Showing posts with label instant pot. Show all posts
Showing posts with label instant pot. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Shrimp, Corn and Bacon Risotto {Instant Pot!}


You know that risotto is my favorite thing to cook in the Instant Pot. It comes out beautifully every time, with minimal effort, and without having to add cream. So I am always on the lookout for new combinations. This one, with shrimp, bacon and corn, is a wonderful combo. If you wanted to get super fancy, you could grill the corn and shrimp first for even more flavor and color, but my family adored this dish just as written.


It's the perfect comfort food with summery flavors - great for a transitional season like this. (Work with me here, I'm still trying to transition away from summer, even though I'm wearing flannel pjs to bed...TMI.) So, all that to say, make this risotto. You won't be sorry.

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Shrimp, Corn and Bacon Risotto

4 slices bacon, chopped
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 medium red bell pepper, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
1/4 cup dry white wine
3 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels, thawed
12 oz bag frozen cooked shrimp, thawed
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Turn the Instant Pot to the saute setting. Add the chopped bacon and cook and stir until cooked through but not too crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon to a paper-towel lined plate. Add the onion, red pepper and garlic to the bacon drippings in the pot. Cook and stir for 3-5 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the rice and cook and stir for 2 minutes until the rice is slightly browned. Add the wine to the pot to deglaze. (Scrape the bottom of the pot to get any bits off!)

Add the chicken broth, stir all the ingredients together, then cover the pot. Set on high pressure for 6 minutes. When the cycle is complete, do a quick release of the pressure.

Stir in the shrimp and corn and the Parmesan cheese and stir well to incorporate all the ingredients. Adjust the salt and pepper to your taste. Serves 6.

Recipe Source: Adapted for the Instant Pot from the original recipe at From a Chef's Kitchen

Monday, January 7, 2019

Sweet Potato and Chicken Curry {Instant Pot}


After all the busy-ness of Christmas and New Year's, it's time to get into a good habit of planning healthy meals. For weeknights, my main three criteria are:

1) It must be delicious.
2) It must be fast.
3) It must be easy.

This recipe ticks all 3! Place all the ingredients in the IP, and let it cook away. Make some cauli or regular rice while it's cooking, and after it's done, stir in the coconut milk. You'll have a veggie packed, delicious curry and supper is ready!

I love all different kinds of curries (both red and green Thai varieties will appear here soon!) and while I usually make them on the stove top similar to a stir fry, I love how the IP cooks all these ingredients together with great success.

Amp up your mealtime with this great Sweet Potati and Chicken Curry. It's a Happy New Year all around!



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Sweet Potato and Chicken Curry

2 tsp. coconut oil
1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound chicken breast, cubed
1 sweet potato, cubed (about 2 cups)
1 red pepper, sliced or diced
2 cups green beans, trimmed
2/3 cup chicken broth
3 Tbsp. curry powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. ground turmeric
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 can (14 oz.) coconut milk (use full fat)
Cashews and cilantro for garnish

Set your Instant pot to the saute setting. Add the coconut oil, onion, and garlic and saute until onions are translucent.

Add the chicken, sweet potatoes, red pepper, green beans, broth, curry, cumin, turmeric, cayenne and sea salt. Seal the instant pot and use the manual setting to set time for 12 minutes.

Once time is up, release the pressure by switching from seal to vent. Once pressure is released, remove lid and turn Instant Pot to saute setting. Stir in the coconut milk and let cook for an additional 2-3 minute or until the mixture is hot.

Serve over rice or cauliflower rice and top with cashews and fresh cilantro. Serves 4-6.

Recipe Source: The Real Food Dieticians

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Countdown to 2019: Best Instant Pot Recipes of 2018

I love using my instant pot. It's not always the fastest way to cook, (ironic since it's called the Instant Pot) but it does always produce wonderful results. Probably the best thing about it is that it dirties only one pot, so clean up is a breeze. Here are my three favorite IP recipes from the last year.

Chicken Tikka Masala


This was a VERY popular dish at our house. It has just the right amount of spice and coconut milk adds to the delicious flavor. I've heard there's a way to cook rice in the IP at the same time as the entree, which would make this even better, but I have not tried it for myself. This is equally good served over riced cauliflower, too.

