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Instant Pot Salmon with Asparagus

Salmon with Asparagus

Ingredients

1/2-1 lb salmon

1.5 lb asparagus trimmed end

1 C. Cream Cheese

6 Tbsp. Mayo / (1/4 cup of butter can be added

2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

Juice of 2 Lemons

Directions

1. In a small mixing bowl combine cream cheese, mayonnaise , mustard and lemon juice Rub the mixture all over the salmon.

2. Wrap each salmon and 3-4 asparagus stalks into 4 pieces of foil and let marinate for fifteen minutes.

3. Pour a cup of water into the instant pot and place the trivet. Place the foil wraps on top of the trivet.

4. Secure the lid and cook on manual mode for ten minutes (high). Once the fish is done, apply a quick pressure release. Open the lid and transfer the foil-wrapped salmon to a serving plate and serve with lemon wedges.

Source Instant Pot Cookbook for Beginners

Sweet and Sour Pork Slow Cooker

Sweet and Sour Pork Slow Cooker

Ingredients

3 lbs Pork Loin fresh or thawed

2 bottles Kikkoman Sweet & Sour Sauce {12 ounces each}

20 ounce can Dole Pineapple Chunks

3 C. Dole Pineapple Juice

Optional: chopped Green Onions and Sesame Seeds for garnish

Directions

1. Trim off any excess fat from Pork Loin, then cube into 1″ pieces. Place cubed pork into Gallon sized Ziploc Bag, then pour Pineapple Juice into the bag as well.

2. Let pork marinade in pineapple juice in the refrigerator for 2+ hours, or overnight. When ready to cook, place both Pork and Marinade in a five -six quart Crockpot and cook on LOW for three hours

4. After three hours, discard juices from crockpot, and add Sweet & Sour Sauce and drained Pineapple Chunks to crockpot, and stir well to combine with pork pieces.

6. Cover Crockpot and cook on High for 30 more minutes, or until done. Serve over cooked White Rice, and top with optional Green Onions and Sesame Seeds.  ENJOY!

Source The Frugal Girls

Honey Garlic Instant Pot Chicken Breasts

Honey Garlic Instant Pot Chicken Breasts

Ingredients

1/3 C. water or vegetable broth or chicken broth

¼ C. low sodium soy sauce

¼ C. honey

2 cloves garlic minced

¼ tsp. black pepper

1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts

2 tsp. cornstarch

Directions

1. Combine water or broth, soy sauce, honey, garlic and pepper in Instant Pot. Stir. Next, add the chicken breasts to the Instant Pot. Close the lid and turn the steam valve to the sealing position. Set Instant Pot to pressure cook/manual, high pressure. Set the cook time according to the size of your chicken breasts. For fresh: 8 minutes for small (7-8 ounce) chicken breasts, 10 minutes for medium (10 ounce) chicken breasts, or 11 minutes for large (12 ounce) chicken breasts.

2. The Instant Pot will take about 10 minutes to come to pressure and then will start counting down the cook time. When it beeps to let you know the cook time has finished, carefully quick release the pressure by using the handle of a long spoon to turn the steam valve to venting. (If your chicken breasts were frozen, do a 10 minute natural release instead of a quick release. Just leave the Instant Pot alone for 10 minutes before turning the steam valve to the venting position.)

3. Wait for the steam to escape and the pin to drop down. Then, carefully remove the lid. Use an instant read thermometer to test the internal temperature of the chicken. It should be at least 165 degrees F. If the temperature is lower, finish cooking the chicken using the Instant Pot’s saute mode. Remove chicken to a clean plate or cutting board.

4. In a small bowl, stir together the two teaspoons cornstarch and one tablespoon of water. Turn the Instant Pot on saute mode and stir in the cornstarch mixture. Cook, stirring, until the liquid has thickened, 2-3 minutes. Turn off Instant Pot and remove the inner pot to stop the cooking process. Slice the chicken and stir it back into the sauce in the pot. Serve with rice and vegetables, or as desired.

**For frozen chicken breasts, add 3 minutes to the cooking times listed in step 4, and pressure cook (manual) at high pressure. Be sure that your chicken breasts are not stuck together as that will increase the pressure cook time.**

Notes

To Cook in a Slow Cooker:

1. Stir together water or broth, soy sauce, honey, garlic and pepper in slow cooker insert. Add the chicken.

2. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours or high for 2 hours, until chicken reaches an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees F.

3. Remove chicken to a clean plate or cutting board. Turn slow cooker to high setting.

4. In a small bowl, stir together 2 teaspoons cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water. Stir this into the liquid in the slow cooker and cook on high until thickened, about 20 minutes. Slice or shred the chicken and stir it into the sauce in the slow cooker. Serve with rice and vegetables, or as desired.

