I stumbled upon the "cold start" yogurt technique on Pinterest from This Old Gal. It's funny, when I bought my Instant Pot®, I immediately thought about all of the wonderful things I would be making. Little did I know that more than anything else, I would use my Instant Pot® to make Greek Yogurt. I make a batch of yogurt, pretty much every week. Up until recently, I have been using this method for homemade yogurt. After making the yogurt, I chill it in the fridge overnight and then strain off the whey until I have thick and creamy Greek Yogurt. Delicious. The no-boil method is SO MUCH BETTER. No fussing with thermometers. No icky film to remove. No worry about scorching on the bottom - just thick, creamy, perfect yogurt, ready to eat or strain into Greek Yogurt. The trick is to use ultra-pasteurized milk. Ultra-pasteurized milk is heated to a higher temperature than regular pasteurized milk, which kills more bacteria. Because of this, you can skip the step of heating your milk to 180-200F. I have experimented with two different brands and both have worked for me.
Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish made with boiled potatoes and cabbage. I believe that kale is the most authentic cruciferous vegetable - please correct me if I am wrong. I prefer cabbage, so that is what I use. People use a variety of sturdy green vegetables. Use your favorite. For St. Patrick's Day, I usually serve corned beef with boiled carrots and potatoes, and then braise cabbage separately in butter. I wanted a change this year, so I made colcannon, which is a family favorite. I made it ahead of time in myInstant Pot® and then froze it. I will thaw and reheat on St. Patrick's Day.
Two years ago today, I shared this blog with the world. It has been really fun being a part of this whole Instant Pot® craze, creating delicious recipes, and sharing them with my readers. To honor this anniversary, I could have come up with something flashier, but instead, I am sharing a recipe that speaks to me and my family - minestrone. For whatever reason, this is a no-complaint dinner. It's comforting, humble, and budget-friendly. We love it and think you will too. It is so versatile - make it vegan by omitting the Parmesan cheese. Use chicken or vegetable stock, in place of water. Use whatever beans you have in the cabinet. Add extra vegetables. I usually serve this with warm, crusty bread.
I have been getting a lot of feedback on my oatmeal recipes lately, specifically related to the "burn" message on the newer Instant Pot®. My Banana Bread Steel-cut Oats and Peaches and Cream Oatmeal are huge hits, but some users are getting the "burn" message because of the fruit sugars and thickness of oatmeal. I never like to have unresolved problems with my recipes, so I decided to try and remedy this. I cooked the oatmeal in jars on a trivet. It worked really well and should take care of this problem.
Split Pea Soup is a humble soup, and definitely a hard sell in my family. Thick, green, obviously full of vegetables, everyone seems to turn their nose up at it. I love it, though, and usually, make it a couple of times a year to satisfy my craving. I really think you should, too! If I happen to have a leftover ham bone, I make it with that, but if not, I don't let that hold me back. This recipe is vegan and gluten-free and equally yummy. Split pea soup is also easy on your wallet if you need to stretch your food budget. I love using the Instant Pot® for this recipe because the soup cooks really fast.
As I have mentioned before, I make a lot of rice. My go-to method is basic Instant Pot White Rice, but some readers have mentioned that they don't like to clean the rice that sticks on the bottom of the pot. I understand completely, so I wanted to share the "pot-in-pot" method, which is just as easy and there is absolutely no mess to clean up after cooking.
This time of year makes me a little sad. My kids are growing up so fast, and late August always means that a new school year is right around the corner. For some reason (and it happens every year), I tire of caring for my garden. Maybe it is because September marks the end of our summer fun. Maybe I am gearing up for busier days of school and work commitments, or maybe I am just ready for the change in seasons. That said, I usually grow an abundance of basil in my garden. I diligently water it all summer and then for some reason, I just stop. This year, I decided I was not going to kill off my basil before I could use it up. This Instant Pot® Tomato Basil Sauce uses half a cup of basil. I made a significant dent in my plant and feel so good about making something so delicious for a late-summer dinner. Tomato Basil sauce is easy, fresh, and fast and it translates really well to cooking in the Instant Pot.
I first learned about millet from my friend Kim Lutz of Welcoming Kitchen. She was writing her fifth cookbook, Ancient Grains, and she needed recipe testers. I was lucky enough to be able to help her out. Her recipes are delicious, healthy, vegan, and many are gluten-free. Kim has a ton of great information about it and other ancient grains in her cookbook, which I use frequently.
I have had the bag of millet from recipe testing over two years a year ago sitting in my freezer and honestly, I had forgotten all about it. I had planned on making a rice pilaf today, but I was all out of white rice. I went looking through what I had and found the forgotten bag of millet. I am so glad I did! Millet cooks up fluffy like quinoa, couscous, or rice, and it is naturally gluten-free. It also keeps really well in the freezer, if you happen to forget about it. If you can get your hands on millet, you should definitely try it. I also suggest that you get your hands on Kim's book, because it is amazing.
There are a few foods that conjure up childhood memories for me - tomato soup is one of them. I remember having a bowl of warm, creamy, tomato soup any time of year. My favorite way to enjoy it was to dip in saltines. A close second was the grilled cheese accompaniment. Even my husband, who was raised in a different country remembers his dad making him tomato soup. My kids have *gasp* never had the condensed soup of my childhood, but they all like this version that I prepare in theInstant Pot®, especially when I make grilled cheese on the side.
Happy New Year! I hope the New Year brings you health and happiness. In the spirit of good health, I feel like I have to make a little confession. I don't really like kale. It's too bitter, I'd rather eat a potato chip and there are other greens that I prefer in my smoothies, so why do I feel the need to keep trying to like it? It turns out that there are two ways to prepare it that I do not mind, so I guess I don't TOTALLY hate kale. If it is shredded and massaged in tasty vinaigrette, it's pretty good. I also enjoy it in a soup like this. It holds up really well pressure cooking in the Instant Pot® and seems to lose some of its bitterness as it cooks.
Hi, I am Julie and welcome to Instantly Delicious. I am so glad you are here to share in my adventures with using an Instant Pot ® to make easy, nutritious, and Instantly Delicious food.
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