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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Instant Pot - Best Amazon Prime Deals on accessories and more!

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Amazon Prime Day has arrived - Instant Pot lovers (and anyone & everyone else) rejoice!

If you’re still in need of an Instant Pot, or want a second, you’re in luck today!

If you’re looking for some appliances as a perfect match with your Instant Pot, you’re in luck today, too!

These are my favorite Amazon Prime Day deals to go with the Instant Pot or your Kitchen in general!

HURRY - the deals do NOT last all day and are prone to selling out FAST!


IP DUO60 7-in-1 8 quart Instant Pot - on sale today ONLY for $89! This is the lowest price ever!





A great accompaniment to the Instant Pot, or just a great add to your kitchen appliance stash, is this Ninja Professional Blender — Today ONLY, at the amazingly low price of $69. I have never seen it priced this low, ever!





Sous Vide is a trendy and absolutely delicious way to cook foods at a precise temperature, in it’s own juices for flavor and tenderness maximization! Today ONLY, this Anova Sous Vide is only $129 marked down from $199!




Cooking soups, sauces, or utilizes those flavorful juices after cooking meats or other foods in your Instant Pot is great! Make it easier to transform soups and sauces into a smooth, luscious consistency right in your pot with this Royal 5 piece Hand Blender, today ONLY priced at $19.97, marked down from $50!





Want a cook book to go along with your Pressure Cooker? This one is marked down 50% OFF!





Tongs are a must have in the kitchen and something I use almost everytime I use my Instant Pot! This DRAGONN Stainless Steel & silicone Set is on sale at almost 50% OFF, and an even better deal is coming on them today!





One of the hardest things about using the pressure cooker is removing the Inner Pot when hot, or removing accessories from inside the pot after cooking. These Extreme Heat Resistant gloves will make it a breeze, and a great deal is coming soon on them today!




The Instant Pot is GREAT for meal prep. Check out the Amazon Prime deal on these tupperware sets later today!






There are SO MANY other deals out there for Amazon Prime members! Check out their website for more deals and sign up for your Amazon Prime membership today!

Happy Amazon Prime Day, all!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Easy Instant Pot Jambalaya

Jambalaya - such a fun word! (just me?)

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I love rice dishes. Well, actually, I LOVE pasta dishes - I am Italian after all and I have to make Nonna proud. Nothing beats a good bowl of pasta, especially homemade & surprisingly perhaps, the more simple the better! However, a great rice dish comes in a VERY close 2nd to my beloved pasta.

With rice dishes, I love to add a TON of flavor. Don’t get intimidated… adding a ton of flavor doesn’t mean you have to have magical powers, just be creative with your ingredients and don’t be stingy with those seasonings! If a rice dish is going to be my MEAL, I don’t want just a bowl of mostly plain rice. I want meat and veggies and FLAVOR in every bite.

Chinese Fried Rice from a local takeout place usually disappoints me. Why? Because the ratio of rice to other ingredients is far too big. I want meat, I want veggies, I want flavor, not just a mouthful of rice. My Instant Pot Chicken Fried Rice is a big hit in my house!

My husband loves smoked sausage and cajun spice. So, when I had these ingredients on hand recently and needed to get a good dinner on the table ASAP, I decided to go for an easy (and SUPER FAST) Jambalaya

Good news, it was a HIT! Better news, it took just a few minutes of prep and I cooked everything in one pot - the Instant Pot! Hip Hip HOORAY for only one dirty pot! Gotta love a good one pot meal!

Speaking of one pot meals, my Pesto Chicken Pasta is another one pot winner in the Instant Pot!


Easy Instant Pot Jambalaya


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Ingredients

1 lb smoked sausage, sliced on a bias
1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 medium onion, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
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Find the full recipe at http://foodunderpressure.com/jambalaya-instant-pot/


Easy Instant Pot Jambalaya

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Italian Shredded Beef | Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Italian Shredded Beef

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My husband LOVES beef. Ground beef, steak, roast beef, deli roast beef, brisket, beef ribs… he likes it grilled, seared, roasted, braised, BBQ’d, taco-fied, burger-fied, et cetera. I swear he could eat beef everyday.

So naturally, as a GREAT wife, I am determined to find more ways to make beef.

This Italian Shredded Beef is a WINNER!

Not only is this Shredded Beef a winner, it is EASY and made pressure darn FAST using my Instant Pot Pressure Cooker in just over an hour (if slow roasted in the oven or slow cooker, this would take hours).

I’ve made other “hubby approved” beef in my Instant Pot, too — check out my Barbacoa Shredded Beef and Umami Mongolian Beef & Broccoli.

