Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Instant Pot Spaghetti--Mine

This is my version of the IP Spaghetti.  Man is is GOOD!!!!!  Yes it it!!!!  Lick the pot clean!!!!

Instant Pot Spaghetti
1 lb Ground Beef (cooked) (or 2 1/2 c Freeze Dried Ground Beef with 2 c hot water)         
        (could use sausage, but hubbs has gout, so...)
8 oz Spaghetti, broken in half and crisscrossed over the meat to prevent noodles from 
         sticking together.

On top of the meat and noodles add:
3 cloves garlic, minced (1 T Minced garlic or 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning
1 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Sugar
1 (14.5 oz) crushed tomatoes (no salt added), undrained
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste (no salt added)
2 1/2 c water poured over the top
Salt and Pepper to taste

Do not stir, just push noodles down so that they are completely submerged in the liquid.  It's okay if they break a little bit as you do this.  

Manual pressure for 8 min high pressure.
QR when time is up.

Add the following Cheeses:
1/2 c grated Parmesan Cheese
1 c non-fat cottage cheese
1 c Ricotta Cheese
1 c shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Mix until all cheeses are incorporated and noodles are separated.

Eat and Enjoy!!!!!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Best Pancakes from Pressure Luck

The Best Pancakes

by Jeffrey at Pressure Luck | May 10, 2018

3/4 cup of buttermilk (or 3/4 cup of milk + 2 tbsp of white vinegar, mixed together and set to sour for 5 minutes)
1 egg
1/4 tsp of vanilla extract
2 tbsp of salted butter, melted
1 cup of all-purpose flour
2 tbsp of sugar
1 tsp of salt
1 tbsp of baking powder
1/2 tbsp of baking soda
1/4 tsp of vanilla extract
1/4 tsp of almond extract (you can sub lemon extract instead if you wish!)
Cooking spray
TOPPINGS:
Maple syrup (mandatory, of course)
A pat of butter (come on, you’ve gotta!)
Whipped Cream (fun, but optional)
Fruit (like berries and/or bananas, healthy but also optional)
Powdered sugar (totally optional)
Chocolate chips (also totally optional)

This will make about 8 larger-sized silver dollar pancakes. Want to make more than 8 pancakes? Double or triple the batter!

The longer you cook each pancake on it’s side, the crisper the outer edges will be (but the inside will still be light and fluffy!). So if you want softer edges, cook for less time on each side (again, this all depends on the stove as they all vary, but you’ll get the hang of it once you start).

As mentioned, if you don’t have buttermilk on hand, simply turn your milk into buttermilk by adding in 2 tbsp of white vinegar to 3/4 cup of whole milk.

Want lemon poppy seed pancakes? I got you. Sub lemon 1/2 tsp lemon extract for the vanilla and almond extracts and add in 1 tbsp of poppy seeds

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together ALL ingredients (except the cooking spray, obviously) to form a batter. It will be thick, but try to get it nice and smooth (it’s okay if a few lumps remain)
Place a griddle, skillet or large frying pan on your stovetop, turn the burner to high and and let it get hot for a solid 3-5 minutes (all ranges vary depending on gas vs. electric)
Spray the griddle/skillet/pan with cooking spray and use 1/4 cup measuring cup as a guide to dole out the batter for each pancake. Don’t worry about getting all of the batter out of the measuring cup when you dispense onto the griddle – whatever falls out is fine. Also, try not to dispense the batter on the griddle too closely as the pancakes will expand and rise when cooking and it’s easier to flip if they don’t touch one another (but it’s okay if the edges do. Remember, in the end it’s all about the taste, not the formation)
After about 3 minutes of cooking on one side, you’ll see some bubbles have formed. Take a spatula and see if it easily slides under the pancake. If it does, it’s ready to flip. Do so quickly and then cook on the other side for another 2 minutes and then remove and place on a plate. Repeat the process until all of the batter has been turned into pancakes
Stack on a plate, pour on some maple syrup (I like doing it in between each pancake) and but a nice pat of butter on top! Feel free to also dress with any whipped cream, chocolate chips (I also like layering them in between each pancake), powdered sugar or fresh fruit too. Serve immediately
Enjoy!
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Monday, March 12, 2018

Acini de Pepe Bean Soup (Private Selection Pasta Recipe)

This was from the back of a package of Acini de Pepe pasta and it looks very good.  I used the pasta  one time when I couldn't find the star pasta for my Star Vegetable Soup.  This recipe looks really good!  Certainly worth a try!

8 oz (1/2 pkg) Private Selection Acini de Pepe Pasta
15 oz can Kidney Beans
4 strips Bacon, cooked and chopped
1 Celery Stalk, chopped
1 sm Onion, peeled and chopped
1 clove Garlic, crushed
1 T Parsley, chopped
1 t Basil
28 oz can Chopped Tomatoes, drained
6 c Water
1 Chicken Bouillon Cube
Salt & Pepper

Place kidney beans, bacon, celery, onion, garlic, Parsley, Basil, Tomatoes and Water in large pan.
Bring to a boil and add bouillon cube and salt and pepper to taste.
Cover and cook over slow heat for 1 1/2 hours.
Raise heat and add Private Selection Acini de Pepe, stirring well.
Stir frequently until pasta is cooked but still firm, about 6 minutes.
Serve immediately.

