The Instant Pot: Lamb Curry

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I’m really enjoying my Instant Pot. It seems it makes everything really easy. Also, summer is approaching, and it will provide me an option to cook real meals without using my stove, so, yay!!

For this meal I experimented with a regular recipe that I got from the NY Times Cooking Section, West Indian Lamb Curry. I basically followed the recipe up through step 3. Then, I browned the meat with seasonings directly in the Instant Pot, left them in there, covered it with water, added potatoes, peppers and carrots,  and set the Instant Pot for manual setting for 15 minutes. And then I left and let the pot work it’s magic.  I spooned the chunks out and simmered the sauce in a sauce pan on the stove until it reduced down. Delicious!!!

The Instant Pot: Whole Frozen Chicken

I have a friend who also has an Instant Pot, and we were geeking out seriously about it the other day, and she mentioned that you could pop frozen meat in there and it would be perfect if you add just a few minutes to the time you would cook it regularly. Naturally, I had to try it out.

Fortunately I had a bunch of frozen chickens in my freezer. What, doesn’t everyone?!?

I threw it into the instant pot and added a cup of chicken broth, some fresh herbs and garlic, and set it for 40 minutes. The result? Fall apart chicken, with a few cups of gorgeous chicken broth at the bottom.

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I ripped mine apart and popped it in a bowl with some spinach and then poured the broth on top. From freezer to chicken soup in less than an hour. Highly recommend.

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New Project: The Instant Pot!

I got an Instant Pot for my birthday. I was just about to launch my Pok Pok Cookbook project, but then that happened. So. Now you’re gonna have to put up with a quickie side project. I have been VERY curious about the Instant Pot, so I’m super excited to explore the many things I can supposedly do with it.

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According to the Instant Pot, it can be/do the following things:

  • A Pressure Cooker
  • A Slow Cooker
  • A Rice Steamer
  • A Yogurt Maker
  • Saute
  • Steam
  • Egg Cooker
  • Warmer
  • Also you can make cake in it and it comes with an Instant Pot recipe for creme brulee.

So. I’ll be posting a bunch of stuff about it. Get excited. I know you’ve been missing on me and my projects.

Whole 30 Sheet Pan Supper

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This is super simple, and super delicious. In fact, I loved this and will make it over and over again. I mostly took the recipe directly from the NY Times, you can find the original there, but I Whole 30’d that sh*t UP and twerked a couple other things and now it’s here.

YUM!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ pounds sweet potatoes (2 medium potatoes)
  • 2 teaspoons chopped thyme leaves, plus a small bunch of thyme sprigs
  • ¼ cup whole-grain mustard
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 pounds bone-in chicken thighs or drumsticks (or a mixture), patted dry
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • cup coarse almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound broccolini
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup coconut yogurt
  • coconut oil, for drizzling

Preparation:

  1. Prepare the sweet potatoes: Heat oven to 425 degrees. Cut the potatoes into 1-inch-thick slices. Reassemble the slices so they look like intact potatoes. Insert a sprig of thyme between each of the slices. Wrap each potato in 2 layers of foil and place on a pie tin or directly on oven rack (seam side up). Bake until very tender, 60 to 75 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make the mustard ghee for the chicken: In a small bowl, combine the whole-grain mustard and chopped thyme leaves. Mince 2 garlic cloves and stir into the bowl. Take out 1 tablespoon of the mixture; reserve. Add ghee and Dijon to remaining mixture in bowl and stir to combine.
  3. Prepare the chicken: Season chicken with 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon black pepper. Rub mustard ghee all over chicken. Place almond flour in a wide, shallow bowl. Coat the chicken evenly with almond flour. Transfer to a baking sheet and drizzle with coconut oil.
  4. Once the sweet potatoes have baked for a half-hour, add the pan with chicken to the oven and bake until chicken is golden and no longer pink, 35 to 40 minutes. At the same time, undo the tin foil on the sweet potatoes and lay them out evenly so they can roast up a little.
  5. As the chicken cooks, prepare the broccolini: Toss with olive oil, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and the red pepper flakes. Smash remaining 2 garlic cloves and toss into broccolini. Spread on another sheet pan. Add to the oven with potatoes and chicken for the last 10 minutes of cooking time. (The chicken, sweet potatoes and broccoli rabe should all come out of the oven at more or less the same time.)
  6. To serve, combine the reserved 1 tablespoon of mustard mixture with coconut yogurt in a small bowl. Serve chicken with broccolini and sweet potatoes on the side, dolloping the potatoes with the yogurt-mustard sauce.