Bacon Risotto with Mushrooms and Peas


I've said it before and I'll say it again. Risotto is my FAVORITE thing to make in the IP. It turns out beautifully every single time, with no need to stir. And there are so many different combinations to try with different proteins and veggies. I made up this recipe based on ingredients that needed to be used up, and they went really well together. Leftovers make a wonderful lunch the next day, too.


Creme Brulee Cheesecake



Dessert in the IP? Yep! And cheesecake turns out wonderfully. It is so creamy and delicious. This version relies on a quick toasting under the broiler to create the crisp, sugary top, like creme brulee. If you have a torch, that would work even better!

Tomorrow we'll feature the most popular recipes on this blog from 2018. See you then!





Monday, October 15, 2018

Chicken Tikka Masala {Instant Pot}


Here is a great recipe for your Instant Pot for these cooler fall days. This dish was such a big hit in my family that the 13-year old took two big servings, and then placed a few grains of rice on her plate with one small piece of chicken. I inquired and she said "I'm so full but it's SO good. I don't want to stop eating!" That, my friends, is a ringing endorsement and one you should take seriously.


These kind of dishes are just made for the IP. I think pressure cooking helps intensify the spices - and it comes through here in a super flavorful combination. I've always thought this was a traditional Indian dish - but it turns out it was "invented" in a London curry house! No matter, we're just thankful someone invented it.


This is a simplified recipe; most chicken tikka masala recipes call for marinating the chicken in a yogurt before cooking. Here we just add it in with the tomatoes and the delightful onion, garlic and spice mixture. (You should be able to find garam masala in your grocery store spice aisle.)

I hope you'll try this soon - and I hope you get the same reaction I did from your family!

Chicken Tikka Masala {Instant Pot}

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
1 tsp. coconut oil
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. ginger, grated
2 Tbsp. garam masala
2 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. salt
28 oz canned fire roasted diced tomatoes
3/4 cup canned coconut milk
1/3 cup cilantro, chopped

Turn the Instant Pot on Saute mode. Add the coconut oil and let melt. Once melted add the onion, garlic, ginger, garam masala, paprika, and salt. Cook for 4-5 minutes until onions have softened. Press cancel to turn off the Saute mode. Add the tomatoes and scrape any browned bits off the bottom of the pot. Stir in the chicken.

Close and secure the lid and set it to manual for 15 minutes. After cooking, let rest for 5 minutes, then release the pressure.

Carefully open and stir in the coconut milk. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Stir in the cilantro or use it as a garnish.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Bacon Risotto with Mushrooms and Peas {Instant Pot}


If I had to vote today on what would be my favorite thing to make in the Instant Pot, I would vote for risotto. I love risotto - the creamy rice, the endless meat and veggie combos, the "comfort food" component - I love everything about it. But I don't often have 30 minutes to stand at the stove and stir it. Enter the Instant Pot! It creates beautiful, creamy, delicious risotto with the cover on and sealed, and you can do something else in the meantime!


I have recipes here for risotto in the IP featuring shrimp and asparagus, Italian sausage, and I regularly adapt my favorite shrimp and spinach version for the IP too. But I knew there had to be other winning combinations.

As they say, necessity is the mother of invention, and I had a few things to use up in the fridge. And it worked out beautifully. Salty bacon pairs well with mushrooms and peas - I like the textures, the colors and the flavors! A win-win-win all around.


Have you made risotto in your IP yet? I hope you'll try it, I know you'll love it!

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Bacon Risotto with Mushrooms and Peas

6 slices bacon, cut into bite sized pieces
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
1 cup Arborio rice
1 cup sliced white button mushrooms
1/2 cup white wine
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 cup frozen peas
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Set an electric pressure cooker to browning or saute, and add the cut up bacon. Stir and cook until bacon is almost done. Stir in the onion, and cook for 2 or 3 minutes, until the onion is translucent.

Add the rice and the mushrooms, and cook, stirring, for 4-5 minutes, until the rice is very lightly browning. Pour in the wine, which will bubble immediately. Stir for 1 minute, until most of the wine has been absorbed. Then add the chicken broth all at once.

Lock the cover and turn the pressure valve (so it's not on venting.) Set on High Pressure for 6 minutes.

When the cooker switches to Keep Warm, immediately release the pressure. After the pressure indicator drops, remove the cover.

