Crunchy Lentil Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette
Recipes / September 19, 2019

Serves 6 1 1/2 cup lentils 2 cups water 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 1/2 teaspoons salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1 clove garlic, minced 1/4 cup minced shallots 1 English cucumber (about 2 cups, diced) 1 red bell pepper 1/2 cup parsley 3/4 cup raisins or dried cranberries 3/4 cup sliced almonds (optional) Combine the lentils and water in the Instant Pot and secure the lid, moving the steam release valve to Sealing. Select Manual/Pressure Cook to cook on high pressure for 4 minutes. When the cooking cycle is complete, let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes to fully cook the lentils. While the lentils are cooking, stir together the vinegar, olive oil, salt, several grinds of pepper, the mustard, maple syrup, garlic, and shallots in a large bowl to make a dressing. Dice the cucumber and add it to the bowl of dressing to a marinate. Seed and dice the red bell pepper and add it and the parsley to the bowl of dressing to marinate. After 10 minutes have passed, move the steam release valve to Venting to let out remaining…

The Fresh & Healthy Instant Pot Cookbook: 75 Easy Recipes for Light Meals to Make in Your Electric Pressure Cooker
Cookbook Overviews / September 17, 2019

Thanks to Amazon Prime day, I finally got an Instant Pot. So far I mainly use it for cooking rice and making hard boiled eggs. I have to say it may be worth it just for the eggs! Oh, and I made some really delicious pork chops. The only thing I don’t like about the Instant Pot is the directions. It took some You Tube videos for me to really understand how it works. Now that I’m getting the hang of it, I am looking forward to trying some new and exciting recipes! I picked up The Fresh & Healthy Instant Pot Cookbook at the library. This cookbook does have some simple instructions for how the Instant Pot works, and some great tips, like don’t place your pot underneath your kitchen cabinets, unless you need to steam off a sticker or something! I really think you can just read the beginning of this cookbook and skip the manufacturer’s directions. Another nice thing about this cookbook is the focus on healthy foods. There are a lot of veggies in these recipes! I will be back later in the week with one of the recipes I tried out. In the meantime, I…

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