Instant Pot Barley Pilaf

This is similar to rice pilaf, except using barley in place of the rice!  It is quite good!  My husband and I both love it!

Instant Pot Barley Pilaf
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Servings Prep Time
10 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Instant Pot Barley Pilaf
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Servings Prep Time
10 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Set Instant Pot to saute. Dice the onion and mince the garlic.
  2. After it heats up, add the butter and saute the onion and garlic.
  3. Add the barley at the end and toast a little.
  4. Add water and Better than Bouillon organic chicken base along with pepper.
  5. Press Cancel button. Press Manual or Pressure Cook button and set time for 20 minutes. Make sure valve is in sealing position.
  6. When 20 minutes is up, do a quick pressure release. It will be a little watery, so just let it sit for 5-10 minutes, and it will absorb any excess liquid.
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Instant Pot No Drain Mashed Potatoes

These are super easy and garlicky!!!  I make this in my 3 quart Mini.  If garlic is not your thing, just leave it out!

Instant Pot No Drain Mashed Potatoes
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Instant Pot No Drain Mashed Potatoes
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Instructions
  1. This recipe will work with any of the Instant Pots, even the 3 quart Mini. Press the saute button on your Instant Pot. Wait for it to heat up (it will say "hot"), then add the butter and garlic cloves. Lightly brown the garlic and the butter.
  2. While that is cooking, peel your potatoes (if desired). Cut your potatoes into halves or quarters lengthwise, depending on the size of the potato, and cut into rough 1/2" slices.
  3. Turn the Instant Pot off by hitting the cancel button. Add the half & half. Add the potato pieces and season generously with salt and pepper. Close the Instant Pot, make sure the release valve is set to "sealing", and press the "manual" or "pressure cook" button and set the time to 8 minutes, using the + and - buttons.
  4. Once the cooking time is up, turn the pot off and release the pressure manually. Open the pot. It won't be a pretty sight.
  5. Mash everything with a potato masher. Taste and season with more salt & pepper, if needed.
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Instant Pot White Rice

I like my rice a little on the sticky side, so I add more water than the recipe book says.

Instant Pot White Rice
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Servings Prep Time
3 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
4 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
4 minutes 10 minutes
Instant Pot White Rice
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Servings Prep Time
3 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
4 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
4 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup white rice I like medium or short grain for stickier rice.
  • 1 1/4 cups water
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Place inner pot into Instant Pot unit. Add ingredients. You can add a little salt and/or butter if you like. Put lid on and set to sealing mode. Set for pressure cook or manual setting for 4 minutes. Let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes. Manually release any remaining pressure and open lid.
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Instant Pot Boiled Eggs

These come out perfect and are super easy to peel!

Instant Pot Boiled Eggs
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1
Cook Time Passive Time
4 minutes 8 minutes
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1
Cook Time Passive Time
4 minutes 8 minutes
Instant Pot Boiled Eggs
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1
Cook Time Passive Time
4 minutes 8 minutes
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1
Cook Time Passive Time
4 minutes 8 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Put inner pot into Instant Pot. Pour water into insert. Add steamer rack.
  2. Add eggs directly to steamer rack or put into a steamer basket. Put lid on and set to Sealing mode. Press Egg button or set manually for 4 minutes. This will made medium boiled eggs. If you would like them more or less well done, add or subtract 1 minute and continue.
  3. When timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally for 4 minutes. Then release any remaining pressure manually. After that, put eggs in an ice water bath for 4 minutes.
  4. They are ready to peel and enjoy!
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Instant Pot Potato Salad

I took my favorite recipe that I have used for years and converted it to an Instant Pot recipe!  My version has no onions, but if you like onions, feel free to add them!

Instant Pot Potato Salad
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Instant Pot Potato Salad
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Put pot insert into Instant Pot and add 1 1/2 cups water into pot. Add steam rack.
  2. Peel potatoes (if desired) and cut into chunks. Add to steamer basket, along with eggs.
  3. Put lid on Instant Pot and set to Sealing mode. Press egg button or manually set for 5 minutes. While these are cooking, you can make dressing with remaining ingredients.
  4. When timer goes off, let it naturally release the pressure for 5 minutes.
  5. Release remaining pressure manually. Immediately remove eggs and put into an ice water bath for 5 minutes. Remove potatoes and let cool.
  6. Chop eggs and add potatoes and eggs to salad. Stir to combine, then chill.
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No Knead Dinner Rolls

This recipe is super easy and tastes fabulous!  Mix it up just like you would a brownie batter, let rise, shape into rolls, let rise again, bake and eat!  This is adapted from a recipe I found online:  http://www.recipetineats.com/soft-no-knead-dinner-rolls/

