Creamy Thai Sweet Potato Curry

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Date: May 1st, 2017

Recipe: http://pinchofyum.com/creamy-thai-sweet-potato-curry

Time to table: 30 minutes

Servings: A full dinner with some leftovers for lunches

Modifications: None

Erin: Like

Ben: Like

Kids: Annie and Luke not so much (scary new food!), Charlie enjoyed it.

Notes: I made the curry paste as described in the recipe, which was kind of fun and it was nice to be able to freeze it in 2 tablespoon servings so we have more on hand that won’t go bad. I think the frozen curry paste was the biggest win from this recipe.

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slow cooker beef ragu with pappardelle

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Date: April 30th, 2017

Recipe: http://pinchofyum.com/slow-cooker-beef-ragu-with-pappardelle

Time to table: 15 minutes prep, 70 minutes cooking

Servings: This will feed our family of 5 for 2 dinners

Modifications: I added an onion and some chopped spinach because we had some and its an easy way to get some greens into a dish. I also used the InstantPot instead of a slow cooker. I sautéed the garlic and onions and then added the rest of the ingredients and did it on manual high pressure for 70 minutes.

Erin: Like

Ben: Like

Kids: All seemed to like it, Annie and Luke after they finally gave it a chance. Scary food! Looks different!

Notes: This meal almost seemed kind of fancy, which is funny because if you take out the onion and spinach, its barely any work at all. I think I’d try it next time with short ribs.

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Chicken and Dumplings

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Date: January 11th, 2017

Recipe: Page 98-99 of the Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook

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Time to table: One million years – so much for INSTANT!!! Real time: more than 95 minutes. The estimate was 55 minutes. I hate recipe time estimates.

Servings: Maybe 5-6 adults

Modifications: I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Thighs would definitely have been more flavorful, but this was what we had and was still plenty tasty. I also only used one onion, 2 seems like it would have been completely excessive. Oh and I only used 3 chicken breasts, but they were pretty big. I also didn’t put all the dumpling dough in there, just because it seemed like the pot was getting too full.

Erin: Like

Ben: Like

Kids: Annie and Charlie loved it. Luke gave it 2 VERY enthusiastic thumbs DOWN but also seemed to have no problem eating it. He just repeatedly told me he likes his bread OUTSIDE the soup.

Notes: This particular meal was absolutely no faster or better in the Instant Pot. I should have just made it on the stovetop, but wanted to try this recipe. I have so far not been that impressed with the speed of the Instant Pot – some meals/things are definitely slightly faster, but it takes awhile to get up to pressure, and pre-heat, which is never figured into the recipe time, so it still ends up taking easily an hour to prepare most things, if not more. This still definitely was a great recipe, and was very very good, but the Instant Pot didn’t do much to save any time.

I’d probably add a few herbs and some garlic if I made this again, it was a tiny bit bland.

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Sweet Potato, Sausage, and Kale Soup

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Date: January 8th, 2017

Recipe: Page 80 from “The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook“:

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Time to table: 75 minutes

Servings: This will feed our family of 5 for 2 dinners

Modifications: Used twice as much sausage as it called for (20 oz instead of 10) cause that’s better. I used ground sausage instead of sausage links.

Erin: Love

Ben: Love

Kids: The kids surprisingly loved this, even with the kale, which I had expected they’d object to. We gave Charlie some of the sweet potatoes before mashing them.

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

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Date: January 2nd, 2017

Recipe: http://flavorrd.com/2014/03/chicken-tortilla-soup/

Time to table: 45 minutes

Servings: This will feed our family of 5 for 2 dinners

Modifications: Didn’t make the fried tortilla strips and just used tortilla chips instead because we have kids. I also made some white rice to serve it over cause that seemed appropriate.

Erin: Like

Ben: Like

Kids: They thought it was fine, Charlie seems ravenous these days and eats most things.

Notes: One of our first meals in the Instant Pot!

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Tuna Casserole

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Date: October 5th

Recipe: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/tuna_casserole/

Time to table: 20-30 minutes prep, 20 minutes baking

Servings: This will feed our family of 5 for 2 dinners

Modifications: No mushrooms, but I added more broccoli than called for. I also put some cheese on top before I added the crushed potato chips. I also added garlic powder and a bit of crushed red pepper because it seemed kind of bland.

