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Simple, Yet Delicious

April 6th, 2018 at 11:17 pm

I made another great meal tonight. My new focus on not eating out (i.e. hemorrhaging money through the drive thru window) is paying off, but I don't think it would be going so well without the electric pressure cooker. I did my potatoes in there, tonight. All I did was quarter some baby reds, toss them with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and parsley, put a cup of water in the pressure cooker, put in the steamer basket, and pressure cook them for 10 minutes. They were delicious and yet so easy and tasty. I've found out I can make mashed potatoes in there, too, which will be quite a boon.

Then I made up some Morrocan spice rub and rubbed down some chicken legs with it and cooked them in the Nuwave oven. Chicken legs only take 30 minutes in the Nuwave. The chicken was pretty good, but I think it needed salt in addition to the rub. Next time I will do that since I have quite a bit of the rub left. There was enough chicken left over that I can make some chicken soup tomorrow.

I did spend some money today as I was in need of ground cloves, coriander, and cinnamon. Cloves are expensive, but fortunately a little goes a long way so it lasts much longer than my other spices. So $35 on spices.

I'm going to have to spring for a package of goat butter pretty soon. That's $11 for 8 ounces, but it lasts me a long time. I don't use it too often, I just like it on the rare occasions I actually make toast, which is only once or twice a month, usually. I am the only one who eats it. Well, I will make sure I do a complete check through of the freezers first, just in case I have one squirreled away in there, but I'm pretty sure I don't. I usually only buy one at a time. It's not a stock up item.

DH built me some new pantry storage shelves, so I am in the process of filling them and rearranging some of my other food supplies. Right now I have long-term storage mixed in with the working pantry, which is a pain in the neck. This should get that straightened out.

I need to work on the garden this weekend as well. It is time to get lettuce, spinach, green onions, kale, chard, and radishes going. There is some volunteer spinach coming up, but I need to transplant it, because it is not where I want it. I hope it stops raining long enough for me to do that. It cleared up this afternoon so I am hoping the weather holds and I am feeling up to it.

5 Responses to “Simple, Yet Delicious”

  1. Dido Says:

    I too use the electric pressure cooker (Instant Pot brand) and Nu-Wave oven to do most of my cooking. Currently making a kale, sausage, and potatoe soup for dinner.

    I struggle with the chicken drying out too much in the Nu-Wave sometimes. If you have any tips, I'd appreciate it! I'm not sure if it's that I should use the one inch rather than three inch shelf, dark meat rather than white, or what.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    How nice to have new pantry shelves. Wish I had a bigger pantry.

    Sounds like you are really working the kitchen and not eating out! Yay you!

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    Dido--I use the 3 inch shelf on boneless and the 1 inch shelf on bone-in. I also drop the temp to 325. I use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. I check bone-in after 25 minutes and boneless after 20 and go from there. I have found the recommended times on the Nuwave to be off on quite a few things and they are only for 350 anyway. Oh, and if you cook a whole chicken in there, cover the wings and legs with foil until the last 20 minutes of cooking.

  4. Dido Says:

    Robin, Thanks very much for the suggestions, I'll try dropping the temp to 325 next time I cook!

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    My IP is my kitchen assistant. It makes doing homemade so much easier. I have two inner pots for it, and probably could use a 3rd one. Smile

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