Asian Grass-fed Beef Short Ribs – InstantPot or Oven Roasted

This recipe has some more obscure ingredients than normally appear in my recipes but the additions make for an enhanced taste.  You can find these ingredients at most health food stores.  The InstantPot helps make the meat extra “fall off the bone” tender and does an amazing job with the flavors.  Oven roasting will take a lot longer and requires more attention while roasting.

These are terrific served with cauliflower rice or mashed cauliflower and quick pickles (see below)

Preparing meat on the bone gives you so much more nutritional benefit than boneless cuts.  The pressure cooking or slow oven roasting helps bring out the minerals, glucosamine,  hyaluronic acid, collagen (to name a few) from the bone.

3 lbs grass-fed beef short ribs
coconut oil
sea salt or Himalayan salt
black pepper
1/4 cup mirin
1/4 cup tamari or coconut aminos
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 onion, grated
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
4 cups dashi broth (made from kombu- see below)
fresh parsley, optional

About 30 minutes before cooking, salt and pepper the ribs and let get to room temperature.

Make the dashi broth.  Put a 4 inch piece of kombu in 4 cups of water and soak for 15 minutes.  Boil the kombu for another 15 minutes then remove kombu. Once done, add the tamari, mirin, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, onion, and cayenne pepper.

Heat 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil in the Instant Pot on the saute function.  Add the ribs, bone side up, and fry until browned.  Brown the other two meaty sides of the ribs until golden brown.

Turn the Instant Pot to the meat setting and place the ribs in the pot, bone side down. Cover with the dashi broth/tamari mixture.

Set the pot to 45 minutes and start.

Do a quick release when done and serve with broth ladled over the ribs.  This is great served with cauliflower rice/mashed cauliflower, and quick pickles (thinly sliced cucumbers with sea salt and red wine vinegar).

 

 

 

 

OVEN ROASTING METHOD:

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Follow the instructions above but sauteed in a cast iron skillet instead of the instant pot.  Transfer the ribs to a dutch oven and pour the broth mixture over the ribs and cook at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.  Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees and cook for another 3-4 hours, basting with the broth every hour or so (add more broth if necessary)

Mediterranean Chicken – Instant Pot or Oven Roasted

This is a simple, yet exotic recipe that highlights so many fabulous flavors and textures. You will feel like a gourmet cook when you serve it. This recipe is great served with any vegetable or with grilled halloumi (greek goats milk cheese).

4 free range chicken breasts, bone in, skin on
Natural Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon coconut oil
4 tbsp Za’atar spice (add 1/4 cup olive oil if dry spice) *see below for the kind I used)
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 onion, cut in chunks
1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup filtered water
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
Olive oil for drizzling

Sprinkle chicken generously with salt and pepper. Heat oil on sautee function on the Instant Pot. Brown chicken, skin side down first until browned. Brown the other side. Remove chicken and set aside. Add onion and saute until translucent. Add garlic and saute for 1 more minute. Rub 1 tablespoon of za’atar over each breast being sure to get some underneath the skin. Add the chicken back into the pot and add the remaining ingredients except for parsley and olive oil. Set Instant Pot on Meat setting and cook for 12 minutes. Do a quick release when done and serve.

ROASTING METHOD:  Brown chicken in a cast iron dutch oven and add the rest of the ingredients and roast in a 425 degree oven until done.

This is the Za’atar I used for this recipe

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.