InstantPot Chicken Pho Soup

This is a fantastic recipe that is simple but full of flavor.  The rich stock with the contrast of fresh veggies and egg is amazing.

Advanced & Core Plan

Servings 8-10

1 tablespoon of sesame oil
1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger
3 cloves of garlic, minced
8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 small head bok choy, chopped
1 whole 3-4 pound organic, free range chicken, giblets removed
2 tablespoons of coconut aminos (or liquid aminos)
2  cups of grass-fed beef broth
6 cups filtered water
2 teaspoons sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 package mung bean noodles (bean threads)
1 large organic carrot peeled and grated
1 cup of thinly sliced organic baby spinach
Add ins:
Soft Boiled Egg
Sesame Seeds for garnish

For soft boiled eggs:
Place trivet in Instant Pot and add 1/2 cup of water.
Place four eggs in Instant Pot, lock lid and set on sealing.
Using Manual setting, set to High Pressure for 3 minutes.
When done, Quick Release pressure and remove eggs and place in ice water until cooled.
For the soup:
Set Instant Pot to Saute. Heat sesame oil, garlic and ginger and cook for 1-2 minutes.
Add sliced mushrooms and bok choy and sautee for another 2 minutes.  Add grass-fed beef broth, water, aminos, 2 teaspoons sea salt, freshly ground pepper and chicken to the pot.
Turn off Saute function, lock Instant Pot lid in place, Set to soup/broth and make sure pressure valve is set to sealing Cook at High Pressure for 20 minutes.
Instant Pot will take 15-20 minutes to come to pressure, then will start the 20 minutes of cooking.
Do a Quick Release and carefully open Instant Pot.
Remove whole chicken and set aside to shred and add back i to the soup.
Turn Instant Pot back to Saute function and let chicken broth come to a boil.
Stir in the mung bean noodles and let sit for about 5 minutes.
Shred chicken into pieces and add back into the soup.  Discarding bones and skin or save to make more stock.
Ladle into bowls and add carrots, spinach sesame seeds and halved eggs.

recipe modified from https://www.number-2-pencil.com

Instant Pot Chicken Fricassee

This is a simple dish based on the French classic.  Many French dishes rely on simple ingredients and a single pot.  The flavors are amazing and it presents somewhere between a stew and a sautee.  The bulk of the time in preparing this dish is in the chopping so you can do that ahead of time.  It also makes for great leftovers.

Advanced or Core Plan

Serves 4-6

(4 slices) nitrite free turkey bacon, cut into thin 1/4″ pieces
8 pieces skin on / bone in organic, free-range chicken thighs (around 2 lbs)
1 medium organic onion, finely chopped
2 stalks organic celery, finely chopped
2 medium organic carrots, chopped
1 carton button or cremini mushrooms, sliced
2 tbsp arrowroot powder
2/3 cup dry white wine (optional)
4 cups organic, free range chicken broth
1 lbs organic baby red potatoes, halved if large (Core Plan) or cauliflower florets (Advanced Plan)
4 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried
1 dried bay leaf
4 sprigs fresh parsley or 1 tsp dried
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp Himalayan salt, divided
1 tsp black pepper, divided
1/4 cup organic heavy cream (preferably grass-fed)
2 large organic egg yolks

Set Instant Pot to Sauté, let heat and after a few minutes add the turkey bacon. Let cook until bacon is just starting to crisp, about 3-4 minutes. Remove bacon from Instant Pot.

Season chicken on both sides with 1/4 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp of pepper. Add in batches (do not crowd pot) to Instant Pot and cook until browned on both sides, about 4 minutes per side. Remove and set aside.

Add onion, celery, carrots, and mushrooms to the pot. Season with remaining 1/4 tsp of salt and 1/2 of pepper. Cook, stirring after a few minutes until vegetables are starting to brown. Around, 5-7 minutes.

Sprinkle arrowroot powder over vegetables and mix to coat. If using, slowly add the white wine while stirring the entire time. Turn Instant Pot off.