Stir in the peas and parmesan cheese until the cheese is melted and peas are warmed through. Serve immediately. (Risotto left in the pot will thicken substantially.) Makes 4 servings.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Creme Brulee Cheesecake {Instant Pot!}


The Instant Pot is great for so many things: my favorites are risotto, mashed potatoes, short ribs, and steel cut oats. And now, cheesecake. That's right, you can make cheesecake in your pressure cooker, and it turns out wonderfully! It is so creamy! I dislike heavy, dry cheesecake, and this one is anything but! All the steam inside the pressure cooker guarantees the perfect texture.


There are so many adaptations you could make to this basic recipe. You could add a fruit topping, chocolate ganache, salted caramel sauce, the possibilities are endless. I did a creme brulee topping, which you add after the cheesecake has been removed from the pressure cooker and cooled a bit. You could also make individual cheesecakes in custard cups or silicone muffin cups.


Because of the build up of steam, you probably will end up with some water on top of the cheesecake, especially where the crust meets the filling. Simply dab a paper towel around the edges, and it will soak up all the water. If you line your pan (both bottom and sides) with parchment, that may help as well.

A note about pans: I have a springform pan that is just under 8 inches and it fits in my 6 quart Instant Pot. Most recipes call for a 6" pan which would likely sit on the trivet inside the pot; mine fits snugly near the top. You may need to adjust the cooking time slightly if your pan is smaller, because your cheesecake will be deeper. The great thing is, you can experiment and make this recipe several times until you get it perfect. And you can eat all the trial runs...with different toppings.

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Creme Brulee Cheesecake

Crust:
8 graham crackers, finely ground
3 Tbsp. butter, melted
pinch salt
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 cup flour

Filling:
16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature (low fat works well too!)
2 large eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt

Topping:
2 tsp. sugar

Combine the crushed graham crackers, salt, brown sugar and flour in a large mixing bowl. Add the melted butter and mix with a fork until all the crumbs are moistened. Pat into the bottom and slightly up the sides of a greased 7" springform pan. (Alternatively, you can line the bottom and sides with parchment.)

Bake at 325 for 15 minutes or until golden. Let cool slightly.

In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Then add the sugar, sour cream, cornstarch, vanilla and salt, and mix until well combined and very creamy.

Pour the batter into the prepared crust. Place 1 cup of water in the bottom of an electric pressure cooker and insert the trivet. Fold aluminum foil to make a "sling" for your pan - you want the foil to go under the pan and up the sides. You'll need this to get the pan out later. Use the sling to insert the pan into the pressure cooker, then fold down the foil sides.


Secure the lid, ensure the toggle knob is set to "sealing" and set for manual pressure for 26 minutes. When the cycle is completed, let the pressure release naturally.

Remove the lid, being careful not to drip any of the accumulated water from the lid onto the cheesecake. Carefully remove the cake using the foil sling and transfer to a wire rack. Use a folded up paper towel to carefully dab away any water on the cheesecake. Let cool completely.

Sprinkle with the sugar and then place under a broiler or use a hand torch to brown the top. Watch carefully if it's in your oven! Refrigerate for several hours to fully set. Serves 12.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Countdown to 2018: Best Crock Pot and Instant Pot Recipes of 2017

More main dishes are on the docket today as we look back on the best recipes made in a crock pot or Instant Pot. I read that the Instant Pot was one of the best selling Christmas gifts this year, and it's no wonder - I have loved everything that I've cooked in it, even if I did have to "practice" a bit to get the timings exactly right. Here are two recipes for the IP and one for the "old" workhorse, the crock pot. (And you have an IP, you can always use the slow cooker function!)


Creamy White Chicken Chili

We loved this chicken chili so much that I made it several times in the weeks following this post. I love that you can make it in the crock pot or on the stove, whatever fits your schedule best!


Sweet Chili Chicken

I love how chicken thighs turn out when cooked in the pressure cooker. And now I like them even better when they're placed under the broiler for a few minutes to really "seal in" the flavors and texture. Now I can use this "method" with all different sauce adaptations - it's a whole new world!


Pork Chops in Mushroom Gravy

As I mention in the original post, I've never been a huge fan of pork chops because it is so difficult to cook them well. Not anymore! They turn out beautifully in the Instant Pot - and they are tender enough to cut with a fork! If you don't care for mushrooms, just leave them out - this dish will still elicit tons of praise at your dinner table!


