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Breakfast Bake with Sausage and Peppers

Serves 4

  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • red or yellow onion, chopped
  • a couple of cloves of garlic, chopped
  • big drizzle of olive oil
  • Spike Seasoning to taste (or use any all-purpose seasoning mix that you like the flavor of)
  • fresh-ground black pepper to taste

 

  • 12 links (about 10 oz.) turkey breakfast sausage links

 

  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella, grated

Preheat oven to 450F

Spray a medium-sized baking dish with non-stick spray.

Put veggies into the baking dish, toss with ~1 teaspoon olive oil, sprinkle with seasoning and fresh-ground black pepper, and put the dish in the oven to bake for 20 minutes.

While the veggies cook, heat olive oil in a non-stick pan, add the sausages and cook over medium-high heat until they’re nicely browned on all sides, about 10-12 minutes.

Remove to cutting board, line them up, and cut sausages into bite-sized pieces (alternatively, cut up the sausages beforehand and saute the pieces).

When the peppers have cooked for 20 minutes, stir in the cooked sausages and bake for 5 minutes more.

Remove from oven, turn oven to BROIL, sprinkle the grated Mozzarella over the top and return dish to oven to broil for a couple of minutes, or until the cheese is nicely melted and starting to brown. Serve hot.

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Instant Pot Refried Pinto Beans

Put into the Instant Pot and stir till combined:

        • 2 cups dried, unsoaked pinto beans, washed and picked over
        • 3 cups vegetable stock or water (I use boiling water and stock paste from a jar)
        • 1 large onion, chopped
        • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
        • 1 jalapeño pepper, sliced or chopped (leave seeds and ribs in)
        • 1 tsp paprika
        • 1 tsp ground cumin
        • 1 tsp chilli powder
        • 3/4 tsp salt
        • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
        • 1/2 cup tomato salsa, or some tomato paste and chopped tomatoes

Close lid of Instant Pot, and set to Manual > High Pressure > 30 minutes.  When pressure cooker beeps, either let stand for 10 minutes and open after releasing remaining pressure, or let pressure release naturally.

Mash the contents with a potato masher, or blend with a hand blender. 

Stir in:

        • handful of grated sharp cheddar cheese
        • handful of chopped red, or sweet, onion
        • small handful of chopped cilantro

Let it rest for a minute or two to let the cheese melt, then stir gently to combine.  It will thicken a great deal as it cools.

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Roasted Veggies for Grains or Pasta

Roasted vegetables on whole wheat pasta

Roasted vegetables on whole wheat pasta

serves 3, doubles easily but needs larger pans

Preheat oven to 425F, with both racks in the centre of the oven.

In a baking pan or sheet, toss together and set aside**:

  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes (about 4 cups)
  • a good pinch of salt
  • a couple of tablespoons of olive oil

In a large bowl, toss together with hands**:

  • •eggplant, about 225g or 1/2lb, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • •2 medium zucchini, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • •1 red bell pepper, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • •1 or 2 cooking onions, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • •3 to 4 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
  • •a generous splash of olive oil (2 to 4 Tbsp)
  • •balsamic vinegar (a couple of Tbsp)
  • •1/4 tsp salt
  • •freshly ground black pepper (about 20 grinds)
  • •a large pinch of dried chilli flakes

Spread out this mixture on a very large baking sheet, in one layer.

Place both pans into the preheated oven, with the tomatoes on the bottom rack, and the vegetables on the top rack.  Bake for 20 minutes.

Remove pans from oven, and give each a stir, trying to flip the vegetables to brown the other side.

Put back in  oven for 10 minutes, or until golden, and the tomatoes are bursting and juicy.

* If you are serving over pasta, reserve about 1 cup of the cooking water.  First, toss the tomatoes and some cooking water together with the pasta, so that the tomatoes and their liquid coat the pasta. 

* If serving over grains, just toss the tomatoes and their juices with the grains.

Put the tomatoes and pasta or grains into a serving bowl and top with the contents of the vegetable pan.

Sprinkle on top, if you have it:

  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano, or 1 tsp dried**
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme, or 1/4 tsp dried**

Serve with freshly grated parmesan.

** If you are using dried herbs, toss them with the tomatoes and vegetables at the same time as the olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

For an exact recipe, which I have adapted, go to Cookie & Kate.

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Dal Makhani in the Instant Pot

(adapted from http://www.twosleevers.com)

This recipe easily doubles, however, I use a little less than 2x the water.

Place in Instant Pot:

    • 1/2 cup whole black urad dal, washed and picked through for stones, etc
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
    • 2 tsp minced ginger
    • 1 1/2 cups water

Set manually at high pressure, for 30 minutes.  Let the pressure release naturally.  When pressure has returned to normal, remove the lid and lightly mash some of the dal (to your preference).  Do not drain the dal.

