Instant Pot Chicken Pho

Instant Pot Chicken Pho

Lyn and Maria (Niece that is living with us) are on an anti-inflammatory kick so being their chief cook and bottle washer I made them this chicken Pho soup from woman’s Day which Ly used to gently hint what she wanted for dinner. It was Thursday which is chicken dinner day after all. Personally I can’t stand the smell of fish sauce, but it does add great flavor. Don’t tell them I held my nose and only used half of what it called for while putting it in.

Ingredients

  • 4 whole star anise
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 small cinnamon stick smashed  Steve Note: they were all the same size how the heck do I in know if it was small 😊
  • 1 tsp coriander seed crushed
  • ½ tsp black peppercorns
  • A 2” piece of ginger quartered then smashed
  • ½ red onion, coarsely chopped
  • ½ Fuji apple Steve Note: I only had honey crisp
  • 1 ½ lbs bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed and discarded
  • 2 TBS fish sauce divided into 1TBS
  • 3 oz instant rice noodles
  • 5 cups of water
  • Bean sprouts, sliced red chili and red onion, mint or cilantro and lime wedges for serving.

How

  • Press Sauté on instant Pot and add spices and cook stirring occasionally, until fragrant 3-4 minutes
  • Add ginger and chopped onions and cook stirring occasionally 4 minutes
  • Add apple, chicken, 5 cups of water. And 1 TBS of fish sauce cover and cook on high pressure for 22 minutes.
  • Let release naturally, then release any remaining pressure and open lid
  • Transfer chicken to plate. Strain broth discarding and remaining solids.
  • Return the broth to the pot and add noodles and let sit until tender 3-4 minutes.
  • Meanwhile shred chicken discarding bones return to pot and stir in remaining Tbsp of fish sauce.
  • Serve with desired toppings.
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Maria Makes 30 Minute Pork Piccata

Maria Makes 30 Minute Pork Piccata

Maria had to leave Texas and came to live with us, she had very little experience cooking so I took on the challenge. She is a bit queasy when it comes to raw food so a pair of gloves and a few breath we were on our way. The other night we made Pork Piccata and she really enjoy the flattening of the meat, works out some pent up energy.

Anyway, this was quick, easy,  delicious and a good choice. You could do veal and chicken the same way.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/4 pound Pork Tenderloin
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour or I used cornstarch to make gluten free
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive corn oil
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup dry vermouth or white wine or rice cooking wine
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 Tablespoons capers drained
  • 2 Tablespoons minced flat leaf parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • If you like a thicker sauce add a little cornstarch dissolved in water at end and cook to thickened.
  • Want to get fancy garnish with fresh Lemon slice

How

Slice pork into 2-inch thick slices. Place each slice between two pieces of plastic wrap and use the flat side of a meat tenderizer to flatten to ¼-inch thickness. (Season with salt and pepper)

Place the flour in a shallow bowl and dredge the pork in it. Shake off the excess.

In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, warm 2 Tbsp. of the olive oil.

Place 4 pieces of pork in the pan and cook, turning once, until browned on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a platter and keep warm under a tent of foil. Warm the remaining 1 Tbs. oil in the pan and repeat to brown the remaining pork. Place that pork under your foil tent as well.

Reduce the heat to medium and melt 1 Tbsp. of the butter in the pan. Add the garlic and cook until golden brown, about 30 seconds. Add the vermouth, lemon juice and broth, increase the heat to medium-high and cook until the liquid is slightly reduced, about 5 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the remaining 2 Tbsp. butter, the capers and parsley. Season with salt and pepper.

Drizzle the sauce over pork and serve immediately. I like to put in pan and toss to coat.

Pizza Night

Pizza Night

I love the Portland Pie Company dough especially the Beer dough, always, well most always, have a few bags in freezer so when the urge hits me I can satisfy it. Around me Big Y carries. I have found that I get better results if I let it sit on counter for a short while before spinning it out. I don’t let it rise much more than it does in the refrigerator. The thing I love about Pizza is you can make it with any toppings you want.

Todays was shredded asparagus, cherry tomatoes, sweet Italian sausage, honey nut squash Lyn’s pasta sauce and of course two kinds of cheese. Yup another clean out the frig meal.

I preheat the oven with Pizza stone in it to 475 (lower middle rack) in the meantime I spin out the dough. when the oven is at temp I take the stone out and slide the dough on to it than add sauce and the rest of the toppings. this gives the bottom a quick start before sliding it into the oven for 10 to 12 minutes. I like to give it a 180 turn half way through. I like mine on the well done side so when the cheese starts to brown slightly my mouth starts to water.

Pork Sirloin Roast with Roasted Asparagus and Delicata Squash

Pork Sirloin Roast with Roasted Asparagus and Delicata Squash

I don’t have much experience with this cut but ButcherBox had it as a choice so I thought I’d give it another try. Found this and it looked good.

It doesn’t get much easier than this flavorful and delicious Pork Sirloin Roast with just 5 minutes of prep!

