Pasta with fresh tomato sauce

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Date: September 19th, 2017

Recipe: https://pinchofyum.com/tomato-sauce

Time to table: 30 minutes

Servings: Depends how much tomatoes you use, we made enough for a dinner’s worth

Modifications: None but I FORGOT THE BUTTER which is a travesty

Erin: Like

Ben: Like

Notes: This was our first year planting tomatoes (because I’m the only one that really likes tomatoes in this family) and we had SO! MANY! just from 2 plants. We had one cherry tomato plant that went absolutely insane, so needed to find some new ways of using them. This was a really good sauce for pasta, I think it’d be even better with some crusty bread. Also extremely easy and a great way to use up excessive cherry tomatoes.

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Korean BBQ Yum Yum Bowls

(I’m going to go back and post a lot of meals I had taken pictures of over the past few months – most Ben made so he can come and modify these posts if he made any changes that I didn’t remember)

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Date: September 10th, 2017

Recipe: https://pinchofyum.com/yum-yum-rice-bowls

Time to table: 1 hour

Servings: 5 adults

Modifications: None, we used kale for the greens. Our rice is darker because we used beef broth in the rice.

Erin: Love

Ben: Love

No kids consumed this meal

Notes: This was my first time trying kimchi and it was amazing. I’m trying to build my tolerance for spicy food. Ben also found some way to poach several eggs at once, which was perfect when we had Kateri and Chris over to eat this one night.

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The first night we had them – but when I did leftovers my poached egg was perfect so that’s why it got top billing above

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Instant Pot/Slow Cooker Black Beans

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Date: October 15th, 2017

Recipe: http://www.thenaturalnurturer.com/blog/the-best-slow-cooker-black-beans

Time to table: Instant Pot was about an hour total, Crockpot would be 8 hours

Servings: A lot

Modifications: We made this twice – one to bring to school for the teacher’s conference dinner (we used the crockpot for that one), and then tonight in the Instant Pot. I did soak the beans (although I know in the IP you don’t necessarily have to) and I did 35 minutes on high pressure, quick release and the beans were definitely done. The second time I used olive oil instead of coconut oil. I don’t think it really matters what type of oil/fat you use.

Erin: Love

Ben: Love

Kids: Like to Love in taco form

Notes: I was surprised by how much I liked these – very flavorful and the addition of the onions/peppers and salsa really added a lot to the final dish. We had these as black bean tacos tonight, and then for the rest of the week I plan to bring them to work with taco salad fixings for lunches.

(PS yeah we haven’t been keeping up this blog. Blame Ben.)

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There was a lot of extra liquid in the Instant Pot, this is after using a slotted spoon

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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.

Notes:

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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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