Happy New Year! And if this is the first day of your Journey (whatever that is) then good for you! I am here for you!
I have been cooking up a storm! Friday, week before last, I was so excited for the weekend I left the house for work without breakfast or lunch. I ate pretzels. Yeah, smart. So when I got home, I was so hungry for protein and carbs that all I could think of was beans and rice. I like beans well enough, but they aren’t my favorite. And I wanted black beans, which are probably my least favorite! So I put a can of rinsed black beans, two cups of rice, a half a small can of tomato paste, half an onion, and some better than bouillion in the Instant Pot and set it for “rice” (12 minutes). And it was SO GOOD! The next night we had leftovers and my kid the omni loved it, too! So much that in the middle of last week he asked me to make it again. I made it third time, but I didn’t like the outcome becasue I added a handfull of diced tomatoes and forgot the bouillion (and the rice burnt, lol) so I didn’t finish it. But I definitely have plans to make it the original way again.
Then this past Friday, I made the best thing ever, lol! I made corn chowder. I glanced at a receipe online that said to use coconut milk instead of cream. So the chowder was:
(all of this was eyeballed, by the way. Do what you want.)
1 10oz bag of frozen corn (I would have added more but that’s all I had)
5 medium potatoes, diced
4 stalks of celery, diced
3 carrots, diced
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp vegetable better than bouillion
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tsp chipotle powder
salt to taste
water to cover vegetables/fill pot
1 can coconut milk
1 tbsp cornstarch
I put it on the Instant Pot “soup” setting (30 minutes high pressure). when done, release pressure, open the pot, and add one can of coconut milk mixed with a tablespoon of cornstarch. Stir, then blend the soup with an immersion blender, or put some in a regular blender then return to the pot.
I mean, damn, it was delicious! And my teenager, who hates soup (becasue it doesn’t fill him up) said it was great, so really there’s no higher praise, lol.
Today I made split pea soup for the second time using this receipe, but I left out the coconut oil. I’ll have that for lunch, every other day. I think Tuesday and Thursday, though, I might splurge and have Gardein chick’n in hot sauce and rice and a veggie. I love that for a meal. But I have no idea what to do for dinner. I’ll have to think about it.
Have a safe and wonderful New Year! I hope to be around here more often in 2018!