Chicken Piccata Pasta

My love affair with the Quick Cooker continues! This is one of my favorite Pampered Chef recipes but I didn’t want to babysit it so I decided I’d put the new pressure cooker to the test. And it passed!

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I didn’t add red bell pepper to the recipe when I made it because someone who shall remain unmentioned ate it and it can be omitted if it’s not your thing. I just like recipes that have a lot of color, and traditionally this one doesn’t!

 

Chicken Piccata Pasta
Serves 6

1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 1/2 tablespoons Pantry Lemon Pepper Rub
1/2 medium onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, pressed
1 32oz carton chicken stock
1 16oz pkg uncooked linguine, broken in half
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 14oz can artichoke hearts, drained
2 ounce cream cheese, softened
1 lemon
1/4 cup capers, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup fresh parsley

  1. Set the Quick Cooker to SEAR and press START. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in the inner pot for 2 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cut the chicken into 1-inch pieces on the Cutting Board. Combine the chicken, the Rub and remaining 1 tablespoon oil in the Medium Stainless Mixing Bowl, tossing to coat.
  3. Add the chicken to the inner pot and saute 3 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, chop the onions with the Food Chopper and add to the inner pot with the chicken. Add the garlic pressed with the Garlic Press. Saute 2 minutes longer, stirring frequently. Press CANCEL.
  5. Add the stock and linguine to the inner pot and stir to combine.
  6. Lock the Lid, line up the sealing vent, select CUSTOM , adjust the time to 6 minutes and press START.
  7. Meanwhile, cut the top off the pepper and remove the seeds with the Scoop Loop. Cut the bell pepper into pieces and dice using the Quick Slice by placing the pepper slices in the Quick Slice and slicing once, then turning the pepper slices 90-degrees and slicing again. Set aside.
  8. Drain the artichokes in the Easy Read Measuring Colander. Place the parsley in the Herb Mill and set aside.
  9. When the timer is up, press the steam-release button to manually release the pressure. Remove the Lid and stir in the cream cheese, artichokes and red pepper until well combined. Cover with the Small Boil-Over No More and cook 5 minutes (this will thicken the sauce).
  10. Press the lemon into the pasta using the Citrus Press. Add the capers and the parsley using the Herb Mill. Stir to combine. Press CANCEL and serve.

Enjoy!

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Pepperoni Pizza Pasta

Back to my love affair with the Quick Cooker! I came across this recipe and decided to adapt it and I made it last night! While it’s not GF/DF, it did please those who ate it! I hope you enjoy it too!

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Pepperoni Pizza Pasta
Serves 6

1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoons olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, presssed
1 tablespoon Pantry Italian Seasoning
1 28oz can crushed tomatoes
1 24oz jar marinara sauce
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 cup red wine
2 cups chicken stock
1 16oz box rigatoni pasta
1 5oz pkg pepperoni slices
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup fresh parsley

  1. Set the Quick Cooker to SEAR and press START. Chop the onion with the Food Chopper. Add the onion and oil to the inner pot and saute 2 minutes. Press the garlic into the pot with the Garlic Press and add the Italian Seasoning Mix and saute 2 minutes longer. Press CANCEL.
  2. Add the crushed tomatoes, marinara sauce, bell pepper, wine, stock and pasta. Lock the lid and select the CUSTOM setting. Adjust the time to 6 minutes and press START.
  3. When the timer is up, let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes, then press CANCEL. Press the steam-release button to manually release any remaining pressure.
  4. Remove the lid and stir the sauce. Add the pepperoni and cheese and stir to combine.
  5. Serve in bowls with fresh parsley over the top dispensed from the Herb Mill.

Enjoy!

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Individual Lasagnas

Sometimes when eating GF, it’s hard to find recipes that resemble the “real thing.” This one comes pretty close and I love that with the individual servings, portion control is super easy!

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This one is fun too because it’s made in the 1-Cup Prep Bowls using the new Quick Cooker Racks & Prep Bowl Set (available March 1st). Plus, these can be made ahead and saved to be consumed whenever! I love that!

Screen Shot 2019-02-18 at 11.27.28 AMIndividual Lasagnas
Makes 5

1/2 pound grass feed ground beef or ground turkey
1 tablespoon Pantry Italian Seasoning Mix
1 cup marinara sauce
3/4 cup ricotta cheese
1 egg
2/3 cup italian cheese blend
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1/2 zucchini
1/2 yellow squash

