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Aloo Gobi Instant Pot
April 9, 2017, 3:12 am
Filed under: favorites, Health, main course, Make'n'freeze, weeknight

I never thought I would cook Indian food I actually like! Every recipe I’ve come across for this dish contained the spice mix garam masala, which I despise. Finally, I decided to try leaving out the garam masala. I came up with this and IT IS AWESOME. I can’t get over the fact that I made edible Indian food! And in my new instant pot!! Easily doubles in my 6 quart IP.

Ingredients
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced (I buy chopped frozen and throw straight in)
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 4 cups cauliflower florets (I buy a bag of frozen and throw straight in)
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cut into small chunks (I used a giant russet)
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder or seeds
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground fennel
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp salt
  • fresh cilantro for garnish
Instructions
  1. Turn Instant Pot to Saute mode.
  2. Add oil and coriander seeds. Sauté for 30 secs.
  3. Add onions and mix well; cook until soft.
  4. Add tomatoes, mix and cook for another min.
  5. Add the rest of the seasonings. Stir
  6. Add potatoes and cauliflower florets.
  7. Add 1/2 cup water (HIGH ALTITUDE-3/4 cup). Mix well.
  8. Put Instant Pot lid on with pressure valve to sealing. Cook on Manual (Hi) for 3 mins (HIGH ALTITUDE 5 minutes).
  9. Quick Release and stir gently. Check potatoes for softness. Cook longer if necessary. Garnish with cilantro.
  10. Serve hot with naan or jasmine rice (love using my IP as a rice cooker).
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Lentil and Okra Curry 
February 24, 2016, 11:03 pm
Filed under: Company, favorites, Health, main course, Make'n'freeze

 
For this, I made Pinch of Yum’s Lentil Curry recipe and serviced over rice and stir fried okra, accompanied with avocado and lots of cilantro. Make a big batch and freeze some for later 😎   



Chicken, Spinach, Mushroom Lasagna
February 5, 2014, 1:55 am
Filed under: chicken, Company, main course, Make'n'freeze, pasta, Sunday

Adapted from an Emeril recipe. Tasty!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb button mushrooms (thinly sliced)
  • 1  yellow onion (finely chopped)
  • 3 tbsps minced garlic
  • 2 zucchini
  • 2 jars alfredo sauce (I used Paul Newman)
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 lb spinach (stemmed washed blanched and roughly chopped, or frozen)
  • 1 cup parmesan (grated)
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 lb lasagna noodles
  • seasonings to taste

Preparation

    • Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring often until the mushrooms are browned and most of the liquid has evaporated, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the onions and garlic to the pan and saute until soft and translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add spinach and zucchini. Saute and set aside.
    • Set a large, 12-inch saute pan over medium heat and add the olive oil. Season and sear the chicken, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and cooked through, about 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool and set aside. When cool, cut into bite size pieces.
    • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
    • Mix alfredo with white wine.
    • Coat a 9 by 13 by 3-inch casserole with olive oil, and spread about 1/2 cup of the alfredo sauce on the bottom of the dish. Lay 3 sheets of pasta across the bottom of the dish and spread 3/4 cup of the  sauce over the pasta. Sprinkle 1/2 of the chicken over the  sauce, then sprinkle with 1/2 of the veggie mix, and 1/4 cup of the Parmesan. Lay another 3 sheets of pasta over the chicken. Repeat with the remaining sauce, chicken, Parmesan, veggies, and pasta, ending with a layer of pasta covered with alfredo sauce. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan over the sauce. Place the casserole on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake, uncovered, until bubbly and well browned, about 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before serving.