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Ingredients

  • 1 (3 lb.) boneless pork sirloin roast
  • 3-4 tablespoons all-purpose seasoning (a blend of equal parts kosher salt, garlic powder, dried parsley flakes, minced onion and dried basil) Steve Note: I used combo of 3/4 Italian Seasoning and 1/4 sweet basil seasoning because it was there in front of me and I was to lazy to make my own.
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup sweet orange marmalade (or more, as needed)
  • Optional garnish: chopped fresh parsley or thyme

Instructions

  • Pat pork dry with paper towels. Liberally season pork on all sides with all-purpose seasoning. Wrap pork in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to 24 hours.
  • Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 300° F. Heat oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Unwrap pork and place in skillet. Cook until browned on all sides, about 7 minutes.
  • Spread orange marmalade on top of the pork. Transfer to the oven and roast until pork registers 140-145° F on an instant-read thermometer, about 50 minutes – 1 hour.
  • Transfer pork to a cutting board and let rest for at least 10-15 minutes. Thinly-slice the pork and garnish with fresh herbs, if desired.

Notes

  • If your pork roast is tied with butcher’s string, leave the strings on the pork throughout the cooking process. Snip the strings when you’re ready to slice the meat.
  • If you don’t have a cast iron skillet (or other oven-proof skillet), sear the pork in a skillet and then transfer the meat to a roasting pan or other oven-safe dish to finish in the oven.
  • The total cooking time will vary depending on the size, thickness, and temperature of your pork when it goes into the oven. As a result, it’s best to use a meat thermometer to know exactly when your pork reaches the desired temperature.
  • Allow the meat to rest before slicing and serving. This will allow the juices to redistribute, rather than just running onto the cutting board.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh parsley or thyme for a bright, colorful touch at the end.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/6 of the roast | Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 508mg | Potassium: 905mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 2mg

<strong>Southwestern Stuffed Acorn Squash</strong>

Southwestern Stuffed Acorn Squash

Adapted from eating well because it was no meat Monday.

Cumin and chili powder season a filling of turkey sausage, tomatoes, black beans and Swiss cheese for creamy acorn squash. Serve this stuffed squash with warmed corn tortillas for wrapping up bites of all the tasty ingredients.

Steve Note: I used Farro instead of sausages but you could use ground beef, chicken, turkey or wild or other wise rice.

Ingredients

  • 3 acorn squash, (3/4-1 pound each) Steve Note: you could use Butternut, Delicata Squash, Zucchini etc. I like these because the skin is edible .
  • 5 ounces bulk turkey sausage Steve Note: I substituted about 3/4 cup of cooked farro 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 cups chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed (see Tip)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Several dashes hot red pepper sauce, to taste
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese Steve Note: I used Cheddar

Directions

Step 1 Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.

Step 2 Cut squash in half horizontally. Scoop out and discard seeds. Place the squash cut-side down on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until tender, about 45 minutes.

Step 3 Meanwhile, lightly coat a large skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Add sausage and cook, stirring and breaking up with a wooden spoon, until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Add onion and bell pepper; cook, stirring often, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, chili powder and cumin; cook for 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes, beans, salt and hot sauce, scraping up any browned bits. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until the tomatoes are broken down, 10 to 12 minutes.

Step 4 When the squash are tender, reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees . Fill the squash halves with the turkey mixture. Top with cheese. Place on the baking sheet and bake until the filling is heated through and the cheese is melted, 8 to 10 minutes.

Tips

Tip: While we love the convenience of canned beans, they tend to be high in sodium. Give them a good rinse before adding to a recipe to rid them of some of their sodium (up to 35 percent) or opt for low-sodium or no-salt-added varieties. (Our recipes are analyzed with rinsed, regular canned beans.) Or, if you have the time, cook your own beans from scratch.

Tips

Easy cleanup: Recipes that require cooking spray can leave behind a sticky residue that can be hard to clean. To save time and keep your baking sheet looking fresh, line it with a layer of foil before you apply the cooking spray.

Meatball Ragu

Meatball Ragu

This was a cook from the gut meal, I had three large meatball in freezer, some of Lyn’s leftover pasta sauce and some green pepper and sweet onion. I rough/fine chopped the meatballs.

Saluted the onions add to sauce with the sliced green pepper then heated until the green peppers were slightly tender.

Orange, White Balsamic, Cardamom, Ginger Vinaigrette

We liked this so much that I made a larger dressing dispenser full basically 4X the recipe

Ingredients

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice

1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar

1/4 teaspoon grated orange zest

1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

How

Combine all ingredients and whisk thoroughly, you can also use a blender

Frisee, Orange, and Toasted Hazelnut Salad

Lyn showed me this recipe, I think it was planned because she bought a head of Frisee when we went shopping. She also had Maria grab a few oranges while she was out, Then left the recipe out. It was very good in fact with the left over she added some Anise, and Red Grapefruit chunks instead of the orange. Both were good.

The hazelnuts add crunch to this citrusy salad.