Thanks to Elena Bltheh at Fantastical Sharing of Recipes for hosting the Countdown!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Sweet Chili Chicken {Instant Pot}


When I served this last week, a teenager at my house said "this is my favorite experience eating chicken." That's a pretty ringing endorsement. And it was deserved - this is a great way to cook chicken - swimming in sauce in the instant pot, then finished off under the broiler to brown and crisp it up. I can imagine all kinds of other sauce options that would work well with this same method. Chicken thighs cook beautifully in the Instant Pot, and the few minutes under the broiler really makes all the difference, texture-wise.


If you want to make this more mild, leave out the crushed red pepper flakes. But even with them in, this was about the right amount of spice for my family - some of whom think ketchup is spicy. Ha!

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Sweet Chili Chicken

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 Tbsp. Cajun seasoning
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 cup of chicken broth
3/4 cup Thai Sweet Chili Sauce, divided
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. crushed garlic
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
2 Tbsp. honey
2 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds

Lightly rub each piece of chicken with the Cajun seasoning. In a measuring cup, combine 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, garlic and red pepper flakes.

Add the oil to the Instant Pot and set it for Saute. When it's hot, add the chicken a few pieces at a time and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side to lightly sear. Remove chicken to a plate.

Add the chicken broth and deglaze the pot so the excess brown Cajun seasoning blends in with the broth. Stir in the sweet chili mixture. Stir and bring to a boil. Cancel the saute setting.

Add the chicken back to the pot. Secure the lid and set the pressure cooker for 10 minutes. Preheat the broiler on your oven, and then quick release the pressure when it is completed.

Transfer the chicken onto a baking sheet lined with foil. Combine the remaining 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce and the honey. Generously glaze each piece with the sauce. Sprinkle sesame seeds over each piece of chicken.

Broil the chicken for about 3-5 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and baste with any additional sauce. Serves 4-6.

Recipe Source: Adapted from Pressure Luck Cooking

Monday, October 9, 2017

Pork Chops in Mushroom Gravy {Instant Pot!}


My favorite thing about the Instant Pot? It can deliver delicious meals of things that you haven't had a lot of success with otherwise. Case in point, pork chops. (Second case in point - POACHED EGGS! Coming soon...)


Pork chops are really hard to cook well, in my opinion. They dry out easily and no amount of barbecue sauce can make you want to chew forever on them. (Ahem.) But in the Instant Pot? Pork chops come out beautifully tender - you don't even need a knife! - and maintain good moisture. No dry meat here! I particularly love this mushroom gravy - but if you aren't a fan of mushrooms, just leave them out. Mashed potatoes are a must here, too. They soak up all the delicious gravy. This is the perfect autumn comfort food. And this is the way I'll be making pork chops from now on!


I've heard that if you have a "tall trivet" you can even make potatoes in the IP WHILE YOU COOK THE MEAT. Get out! That sounds fantastic. I do love my IP for mashed potatoes (no more potato water all over the stove!), but at the same time? I will have to investigate one of these tall trivets and I will report back. Even if you have to make the potatoes on the stove like I did, still make this. These pork chops will knock your socks off. I can't wait to try different pork chop variations now...


Pork Chops in Mushroom Gravy

4 boneless Pork Chops, thin/medium cut
8 oz mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup onions, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. seasoned salt
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 cup chicken broth
3 Tbsp. cornstarch, divided
3/4 cup milk
1 1/2 Tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. salt
Dash of Freshly Ground Black Pepper


Season both sides of pork chops well with seasoned salt. Turn InstantPot to Sauté and allow to heat. Add the oil to the cooking pot and when hot, sear both sides of pork chops, one at a time, for about 2 minutes on each side. Remove to a plate. Add onions and sauté for one minute. Add garlic and sauté for one more minute.

Add about 1/4 cup of the chicken broth to the pot and scrape up any brown bits that were stuck to the bottom. Add the rest of the broth to the cooking pot. In a measuring cup, combine the milk, 1 Tbsp. of cornstarch, salt and pepper. Whisk well to combine.

Pour in the gravy mixture, add the butter, and stir until butter is melted. Add in the mushrooms and pork chops, along with any juice that accumulated on the plate. Lock the lid and close the pressure valve to sealing. Cook on high pressure for 6 minutes. When finished, allow a 10 minute natural release.
Remove the chops to a serving plate.

Reset the pot and press the Sauté button. Remove 1/2 cup of liquid from the cooking pot and add 2 Tbsp. of cornstarch and whisk really well. Pour into cooking pot and stir to thicken gravy.