Erin: Love

Ben: Like

Kids: All seemed to like it, Charlie was a love, but he loves everything. Annie didn’t like the chips?!?! Who is she?

Notes: I was wanting classic tuna casserole a la Tuna Helper, and this fit the bill, and definitely exceeded my Tuna Helper memories 🙂

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Orzo salad with roasted cauliflower, spinach, feta

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Date: September 26th

Recipe: http://www.annies-eats.com/2016/09/15/orzo-salad-with-roasted-cauliflower/

Time to table: 20-30 minutes

Servings: This fed me for 4 lunches and probably could have stretched to 5

Modifications: None

 

Erin: Love! I was getting sick of it by day 4 though.

Notes: I don’t think anyone else in my family would have enjoyed this, but I love feta, spinach and cranberry based salads and this was a great lunch all week.

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Black bean, corn, tomato, avocado salad

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Date: June 17th

Recipe: http://www.annies-eats.com/2013/07/01/black-bean-corn-and-avocado-salad/

Time to table: 20 minutes or so

Servings: Depends on if it’s a side or a main dish I guess? 4?

Modifications: Just used frozen corn and microwaved it a bit. Also, kind of ran out of cilantro so we could have used more of that.

Ben: Meh. Pass due to his distaste for tomatoes and plain avocados.

Erin: Love

Charlie: (new rater!) Love

Notes: Whenever we are serving food to other people, I love that I can actually make things with tomatoes because 3/5ths of my family does not like them. This is a super simple, easy and healthy side dish and a great summer salad. Loved it and might make some for work lunches again. I keep giving Charlie raw tomatoes and figure if I keep it up, maybe there will be another person in my family who likes them! He may have even gotten some raw onion and been okay with it. This kid is like a garbage disposal at this age!

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This was after he’d finished the rest of this salad, also had green beans, blueberries, and then the mac and cheese and just dipped his fingers in a blob of hummus and licked it off his hands. Love this stage 🙂

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He’s a good motivator for these 2 to try different things too! Not like they are terrible eaters, but they have their strong preferences by this point for sure.

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Fish tacos with mango salsa and avocado cream

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Date: June 4th and June 17th

Recipe: http://www.annies-eats.com/2015/04/24/fish-tacos-with-mango-salsa-and-avocado-cream-sauce/

Time to table: Tough to say, because we were making a lot of other stuff at the same time – I’d say probably 30 minutes for just this part of it.

Servings: 4

Modifications: Added a jalapano to the salsa. The first time we served this, I also had shredded cabbage out, didn’t do that the 2nd time. I think the avocado cream makes this dish awesome.

Ben: Love

Erin: Love

Notes: We made this twice for an adults dinner after the kids went to bed and it was SO good. The first time, we served guac, queso fundido, and strawberry margaritas, and then tres leches cake. The second time, we again had regular margaritas, guac, and then a black bean/corn salad that I’ll post next that was awesome. What is REALLY amazing is how awesome it is to cook in our newly completed kitchen! Yesss.

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Brussels sprouts risotto

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Date: March 13

Recipe: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/risotto-with-brussels-sprouts-and-browned-butter/

Time to table: Over an hour (no exaggeration – with chopping the brussels sprouts and onion it’s really probably 90 minutes. Risotto is always time consuming but the added steps of browning the butter and sautéing the brussels sprouts before the risotto even starts take awhile)

Servings: As written, a side dish for 4

Modifications: I doubled this recipe to serve 6 adults because I wanted leftovers. Added some vermouth as the first liquid added after the rice.

Ben: Love

Erin: Love

Annie & Luke: Wasted on them – Annie “didn’t like the leaves” and Luke gagged on it.

Notes: I forgot to post this recipe the first time I made it – this time I was slightly rushed so didn’t fully let the butter brown (also obviously did not use “European butter”) but I still think it tasted great. I used more brussels sprouts than were called for too. It doubled well, and fit nicely in my dutch oven. This is a great side dish for pork! These pork chops were made in the sous vide and were just ok.

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