- 1 cup brown basmati rice, or brown Texmati rice
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 3/4 tsp salt
- If your rice needs to be washed, do so.
- Add the rice, water, and salt to the Instant Pot.
- Put lid on, and ensure that it is set to “seal”.
- Set Instant Pot to high pressure, for 22 minutes.
- Leave the lid on when the pot beeps, and let sit, with the lid on for another 10 minutes (natural pressure release).
- At the end of 10 minutes, release the pressure valve completely.
- Remove lid, and fluff the rice with a fork.
Rice tastes much better this way, and it’s quicker than simmering it in less water, in a covered pot. We use parboiled brown.
- Fill a medium pot 3/4 full of water.
- Add 1/4 cup of rice per person.
- Bring to a rolling boil.
- Turn heat down till it is boiling gently, then leave lid off and boil for 15 – 20 minutes.
- Drain the excess water — I use a seive — and season with salt, pepper, and butter.
Best on top of yogurt with fruit.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tbsp poppy seeds
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tsp honey, warmed (added half way through baking)
- Preheat the oven to 300F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper
- In large bowl, toss oats with almonds, flour, brown sugar, poppy seeds, and salt.
- Over the stove, or in the microwave melt the butter in the maple syrup. Add it to the oat mixture and stir until thoroughly coated.
- Spread the granola onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake the granola in center of oven for 10 minutes.
- Stir the granola, and drizzle the honey over top.
- Bake for 20 minutes longer, stirring once more, until golden and nearly dry.
- Turn off the oven and prop the door open half way; let the granola cool completely in the oven, stirring occasionally.
Can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for about three weeks.
This is based on a recipe at Food52, by “spacekase” — I’ve adapted it, ingredient-wise and quantities-wise to my own preferences. The quinoa adds a definite crunch; use quinoa flakes if you don’t like the whole quinoa.
Maple Quinoa Granola
Preheat oven to 225F
Mix together in a large bowl, then set aside:
- 2 cups whole rolled oats (not the instant kind)
- 1/3 cup uncooked quinoa, the pre-rinsed kind (like Bob’s Mill)
- 1 cup raw nuts, coarsely chopped (any kind that you like — I use walnuts & sliced almonds)
- 1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes or shreds
- 3/4 cup dried fruit, chopped if big (I like apricots, dried cranberries & dried cherries)
For the coating, whisk together until thoroughly combined:
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, liquid/melted
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
Pour the wet mixture onto the dry mixture, and stir until everything is completely coated.
Spread the mixture evenly into a large roaster, or onto a large cookie sheet, so that it covers the entire bottom.
Bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until it is lightly browned. Allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
Aunt Weezie is an amazing cook, and undaunted by hoards of hungry guests. She told me that this recipe is from Canada’s “Chatelaine Magazine”, back in the 70’s.
- ½ cup butter, divided
- ½ pound mushrooms, thinly sliced (approximately 2 ½ cups)
- ½ cup coarsely chopped onion
- 1 1/3 cups pearl barley
- 5 cups hot chicken broth, divided
Preheat oven to 350F.
In 2 Tablespoons butter, sauté the mushrooms until they are tender, 4 – 5 minutes. Lift out the mushrooms with a slotted spoon, and set aside.
In same skillet, heat remaining butter; and sauté the onion until it’s golden, about 5 minutes.
Add barley to onions in pan, and cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until barley is golden brown, another 5 minutes..
Remove from heat; stir in mushrooms, and 2 cups of hot broth.
Turn mixture into a 2-quart casserole, and bake, covered, about 30 minutes.
Stir in 2 more cups hot broth, cover, and bake another 30 minutes or until barley is tender.
Finally, stir in remaining cup of broth, and bake 20 minutes longer.
Serve hot as a “side”.
Use any orzo or firm rice, along with any dark green tender greens.
- 1 cup dry whole wheat orzo pasta, cooked according to package directions, drained well, and cooled (may substitute with brown rice)
- 4 cups kale, chopped (OR baby spinach or baby kale, chopped)
- 1 tsp. olive oil, only if using large kale
- 1 can (15.5 oz.) chick peas, rinsed and drained well
- 1/2 small red onion, finely diced
- 3/4 cup crumbled Feta cheese
- The zest and juice of one large lemon (zest the lemon before juicing it)
- 1tsp garlic paste, or 1-2 small cloves of garlic, mashed
- 2 T balsamic vinegar (or substitute any type of mild vinegar)
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- In a jar, shake together the olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, balsamic vinegar, cumin, salt, and pepper.
- IF using large kale: cut leaves away from the stalks and coarsely chop; discard stems. Heat the tsp. of olive oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat, add the kale all at once and turn over until it wilts, not more than 1-2 minutes. Put the kale into a large salad bowl.
- IF you’re using baby spinach or baby kale: do not cook it! Just put the chopped, raw leaves into a large salad bowl.
- Gently mix the rest of the salad ingredients into the bowl with the kale.
- Pour salad dressing over the salad, and toss to combine.
This salad tastes much better to me with a double batch of the dressing.
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted in dry frying pan or in oven
- 1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed and drained
- 2 cups baby spinach leaves
- 1 cup dried cherries, chopped OR 2 cups fresh cherries, pitted and chopped
- 1 medium English cucumber, seeded and cut into 1/3” dice (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1 small red onion, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
- 1/4 cup plain, low-fat yogurt (not Greek)
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 tsp)
- salt & pepper to season
- Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a pot over medium-high heat. Stir in quinoa. Reduce heat to medium low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until all liquid has been absorbed.
- Remove from heat and cool, covered, in pot.
- Lay 5 or 6 spinach leaves flat on top of one another on a cupttingboard. Roll tightly into a cylinder, then slice crosswise into slivers. Repeat with remaining spinach.
- In a large bowl toss together the cooled quinoa, almonds, spinach, cherries, cucumber, chickpeas and red onion .
- In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic.
- Pour over salad and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Chill for 30 minutes to allow flavours to develop, then serve.