Instant Pot Taco Soup

I made this tonight and was told by my spouse that it tasted like a liquid taco.



1 pound of fresh ground pork

1 small vidalia onion

2-3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 packet of dry ranch dressing seasoning

2 packets of herb ox no sodium beef bouillon

1 packet if low sodium taco seasoning

3 cups of water

1 can of hominy

1 can of Ranch Style beans

1 can of no salt added diced tomatoes

2 cans of no salt added tomato sauce

2 tablespoons of sugar



Sauté onion and garlic in a little olive oil in instant pot for a couple of minutes. Add ground pork and cook until most of the pink is gone. Add bouillon powder, dry ranch seasoning, and taco seasoning, mixing well with the meat mixture. Add water and then dump (yup DUMP) the hominy, beans tomato sauces and diced tomatoes on top. DO NOT STIR. Cover, close vent valve and cook on manual high pressure for 10 minutes. Once the instant pot beeps, vent the steam, open lid add sugar and stir.

If you want it spicier you can always add some chilies with the onion and garlic or add hot sauce after it cooks.

Instant Pot Chili Orange Chicken

Here is a recipe I just tossed together for dinner tonight. Turned out pretty good too. This is loosely based on an apricot chicken recipe I have used before and also a refinement of an orange chicken recipe.

2 lbs of chicken breast (I used some that was still partially frozen)

1 bottle of Thai sweet chili sauce (12.5 oz bottle)

1/2 jar of orange marmalade (18 oz. jar)

1/2 to 1 tbl of grated ginger

1 tsp toasted sesame oil

1 tbl tamari soy sauce

1 cup of chicken broth

3-4 scallions, sliced (for garnish)

Whisk together chili sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, marmalade and ginger and set aside. add chicken broth to bottom of instant pot, add raw chicken (you can dice it up if you wish or leave it whole, how ever you want to serve it) and top with sauce. Place lid and turn vent to seal. Cook on Manual for 15 min if using the whole breast, 10 if it is cubed (20 for frozen whole breast). Once it beeps that it is done, allow to naturally release for about 10 min, then vent. make a cornstarch slurry with a little water, set to saute function and add to sauce. Wait for it to thicken then turn off saute and serve over steamed sushi rice, brown rice or cauliflower rice with some sliced green onions for garnish.

Nausea is my normal

So, after being nauseated all night and well into today, I decided to throw together a pot of chicken jook, also known as congee or rice porridge. The following is my fail safe recipe for a small pot of maybe 4 to 6 servings.

2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

1 carton of sodium free chicken broth or stock

1/2 a cup of rice, short grain, long grain, does not matter just rinse well first.

1 – 2 tsp of minced ginger

1 – 2 tsp of minced garlic

1 tbl sesame oil

fish sauce (to taste)

Chinese red vinegar (to taste)

1 – 2 tbl of sugar

salt and pepper (to taste)

Add sesame oil to bottom of instant pot pot, turn on the sauté function and sauté ginger and garlic for about a minute. Turn off sauté function and add carton of broth, rinsed rice and two chicken thighs. Thighs can be thawed or frozen, either works, but it is best to get some with a little fat on them for flavor. Cover instant pot, close vent and set on Manual pressure for 20 minutes. When the pot beeps, allow it to do a natural pressure release for about 10 minutes before venting. Stir in a drizzle of fish sauce, drizzle of chinese red vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Ladle up a bowl and top with sliced green onions, hard boiled egg, sesame seeds…whatever toppings sound good.

This always makes me feel so much better, and I use it when I have not eaten and am nauseated or when I have the flu or a cold.

Beefless Beef Stew

Once again I am going to post a recipe sans photos. I made this just last night and it came out pretty damned good. I do think next time I will just cube up a block of pressed, extra firm Nasoya tofu instead of using the Gardein Beefless Tips. They were okay, but I think we would like the regular tofu better.

1 bag Gardein Beefless Tips
1 packet of Mrs. Dash Beef Stew Seasoning
2 cups of hot water
2 Edwards & Sons Not Beef bouillon cubes
2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 small onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup of red wine
1 can of no salt added diced tomatoes, undrained
2 large red potatoes, cubed
16 oz baby carrots, left whole
2 bay leaves

Drizzle bottom of instant pot with about 2 tbl of extra virgin olive oil and turn on saute function. Once it starts to heat a bit, add onion and garlic, sauteing until they get some color and start to stick. Deglaze pan with red wine. Cook for a couple minutes more to burn off any alcohol. Add bouillon cubes to water and allow to melt into it, whisking well…add worcestershire sauce and tomato paste and whisk well. Turn off the saute function and add the broth mixture, carrots, potatoes and canned tomatoes. Give a good stir and top with the frozen faux beef chunks. Stir it again, pushing most of the beefless chunks down into the mix. Put the lid on the cooker, close the valve and set for 10 min on the stew/meat setting. Once it beeps, allow it to sit for 10 minutes before venting. Enjoy!

