Instant Pot Brown Basmati Rice

I like my rice moister than the traditional Instant Pot directions, so this is the way I made it.

Instant Pot Brown Basmati Rice
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
22 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
22 minutes 10 minutes
Instant Pot Brown Basmati Rice
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
22 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
22 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in Instant Pot insert. Cook on high pressure for 22 minutes. Let naturally release for 10 minutes, then manually release any remaining pressure.
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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 Carnitas

I love making this recipe, but used to make a 4-5 lb. pork shoulder roast or pork butt in the crock pot.  It would take at least 6 hours of cooking time, so I seldom made it, except for parties.  Now I use country style ribs or cut smaller chunks of pork shoulder roast or pork butt and I make it in my new Instant Pot, so I can make it much more often!

Instant Pot Carnitas
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Delicious Mexican shredded pork recipe. This is not spicy, but just has a wonderful flavor!
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Instant Pot Carnitas
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Delicious Mexican shredded pork recipe. This is not spicy, but just has a wonderful flavor!
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to pot. Set to Pressure Cook for 30 minutes. Release pressure naturally for 15 minutes.
  2. Release any remaining pressure manually. Remove meat from pot and shred with 2 forks.
  3. Serve on a tortilla with toppings of your choice, such as cheese, lettuce, cilantro, sour cream, avocado, etc., or serve on top of a salad.
  4. I was not successful at deboning my butt roast, so I had a chunk of meat with the bone that weighed about 2 1/2 lbs. and was still partially frozen. It took about 1 hour to cook this way, but it was absolutely fantastic!
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Beef Stew

This beef stew is thick with a deliciously flavored broth and lots of meat and veggies.  If you plan ahead, it can be cooked in the crockpot after the meat and veggies are browned in pan.  If you need to avoid gluten, wheat or soy, substitute a flour that is safe for you and make sure to use Better Than Bouillon organic beef base.

Beef Stew
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Servings Prep Time
6 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 3/4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 3/4 hours
Beef Stew
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Servings Prep Time
6 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 3/4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 3/4 hours
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Put flour, salt & pepper in large Ziploc bag. Heat oil over medium heat in a large Dutch oven. Place meat in bag with the flour mixture and shake until well coated.
  2. Shake off meat pieces and add them to the oil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly browned.
  3. Add onion to the remaining flour in the bag. Add onion, carrot and celery to the pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, to slightly cook the vegetables, about 5 minutes. Add parsley, thyme, water and Better than Bouillon organic beef base.
  4. Cover and cook over low heat for 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes or so.
  5. Add diced potatoes, carrots and onions. Cook for another 45 minutes or until potatoes and carrots are tender.
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Amish Breakfast Casserole

This breakfast casserole uses meat, onions, peppers, potatoes and eggs, along with a generous amount of cheese.  We made a double batch of this for a family vacation and combined sausage, bacon and Canadian bacon for the meats, and used a variety of cheeses, including Swiss, Italian, sharp cheddar, Mexican blend, and more.  It was a huge hit!

Amish Breakfast Casserole
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Amish Breakfast Casserole
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Saute the bacon in a large skillet. When it starts to brown, add sausage, onions, sweet pepper, garlic and jalapenos (if you are using them). Saute until the sausage is fully cooked. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder as it is cooking. Drain fat.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees if baking now.
  3. In a large bowl, combine potatoes, hot sauce (opt.), meat and veggies. Stir in cottage cheese and all but 1/2 cup of cheddar and 1/2 cup of Swiss cheeses. Add beaten eggs.
  4. Grease a 9x13" pan. Spread the mixture into the pan. Top with reserved cheese.
  5. At this point, if you are making this ahead, cover the casserole with foil or plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator. About 30 minutes before you will bake it, remove it from the fridge so that it can start to come to room temp. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until all the cheese is melted and bubbling, and the casserole has set up in the middle. Allow the casserole to cool for a few minutes, then cut into pieces and serve.
  7. This is what was left.
Recipe Notes

The original recipe is from www.centercutcook.com/amish-breakfast-casserole/

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Swedish Meatballs

This is made using my Italian meatballs http://www.cherylsrecipes.net/recipe/italian-meatballs/ and my Cream of Mushroom Soup http://www.cherylsrecipes.net/recipe/cream-of-mushroom-soup/ .  They are always a big hit at parties!

Swedish Meatballs
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Swedish Meatballs
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Meatballs
Cream of Mushroom Soup
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine all ingredients for meatballs with mixer and shape into balls. (I like to make smaller meatballs using a small cookie scoop.) Bake 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make the soup. In a Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and cook, covered, just until tender. Add mushrooms and lemon juice. Cook just until mushrooms are tender.
  3. Stir in flour until blended.
  4. Add water, soup base, and pepper. Cook, stirring, frequently, until thickened. Stir in cream.
  5. Add meatballs and warm thoroughly.
  6. Serve with rice or pasta.
Recipe Notes

Although spelt is actually a type of wheat flour, most people with wheat allergies can digest spelt flour with no problem.  Obviously, you should not eat spelt if it is a problem for you.

