We have had the most glorious spring. After an unseasonably mild winter, spring came early. It's been warm and sunny and we have been grilling out more often than not. Today it's a seasonably appropriate dreary April day. My newly planted grass seed could certainly use the drink, and my husband could use a break from grill duty. I decided that I had a taste for my Easy Lentil Soup, but I was out of green lentils. However, I did have a bag of red lentils, so I created a new lentil soup recipe. This red lentil soup is just as easy to make as my other recipe. If you have never used red lentils before, they do not hold their shape like other lentils. They become creamy and delicious as they cook down. One of my favorite lentil soups uses sumac to add brightness and a little bit of sour flavor. I never have sumac, so I used fresh lemon juice after cooking the soup in the Instant Pot®. If you do have sumac, feel free to stir in a teaspoon before cooking the soup.
I always forget how much I love Chicken Cacciatore. It is so easy to make, full of rich flavors, and can be adapted for the Instant Pot®. Chicken Cacciatore is an Italian stewed chicken that simmers slowly in tomato sauce. It can be served over rice, noodles, or even on its own. Some recipes call for dusting the chicken in flour. I never do this, which makes this a great gluten-free recipe. I think the sauce is thick and rich without any added starch.
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.
I don't know if you heard, but the Chicago Cubs just won the World Series!!!!! We are pretty big fans over here, and our week has been filled with soaking in every celebratory moment - including my kids getting to meet the amazingly generous and kind MVP, Ben Zobrist. There were many post-midnight bedtimes for everyone in the last week, and TIRED does not begin to describe the exhaustion level in our house. Today I wanted a day with no obligations. We all headed to bed early last night and slept in late today. I thought about a quick PB&J lunch, but my kids have been bingeing on Halloween candy for the last week, and need to get reacquainted with vegetables. I decided to make a vegetarian friendly "no-chicken" noodle soup. It was just what we all needed. Warm, comforting, and quick to make in the Instant Pot®. The perfect way to ease into a relaxing and soothing weekend.
Sometime in October, I tend to get slammed with real life. All good stuff, but you know - a meet on the opposite end of the city, work to do, a toddler who is suddenly into everything, doctors appointments, and a very important World Series baseball game to get home in time to watch. Phew. Tonight's dinner needed to be hearty for the post-meet runner and I knew that I wanted to create a beef stew recipe that I could make quickly in the Instant Pot®.
The weather in the Midwest has been wonderful this June. It is warm and sunny and allows us all to spend most of our time outdoors. However, this means that I do not have a lot of time (or desire) to cook, and I certainly do not want to be heating up my kitchen. The Instant Pot® is great for this time of year, because you can make summery soups quickly, while keeping your A/C bill under control. This recipe for Corn and Potato Chowder is one of my favorite soups to make in the summer. Loaded with vegetables and potatoes, it is light yet filling. I usually serve it with a crusty loaf of bread for the prefect summer dinner.
Instant Pot® Turkey Chili should probably instead be called "veggie chili", because it is loaded with good stuff. I was afraid that some people would run if I alerted them to the vegetables in the post title, but have no fear. This chili is tasty, in addition to being really good for you. I typically make beef chili, but every so often I want to either ditch the meat entirely, or make it with ground turkey to lighten things up. If I put veggies in any sort of chili, even my picky 13 year old will gladly eat them. Adding lots of extra vegetables a good way to boost the nutrition of your favorite meals, while still pleasing everyone.
Ratatouille. Did I spell that correctly? Ratatouille in an Instant Pot® - yes! Did you ever see the cute Disney movie by the same name? Despite my hatred for rats (hey, big city living), I adore that movie. I could watch it again and again, and it always warms my heart. I also adore ratatouille. It is a really easy dish to prepare. Savory, stewy, and the perfect side for chicken, fish, or even as a pizza or pasta topping. It is naturally vegan and gluten-free, which makes it a great dish to have in your recipe repertoire.
I love Mother's Day. As both a mom and daughter, I love to spend time with both my mom and my children on this special day. We plant some beautiful flowers in the garden together and then enjoy a delicious meal, usually prepared by the moms. I plan to do some cooking in my Instant Pot® today, so I can head over tomorrow, relax, and let the boys do the rest of the work. Here are some ideas for breakfast/brunch, dinner and dessert that you could use to make your Mother's Day a little more special and delicious. If you are a mom, enjoy your special day (and send your significant other to my blog for some ideas).
Do you have a "go-to" dinner? One that you always know everyone will happily eat? Aside from boxed mac and cheese, Chili in the Instant Pot® pressure cooker is my go-to. In the Fall and Winter, otherwise known as football season, I make chili weekly. Even in late April, we get chilly days, and on chilly days we eat chili. The Instant Pot® makes a weeknight chili dinner, fast and delicious.
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