Posts tagged: Set Time

“Baked” Sweet Potatoes

By , March 29, 2013

Submitted by Kay A.

Often I use my Instant just because it is convenient, not because it is faster. I can throw these in and leave the house. When I return home hours later worn out and packing a hungry grandchild, lunch is ready and warm.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 large sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Tad of extra virgin olive oil

Each large sweet potato is about 165 calories (without toppings)

Directions

Scrub potatoes, coat very lightly with olive oil, wrap in aluminum foil. Pour 1/2 cup of water in pot, add provided trivet, set potatoes on top. Add lid, press steam button and set time to 15 minutes.

Serving suggestion:

Remove foil, cut slit in top of sweet potatoe and enjoy. If you like a topping, add a little of one or two of your healthier favorites: walnuts,  ground flax seeds, Greek yogurt, low fat cream cheese, etc. If a child is eating, 3-4 miniature marshmallows on a warm sweet potatoe go over big.

BTW: Since they have aluminum foil, they store well on a plate in the refrigerator to serve in later meals.

Sweet Carrots

By , March 27, 2013

Submitted by Kay A.

Makes 2 cups. About 100 calories per cup.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups baby carrots

Directions

Place the butter, brown sugar, water and salt in Instant Pot. Press saute button and stir for 30 seconds or until butter is melted. Add carrots, stir to coat carrots. Put lid on cooker, close the pressure release value (set to sealing), press steam button and set time to 15 minutes.

When beeps finished,  do a quick release of pressure. Remove lid, press saute button and saute until liquid has evaporated. Remove carrots. (Add a little water to the pot to prevent sticking until you can clean the pot.) Serve.

 

 

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

 

Mild Chicken and Corn Tortilla Enchiladas

By , January 29, 2013

Submitted by Kay A.

Chicken EnchiladasI used to simmer chicken all day to prepare this recipe. With my Instant Pot, it comes together so much faster! These are very mild (not spicy), creamy chicken and corn tortilla enchiladas. If you like your enchiladas spicy, you will need to kick it up a notch by adding heat to the chicken mixture – that’s what the optional peppers accomplish. These reheat well, so you can make them early in the day and then reheat at mealtime.

Ingredients:

Makes 12 enchiladas that are 250 calories each.

  • 1 pound frozen chicken breasts
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 10 ounce can Green Chili Enchilada Sauce
  • 1 8 oz package of Neufchatel Cheese or reduced fat cream cheese
  • ½ onion, green peppers, hot peppers (whatever you like to spice it up) optional
  • 1 cup chopped spinach (optional but highly recommended for nutrition)
  • 12 whole grain extra thin 6 inch yellow corn tortillas (Mission brand is 80 calories each)
  • 3 ounces of grated cheddar cheese (or as much as you prefer)

 Instructions:

  1. Place frozen chicken breasts in Instant Pot with 2 cups of water. Put lid on, press poultry button and set time to 30 minutes. When beeps finished, either let sit or release pressure immediately based on how much time you have. Pour off liquid and save to use as a weak broth for other recipes.
  2. With chicken still in pot, shred chicken with two large  forks and then add the package of Neufchatel cheese, the spinach, any onions or peppers you might want and 2 tablespoons of the enchilada sauce. Press the Sauté button and use the heat to soften the cheese a little so you can easily combine the contents of the pot. You are not really sautéing anything, so don’t walk away or leave on Sauté for more than 60 seconds.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a shallow baking dish that is large enough to hold 12 enchiladas with nonstick spray. Place 2-3 tablespoons of the chicken filling into the middle of each corn tortilla and roll the sides up to form an enchilada. Place seam side down in the baking dish. (Don’t worry if the corn tortillas crack a little in the process.)
  4. Slowly dribble the rest of the enchilada sauce over each enchilada in the baking dish, making sure to wet the top of each tortilla completely. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top. Cover with aluminum foil.
  5. Place in the preheated 400 degree oven. After 15 minutes, remove the aluminum foil. Continue to cook in the oven until bubbly and cheese is melted (about 10 minutes).

I serve with a side salad, but Mexican rice or black beans would be yummy.

 

 

Turkey Breast Easiest Ever

By , January 23, 2013

Submitted by Kay A.

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen turkey breast with frozen gravy packet
  • 1 whole onion

Instructions:

  1. Run water over frozen turkey breast and packet enough to remove the plastic on each. Leave the mesh on the turkey breast.
  2. Place frozen turkey breast, rozen gravy packet and whole onion in Instant Pot. Push poultry button and set minutes to 35. When finished, allow to depressurize for a few minutes. Remove lid, turn turkey breast over. Replace lid, press poultry and set time for 30 minutes. When beeps, allow to fully depressurize. Check internal temperature of turkey breast with meat thermometer. Mine was 180F degrees.
  3. Remove lid.  Check internal temperature of turkey breast with meat thermometer. Mine was 180F degrees.
  4. Remove mesh. Remove turkey and slice. Places slices and turkey gravy into serving dish.

Turkey was tender and better tasting than brining and cooking in oven.