While the dal is cooking, in a small bowl whisk together, and set aside:

    • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
    • 1/2 cup half-and-half, whipping cream, or cashew cream
    • 1 tsp salt

In a small frying pan or saucepan, melt:

    • 2 tsp ghee

In the hot ghee, gently toast:

    • 1/2 tsp turmeric
    • 1/2 tsp garam masala
    • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
    • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
    • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
    • 1 tsp whole cumin seeds

To the pan, add, cook, and stir:

    • 1 Tbsp tomato paste

When the tomato paste has absorbed the ghee, remove from heat to cool a little.  Whisk this mixture into the yogurt/cream mixture.

Add the yogurt/spices mixture to the cooked dal in the Instant Pot, and stir gently until combined.

Add a small handful of:

    • finely chopped cilantro

Stir gently, and let the cilantro heat through. 

Serve with brown basmati.

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Instant Pot Brown Basmati/Texmati

  • 1 cup brown basmati rice, or brown Texmati rice
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  1. If your rice needs to be washed, do so.
  2. Add the rice, water, and salt to the Instant Pot.
  3. Put lid on, and ensure that it is set to “seal”.
  4. Set Instant Pot to high pressure, for 22 minutes.
  5. Leave the lid on when the pot beeps, and let sit, with the lid on for another 10 minutes (natural pressure release).
  6. At the end of 10 minutes, release the pressure valve completely.
  7. Remove lid, and fluff the rice with a fork.

 

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Chickpea Vegetable Stew in the Instant Pot

My take on a recipe found on the Instant Pot web site.  It could just as easily be done on a stovetop!

Serve over top of whole wheat couscous.

Sauté in the Instant Pot:

        • 1 Tbsp butter (use olive oil if you want it to be vegan)
        • 1 large onion, diced (about 1.5 cups)
        • 1 large carrot, diced (about .5 to 1 cup)
        • 4 cups cauliflower florets
        • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
        • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
        • big handful of green beans, cut into bite-sized pieces
        • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
        • 1 Tbsp fresh garlic, minced

When onion is translucent, add and sauté the spices until they are fragrant:

        • 1 Tbsp ground coriander
        • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
        • 1.5 tsp smoked paprika
        • 1/4 tsp Indian red chilli powder, or cayenne
        • 2 tsp turmeric
        • 2 tsp kosher salt

Turn off sauté and add to the Instant Pot:

        • 2 or 3 cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
        • 1 28oz can stewed tomatoes, drained and cut up with scissors
        • 1 can coconut milk, 13.5oz

Stir gently to mix.  Put the lid onto the Instant Pot, and select “Soup”, reducing the cook time to 10 minutes.  Do a quick release when the time is up. 

If desired, add a handful of:

  • cilantro, finely chopped

And stir. Taste and adjust for seasonings.

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Butter Chicken in the Instant Pot

In a blender puree together:

      • 28 oz can of diced tomatoes, UNdrained
      • 2 jalapeño peppers seeded and chopped
      • 2 TBSP fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped (or use the tube kind)

When smooth, blend in:

      • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
      • 3/4 cup whipping cream
      • 2 tsp kosher salt

Turn the Instant Pot on to “Sauté” and add:

      • 1/2 cup butter, unsalted, or ghee

When the butter is hot, brown both sides of:

      • 12, or up to about 20 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Do this in batches so as not to crowd the pot.  When pieces are browned, put them into a bowl.

When all chicken has been browned, and removed from the Instant Pot, in the hot butter sauté until golden:

    • 1 cooking onion, finely chopped

To the golden onion, stir in:

      • 2 tsp ground cumin
      • 1 TBSP paprika

Stir for about 30 seconds, then pour in the mixture in the blender, along with the chicken & its accumulated juices. Stir very gently to combine. Cancel the “Sauté” command.

Put the lid on, and lock it into place.  Ensure that the vent is set to closed.

Select manual “HIGH” pressure, and 5 minutes cook time.

When timer beeps, turn the Instant Pot off, and let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes, use a quick pressure release to let out any remaining pressure; watch out for steam!

The fat will have floated to the top of the butter chicken. Skim off about 3 to 4 TBSP of the hot butter putting it into a small bowl.  Into the small bowl of hot butter, whisk in until very smooth:

      • 2 TBSP all purpose flour

Select “Sauté” again, then stir in:

      • 2 tsp garam masala
      • 2 tsp toasted cumin seeds, ground up (toast in dry frying pan and crush them before hand)
      • the butter and flour mixture that is in the small bowl

Bring to a boil, and cook for a few minutes to thicken.  Turn off Instant Pot and add:

  • 1/4 to 1/2 firmly packed minced fresh cilantro

Stir gently, and serve.

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