Serve pork chops and gravy over potatoes or rice.


Recipe Source: This Old Gal

Monday, April 24, 2017

Sweet Chili-Orange Chicken Thighs {Crock Pot or Instant Pot}


I really like cooking chicken thighs, especially in the crock pot or Instant Pot. They don't dry out as easily as chicken breasts, and they pair really well with Asian flavors. I developed this recipe after seeing something similar in a cookbook. This chicken was a huge hit with my family, and it's SO FAST if you have a pressure cooker. If you don't, just use your crock pot, and while it takes longer, dinner will be ready when you are.


If you want to be extra fancy, you can brown the chicken before placing in the crock pot. In the Instant Pot, you would do this right in the pot on the saute setting, before adding the sauce. This will help the pot come to pressure more quickly. Personally, I can't be bothered! But some people prefer browned meat, so that's totally up to you.

We loved this alongside rice and steamed snow peas. Go easy on yourself with this simple and delicious week night dinner!

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Sweet Chili-Orange Chicken Thighs {Crock Pot or Instant Pot}

6 boneless skinless chicken thighs
1/3 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
1/3 cup orange marmalade
1/4 cup orange juice
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted

Place chicken in the crock pot or Instant Pot.

In a 1-or 2-cup glass measuring cup, combine the Thai sweet chili sauce, marmalade, orange juice, soy sauce, and pepper flakes. Pour over chicken.

For Crock Pot, cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours or until chicken is tender.

For Instant Pot, set to manual pressure for 7 minutes. When time is up, do a quick pressure release. (Note: time may vary depending on the size of your chicken pieces. Always check to be sure the meat is done before serving! For this recipe, I've done as little as 6 minutes and as many as 10.)

Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve with rice.

Recipe Source: Inspired by a similar recipe in a Taste of Home Cookbook

Friday, December 30, 2016

Countdown to 2017: Best Crock Pot and Instant Pot Dishes of 2016

Today in the Countdown, hosted by Elena Bltheh at Fantastical Sharing, we look back at the best Crock pot recipes of this last year as featured here on Elena Cooking. But I couldn't just limit it to the Crock pot -- this year I got an Instant Pot and have loved using it for all sorts of dishes, so I am expanding this category today to include the Instant Pot. I love the instant pot because it can do both - pressure cook and slow cook, among other things. I haven't yet used it to make rice or yogurt, and I have experimented on the many settings, but I've been really pleased with everything I've cooked in it, and have easily adapted crock pot or even stove top meals for the pressure cooker.

If you're considering the IP, but haven't yet taken the plunge, leave me any questions in the comments and I will try to help!

Barbacoa Beef


Shrimp and Asparagus Risotto


Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps with Quick Pickles


Asian Beef Short Ribs


Macaroni and Cheese

Monday, October 24, 2016

Fried Apple Sundaes with Dulce De Leche


I love fall baking with pumpkins and apples but we've had a week of warmer temperatures here which has prompted me to change up my dessert strategy a bit... last week, pumpkin ice cream, and now, delicious vanilla ice cream topped with apples sauteed (they're really not "fried" but close enough) in cinnamon and sugar, and then capped off with a dollop of homemade dulce de leche. Glorious.

I make dulce de leche in my Instant Pot. There are other methods (stove top, crock pot) that are well documented on the web, so google those if you've never made it and don't have an Instant Pot. Or just get an Instant Pot so you can have dulce de leche at the ready. You want to avoid dulce de leche emergencies at any cost.


But back to the sundaes. You'll love the way the ice cream gets melty under the fried apples, and the way the cinnamon sugar sauce complements the dulce de leche. Believe me, you'll love everything about this dessert. And bonus, it's SUPER EASY.

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Fried Apple Sundaes with Dulce De Leche

Dulce De Leche:
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Sundaes:
2 cups chopped apples (no need to peel)
1 Tbsp. butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
Vanilla ice cream

For the dulce de leche, pour the can of sweetened condensed milk into a glass pint jar. Put on the cap and the ring. Place the jar on the trivet in the Instant Pot. Add about 12 cups of water to the pot; the water should come up about half way on your pint jar. Set the Instant Pot to pressure cook, manual, for 35 minutes. When complete, release the pressure immediately. Carefully remove the jar (it is hot!) and let cool for 15 minutes. Carefully remove the top and then stir vigorously with a spoon to combine.

