Moving your work station from an office to your home (even if it is a partial move) takes adjustment, now add kids to the mix and we are in “shock mode”… and to top it off now add the terrible and scary news we are constantly hearing and it becomes a day to day challenge.
Personally, I went from doing a light breakfast and dinner to a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner with snacks in between. The dishwasher is finally been used to its maximum capabilities and providing a fast and quick dinner is taking priority over healthy and nutritious…
I have been able to cook a full dinner every afternoon for the last 5 years. From pasta to casseroles to soups, I have always enjoyed cooking for the family and cooking with a 30 to 45-minute time frame. I will start passing on my recipes and cooking ideas, perhaps it can help you out during those moments in which we do not know what to cook or want something easy and fast using what we already have in our fridge and pantry.I am hopeful it will help you out. Below is our Beef Stew Recipe using the Instant Pot. For this particular recipe, the seasoning stays the same, however, the veggies are what I have at that moment in the fridge or pantry, from potatoes to spinach and everything in between.
- 1 lb beef stew meat
- 2 tbsp of oil (I use olive oil)
- 2 tbsp of flour (to coat the meat)
- 1 medium onion
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1 cup of carrots (diced)
- 1 cup of green beans (cut in pieces)
- 3 basil leaves
- 1/2 cup of split peas (sprouted)
- 1 cup of lentils
- 5 cups of beef stock
- 2 cups of water
- about 2 cups of kale (or spinach)
- 1 1/2 tsp of cumin
- 1 1.2 tsp of coriander
- 1 1/2 tsp of turmeric
- 1 tsp of oregano
- 1 tsp of paprika
- 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper
- 1 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes
- salt and pepper
Rinse your meat (I do) and add 2 tbsps of flour to coat. In the Instant Pot heat oil (I use olive oil), and brown the meat on all sides. Take out of the Instant Pot and put on aside.
Add a bit of water to the pan to scrape the pot. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes, then add the garlic and carrots, cook for 3 minutes, then add the green beans and cook for 2 minutes. Add the split peas and lentils and mix well. Add all your seasonings and mix again.
Add 5 cups of beef stock (or water) and 2 cups of water and mix well. Close the Instant Pot and put in high pressure mode for 33 minutes.
Once the time is up, let the pressure out naturally for 10 minutes, then open the vent manually and let the rest of the pressure out. Open the pot and add your spinach or kale and mix it all, close it and let it stand for 5 minutes.
Serve over rice. Enjoy and you are very welcome!
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