This Italian Shredded Beef has lots of Italian style herbs and spices. It is FULL of savory flavor, tender & juicy. It would be delicious served in a variety of ways!

The KEY ingredient is the amazing mildly spicy Pepperoncini — not just the peppers, but the tangy, briny pickling liquid they are jarred in. Don’t throw that liquid away!


Italian Shredded Beef


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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Chicken Fried Rice | Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Chicken Fried Rice | Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

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This ONE POT wonder, Pressure Cooker Chicken Fried Rice, is made right in my Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. It’s super FAST; faster than ordering and picking up that Chinese takeout! Best of all, it’s delicious - all that salty, savory, satisfying Umami goodness you hope for in Chinese style food.

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A few of my favorite ingredients to stock for that distinct Umami-rich flavor are:

Fish Sauce

Sesame Oil

Sesame Seeds

Sambal Oelek

Rice Vinegar

Soy Sauce (of course) - I prefer the “Lite” version

Ginger, jarred



Pressure Cooker Chicken Fried Rice


Ingredients



2 T ginger, minced (fresh or jarred - I use jarred ginger!)
2 eggs (not pictured)
1-2 T Sambal Oelek, optional for spice

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

One Pot (Frozen) Chicken & Sweet Potatoes [Pressure Cooker]

One Pot (Frozen) Chicken & Sweet Potatoes

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Ever have those times when you need to get something ready for dinner, but you have limited time - ya know… perhaps you got home from work late, your kids are screaming for dinner, there was an after school practice or event and the kids are home later than usual - and to boot, you forgot to take something out of the freezer that morning.

Never happens to you, right?

You’re staring at a package of frozen solid chicken breast & rock hard whole sweet potatoes.

A pizza delivery could get on the table faster than that, right? There goes the healthy, money saving weeknight dinner goal. Ugh...

Guess what? Think again!

With your Pressure Cooker, you CAN get that healthy meal to the table! And, you can get it there dirtying only one pot, without thawing anything, without turning on the oven, and you can do it in about 35 minutes TOTAL - including prep, cook time and pressure release time!


One Pot (Frozen) Chicken & Sweet Potatoes



Ingredients

about 1.5 lbs frozen, boneless chicken breast (about 3 large)
seasonings of choice
4 medium sweet potatoes, whole
2-3 T olive oil
1 cup cooking liquid, water or chicken broth

Essential Tools

Pressure Cooker - I love my IP-DUO Instant Pot
short, wide diameter trivet or cooking rack
a pair of Tongs

Directions

Pour 1 cup cooking liquid, water or broth, in bottom of pressure cooker insert. Place short trivet over cooking liquid.

Remove frozen chicken breast from packaging and place on trivet. Drizzle with 1-2 T olive oil and seasoning liberally with seasonings of your choice.
I used salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, crushed red pepper and dried thyme, & plenty of it, on BOTH sides of my frozen chicken breast - season well!


Clean sweet potatoes well. Do not puncture skin. 
Rub skin with 1-2 T olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place around pressure cooker insert, directly over chicken.


Close lid to pressure cooker & close vent knob. Select High Pressure cook setting and adjust cook time to 16 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes for your pressure cooker to come to pressure then cook time countdown will begin.

For Instant Pot, close lid, turn vent knob to Sealing, Press “Manual” button and use “+/-“ buttons to adjust cook time to 16 minutes. Display will show as “On” until pot comes to pressure, then cook time countdown will begin. 

Using thawed Chicken breast? Cut cook time down to 10-12 minutes and cut sweet potatoes in half for even cooking.

When cook time is complete, allow pot to naturally release pressure (NPR) for 5 then quickly release remaining pressure (QPR).

For Instant Pot, when cook time completes, pot will beep and automatically turn on Keep Warm while natural pressure release takes place. Display will show as L0:00 and time will count up, i.e. L0:01, L0:02 - this will allow you to keep track of how long pressure has been releasing.

Open lid of pressure cooker and feast your eyes on your just-in-time, healthy, FAST, from FROZEN Chicken and Sweet Potatoes!


Carefully remove sweet potatoes and chicken with tongs.

Serve immediately, perhaps along with an easy salad or quickly steamed veggies.


If desired, top sweet potato with butter & a sprinkle of cinnamon - I like mine plain!


One Pot (Frozen) Chicken & Sweet Potatoes


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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Barbacoa Shredded Beef [Instant Pot Pressure Cooker]


Barbacoa Shredded Beef


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This Barbacoa Shredded Beef is the bomb!

I don’t even care how lame that sounds - it seriously is the bomb. My husband LOVED it.