For the apples, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. When sizzling, add the apples. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and stir well to coat. Cook the apples for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently.

Scoop ice cream into six dessert dishes. Divide the apple mixture and sauce over the ice cream, then top with a dollop of dulce de leche. Serves 6.



Monday, September 12, 2016

Shrimp and Asparagus Risotto {Instant Pot!}


I love risotto. There's something soothing about the long stirring time after a hard day. But there's also something soothing about getting dinner on the table in a matter of minutes, which is why I love risotto adapted for the electric pressure cooker! In this version, there is no stirring - there's just waiting. In that time, you can make a salad, or put your feet up and read a good book for a few minutes. This risotto in the pressure cooker turns out just as delicious as stove top risotto - in half the time and with half the effort.

Shrimp is my favorite stir in to risotto, but I also love scallops and Italian sausage, so I can't wait to adapt those versions to the pressure cooker. And try many more varieties - like chicken and vegetables.

The rice is hot enough to cook the asparagus at the end, without keeping it on the heat. If you prefer to use raw shrimp, just let it cook in the rice for a couple more minutes.

Fancy dinner on a weeknight? Yes, please!


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Shrimp and Asparagus Risotto {Instant Pot!}

2 tsp. olive oil
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
1 cup sliced cremini or white button mushrooms
1/2 cup white wine
3 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 Tbsp butter
1 cup chopped asparagus
3/4 lb large cooked shrimp, thawed with tails removed
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp fresh black pepper

Set an electric pressure cooker to browning or saute, and heat the oil. Stir in the onion, and cook for 2 or 3 minutes, until the onion is translucent.

Add the rice and the mushrooms, and cook, stirring, for 4-5 minutes, until the rice is coated with the oil and very lightly browning. Pour in the wine, which will bubble immediately. Stir for 1 minute, until most of the wine has been absorbed. Then add the chicken broth all at once.

Lock the cover and turn the pressure valve (so it's not on venting.) Set on High Pressure for 6 minutes.

When the cooker switches to Keep Warm, immediately release the pressure. After the pressure indicator drops, remove the top.

Switch the cooker to saute. Stir in the butter and asparagus. Cook for 1 minute, then add the shrimp.

Cook, stirring frequently, until the shrimp are pink and cooked through, approximately 1 minute, and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Stir in the cheese, vigorously, to melt the cheese and distribute it throughout the risotto. Serve immediately. (Risotto left in the pot will thicken substantially.)

Recipe Source: Adapted from The Perfect Pantry

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Asian Beef Short Ribs {Crock Pot or Instant Pot!}


I love using my crock pot and my instant pot, especially in the summer so I don't have to turn on the stove or the oven. And I love short ribs. And I love Asian flavors. So you can imagine my joy in finding this recipe! I have made this several times now, and I love it more and more each time. It's SO easy to put together in the morning, and turns out wonderfully each and every time.


The flavor of these ribs is nothing short of spectacular. The first time I made them, my husband and I ate the WHOLE PLATTER by ourselves. True confessions. This beef would also make a great base for an Asian chopped salad, or for a noodle bowl, or anything else that your heart desires. It's just SO good. Please make it.


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Asian Beef Short Ribs

1/4 cup beef broth
3/4 cup hoisin sauce
3 to 4 green onions, sliced (plus save some for garnish)
1 Tbsp. chili garlic sauce or Sriracha
1 tsp. honey
2 to 3 lbs. beef short ribs, bone-in or boneless

Whisk together the beef broth, hoisin sauce, diced scallions, chili garlic sauce and honey in the slow cooker. Season the short ribs with salt and pepper on both sides and nestle into the slow cooker ensuring the sauce mixture is covering the beef.

Cover and cook until beef is tender, for about 7-8 hours on low or 4 to 6 hours on high.

Transfer short ribs to serving platter. Skim off any excess fat (if any) from the surface of the sauce and pour the sauce over the short ribs and garnish with more sliced green onions. Serve with white rice, noodles or roasted or steamed cauliflower.

For the instant pot: Place sauce in bottom of pot and add seasoned beef. Cook on high pressure on the manual setting for 45 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally. If ribs are not tender, pressure cook again for 10 minutes.