To Make as a Freezer Meal:

1. Add water or broth, soy sauce, honey, garlic, pepper and chicken to a heavy duty zip top freezer bag.

2. Freeze flat for up to 3 months.

3. When ready to cook, thaw in cool water just until sauce is thawed. Transfer to Instant Pot and cook as directed above.

Source Kristine’s Kitchen Blog

Simple Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Simple Pork Tenderloin Pressure Cooker Recipe

Ingredients

3-4 lbs. Pork tenderloin

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

1 C. water

For the Glaze:

1/2 C. brown sugar

1 Tbsp. cornstarch

1/4 C. balsamic vinegar

1/2 C. water

2 Tbsp. soy sauce

Instructions

1. Place pork tenderloin in the instant pot. Season with salt and pepper. Add in one cup of water. Add the lid and set to sealing.

3. Press the manual button and set the pressure to ten-fifteen minutes (based on the size of your pork tenderloin)

4. About twenty minutes before the tenderloin is done, combine the ingredients for the glaze in a small sauce pan.

5. Heat and stir until the mixture thickens. About 3-4 minutes. Remove the the pork tenderloin from the crock pot and slice. Brush or drizzle the pork tenderloin with the glaze. Serve immediately.

Source Eating on a Dime

Instapot Chicken Fajitas

Chicken Fajitas

Marinade

• 1 lb – Chicken tenderloins

• 1 Tbsp – Canola oil

• 2 Tbsp – Lime juice

• 1 1/2 tsp – Kosher salt

• 1 1/2 tsp – Dried oregano

• 1 1/2 tsp – Ground cumin

• 1 tsp – Garlic powder

• 1/2 tsp – Chili powder

• 1/2 tsp – Smoked paprika

Cooking and Serving

• 1 Tbsp – Canola oil

• 1 – Red bell pepper

• 1 – Poblano pepper

• 1 – Medium yellow onion

• 6 – 6-inch flour tortillas

Optional

• Salsa

• Sour cream

• Guacamole

• Chopped fresh cilantro

• Lime wedges

• Tortillas

1. For the marinade: In a medium bowl, combine the chicken, one tablespoon of oil, lime juice, salt, Oregano, cumin, garlic powder, chili powder and paprika and stir well. Cover and marinate at room temperature for thirty minutes or refrigerate for four hours.

2. Pour one tablespoon of oil into your pressure cooker/instapot cooking insert. Press “START/STOP on the unit to begin the sear/sauté function. Heat the oil until very hot approximately five minutes.

3. Add chicken and cook on one side until dark golden brown about six minutes. Flip and cook for another two minutes Transfer chicken to a plate or platter and keep warm.

4. Add peppers and onion to pot and cook stirring occasionally, until tender and golden brown, about ten minutes. Transfer to a plate or platter. Serve chicken and peppers with tortillas and toppings.

Source CHEF iQ

Savory Pot Roast with veggies

INSTANT POT/Pressure Cooker POT ROAST

INGREDIENTS


1 Tbsp. Olive oil

3 lbs chuck roast

1 tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. black pepper

1 tsp. onion powder

1 Tbsp. minced garlic

1/4 cup prepared horseradish

4 C. beef stock

3 lbs potatoes quartered

1 lb carrots peeled and cut into 2 inch chunks

Directions

Cooking a Fresh Pot Roast (Thawed)

1. Season roast with salt and pepper liberally. Turn the pressure cooker to saute. Once hot, add in the oil. Sear meat on all sides, three-four minutes per side. Remove meat from inner pot. 

2. Pour in beef broth and scrape up any browned bits on bottom of instant pot. Add the roast back into pressure cooker, along with the onion powder, garlic and horseradish.

3. Cook on high pressure for twenty minutes per pound. When the cook time has elapsed, allow for pressure to release for ten – twenty minutes. 

For Frozen Pot Roast

1. Place roast, beef broth, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic and horseradish in ithe nner pot of pressure cooker. 
Cook on high pressure for thirty minutes per pound. 

2. When cook time has elapsed, allow for pressure to release for ten-twenty minutes. 

Pot Roast with Carrots and Potatoes

1. Sear Roast as directed.
Add remaining ingredients into pressure cooker and cook for 20 minutes LESS than directions state (Cook for forty minutes on high pressure for FRESH three pound Pot Roast or seventy minutes on high pressure for FROZEN three pound roast) Allow pressure to release naturally for ten minutes. 

2. Open instant pot and add in carrots and potatoes, seal pressure cooker and cook on high pressure for twenty minutes. Allow pressure cooker to naturally release pressure for ten-twenty minutes before releasing any remaining pressure. Serve the pot roast.  

