

By , March 20, 2012

Submitted by Ron V.

Contents and Measurments:

  • 1 Large head of green cabbage.
  • 1 1/2 pounds Hamburger. Good grade.
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 1 cup Minute Rice
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 large can crushed tomatoes


  • Dip cabbage in hot water to wilt. Separate into leaves for rolling.
  • Combine ingredients, burger, salt, pepper, rice cinnamon. Mix well.
  • Place about two tablespoons mixture onto leaf. Roll, tucking in the ends.
  • Place into pressure cooker. When all are rolled, pour the canned tomato over all. Press the Instant Pot “Manual” button and “-” to reduce time to 15 minutes. “Natural release” (let the pot rest after cooking cycle completes, until pressure falls and lid can be opened).

Very good! Family looks forward to this dish any time of the year!

Oxtails Stew

By , February 19, 2012

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Submitted by Ted K.


  • 5 lbs oxtails
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small bunch parsley, chopped
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sugar to taste


Season the oxtails with salt and pepper then put in the cooker Put the rest of the ingredients on top of oxtails, then pour the wine and water over everything.
Cook at stew setting for 40min. Let cool in cooker for at least 10min before opening the lid.
Season with salt, pepper to taste.

Potato Bacon Chowder

By , December 1, 2011

Glenda Embree is one of a kind grandmother of three beautiful grandchildren. She maintains a creative blog for busy wives and moms. The blog is full of wonderful and practical tips and recipes. The following is her recent creation of a Potato Bacon Chowder recipe using Instant Pot. The recipe is posted here with permission from Glenda.

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Ingredients: 8 servings

  • 5 lbs. russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced thin
  • 1 large onion, small diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon seasoning salt (I used Country Bob’s)
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 lb. bacon, fried crisp and rough chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and diced green onion for garnish


  1. Place potato chunks into inner pot of pressure cooker.potatochunks Potato Bacon Chowder
  2. Add celery, onion, garlic, seasoning salt, pepper and butter. Stir to combine.onions Potato Bacon Chowder
  3. Add bacon and chicken stock to pot and then stir to combine. (I debated on whether to add the bacon, now, or when the soup was done. Now, meant sinking that smoky flavor deep into the potatoes. Later, meant having that crispier texture element to enjoy in my finished soup. Tonight, I opted for the deep flavor (Totally delish, by the way!), but you could go either way and it would be tasty and perfectly acceptable.) If you decide to wait, you will add the bacon when you stir in the milk and cream.)bacon Potato Bacon Chowder
  4. Place the lid on the Instant Pot slow cooker and lock it into place.puttingonlid Potato Bacon Chowder
  5. It will start, off to the side, so it drops into the slots in the rim and then you will grip the handle to spin the lid into the locked position. See how the arrows line up when it’s locked?lidlocked Potato Bacon Chowder
  6. Push the Manual mode button and set the timer for 5 minutes. (I started with 10 and then checked half way through. At five minutes, the potatoes were fork tender and perfect. Amazing!)
  7. Quick-release the steam from the pressure cooker.
  8. When steam is fully gone, remove the lid of the slow cooker. There should still be liquid in the pot with your veggies.
  9. Use a potato masher to crush vegetables, resulting in a thick, semi-smooth mash. I left a few bigger chunks of potato, in mine, for texture. That’s totally a preference thing, so adjust for what your family likes.)
  10. Add cream and whole milk, stirring to incorporate.cream Potato Bacon Chowder
  11. Serve hot and steaming, topped with sour cream, shredded cheddar and sliced green onion.Potato bacon chowder1 Potato Bacon Chowder