Stayton Acres Bean and Lentil Chili

Stayton Acres Spicy Bean and Lentil Chili12 minutes InstantPot
Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Servings: 8 
I’m inspired to make a chili that will need a Stayton Acre avocado on top to offset the heat. Today is Day 22 for me living in my travel trailer. I’m excited that I’m doing this with little stress really. We are eating healthy meals and having a salad everyday. 
This recipe was created with plenty of hearty protein and vegetables in mind.  
Serve with sourdough, crunched up tortillas on top or corn bread.  
Don’t forget to chop sliced avocado on top.
1 yellow onion, chopped

Ingredients

5 garlic cloves, chopped

1T EVOO
1 16oz can black beans

1 16oz can garbanzo beans 

1 16oz can red kidney beans
1 cup orange lentils

1 yellow bell pepper chopped

1 red bell pepper chopped

1 corn on the cob fresh kernels removed

3 celery stalks, chopped

1 14.5oz can of fire roasted diced tomatoes

Spices (IT’S ALL IN THE SPICES!!)

1T cumin powder

1 ½ t chili powder (hot)

2T smoked paprika

1/2t coriander

1t black pepper

3/4t salt

1/2t cayenne pepper powder
Avocado (depending on how many people love avocado…I like ¼ large avocado per person chopped on top).

 

Southwest Red Potato Quinoa Stew

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Servings: 8

This stew is hearty and flavorful.  I love to make HOT (spicy) foods for Randy and this one got two thumbs up from him in the flavor department.

We at it with corn chips but you could have corn bread with it instead (I just ran out of time to bake it).

Ingredients:
1T EVOO
6 garlic bulbs, crushed
1 yellow onion, chopped
5 carrots, diced to bite size
5 cups of red potatoes, diced to bite size
1 cup red quinoa, rinsed
1 cup celery, chopped
1 cup broccolini, chopped
4 cups kale, chopped well
5T of Southwest Spice Seasoning*
Water (to just over the vegetables, for me it was 6 cups)

Prepare all of your ingredients BEFORE you turn on InstantPot.

Put InstantPot on to SAUTE mode.
Add EVOO.
Add garlic, let simmer in hot oils for 30 seconds.
Add onion and mix well allowing it to soften (about 1 minute).

Put InstantPot WARM mode.
Add carrots and repeat onion handling (1 minute stirring).
Add celery, stir for 30 seconds.
Add broccolini, stir for 30 secs.
Add spices, stir well.
Add kale (no need to stir).
Add quinoa (flatten and press it down).
Add potatoes, press down – no need to stir).
Fill water above (like 2 centimeters max) the potatoes.

Place cover securely on top.
Put steam release into CLOSED mode.

Set MANUAL MODE to HIGH and 15 minutes.

Do not force the pot to open!  Allow the pressure to reduce on its own.  If you must “help” it along, use oven mitts when you OPEN the release valve.  
SOUTHWEST SPICE SEASONING
I adapted these from Emeril’s – place all of these in a container you can shake or stir.   If you have these herbs FRESH I’d highly recommend you use them instead of the dry spice from a jar.
2T HOT chili powder
2T ground cumin
1T smoked paprika
1t black pepper
1t coriander
1t cayenne pepper
1T salt
1T dried oregano

Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce: 4 Minutes Flat

Don’t throw out “old” or “tired” apples.  Make applesauce instead.  You can use applesauce to replace oils, sweeten a recipe naturally or just have as a snack.  
Ingredients

5 apples, cored (not peeled)

1t cinnamon

2T butter 
Directions

  1. Place all of your ingredients on the counter before turning on the InstantPot.
  2. Chop apples in medium slices. 1 apple should net you 6 cuts. Remove stem and seeds plus seed shells. If you really only have 4 minutes, cut apple into 12 chunks. Chunks should be same size.
  3. Set InstantPot to SAUTÉ.
  4. Add butter then count to 4 while it melts and add apples.  
  5. Stir butter and apples until they begin to sizzle (about a minute).
  6. Sprinkle cinnamon in and stir.
  7. Place lid on InstantPot.
  8. Reset to MANUAL mode.
  9. Timer at 4 minutes.
  10. Let pressure release naturally (if possible). If not, cut the apple chunks into equal smaller sizes (so one apple getting you 12 cuts for example).

I use a dry erase marker to indicate when I make a dish.
5 apples made this much chunky applesauce.

Apple sauce can be chunky or smoother. It can be used to replace oils in recipes and also sweeten food naturally.  
For a less chunky applesauce, place finished apples in a blender and pulse until you get the consistencies you are looking for.
Store in a air tight container.
Use before 3-4 days – it if lasts that long!  

Hot Pasta in 5 Minutes Flat Recipe

Delicious Husband-Unit Approved Pasta in 5 minutes flat!
Vegetarian, Vegan (depending on your choice of pasta and pasta sauce).
On my quest to make warm hearty and healthy meals while out in our RV I have found my Instant Pot to be a universal solution at home so figured it would be just as easy and it is.
This RV trip happened to be our first on Full Hook Ups! I feel like I’m staying at the Bellagio with the freedom of power and water. It is also crisp and cold (perfect weather for the Ohio State Buckeyes to play the Michigan Wolverines) with a giant storm cell on its way. Goodie gumdrops!
Optional: picked up two baguettes at Sprouts and our daughter got us a bottle of Bogle and the fixings for a green salad (lettuce, some of the peppers, carrots, tomatoes).

You’ll need:
Instant Pot pressure cooker

1 3/4 cups of water

2T water

1 small jar (12 oz) of marinara or pasta sauce (I will be experimenting from complete scratch later)

1 diced red bell pepper

1 diced yellow bell pepper

1 cup chopped broccoli

1 onion diced

1t black pepper

1t oregano

1T red pepper flakes

5 garlic bulbs chopped small

1 lb of dry pasta
Additionally,

1 bottle of red wine

1 need to warm-up bread

Preheat your oven for your bread.
Place 2T of water in IP and add onion and garlic until soft. Add marinara sauce and the rest of ingredients EXCEPT dry pasta. Stir well making sure everything gets submerged.
Break pasta into small sticks (half way crack or thirds work, depending on your IP size) and add to mix. Stir so the sticks are broken apart, not clumped up.
Now would be a good time to place bread in oven.
Manual setting for 5 minutes. Close lid, check the pressure valve to make sure it is in the closed setting.
Let the pressure release on its own.
Open lid and VOILA!
Stir and serve it up.

Note: I believe adding less water and more sauce would be better.  Randy prefers less sauce so I catered to his wishes.
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