1. Calico Bean Soup in the Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) – much faster!
Let me clarify that by saying, beans – at least certain types of beans – cooked from dry are never going to be fast food. However it took about an hour total to make the soup. I set the cook time for 40 minutes, but I think another 5-10 minutes would have been even better. A few of the beans weren’t as tender as I’d like. Including the time it took to reach pressure, the whole process took about an hour.
I followed the slow cooker recipe pretty closely, although I used diced ham instead of smoked sausage. I also didn’t add the extra water until after the pressure cooking was done. When cooking beans, you should only fill the pressure cooker half full, so I only used the chicken broth as the liquid for that part of the cooking.
I also used my Cuisinart pressure cooker to make brown rice to go with the soup. It’s not any faster to make brown rice in a pressure cooker, but it turns out better than on the stove.
I meant to take photos of the soup so that I could update the very old, very bad photos on the recipe post, but I forgot to do it.
2. Car picnic for a volleyball game
We had to go to Cincinnati on Tuesday night for a volleyball game for Mia. Instead of stopping for dinner somewhere, I packed egg salad sandwiches, carrot and celery sticks, potato chips and peanut butter cookies (those were store-bought). I have to say, this was my favorite meal all week. Is that weird?
3. BBQ Chicken Nachos
Fifteen minute meal to the rescue! If you’re thinking ahead to leftover turkey, keep BBQ Chicken Nachos in mind. Also, I’ll have 30 Leftover Turkey recipe possibilities for you tomorrow!
What’s working in your kitchen this week?
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