My Instant Pot Pressure Cooker has become my bestie / BFF / best friend! This Barbacoa Shredded Beef is ready to eat in half the time it takes in an oven, and a fraction of the time it would take in a slow cooker. You do not sacrifice anything (flavor, quality, tenderness) with this “short cut” via Pressure Cooker, I promise!

There are many uses for this delicious, full flavor Barbacoa Shredded Beef - meat for tacos, burritos or enchiladas, on a salad, stuffed into a potato, over rice in a rice bowl, in a hash with eggs, between a few slices of bread for a yummy sandwich… the gift of beef that keeps on giving! 

This would be GREAT for a party, especially if sports are involved. Set out some accompaniments and tongs to serve up the Barbacoa Shredded Beef right out of the pot!

Perhaps on that note, you may want to double this recipe for ample supply if you’re serving for a large party, or if you want lots of yummy leftovers!

Barbacoa Shredded Beef




Ingredients

2.5-3 lb chuck roast, thawed and cut in 2 equal pieces

Barbacoa Seasoning Blend:
1 T chili powder
1 T cumin
1/4 - 1/2 t ground chipotle pepper, based on heat preference
1/2 t paprika
1 t dried cilantro
1 t dried oregano
1/2 t onion powder
1 t garlic powder
1/4 t clove, can substitute all spice
1 1/2-2 t salt, based on salt preference
1/2-1 t pepper, based on heat preference
zest only, 1 lime
1/4 t cayenne pepper, optional for extra spice

Cooking Liquid:
3/4 cup beef broth or water
1 T worcestershire
1 T apple cider vinegar
juice of 1 lime

2 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
1-2 chipotle peppers in Adobo, chopped, optional (can be spicy for some people)

Essential Tools

Pressure Cooker, I LOVE the 7-in-1 Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
Zester, I have this Dragonn Stainless Steel zester
Meat Shredding tool, like these Meat Shredder claws, or 2 large forks

Directions

In small mixing bowl, mix Barbacoa Seasoning blend.

Cut chuck roast into two equal pieces.


Evenly distribute and rub in Barbacoa Seasoning on all sides


If you have the time, cover with plastic wrap and allow meat to marinate for 1-12 hours in the fridge (if you’re really in a time crunch, you can skip).

If you had the time to do so, remove marinated chuck roast from fridge and allow to come closer to room temperature for about 20 minutes (again, you can skip this is you’re in a time crunch - allowing the meat to come closer to room temperature allows it to cook evenly).

Turn Pressure Cooker on Sauté or Browning mode. 
For Instant Pot, press Sauté button then press Adjust button and turn on High.

Brown both pieces of chuck roast on all sides, about 5 minutes total.


Remove meat from pressure cooker, set aside. 

Add cooking liquid (broth/water, Worcestershire, apple cider vinegar and lime juice) and deglaze, aka scrape all bits off, bottom of pressure cooker insert.

Don’t skip this step! Your pot may not come to pressure with burnt buts on the bottom.



Add garlic and chipotle in adobe, stir. Return chuck roast to pressure cooker, directly into cooking liquid.


Place lid on pressure cooker. Close vent knob. Select High Pressure cooking setting and adjust cook time to 60 minutes. Once cooker comes to pressure, cook time countdown will begin.
If using a different cut of meat, cook time will vary.

For Instant Pot, place lid on pressure cooker, turn vent knob to “Sealing”, press Manual button, then use “+/-“ buttons to adjust cook time to 60 minutes. Display will show as “On” until Pot comes to pressure, then cook time countdown will display.

Once cook time is complete, allow pressure cooker to naturally release pressure (NPR) for 15-20 minutes. Quickly release any remaining pressure (QPR) by opening vent knob, then remove lid.


Remove chuck roast to cutting board or plate.

Turn Pressure Cooker on Sauté or browning mode. Allow cooking liquid to reduce while you shred the beef.

Shred Barbacoa Beef with meat shredding tool (or 2 large forks). Remove any chunks of fat, as desired.


Return Barbacoa Shredded Beef to cooking liquid.

Turn off pressure cooker or if you need to keep your beef warm for a while, turn pressure cooker on it’s warming setting.
For Instant Pot, press Keep Warm button and use “+/-“ buttons to adjust time you want pot to remain on Keep Warm.


Serve as desired - there are so many options!

I love making tacos, quesadillas, burritos, taco salad or enchiladas with this Barbacoa Shredded Beef. 

Today, we made Barbacoa Beef Rice bowls - yellow rice, sautéed peppers and onion, corn and of course the Barbacoa Shredded Beef.

Barbacoa Shredded Beef




If desired, top with your choice of toppings - perhaps salsa, cilantro, sour cream, hot sauce, jalapeños, extra lime… whatever floats your Barbacoa boat! 

