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Dinner Last Night


August Peaches. Fresh baked bread. The first cup of coffee in the morning. Chicken off the last outdoor grill of the fall. Whatever food it is that is very mcc having its moment. The best beer of my life was a Bud Light draught in a seedy bar after a late night Joan Jett concert when I was exhausted and parched. But it was perfect in the moment, and I’ll never forget it. That’s pretty much it for me with food.



I had miso soup and sushi. I am familiar with Japanese and Korean cuisines. So, that I like to cook food by myself. My coworkers and I had lunch far from office. So I put food to special boxes for food which you can find on Next week I also will have same lunch.



I got Mexican takeaway last night, but I will share what I made last Friday!

I picked up some nice steaks at Whole Foods, rubbed them down with EVOO, a dash of aged red wine vinegar and my fave steak rub. I did them in the broiler; this method works literally every time. Top with steak butter for serving.

Plus garlic bread and my signature green bean dish. The bread was store bought, but the green bean situation is thus (please pardon my Elizabeth Zimmermanesque “recipe” style):

  • Blanch however many green beans you want (can be done the night before). I do them for just a couple minutes; can do it longer if you like them a bit softer; don’t overdo it though because you’ll finish them in a skillet.

  • Toast either pine nuts (my preference) or almonds (sliced or slivered) in a skillet. Medium low-heat and watch like a hawk until they are just colored. Stir or shake-flip like a chef a few times to get them as evenly toasted as possible. Remove them to a bowl or plate.

  • Heat butter, EVOO or a combination in a large skillet over medium heat.

  • Throw in some sliced shallots and minced garlic to taste.

  • Once shallots/garlic are softened but before they color, chuck in your beans. Cook until beans are al dente or to taste.

  • Season with salt, pepper, minced fresh tarragon and a splash of fresh lemon juice. You can also amp up the lemon by garnishing with a bit of the zest. Add more butter and/or EVOO if desired. Serve immediately.



My kids gave me an Instant Pot for my birthday. 8 quart, because they like eating at my house. Tonight I made chicken spinach curry over brown rice, which I usually make in the crock pot all day.

It was delicious. Even better than crock pot. About 1.5 hours start to finish. I started the rice cooker first (new Zojirushi rice cooker!), then started on the curry. Timing pretty close on both ends this way; I forgot the rice had to steam 15 minutes after the countdown, but that was enough time for the IP to depressurize naturally.

Chicken Spinach Curry

bunch of cut up chicken pieces (1 lb skinless boneless thighs)
bunch of diced potatoes (3 - 4 white or Yukon gold)
diced onion one
cauliflower pieces (12 oz bag frozen)
Fresh spinach (1 salad bag, divided. Half at beginning and couple handfuls after depressurizing)
can o’ (lite) coconut milk
generous quantity of curry powder (3 tablespoons)
No extra water needed. (If you crock pot, you may need to add 1/2 can of water with the coconut milk)

Instant Pot: Saute onion in 2 T olive oil til translucent but not squishy, add chicken and saute a bit (I didn’t wait for all the pink to disappear). Add potatoes, stir, add everything else, stir.

Process 14 minutes on manual/high pressure. Let it depressurize naturally (about 15 mins). It looks watery, with chunks of potato and cauliflower, but when you stir in the rest of the spinach, the potatoes and cauliflower break down and it’s a lovely smooshy texture with some small chunks left. The spinach is still green.

Serve over rice, garnish with some fresh cilantro leaves if you’d like.




thanks a lot for your recommendation. it does sounds to me really yummy. unfortuantelly cannot add potatoes (allergies and my thyroid gets crazy so i have to use levothyroxine sodium) but even without potatoes it sounds amazing, i am going to try it out!



The potatoes break down and help thicken the sauce; you could add more cauliflower and be just fine!

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Preface: I’m kinda confused. Am I replying to the whole thread, or someone’s individual post?

You know why I’m confused, probably? B/c I just ate two big bowls of pasta out of my Instant Pot :heart_eyes: and am totally poleaxed by being all warm and full.

I winged it on a one pot Bolognese, and wow it turned out great! My only quibble is that the orecchiette that I used nested together in spots, and those clusters are a little too al dente.

Which brings me to the question for the MDK hive mind: what pasta shapes do you find work best in the Instant Pot? I’ve had good luck with spirals and shells (modest nesting with the shells).




I haven’t tried pasta in it yet so no actual help, but it seems the the non-nestable shapes would be best. I have a recipe to try that recommends tubes (like penne or ziti) or campaniles which look like small buildings but have holes.

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Yes! Agreed :grinning:, I will try those and report back. I like pasta in the IP…somehow seems like magic when you don’t have to boil a giant pot of water and drain it.

And am I the only one who, when cooking in the IP, flashes back every time on that super brief moment in Star Wars when Luke is still at home and his Aunt is preparing food in what looks like a rice cooker from the future? I kinda think it presaged the instant pot.




You are not alone! A question (okay 2) how long do you cook the pasta and do you use quick release? We tried risotto and without quick release it go too gummy.



I haven’t tried risotto, but I have done polenta, and was quite pleased. I used this recipe:

Modifications: I did not simmer it beforehand, and I used my own seasonings. I was happy with the results. It is important to stir it up at the end, and it composes itself over a few minutes.

With respect to how long I cook pasta…I confess I like my pasta soft, and not even a little al dente. I’ve found that I need to come within a couple minutes of the cooking time listed on the bag. I’m usually in the ballpark of 7 or 8 minutes. Yes, I always quick release for anything with pasta.

I’ve found with the instant pot that it takes a few tries to get a recipe nailed down, but then you always have it and it is very repeatable. So far I have hard boiled eggs, mac n’ cheese, and applesauce pretty much nailed. The Bolognese I made last night is close, will have it soon, maybe in another try.


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I use it a ton for soup and stock (mostly recipe free). My husband eats meat and I don’t, but he loves it for beef stew and pulled pork. Tons of great recipes on the web. Thank you for the polenta link.



Do you have a favorite soup recipe? Ok if just general concept, sounds like we both like to go by instinct! Also: do you have a usual method for thickening soups? That’s a thing with IP - all the juice comes out and stays in. I need a good standby method to replace the reduction that happens on the stovetop. I like a little thicker soups.

Some folks stir in flour at the end, which is fine, but I’d like a totally one pot solution :grin:
I need a soaker ingredient, do you have one you like a lot?



Last night: Beet and orange quinoa salad. Also has spinach and chickpeas, so it’s really pretty. And delicious!

Recipe here on my blog

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Quick after work dinner. Fridge to plate in about 5 minutes (late and only for me so no sides).