** If you can’t find coconut yogurt ** Don’t worry, this will still be delicious without the sauce.

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Shrimp and Cauliflower “Grits”

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This is so easy, and also, so delicious!!! Also, I’ll give a basic recipe for the cauliflower grits but think of it more as a cauliflower puree, and therefore you can change up herbs, etc., and eat with anything.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb wild shrimp, unpeeled
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped into slivers
  • 3 tbls. ghee
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary

Preparation:

  1. Heat broth in a large covered pot until it boils.
  2. While it’s heating, chop cauliflower into small pieces. Don’t worry about appearance.
  3. Add cauliflower pieces to pot and re-cover. Turn heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes, until the cauliflower is very tender.
  4. Add bacon to a skillet and fry until cooked to your liking. Transfer to paper towels. Do not discard bacon fat from skillet.
  5. Transfer cauliflower and broth to a food processor. Add 2 tbls. ghee, rosemary, salt and pepper and blend until smooth.
  6. Meanwhile, de-shell shrimp (and set shells aside to make stock.)
  7. Add a tablespoon of ghee to the bacon skillet and heat along with excess bacon fat.
  8. Once heated, add shrimp to skillet, sprinkle with red pepper flakes, and cook until done, about 2 – 3 minutes a side.
  9. Portion the cauliflower mash into bowls and top with bacon and shrimp. Eat immediately.
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Whole30 Fish ‘n’ Chips

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Really, can you Whole30 anything? I think, more or less. Well, maybe not bread related things. But certainly many things. And fish and chips, for sure. This was simple and delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Haddock or other white, flaky fish
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • a few sprigs of thyme and oregano, removed from the sprigs and chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.
  2. Cut potatoes into fries, by hand, making them as thin or thick as you like them
  3. Toss with olive oil and spread on baking sheet
  4. Sprinkle herbs, salt and pepper on top and place in the pre-heated oven.
  5. Spread almond flour onto a plate, placed next to a large bowl with the beaten eggs.
  6. Dip each fillet into the eggs, and then into the almond flour.
  7. Heat ghee in skillet over medium heat
  8. When melted, add fillets to skillet, giving each one plenty of room. You can make them in batches if need be.
  9. Cook about 2 – 3 minutes on one side; flip and 2 – 3 minutes more on the other side.
  10. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve with fries, salad, Whole30 ketchup and Whole30 mayo.

Just realized I haven’t posted Whole30 ketchup and mayo recipes!! I will redeem myself and link to them.

 

Mint Chip Homemade Larabars

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Well, I’m a convert and I’ll never go back to store bought. I mean, that’s pretty much always the case, right? But in this case for sure. First off, I’m only sort of a larabar fan. Some flavors, sort of. But, I had this bar at Juice Press that was the same sort of ingredients as a larabar, but delicious. It was a mint chip bar. But, I think it was $4? So, I looked up what it was made of and made up a version. They are delicious. And all those bars cost about the same as 1 in the store, plus it took approximately 5 minutes to make and wrap the bars.

Also keep in mind that these are totally adaptable — swap out the cashews for almonds, swap nuts for oats, swap flavors, etc. For example, I’ll give you the recipe of what I did, but I think next time I would experiment with a higher date:cashew ratio. But here’s the gist:

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 1/2 cup cacau nibs

Preparation:

  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and mix until it forms a ball.
  2. Press mixture onto a parchment covered baking sheet, and press down with hands to about 1/4″ – 1/2″ thickness throughout.
  3. Slice bars.
  4. Individually wrap.

Mine are doing really well in the fridge, it adds a little sturdiness to the bars. I’m way into them. Make them!

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