3 Things That Work in the Kitchen This Week – Simple and Easy!

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3 Things that work in the kitchen

1.  Calico Bean Soup in the Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) – much faster!

Calico Bean Soup was on the menu this week, but instead of putting it in the slow cooker, I decided to try it in the Instant Pot.  It worked great and was much faster than cooking beans any other way.

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

15 Minute 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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  1. Tiffany Meyer says:

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  2. I’m gonna try that bean soup in my pressure cooker! Thanks for the idea!

  3. I was born just 10 years after the stock market fell in ’29. Growing up during those years after the Great Depression made me well aware of the need to make meals simple, yet nourishing. Even today, my main thought is all about simple, nourshing meals. When the children grew up and made homes of their own, this “empty nest” cook had to go back to the drawing board to keep from cooking too much.

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