Servings: 4 Martha Stewart

Frisee, Orange, and Toasted Hazelnut Salad

Ingredients

Ingredient Checklist

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 seedless oranges, pith and peel removed
  • 1 medium head frisee
  • 1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped

Directions

Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1In a medium bowl, whisk together orange juice, vinegar, zest, cardamom, ginger, mustard seeds, salt, and pepper. Slowly whisk in olive oil until combined, and set aside.
  • Step 2Slice oranges thinly, crosswise, and arrange slices on 4 salad plates; set aside. Place frisee in a large bowl, and toss with the dressing. Divide frisee among 4 salad plates, and sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts. Serve immediately.

Cook’s Notes

To remove the pith and peel from an orange, first slice off the stem and flower end. Place the orange cut-side down,

<strong>Lemon & Panko-Crusted Salmon</strong>

Lemon & Panko-Crusted Salmon

Another thing that Lyn wanted to try and I’m glad she did.

Mayonnaise helps the dill-infused panko crust stick to salmon fillets in this ultra-quick recipe. A squeeze of lemon along with the mayo adds tanginess to the crispy crust.

Ingredients

Ingredient Checklist

  • ⅓ cup panko breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat
  • Zest of 1 lemon, plus lemon wedges for serving
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped dill
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 ¼ pounds center-cut salmon fillet, cut into 4 portions
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 4 teaspoons mayonnaise

Directions

Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1 Preheat oven to 425°F. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • Step 2 Combine panko, lemon zest, dill, oil and garlic powder in a small bowl. Place salmon on the prepared baking sheet; sprinkle with salt and pepper, then spread each portion with 1 teaspoon mayonnaise. Divide the panko mixture among the portions, pressing it into the mayonnaise.
  • Step 3 Bake until the fish is opaque in the center, 8 to 12 minutes, depending on thickness. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 4 oz. salmon

Per Serving: 290 calories; protein 29g; carbohydrates 5g; dietary fiber 1g; fat 16g; saturated fat 2g; mono fat 7g; poly fat 6g; cholesterol 80mg; vitamin a iu 73IU; vitamin b3 niacin 11mg; vitamin b12 5mcg; vitamin c 4mg; vitamin e iu 1IU; folate 36mg; vitamin k 8mg; sodium 245mg; calcium 23mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 42mg; phosphorus 286mg; potassium 706mg; zinc 1mg; omega 3 fatty acid 3g; omega 6 fatty acid 3g; niacin equivalents 16mg; selenium 52mcg.

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Garlic Chicken Thighs with Olives & Potatoes

Garlic Chicken Thighs with Olives & Potatoes

From Eating Well

Lyn and Maria wanted to go on a Anti-Inflammatory so they threw a book and different websites in front of me as a hint and ideas. It looks like much like Mediterranean diet so grazing through the web site Lyn gave me I saw this and it looked good. I had to make a few substitutions because I did not have some items which I’ll note below. We loved the nice red pepper flake heat in this recipe.

Bright-green Castelvetrano olives hail from Sicily and have a buttery flavor and meaty texture that pair perfectly with the Italian seasoning and salty capers in this one-skillet chicken dinner. Look for them on your supermarket olive bar or in jars with Italian ingredients.

Active: 25 mins

Total: 45 mins

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided Steve Note: into 1/4 TSP
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs (about 2 pounds), skin removed Steve Note: only had 3
  • 1 pound yellow potatoes, diced
  • 4 medium carrots, diced Steve Note: only used 2
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved Steve Note: only had about a cup
  • ½ cup dry white wine Steve Note: We finished our last bottle of white wine the other day so I used white cooking wine.
  • ¼ cup Castelvetrano olives, quartered Steve Note: used half a small can of sliced black olives
  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish Steve Note: whoops forgot to grab some from the deck but it’s only for garnish

How

  • Step 1 Mash garlic with 1/4 teaspoon salt with a fork to form a paste. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in 1 tablespoon oil, Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper.
  • Step 2 Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned on both sides, 6 to 8 minutes total. Transfer the chicken to a plate and top with the garlic mixture.
  • Step 3 Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in the pan over medium heat. Add potatoes and carrots and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to brown and stick to the pan, 6 to 8 minutes. Add tomatoes, wine, olives and capers; cook, stirring and scraping up any browned bits, for 1 minute. Nestle the chicken into the pan, cover and cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part without touching the bone registers 165 degrees F, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve garnished with parsley, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 

1 chicken thigh & 1 cup vegetables

Per Serving:

511 calories; protein 29.8g; carbohydrates 35g; dietary fiber 4.9g; sugars 4.9g; fat 27g; saturated fat 4.8g; cholesterol 92.1mg; vitamin a iu 10852IU; vitamin c 20mg; folate 35.7mcg; calcium 67.7mg; iron 3mg; magnesium 59.5mg; potassium 900.8mg; sodium 689.8mg.

Exchanges: 

3 1/2 fat, 3 1/2 lean protein, 2 1/2 vegetable, 1 1/2 starch