Monday, April 29, 2024

Kimchi Reuben Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Thanks to the efficient embrace of the air fryer, this Kimchi Reuben Grilled Cheese is a fusion bite that tantalizes the taste buds.

image of a sliced Kimchi Reuben sandwich with marble rye bread on a Polish pottery plate

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There are three reasons why I'm sharing this recipe. First, it's unbelievably tasty . . . one of those "why didn't I think of this combination before?" moments. Second, it's easy to whip up when you're hungry and feel like eating more than you feel like cooking. Third, the ingredients live in your fridge (cheese, kimchi, lunchmeat, mayo) or freezer (bread or lunchmeat) for long periods. In my house they are staples.

 Why use an air fryer to make a grilled cheese?

Clearly you're going to have to wash something when cooking a grilled cheese sandwich, no? Compared to using a skillet on the stove, an air fryer makes the fillings hot and gooey without overcooking the bread. Sure, you can always lower the heat under a skillet to reduce the chance of charring your sandwich, but that takes longer and a grilled cheese sandwich is supposed to be a quick meal.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Mediterranean Millet Salad

Tender millet and chopped fresh & preserved vegetables tossed with a lemony herb vinaigrette, this gluten free whole grain salad is satisfyingly flexible.

Mediterranean Millet Salad

Are you a millet eater? Millet curious? I developed this recipe because I was the latter, and now I am the former. After reviewing the Whole Grains Council's website with my healthy eating coach, she challenged me to pick a new-to-me grain and try it.
I picked millet, and here we are.

Throughout the winter I've made this salad with a rotating cast of leftover cooked vegetables, fresh vegetables, preserved vegetables, and herbs. My method pretty much goes like this--step 1, put millet and water in the Instant Pot and, step 2, while the Pot is coming up to pressure open the crisper and figure out what's going to be in the salad that day.
It’s hearty enough to keep me satisfied for a while, and I can load it up with plenty of fresh veggies to make it feel like Spring has truly sprung even though the muddy garden doesn’t quite agree. 
Because I've made this so often I've got some tips & tricks for you.

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Coconut Chai Rice Pudding

Filled with warming spices, this dairy- and gluten-free dessert is a snap to make in the pressure cooker and a fresh twist on classic comfort food.

image of a bowl of coconut chai rice pudding with a spoon on a wooden deck

Hi Folks! How's it going? I wanted to share this recipe with you because it's been a big hit in some of my recent classes and seemed like a good idea to share with everyone via the website.

Where do you find Instant Pot recipes?

I like to check out cookbooks from my local library. It broadens my knowledge in a subject (pressure cooker recipes, plant-based cooking, bread baking, etc) without having to commit to a cookbook or spend hours searching the internet. Over the years I've done this, certain cookbook authors deliver consistently good recipes, and Coco Morante is one consistently good cookbook author.

I found this recipe in Coco Morante's Essential Instant Pot Cookbook (Amazon affiliate link) while I was looking for a dessert to bring to a family with a new addition, being mindful of the new mom's gluten- and dairy-free preferences.