No Knead Dinner Rolls
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Servings Prep Time
12 rolls 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
18 minutes 2 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
12 rolls 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
18 minutes 2 1/2 hours
No Knead Dinner Rolls
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Servings Prep Time
12 rolls 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
18 minutes 2 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
12 rolls 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
18 minutes 2 1/2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: rolls
Instructions
  1. Combine all dry ingredients. Place water, buttermilk, butter in microwaveable dish and microwave just until lukewarm. Add eggs and whisk into other liquids.
  2. Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients. It will resemble the texture of a brownie batter. Spray some plastic wrap with nonstick spray and cover bowl. Set aside to rise for about 1 1/2 hours or until almost tripled in volume.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Sprinkle flour on counter where you will be working. Punch down dough to deflate. Scrape dough onto flour. Work enough flour into dough to form a log shape. Cut into quarters, then cut each quarter into thirds, to get 12 pieces of dough.
  5. Shape into rolls and place on baking sheet as you work. http://www.recipetineats.com/soft-no-knead-dinner-rolls/ has a video for how to shape the rolls. Cover with plastic wrap sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside and let rise for another 35-45 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 390F. Bake rolls for about 18 minutes, or until the rolls are a golden brown and the roll sounds hollow when tapped. Remove rolls from oven and brush with melted butter.
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Handmade Cavatelli Pasta

I am in love with this recipe for cavatelli.  It is a denser noodle than I normally enjoy, but it is relatively small shapes that are much neater for children to eat than the long strands of spaghetti.   It goes extremely well with a hearty marinara sauce with meat.  It is also fun to make.  I made this the first time with our 3 1/2 year old granddaughter and she loved helping with it!  She also loved how they tasted!

The cavatelli can be made up ahead of time and frozen, before boiling, in a single layer on a cookie sheet.  No need to thaw before cooking.

Handmade Cavatelli Pasta
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 45 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 45 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Handmade Cavatelli Pasta
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 45 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 45 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixer bowl. (I used a Kitchen Aid stand mixer, but probably any heavy duty mixer will do.) Mix until ingredients come together to form a ball. It may be necessary to add a little more water, but start with this and check it after it starts to come together. You don't want it too sticky, but you don't want it too dry either. Wrap in plastic wrap and leave on counter for about 30-60 minutes for the gluten to relax.
  2. Divide dough into 4 portions and keep all unworked portions covered with plastic except what you are working with.
  3. Flour your work surface and roll the first portion of dough into a long rope. Keep working on it until it is about 1/2" thick. Use a pastry scraper or knife, cut into somewhat equal lengths of about 1/3-1/2".
  4. Flour your work surface. You can use a sushi rolling mat, a gnocchi board or just onto a cutting board or other work surface. I prefer the sushi rolling mat. I got mine on Amazon for $5. I can place a few pieces on the mat at a time.
  5. Then using a pastry scraper or the back of a knife or even your thumb, press down on the pieces of dough and pull back. The dough will make a roll back on itself to make a cute tube shape.
  6. Continue working the rest of the dough until all of it has been shaped into cavatelli.
  7. You can go either direction on the sushi mat or the gnocchi board to get the pattern you desire. I like going the long way on the sushi mat.
  8. Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to boil and add sea salt liberally. I also added some olive oil to prevent the pasta from sticking together.
  9. Boil the cavatelli for a few minutes, then remove from water.
  10. This is excellent served with a hearty marinara sauce with meat and cheese.
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Easy Homemade Pasta

I was looking through various pasta recipes today, and they were all basically the same:  flour, eggs, salt, some with or without oil or water…  But a comment on one of the recipes really struck me.  It was saying that they prefer this recipe over the one that they were reviewing because it was so much easier to handle.  I decided I needed to give it a try, so I made a batch of noodles as a side dish.  I think these were the best noodles I have ever tasted in my life!  And the dough was indeed very easy to work with.  I am definitely going to make this recipe again!!!

Easy Homemade Pasta
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Easy Homemade Pasta
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in bowl of stand mixer until a ball of dough is formed. Wrap in plastic wrap and set aside for 30-60 minutes. Process with Kitchen Aid pasta attachments. Cook in boiling salted water for 2 minutes.
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Creamed Potatoes with Peas

This was always a favorite of mine as we were growing up.  It is kind of like a thick cream of potato soup.  I like to make this for my lunch sometimes.

Creamed Potatoes with Peas
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Creamed Potatoes with Peas
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Put about 2 cups of water into a medium sized saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil until potatoes are tender. Drain potatoes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and stir until smooth. Add onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, milk and heavy cream, and continue stirring until thickened to desired consistency and smooth. Add to peas and cream sauce to potatoes. Stir together and serve.
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Fruit & Yogurt Parfait

This is my new favorite breakfast and snack!  I love the crunch of the homemade healthy granola with the creaminess and the tang of the yogurt and the freshness of the fruit!  And it is very healthy and simple to make!  In fact, it is not really even a recipe, but just photos and ingredients.  You can make it however you like.  Our grandsons (ages 9 and 11) tried it yesterday, and they loved it!

I make my own granola in a big batch and it keeps for a long time in a tightly sealed container.  Here is the recipe:

Easy Homemade Healthy Granola

If you choose to buy your granola instead, watch for any food allergens you may have.  Most of them contain gluten.

Fruit & Yogurt Parfait
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Servings Prep Time
1 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 5 minutes
Fruit & Yogurt Parfait
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Servings Prep Time
1 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Layer all ingredients in a glass
  2. Use whatever fruits you like! Use whatever proportions you prefer.
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