Source A Mind “Full” Mom

Buttery Ranch Pork Chops

Instant Pot Boneless Pork Chops Recipe

You and your family are going to love this quick and easy Instant Pot Boneless Pork Chops Recipe. This delicious ranch pork chops recipe is packed with yummy flavors and falls apart instantly.

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. coconut oil

4-6 boneless pork chops

1 stick of butter or margarine

1 packet of ranch mix

1 C. water or chicken broth

Instructions

1. Place the pork chops in the Instant pot with a tablespoon of coconut oil. Turn on the saute setting and brown on both sides. Make sure all pork chops are browned. You can skip this step, but they look prettier when you brown them first. Place the butter on top and sprinkle the ranch mix packet on top.

2. Pour water (or chicken broth) over the pork. Place the lid on and set to sealing. Push the manual button and set to five minutes. Allow it to naturally release pressure for five minutes and then do a quick release to remove the rest of the pressure.

3. Once cooked, serve. You can even spoon the buttery sauce over the pork chops and over your veggies when serving.

Source Eating on a dime

Zesty Lemon Garlic Chicken

INSTANT POT/PRESSURE COOKER LEMON GARLIC CHICKEN

Ingredients


6-8 boneless chicken thighs skinless or with skin* *sea salt and pepper, to taste

1/2 tsp. garlic powder


2 Tbsp. olive oil

3 Tbsp. butter divided

1/2 small onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, sliced or minced

1 1/2 Tbsp. Italian seasoning

Juice and zest of one lemon

1/3 C. homemade or low sodium chicken broth

Directions

1. Season chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Press the Sauté function (Normal setting on the Instant Pot and add the olive oil to the pot.

2. Place the chicken in the Instant Pot and allow to sear on each side for two minutes, or until golden brown. This helps to seal in the juices and keep it tender. (You may have to work in batches depending on the size and amount of chicken you are using). Once browned, remove from Instant Pot and set aside.

3. Melt the butter in Instant Pot and stir in the onions and garlic. Add lemon juice to deglaze pan. Cook for one minute then add Italian seasoning, lemon zest, and chicken broth. Place the chicken back into the Instant Pot, lock the lid, and turn the valve to SEAL.

4. Select the Manual (older model or Pressure Cook (newer model button and adjust the timer to seven minutes. It will take about five-ten minutes to come to pressure and start counting down.

5. When done, allow to naturally release for two-three minutes then using a long spoon push the valve to RELEASE, then remove your Instant Pot lid.

7. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve hot with your favorite sides. Spoon sauce over chicken and garnish with lemon slices, if desired.

(**If you want to thicken the sauce – make a cornstarch slurry using 1 teaspoon of cornstarch whisked with 2 teaspoons cold water and stir in the Instant Pot. Press SAUTE and allow to bubble and thicken up. )

Source The Recipe Critic

Rich & Creamy Seafood Lasagna

EASY SEAFOOD LASAGNA

Ingredients

1 lb lasagna noodles

4 Tbsp. butter

1/4 C. flour

4 C. milk

1 C. grated Parmesan cheese (divided)

1 Tbsp. salt

1/4 Tbsp. ground white pepper

15 oz ricotta cheese

1 egg

2 tsp. minced garlic

2 1/2 C. grated mozzarella cheese (divided)

1/2 C. chopped parsley

1 lb cooked shrimp (chopped if large)

1 lb crabmeat

DIRECTIONS:

1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and separate.

2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter, add flour and whisk until smooth. Gradually add milk, whisking continuously until thick. Turn off the heat add parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.

3. In a bowl combine ricotta cheese, egg, garlic, two cups mozzarella, and parsley. Stir to combine. Mix shrimp and crab in a bowl.

5. In a greased 9 x 13 inch pan, layer 1 cup of the cheese butter sauce in the pan, place 3 noodles side by side, top with ⅓ of the ricotta mixture, top with 1/3 of seafood mixture. Repeat 2 more times topping with remaining sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheese.

5. Cover and cook in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes, uncover and cook for additional 10 minutes or until bubbly and golden on top. Allow to rest for 10-15 minutes to set.

Source Yummly

Sauteed Green Beans with Garlicky butter

Sauteed Green Beans

Ingredients

1 lb fresh green beans (washed, ends trimmed)

1/4 C. water

2 Tbsp. unsalted butter (see *)


4 cloves garlic (minced)

1/2 tsp. flaky sea salt (see **)

Directions

1. Add green beans and water to a 12-inch pan and cover with a lid. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat and keep at a simmer for three minutes. Remove the lid. If all water has evaporated, add butter and garlic right away. If there is still liquid in the pan, simmer uncovered for 1 minute to evaporate it off.

2. Make a space in the middle of the green beans. Add the butter and garlic and allow garlic to cook in the butter for at least 1 minute, or until starting to turn golden. Toss beans in garlic and butter. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt.

Source Sweet Peas and Saffron

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