SO YUM!


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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Lemon Pepper Whole Pressure Cooker Chicken & Potatoes [One Pot meal]

Lemon Pepper Whole Pressure Cooker Chicken & Potatoes

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I LOVE making Whole Chicken in my Instant Pot Pressure Cooker!

I previously posted making a Whole Chicken in my Pressure Cooker using a Bundt Pan - I am TELLING YOU, the bundt pan is SO clutch. Is it NECESSARY? No. But it is GENIUS? Yes. 

This One Pot Chicken and Potatoes is the same concept as my previous recipe for Whole Pressure Cooker Bundt Pan Chicken - but this time, I added potatoes to make a complete meal and it worked PERFECTLY!

There are 2 secrets to my Whole Pressure Cooker Chicken:

1. A Bundt Pan


2. Compound Butter


The Bundt Pan allows the chicken to keep its shape, and it also allows you to capture the juices rather than them running into your cooking liquid at the bottom of your pressure cooker. Capturing the juices makes for a KILLER gravy.


The Compound Butter allows the chicken to stay incredibly moist and gives it so much flavor - compound butters are full of seasonings of your choice. You can really add anything you want to softened butter, mix it up, and call it compound - compound will flavor!

For this recipe, I use my Lemon Pepper Compound Butter. I also love my Citrus Herb Compound Butter!


Lemon Pepper Whole Pressure Cooker Chicken & Potatoes
[One Pot Meal]



Ingredients

4.5-5 lb. Whole Roaster Chicken, thawed, cleaned & giblets removed
5-6 medium Idaho potatoes
Salt & Pepper, to taste
1 1/2 cups water

Essential Tools

Pressure Cooker, I have the 6 qt IP-60DUO 7-in-1 Instant Pot
6 cup Bundt Pan, I have the Nordic Ware 6 cup Bundt Pan - Perfect for the Instant Pot!
Short trivet, like this 6 inch round baking rack
Tongs, I like these Oxo Good Grip tongs
Aluminum Foil, small square

Directions

Remove Chicken from packaging, and inspect for any feathers; they should be easy to remove if any remain. Trim some excess fatty skin, if desired.

Place small square of foil over hole in Bundt pan.






Prepare potatoes - clean and cut in half lengthwise.


Prepare chicken, and dry the skin as best as you can with paper towels. Place chicken in bundt pan, placing hole of chicken around foiled center of bundt pan.

Rub 2-3 T Lemon Pepper compound butter all over chicken and let some fall inside chicken, and under the skin… everywhere you can get it.
Sprinkle on a little salt and pepper (I use about 1/4 t of each)

Pour 1 1/2 cups water in bottom of pressure cooker insert, then place trivet over water. Place bundt pan with chicken in pressure cooker on top of trivet.



Spread remaining Lemon Pepper compound butter on cut potatoes. Scatter them around chicken in your pressure cooker pot.

From lemon you zested and juiced for butter, squeeze remaining juice over chicken and potatoes and stuff the chicken with the lemon peels.


Close lid of pressure cooker, close vent knob and choose High Pressure cooking option. Adjust cook time to 6 minutes per pound of chicken - I used a 4.5 lb chicken, so I set my cook time to 26 minutes.

For Instant pot, close lid and turn vent knob to “Sealing”, press Manual button, then use “+/-“ buttons to adjust cook time to 26 minutes.

When cook time is complete, allow pressure cooker to naturally release pressure (NPR) for 15 minutes - quickly release any remaining pressure (QPR). 

For Instant Pot, to QPR, turn vent knob to “Venting” position.

Open lid of pressure cooker.


Prepare a baking sheet with foil.

Use tongs to carefully remove potatoes, and place on foil skin side up.

Carefully remove chicken and place it on baking sheet breast side up.


Place chicken and potatoes in oven under broiler for 5-10 minutes to crisp skin of chicken and potatoes. Look at the beauty - Yum!


Carve that juicy, scrumptious chicken.


Serve with potatoes - they will have the wonderful lemon pepper flavor and will be cooking to tender perfections.

Add some quick steamed green veggies or a salad on the side, if desired.


DO NOT FORGET about the amazing juice you captured in your bundt pan!

Carefully remove bundt pan from pressure cooker insert - this juice is MAGICAL.

Use as a simple drizzle over chicken and potatoes, thicken with slurry of 1-2 T cornstarch plus 1-2 T water over medium heat in sauce pan if desired, or just reserve the liquid for cooking soup, rice, etc!


When chilled, just look at this cooking juice — it turns into an amazing, gelatinous broth.



Lemon Pepper Whole Pressure Cooker Chicken & Potatoes
[One Pot Meal]



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