Add broth, potatoes, thyme, bay leaf, parsley, lemon juice to the Instant Pot. Return bacon and chicken to the pot.

Close the lid and set valve is set to “sealed” and cook at high pressure for 10 minutes.

Manually release the valve to venting and let the pressure release. Open the lid and set back to sauté. Whisk the cream and egg yolks together in a small bowl and slowly add a ladleful of broth from the pot to temper the eggs.  Be sure to whisk the whole time. Add the mixture to the pot and cook for 2-3 more minutes until broth has thickened a bit.  Turn your Instant Pot off and add additional seasoning if desired.

Instant Pot Grass-Fed Roast

Advanced Plan
Serves ~4

Although pot roast is pretty simple in the crockpot, I feel the Instant Pot better fits my cooking style (i.e. like to cook dinner at dinner time therefore not good at preparing dinner in the morning). The flavor is unbelievable.
4-5 lb grass-fed chuck roast
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon fresh black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon oregano or italian seasoning
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 large onion, sliced
2 cups bone broth (preferably homemade in the Instant Pot)
8 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks (Core Plan Only)
4 tablespoons grass-fed butter
sprig of fresh thyme, optional
Cut the roast into large chunks, trimming some of the fat off. Sprinkle with seasonings, cover well and set aside. Put the InstantPot on Saute and add coconut oil and onions. Satue for about 5 minutes and then place the meat over the top of the onions. Add the broth. Set to manual for 40 minutes. Meanwhile, cut carrots if using. When the 40 minutes is up, release pressure and remove lid. Add the carrots and reset on manual for 10 minutes. Once finished, release pressure, open lid and remove meat and vegetables, putting them in a serving container. To make gravy, add butter and thyme and set to saute to reduce slightly. Pour over the roast and veggies and serve.

This is great served over cauliflower “rice”

Turkey and Gravy – InstantPot

Advanced Plan
Serves 4-6

This is by far the best turkey and gravy I have ever made. The Instant Pot makes it so quick and simple. I am pretty sure I will be doing this for Thanksgiving.

1 4-5 pound bone-in, skin-on organic turkey breast
sea salt
black pepper
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped (Core Plan Only)
2 ribs celery
1 clove garlic, pressed
2 teaspoons dried sage
¼ cup dry white wine
1 ½ cups free range broth (chicken or beef)
Optional: 1-2 tablespoons arrowroot powder

Pat turkey breast dry and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Set InstantPot to sauté and add coconut oil. When heated, add the turkey breast skin side down and brown for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate and add the veggies to the InstantPot. Sauté for about 5 minutes then add garlic and sauté for another minute or so. Pour in wine, broth, and sage and stir well (be sure to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom.) Place the turkey breast, skin side up on top of the veggies. Use pressure cook setting and set for 35 minutes. When time is up, do a quick release and remove lid. Remove the turkey breast and slice. Pour the liquid/veggies into a Vitamix and blend until completely pureed. If desired, take out about ½ cup and add the arrowroot powder to make a paste then add to the gravy and stir to thicken.

One-pot Taco Turkey Quinoa Dinner – InstantPot

Core Plan
Serves 4

2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 lb organic ground turkey
½ vidalia onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
Taco Seasoning
1 cup salsa (no sugar), select spiciness
1 cup free range chicken stock
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed (optional)
Sea Salt and pepper to taste

Optional toppings: avocados, lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro, grass-fed cheese, organic sour cream

Set InstantPot to sautee. Sauté the turkey in 2 tablespoons coconut oil until almost browned. Add in garlic and sautee until completely browned. Add in the quinoa and taco seasoning and mix well. Add in the salsa and stock and beans/corn if desired. Stir well and set on pressure cook for 2 minutes. When the time is up, unplug the InstantPot and let pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes, then do a quick release. Fluff with a fork and enjoy. Top with desired toppings.