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Cream of Mushroom Soup

This is by far the best cream of mushroom soup I have ever had!  It is pretty easy to make.  You can also use it as the base for Swedish Meatballs.

Cream of Mushroom Soup
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Servings Prep Time
7 cups 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
7 cups 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Cream of Mushroom Soup
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Servings Prep Time
7 cups 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
7 cups 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cups
Instructions
  1. In a Dutch oven, melt butter over medium low heat. Add onions. Cook, covered, just until tender. Add mushrooms and lemon juice. Cook just until mushrooms are tender.
  2. Stir in flour until blended; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  3. Stir in water and soup base; cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Stir in pepper, cream and mushrooms. Heat until warmed throughout.
Recipe Notes

Although spelt is actually a type of wheat flour, most people with wheat allergies can digest spelt flour with no problem.  Obviously, you should not eat spelt if it is a problem for you.

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Sirloin Tips with Red Skinned Potatoes, Onions, Mushrooms

This is coarsely mashed, seasoned red skinned potatoes topped with sirloin tips, onions, mushrooms, and served with BBQ sauce.  We first had this from a food vendor at the Big Ticket Festival in Gaylord, MI.  We absolutely loved them!  My husband and I had them every day of the 3 day festival.  When we got home, I tried to recreate it.  This is what I came up with.

Sirloin Tips with Red Skinned Potatoes, Onions, Mushrooms
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Servings Prep Time
4 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Sirloin Tips with Red Skinned Potatoes, Onions, Mushrooms
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Servings Prep Time
4 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Put prepared potatoes in a pot of water along with the garlic. Bring to a boil and cook until tender.
  2. In a large heavy skillet, heat some oil. Add the onions and cook, stirring frequently, until tender.
  3. Meanwhile, in a separate skillet, heat some oil. Add steak strips and cook, stirring frequently, until done.
  4. When onions are nearly done, add the mushrooms and cook with onions. Add cooked steak to this pan too, and continue cooking until everything is done as desired. Season to taste with salt and pepper or your choice of seasonings.
  5. Drain potatoes, season with salt and pepper, and add butter. Lightly mash. Clean the meat skillet and add some oil to that skillet again. Put the potatoes into the skillet and cook until lightly browned. (I only have one large cast iron skillet, so I have to cook the potatoes in 2 batches in my medium sized skillet.)
  6. To serve, place a layer of the potatoes in a bowl.
  7. Top with steak, onion, and mushroom mixture.
  8. I like Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce on mine.
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Fried Rice

This is a recipe that serves one, so I can make it for myself for lunch with leftover ingredients.    Of course, if you want more than one serving, you can easily double or triple the ingredients.

As always, you can change the vegetables and /or meats that go into this dish.  Add bean sprouts, ham, chicken, celery… you get the idea.

This is the recipe I use for a soy sauce substitute:  http://www.cherylsrecipes.net/recipe/soy-sauce-substitute/

Fried Rice
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Servings Prep Time
1 10
Cook Time
10
Servings Prep Time
1 10
Cook Time
10
Fried Rice
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Servings Prep Time
1 10
Cook Time
10
Servings Prep Time
1 10
Cook Time
10
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Heat sesame oil in a medium sized skillet on medium-high heat. Add onions and carrots and saute for a few minutes.
  2. Add peppers, peas, garlic and mushroom. Saute, stirring often, for a couple of minutes.
  3. Add eggs and stir. They will cook very fast.
  4. Stir in lobster, rice, soy sauce or soy sauce substitute, and lobster or shrimp. Stir and heat until warmed through.
  5. I like mine with toasted black sesame seeds added to the top.
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Beef Stroganoff

This is delicious!  I have been making this for many years and it is always a favorite!

Beef Stroganoff
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Servings Prep Time
3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Beef Stroganoff
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Servings Prep Time
3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Trim fat from beef and cut crosswise into 1/2" slices. In a large skillet heat 2 T. oil or wine, add onion and garlic and cook until tender.
  2. Add beef and brown well on both sides.
  3. Add mushrooms and saute 5 minutes longer.
  4. Mix the flour with the beef, then add water, soup base, garlic, salt and pepper to the skillet. Bring to the boiling point, stirring constantly. Reduce heat, continue to stir and simmer until thickened.
  5. Add sour cream and mix well. Continue to simmer until hot, but do not boil.
Recipe Notes

Although spelt is actually a type of wheat flour, most people with wheat allergies can digest spelt flour with no problem.  Obviously, you should not eat spelt if it is a problem for you.

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