Place into the Instant Pot:
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- big handful of baby carrots, chopped (or a couple of regular carrots, scrubbed and chopped)
- 1 large celery stock, chopped
- large bunch of broccoli, chopped roughly (2-3 crowns, plus their stems)
- 3/4 tsp salt
- freshly ground pepper
- 1 cup water
Set the Instant Pot to “Soup” for 7 minutes. When the cycle ends, do a quick release of the pressure valve, and remove the lid.
Using a hand blender, or potato masher, puree the contents of the instant pot. If desired, add about:
and then add chicken stock until you reach the desired consistency; I use chicken stock paste and water. Add:
- 2 – 3 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Let sit for a moment in order to melt, then stir the soup or use the hand blender again.
Adjust the salt and pepper to taste.
Serve on cooked brown rice; add any other veggies that appeal.
- 1⁄4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1⁄4 cup soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- 1⁄2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Whisk the above ingredients together in a small bowl, and set aside.
- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1⁄2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
- 1 medium-sized cooking onion, diced
- 1 lb ground beef
- 3⁄4 cups frozen peas
- Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion, and cook until softened.
- Add the garlic and ginger and cook for another minute.
- Add ground beef and sauté, breaking it apart, until no pink remains. Drain off excess fat.
- Add the peas and the sauce, mix well, and cook until hot.
- Serve immediately, on top of cooked brown rice.
adapted from Alexandra Stafford’s delicious recipe at Food52
- 3 Tbsp coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and minced (I use the fresh stuff in a tube)
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1 small onion, minced
- ½ tsp ground coriander
- ½ tsp cumin seeds PLUS ½ tsp ground cumin (or 1tsp of either)
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1 cup split red lentils (they’re orange prior to cooking, then turn yellow-ish when cooked)
- 1 398ml can full-fat unsweetened coconut milk
- the empty coconut can filled with water
- 1 tsp salt (or use 2 tsp kosher)
- 2 Tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
[to serve, see below, after step 3]
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, slowly sauté the ginger, garlic, onion, coriander, cumin, and turmeric for about 10 minutes, or when all of the onion is softened, and the spices are very fragrant.
- Add the lentils, coconut milk, salt, and the emptied coconut can full of water. Stir together.
- Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer, uncovered, until lentils are completely soft, about 20 minutes; stir occasionally. Turn off heat. This will be quite loose, or soupy.
- Add the cilantro and stir gently until incorporated. Check for salt, and adjust, if necessary.
- Ladle on top of hot brown rice, then top with a spoonful of Greek yogurt and a tiny sprinkle of cilantro. You could also use basmati 🙂
- I love this beside, or on top of steamed, chopped fresh spinach.
- Whole wheat naan is great with this.
We made this at work today, and it was super quick and easy. Based on Mairlyn Smith’s recipe in her book “Healthy Starts Here!“.
- 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 x 540ml tin of garlic & olive oil diced tomatoes (or just diced tomatoes)
- 1 x 540ml tin of black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup frozen corn kernels (or fresh)
- ¼ cup salsa
- 1 Tbsp hot sauce
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 clove garlic, or use garlic powder
- 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 cup thinly sliced green onions (about 5)
- 1 ripe avocado, cut into cubes or slices
- 1 lime, scrubbed well, and cut into wedges
- 40 unsalted whole-grain corn tortilla chips, or 4 fresh corn tortillas
- Bring the broth to a boil in a soup pot.
- Add the undrained tomatoes, black beans, corn, salsa, hot sauce, cumin, and garlic; bring back to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, covered, for 5 minutes. Add cilantro, stir, and remove from heat.
- Ladle the soup into 4 deep soup bowls. Sprinkle each portion with the green onions, avocado, dividing evenly.
- Squeeze a lime wedge or two into each bowl. Crumble 10 tortilla chips into each bowl and stir gently. If using fresh tortillas, just tear into bite-sized pieces and add to each bowl.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 medium onion, minced
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 1 green bell pepper, cored and minced
- 1 28oz can of diced tomatoes, with juice
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 ½ cups grated sharp cheddar cheese (plus more for sprinkling on top)
- 4 cups dried fusillii noodles
- In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat, stirring occasionally to break up clumps, until brown all over. Drain excess fat.
- Increase heat, and add onions, green pepper, and garlic (add other vegetables, if using). Cook and stir for 5 minutes.
- Add tomatoes and their juice, Worcestershire sauce, oregano, and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer, uncovered, while you bring a large pot of water to a boil.
- When water boils, add noodles, and cook till al dente, according to package directions. Drain, reserving a bit of pasta water to loosen the noodles, if necessary.
- In the large pot, combine the noodles with the ground beef mixture. The ground beef mixture should be fairly dry, not soupy.
- Stir in the cheese until melted.
- To serve, sprinkle with more cheese.
- If desired, pour the mixture into a casserole dish, top with more cheese, and bake or broil till cheese is browned.
Note: Add any other vegetables you wish to — corn niblets cut off of the cob, a handful of broccoli or cabbage slaw, shredded carrot. Anything goes!
Sauté in a Dutch oven or large pot, until softened:
- 1/2 a small onion, finely minced
- 1large celery stalk, finely minced
- 1 medium size carrot, peeled and grated
- 1tsp garlic paste, or one finely minced garlic clove
- 1 28oz tin of diced tomatoes with Italian herbs, include juice*
- 1 14.5 oz tin of diced tomatoes, include juice
With a hand blender, purée the soup. Alternatively, dump the sautéed vegetables into a blender, and add half of the tomatoes. Purée until smooth, then pour into the soup pot. Add the second half of the tomatoes to the blender, purée until smooth, and add to pot. And put back on heat. Add:
- 3/4 cup cream (any fat content that you prefer)
Stir and heat through. Add salt and black pepper, to taste.
If desired, top with any of the following:
- Sour cream dollop
- Plain Greek yogurt dollop
- Fresh basil, chopped or chiffonaded
- Home made croutons
- A sprinkle of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
* you can use plain diced tomatoes and just add some Italian seasoning, or fresh basil and oregano.
Prep time: 15 minutes; Cook time: 15 minutes; Servings: 6
just add guacamole, sour cream, and salsa
- ½ cup chopped red bell pepper
- ½ cup chopped zucchini
- ½ cup chopped yellow squash (such as butternut)
- ½ cup chopped red onion
- ½ cup chopped mushrooms
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- Cooking spray
- 6 x 9” whole wheat tortillas
- 1 ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- guacamole, sour cream, salsa, etc
- In a large non-stick pan, cook red pepper, zucchini, yellow squash, onion, and mushrooms in the olive oil over medium heat for about 7 minutes, or until just tender. Remove vegetables from pan.
- Coat the same pan with cooking spray, and place one tortilla in pan.
- Sprinkle ¼ cup of the cheese evenly over the tortilla, and layer ¾ cup of the vegetable mixture over the cheese.
- Sprinkle another 2 Tbsp of the cheese onto the vegetables, and top with a second tortilla.
- Cook until golden on both sides, for approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side.
- Remove quesadilla from pan, and repeat with remaining ingredients.
- Cut each quesadilla into 8 triangles with a pizza cutter.
- Serve hot with sour cream, salsa, and guacamole)