Okay. I admit it. I don’t have the time and/or energy to make recipes “from scratch” every night of the week. In my ideal world, when preparing dinner, I would never rely on bottled sauces or dressings, never use seasoning packets, or use canned soups. But in my real world, with special needs kids, errands, chores, etc., sometimes I just need a hot quick entree to serve with rice and a veggie.
I am sitting here with my younger son watching the Macy’s Day Parade, sipping my coffee, my rolls are rising in the oven with just the light on, and I am feeling thankful for all this year has brought me. I have a wonderful family ( both immediate and extended across the country), the best dog in the world, wonderful doctors at the Kellogg Eye Center, and the joy cooking brings me.
Thanksgiving cooking is a weeklong cooking event for me. So, the pies (pecan and pumpkin) are already done, so is the cranberry sauce and cranberry salad. The mashed potatoes were made in the Instant Pot yesterday, and I will reheat them today. I also used the Instant Pot yesterday to make the mashed sweet potatoes I will use in my casserole that I’ll assemble in a few hours – I even made the streusel topping for it last night. I’ll also make my light from scratch Corn Casserole in the Instant Pot today – again, I mixed together the dry ingredients last night and put them in a container to use today.
As you can see, I’m all about making the actual cooking I do on Thanksgiving itself easier so that I can enjoy the holiday and the football!
My tip for the day is to head over to Pressure Cook Recipes.com for their Cranberry Sauce in a pressure cooker recipe. It was literally 15 minutes from when I took my bag of cranberries and orange from the refrigerator until when I put my container of finished cranberry sauce back in. This one is definitely a keeper, especially if you are on Weight Watchers, because it uses half the sugar and I substituted Splenda, making the orange juice the only thing with points in the recipe.
I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and a table full of good food!
I was in Ann Arbor, Michigan (what a beautiful town) for a few days for a visit to my eye doctor, and got home last night. I had a Weight Watchers meeting this morning (a visit to Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor set me back) and then ran a variety of errands. By the time my youngest son got off the bus, I realized I had no idea what I was making for dinner, and it was too late to drive to the store to pick up anything.
I dove through our freezer and pulled out some chicken thighs. I then started combing my cookbooks on Kindle but couldn’t find an appealing recipe for which I had all the ingredients. So, it was time to come up with something on my own based on what I did have. It is quite a simple recipe, yet cooking the thighs in the sauce in a pressure cooker infuses the flavor throughout the meat, leaving it moist and seasoned throughout.
I served it with Jasmine rice – 3 SP for 1/2 cup cooked rice – and Birds Eye Steamfresh Brussel Sprouts with sea salt and cracked pepper – 2 SP for 3/4 cup. So, the whole meal was balanced, filling, delicious, and only 11 Smart Points.
i hope that you and your family like it as much as mine did.
Good afternoon! It has been a busy week here – my niece and nephew from Israel came to visit this week. We had a few days of sight-seeing in downtown DC, going to an American movie theater (complete with recliners), and going out to eat in the ever-shrinking number of Kosher restaurants in the Metro DC area. They are on their way back to Israel after a wonderful but too-short visit, and it is time to focus on this week’s menu.
How many of you have seen a celery root (also known as celeriac), let alone cooked one? Not many, I am guessing. I discovered this amazing root vegetable a year ago, when I decided to try this soup, and fell madly in love with this ugly knotty root.
This root can be hard to find, depending on your local stores. Sometimes my standard local grocery stores carry it (Giant, Wegmans, etc) in the section with other root vegetables- beets, turnips, fennel, etc. At other times it is nowhere to be found on their shelves. But my local Asian supermarkets (including H Mart), always have it and substantially cheaper than at the other stores.
The taste of this root, when cooked, is like celery on steroids. You will never be able to eat plain cream of celery soup again. This particular soup, with both celery and celeriac, is so flavorful and filling, that it is hard to believe that it is low-calorie too.
Raise your hand if you love potatoes. I do!
One of my biggest challenges on Weight Watchers has been to cut way down on starches and carbohydrates. I’m one of those people who will always take savory starches over sweets. Offer me a bowl of ice cream OR French fries and I will take the fries every time.
So, I decided to try Mashed Cauliflower. There actually are people out there who claim that they taste just. like. mashed. potatoes. Umm, no, they don’t. They taste like mashed cauliflower, which is good, but they are thinner and less starchy in consistency.
It has been my experience that the vast majority of people who use their Instant Pots at least three times fall in love with it. For some, it is mad love at first use. For others, the hardest part is getting it out of the box, and they sit there, packed up, for months and months before gracing the kitchen counter.
So, once you get your electric pressure cooker out of the box and start cooking with it, it will become clearer what additional accessories you might want to purchase. I will suggest questions to ask yourself, along with recommended additional accessories.
I participate regularly in an online message board. We are a group of mainly women; I joined 15 years ago and have been a “regular” most of the time since then. There is a large group of us that have hung out online together for the past 8-10 years. We have become like a family – with all the good and annoying that having a family entails.
I started a weekly Instant Pot/Air Fryer/Ninja 4-1 thread earlier this year. It waxes and wanes in terms of activity based on when the Instant Pot goes on sale on Amazon, although there is a smaller group of us that post regularly, sharing recipes, asking for help, troubleshooting for others when something goes wrong, etc.
One question that comes up again and again in our weekly thread and also in separate threads is “what accessories do I also need to throw in my online shopping cart, before I place my order?”
Well, here we are. Welcome to my blog. I have been using an electric pressure cooker for years. My first was a Cuisinart that my husband gave me for Chanukah five years ago. I used it occasionally – mostly for brisket.
Then, at the beginning of this year, when the pot in my Cuisinart electric pressure cooker was starting to peel in places, I decided to buy a new pressure cooker. Enter a 6 quart Duo Instant Pot. I fell in love instantly. I use it at least 4 times per week for making everything from yogurt, to soup, to beans, to main dishes. I also purchased an 8 quart Duo Instant Pot, because I often use two pots at once for dinner.
Here is a picture of my 6 quart baby “blinged out”:
I have been modifying recipes for the Instant Pot for the past year, and my family has never been happier with my cooking.