Green Beans, Arugula and Pears with Mint


  • 1 lb green beans
  • 2 pears
  • 1 cup lightly packed arugula
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh mint
  • Steamer basket
  • Countertop blender
  • Add 1 cup water to the inner pot and place the steamer basket in the pot. Arrange green beans and pears in the basket. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp (2 mL) cinnamon. Arrange arugula on the top.
  • Close and lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to Sealing. Set your Instant Pot to Pressure Cook or Manual on High for 2 minutes.
  • When the cooking time is done, press Cancel and turn the steam release handle to Venting. When the float valve drops down, remove the lid. The arugula should be wilted, and the pears and beans should be tender. (If more cooking time is needed for the pears or beans, transfer the arugula to the blender and continue pressure cooking on High for 1 minute.) Reserve liquid.
  • Transfer pears, beans, remaining cinnamon and mint to the blender. Cover and purée until smooth. Add 1 tbsp (15 mL) reserved liquid. Cover and purée until smooth. Continue adding liquid, 1 tbsp (15 mL) at a time, until desired consistency.
  • Spoon a small amount into serving bowl. Test temperature before serving. Transfer remainder to ice cube trays.
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