Serves 4-6 generously.

Star Vegetable Soup (SO GOOD!!)

Found this on the back of a package of Private Selection brand Stars Pasta (which I found at Kroger store I believe) and it is SO GOOD!!!!   I have made this for church dinners and to send to people who are recovering after being in the hospital and all just loved it!   Yummers!

8 oz (1/2 pkg) Private Selection Stars Pasta
1 lb Ground Beef
1-10 oz pkg Frozen Mixed Veggies
4 c Tomato Juice (I use low sodium V-8 Juice or the spicy V-8 juice)
4 c Water
2 T Beef Flavored Instant Bouillon
1 t Basil Leaves
1 t Marjoram Leaves, Crushed
1 t Salt
1/2 t Black Pepper
1/4 t Garlic Powder
Parmesan Cheese, grated (opt)

In a large soup pot, brown ground beef and drain.
Stir in next 9 ingredients.
Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat, simmer 30 minutes.
Add Private Selection Stars and simmer another 7 minutes.
Serve with Parmesan Cheese.
Serves 6-8 generously.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Copycat Arby's Chicken Salad with Grapes VERY GOOD

Arby's Grilled Chicken and Pecan Salad

MY NOTES:  I made this pretty much as written but added a bit of sugar to it.   
I also used Freeze dried apples and Freeze dried celery as well as part Freeze dried chicken (because I didn't have enough leftover chicken).  I rehydrated the FD foods in a ziploc bag to which I added the grapes and pepper.  Once hydrated, I made sure that all liquid was absorbed and then just added the lemon juice, mayo and bit of sugar to the bag and squished it around to mix.  Nice and neat!  VERY GOOD!!!!
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups of grilled chicken breast cut into small pieces
1 cup of diced red apple
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup of grapes sliced in half
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 to 3/4 cup of mayonnaise
1 tablespoon of lemon juice (juice of one small lemon)
salt and pepper to taste

Directions
In a medium sized bowl add diced apple, and one tablespoon of lemon juice. Stir lemon juice into apples coating them well. This will help keep the apples from turning brown. Add chicken, sliced grapes, diced celery, and pecans. Mix well until everything is mixed through. Add 1/2 cup mayonnaise, if the mixture is too dry you can add another 1/4 cup of mayonnaise. Add salt and pepper to taste. Allow flavors to marry in a covered bowl in the refrigerator for about 1 hour before serving.

To prepare sandwich like Arby's use thickly sliced wheat bread, add a couple of slices of green leaf lettuce, and add about 1 cup of chicken salad to the sandwich.

While they do not toast their pecans, I think you could easily bring this salad to the next level by toasting the pecans in a skillet on medium high heat just until they become fragrant. Allow the pecans to cool completely before preparing the chicken salad.

In a medium sized bowl add diced apple, and one tablespoon of lemon juice. Stir lemon juice into apples coating them well. This will help keep the apples from turning brown. Add chicken, sliced grapes, diced celery, and pecans. Mix well until everything is mixed through. Add 1/2 cup mayonnaise, if the mixture is too dry you can add another 1/4 cup of mayonnaise. Add salt and pepper to taste. Allow flavors to marry in a covered bowl in the refrigerator for about 1 hour before serving.

To prepare sandwich like Arby's use thickly sliced wheat bread, add a couple of slices of green leaf lettuce, and add about 1 cup of chicken salad to the sandwich.

While they do not toast their pecans, I think you could easily bring this salad to the next level by toasting the pecans in a skillet on medium high heat just until they become fragrant. Allow the pecans to cool completely before preparing the chicken salad.

Based on recipe found at:  http://www.copykat.com/2011/07/26/arbys-grilled-chicken-and-pecan-salad/

Friday, August 11, 2017

Deodorant

Homemade Solid Deodorant

Ingredients:

1/2 cup coconut oil
1 1/2 Tablespoons beeswax pellets
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup arrowroot powder
10 drops each of Lavender, Lemon and Tea Tree Essential Oils  or whatever suits your fancy for scent if you want a scented deodorant





Directions:

Add the coconut oil, and beeswax pellets to a double boiler. Once melted, remove from heat and add baking soda, and arrowroot powder. Mix with a spoon until smooth and creamy in consistency, then add the essential oils and pour into your containers. Let stand to cool and solidify.

This works well in either a repurposed deodorant container or 4 oz mason jars.  Lasts a long time too!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Beef & Bean Burritos

Beef & Bean Burritos (1 meal)
In the container:
1.5 cups browned ground beef
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup salsa
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
2 cups dry pinto beans
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
Cooking directions for day you eat:
1. Saute for 5 minutes
2. Set on manual, high pressure, 55 minutes, NPR (Note: this time cooks the beans, but doesn’t make them very soft. If you want softer beans, add 5 minutes to this cook time.)
3. Add 1/3 cup filling to each burrito. Top with cheese and roll.
4. Serve with chips and guacamole.
Extra items needed for meal:
1 pack burrito-sized tortillas
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 bag chips
1 container guacamole
Side item: Chips & guacamole