Recipe Source: Adapted from Hip Foodie Mom

Monday, May 23, 2016

Macaroni and Cheese {Instant Pot Recipe!}


Here's another great recipe for the Instant Pot or other version of electric pressure cooker. I love that this recipe is EASIER and FASTER than making mac and cheese from a box, and it contains only REAL FOOD. You will be amazed at how quickly you can get this on the table. You'll barely have time to make side dishes. I also recently made a batch to take in to a friend who needed a meal and the pasta cooked while I was in the shower. It's just that fast. (And needless to say, I didn't have to worry about the pasta boiling over on the stove top!)

We love to have a mac and cheese "bar" at our house and have toppings like bacon, kielbasa, broccoli and peas. However you decide to serve this, as a side or as a main, or as a quick lunch, it will be quickly devoured by everyone!


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Macaroni and Cheese {Instant Pot Recipe!}

1 pound elbow macaroni, small shells or other small pasta shape
2 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. yellow mustard or 1 tsp. dried mustard
1 tsp. hot pepper sauce
2 tsp. salt
4 cups water
1 - 12 oz. can evaporated milk
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded colby jack cheese
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Stir the macaroni, butter, mustard, hot pepper sauce, salt, and water in the pressure cooker pot. Lock the lid on the pressure cooker and cook on high pressure for 4 minutes in an electric pressure cooker. (For the Instant Pot, use Manual mode, 4 minutes.) When the cooking time is done, quick release the pressure and remove the lid.

Turn the electric pressure cooker to keep warm mode (with the Instant Pot, after the pressure release it will stay on warm automatically), and stir in the evaporated milk. Stir in the cheese one cup at a time, stirring constantly and waiting for the cheese to melt before adding the next cup. Serve immediately as a side or top with meats and vegetables. Serves 6-8.


Recipe Source: Adapted from Dad Cooks Dinner

Monday, April 25, 2016

Honey Sesame Chicken {Instant Pot Recipe!}


I got an Instant Pot for my birthday! If you are not yet on the Instant Pot bandwagon, it is an electric pressure cooker. My knowledge of pressure cookers was pretty limited. I only knew of the stove top version and the propensity to "blow up." I didn't want to be part of that. But when I started reading about this new-fangled pressure cooker that was electric and could do multiple types of cooking (rice!, yogurt!, steam!, saute!, stew!) and could make meals in mere minutes, I knew I wanted to learn more.

I've now become a believer. Not only is the pressure cooker fast, it makes delicious food! (Of course, it matters what you put in it, but we'll get to that.) So far, I've tried beef ribs, chuck roast, steel cut oats (3 minutes, people!) and this delicious chicken dish.


Unlike a crock pot, you can do multiple-step dishes in the Instant Pot. For this recipe, you saute the chicken briefly with the aromatics, before bringing the pot to pressure and fully cooking the meat. Then at the end, you return to the saute setting to thicken the sauce. And you wash one pot!

A note of caution: although this chicken only "cooks" for 4 minutes in the pressure cooker, it does take a bit of time for the pot to come to pressure before the 4 minute count down begins. So plan your rice and side vegetables accordingly! (This is the one thing I still need to get used to - the "advertised" time doesn't include the warm up time, which can be significant, especially if there's a lot of liquid in the pot.)


In any case, this is an absolutely delicious meal, devoured by everyone in my family and making enough for leftovers for lunch the next day. I served it on rice with a side of sauteed green beans and snap peas, and it was a wonderful combination. Here's to more pressure cooking in the future!

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Honey Sesame Chicken

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced (about 2 1/2 lbs.)
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1/2 cup diced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 Tbsp. ketchup
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tsp. sesame oil
2/3 cup honey
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
3 Tbsp. water
2 green onions, chopped
1 tsp. sesame seeds, toasted

Season chicken with salt and pepper. Set the pressure cooker to saute and let it heat up. Add oil, onion, garlic, and chicken to the pot and saute stirring occasionally until onion is softened, about 3 minutes.

Add soy sauce, ketchup, and red pepper flakes to the pressure cooking pot and stir to combine. Set the cooker to manual (high pressure) for 4 minutes. At the end of four minutes, turn pressure cooker off and do a quick pressure release.

Add sesame oil and honey to the pot and stir to combine. Turn pressure cooker to saute mode, then dissolve cornstarch in water and add to pot. Simmer until sauce thickens. Serve over rice sprinkled with sesame seeds and green onions. Serves 6-8.

Recipe Source: Adapted from Pressure Cooking Today
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