Tavern Style Pork Chops

This recipe comes to you sans any photos as I made this a couple weeks ago, but wanted to remember what I did so I can recreate it. Spouse can no longer eat beef, so I am trying to find various ways to create some of his favorite beef dishes with alternatives. This time we have Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces that I love using in my instant pot. I just add a cup to a cup and a half of broth to the pot that I would not do in a slow cooker…since the instant pot needs that to come to pressure.

1 package of pork loin chops, any thickness
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
1-2 tbl of extra virgin olive oil
1 pouch of Campbell’s Slow Cooker Tavern Pot Roast sauce
1/2 cup of unsalted broth, chicken, vegetable, beef, mushroom…whatever you wish
1/2 tbl maggi seasoning or Worcestershire sauce
1/8 cup of red wine (I use cooking wine since I never drink red wines anymore)
Cooked, short grain brown rice (however much you think you need for four servings. I tend to make more than I need in my rice cooker then freeze the leftovers in portioned bags for later meals)
1 bag of birdseye stir fry veggies of any kind
Set instant pot to sauté, add olive oil and minced garlic. Allow garlic to cook a bit…maybe a minute, then sear the chops on each side just until they start to brown a tiny bit. While they are searing, mix broth, maggi or Worcestershire and red wine. Once the chops are seared, remove them from the pot and deglaze with the broth mixture. Do not let too much evaporate, but cook for a minute or so to burn off the alcohol from the wine. Return the chops to the pot and pour the tavern pot roast sauce all over them. Close the instant pot, making sure the steam valve is also closed and set on manual, high pressure for 8 minutes. While this is happening, you can choose your favorite method to steam teh stir fry veg, adding some butter with sea salt to them when done. Once the pot beeps, allow it to do a natural release for 10 min. IE, do not touch the steam release valve for ten min, heh. Serve over brown rice and vegetables with the au jus and chops on top.

Yellow (and green) Squash for me, Yellow (and green) Squash for you!

It is a gorgeous day outside, but despite that I am feeling not quite Chippewa. Core muscles are sore from constant dry coughing due to allergies (thanks tree jizz!) and I have a sinus headache on top of it. Since I had three summer squash and three zucchini that needed cooking, I am currently whipping up a big pot of my favorite comfort food.

Boiled Squash (because I seriously have no other name for it and it is what my mama always called it)

  • 3 zucchini, sliced in half moons
  • 3 summer squash, sliced in half moons
  • 1 small bunch of green onions, diced
  • 2-3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 3 cups of hot or warm water
  • 2 packets of Herb Ox no sodium chicken broth
  • dried dill weed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • drizzle of honey
  • bacon salt if you wish, but if you use it cut back on the salt
  • 2 tbl unsalted butter

Add everything to a big stock pot, bring to a boil then turn heat down and simmer until the squash is almost translucent. I do not know exactly how long this takes as I have never paid any attention to the time, heh.


Once it has finished cooking, add the butter, spices and honey and stir well. Fill a bowl and proceed to stuff into your cake hole.


Grated parmesan is also good in here as well as a can of corn or some frozen corn. Even some beans and bacon bits added with the corn to make a succotash type meal is great. Calling this a recipe is a total stretch, but I wanted to share my favorite comfort food with the internet…though I have a feeling I have shared it on here before. If only all my comfort foods were so calorie friendly…

Orange-Sesame Tofu With Broccoli

In an effort to not only save money with the food bill – IE, stop ordering take out – I have taken to planning a weekly menu of sorts. I pick 7 or 8 online recipes (most of them from the Betty Crocker site lately) based on what meat is on sale for that grocery shopping period. I then make sure I have all the ingredients on hand to make said recipes, if not I simply add them to my shopping list. I have been doing this for over a month now and it seems to be working out fine. Tonight’s offering is one I have wanted to try but was always hesitant since I am super iffy about cooking tofu myself. I usually buy a well seasoned nigiri and make it into baked cutlets, this is the extent of my tofu cookery. However, Betty Crocker rarely steers me wrong so I decided to try this one tonight. Currently the veggies are in the saute phase which means I should be serving very soon. I also think this one would adapt well for chicken, pork or shrimp.