  1. Heat the 10″ Nonstick Fry Pan over medium heat 1-2 minutes, then add the ground beef and italian seasoning. Cook and break into crumbles using the Mix ‘N Chop.
  2. When the beef is browned, stir in the marinara sauce. Set aside until ready to use.
  3. In a 3-Cup Prep Bowl, combine the ricotta cheese and egg until well blended. Add the cheese blend and mix thoroughly. Using the Herb Mill, shred the parsley into the Prep Bowl and mix.
  4. Using the Simple Slicer set on the #3 setting, slice the zucchini and summer squash.
  5. Using 5 1-Cup Prep Bowls, layer the lasagnas. Layer 1 tablespoon meat sauce, yellow squash (cutting to fit if necessary), a dollop of the cheese mix, zucchini (cutting to fit if necessary), meat sauce, yellow squash and finishing with a thin layer of the cheese mix.
  6. Cover the Prep Bowls with the Silicone Stretch-Fit Lids and set in the Quick-Cooker Stackable Steaming Racks.
  7. Add 1 cup of water to the inner pot of the Quick Cooker. Place the Stackable Steaming Racks in the inner pot and twist so the Prep Bowls are not positions directly over one another.
  8. Close the lid and check that the steam valve is closed. Select CUSTOM, then adjust the time to 5 minutes and press START. Let the pressure manually release for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove the Stackable Racks from the inner pot and let rest 10 minutes before removing from the Prep Bowls. This will allow the zucchini and squash to soak up any excess liquid released while cooking.

Enjoy!

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Salmon with Warm Garlic Potato Salad

Along my Instant Pot/Quick Cooker journey I’m finding more and more recipes that I want to try and when I came across this one for salmon, I was sure it wouldn’t work! Well, we were all blown away at the flavor and consistency of the salmon and I don’t think I’ll cook it any other way again!

When I was thinking about how to cook the salmon, I knew resting on the trivet in the bottom wouldn’t be best because I didn’t want it to fall apart. It was fine when I was making the Salmon Curry because you want it in pieces, but I knew I wanted it to stay together so off to Amazon I went in search of an Instant Pot tray for steaming.

Nothing was doing it for me because most were bowls and I wan’t really wanting to spend money on it anyway and then I came across a recipe for steamed dumplings in an IP and they used a Bamboo Steamer! Genius! And even better? I have one tucked away in the basement. Now, I’ve owned this bamboo steamer for at least 20 years and have used it exactly one time. I got it because I saw an episode of Martha Stewart Living where she made a meal in it and it looked like one of the most elegant thing I had ever seen, so of course I purchased one immediately! Clearly the inspiration to use it fizzled out soon thereafter! Now just to see if the steamer I have would fit!?!?!

I had to stop home at lunch and when I got there, I ran down to the basement hoping that’s where it was and that I didn’t give it away thinking I’d have no further need for it! Thankfully it was right where I thought it was! I placed it in the Quick Cooker and it fit PERFECTLY! And last night it worked like a charm and now I’m excited to see what else I can use it for!

To being, I placed the potatoes in the bottom of the Quick Cooker. I found this great bag of multi-colored small potatoes at Aldi.

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Then I added the water and butter. I placed a lettuce leaf in the bamboo steamer and the salmon on top. Then I sprinkled the salmon salt, pepper and paprika and then topped it with the parsley and lemon zest.

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Into the Quick Cooker it went and we were off! (Have I mentioned how much I’m loving having a pressure cooker???)

When the cooking process was complete, I removed the bamboo steamer and added in the peppers and spinach mix.

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I cut the salmon into portions… look at how evenly it cooked!

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Then we plated it up, lit the candles, poured the wine and said grace! BTW, I’m LOVING how the multi-color potatoes look in this recipe!

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If you have a bamboo steamer, pull it out and give it a try! You’ll be so happy you did!

 

Salmon CaloriesSalmon with Garlic Warm Potato Salad
Serves 4

1 1/4 pounds small potatoes (I found a bag with
purple, red and yellow potatoes)
4 teaspoons butter, divided
1 cup water
salt and pepper
16 ounces salmon
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
1 large green leaf lettuce leaf
4 garlic cloves, pressed
1 red bell pepper, diced
4 cups spinach & arugula mix

  1. Put the potatoes in the bottom of the Quick Cooker. Add the water and 2 teaspoons butter. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top and place the trivet over the potatoes.
  2. Lay the lettuce leaf in the bottom of the bamboo steamer and place the salmon filet on top. Rub the top of the salmon with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and paprika. Top with parsley and lemon zest. Place the steamer on the trivet in the Quick Cooker.
  3. Close the Lid, making sure the steam valve is in the sealing position. Press Custom, then adjust the time to 3 minutes. Press start.
  4. When finished, press the steam release button to release the pressure.
  5. Remove the bamboo steamer and trivet and press Cancel. Set the Quick Cooker to Sear and press start. When the potatoes begin to sizzle, add the garlic and cook, stirring, until the potatoes are softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the remaining butter and season with salt and pepper. Smash the potatoes with the Mix ‘N Chunk to the desired consistency.
  6. Press Cancel. Add the red pepper and greens to the potatoes and stir until wilted, 1-2 minutes. Divide the salmon and potato salad among serving plates.

Enjoy!

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Classic Sausage & Peppers

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A friend of mine shared this recipe with me and I made a little twist by making my own sauce (or gravy) for it. Of course, a jarred marinara would work perfectly too but I like to control my ingredients as much as possible!

This meal comes together so fast due to three kitchen tools that are a necessity! The Simple Slicer, Quick Slice and Quick Cooker. There seems to be a theme there: simple and quick!

I wanted to surprise Bill with this meal when he got home and one of my favorite things to do for him is to have him walk through our front door and smell something delicious! Mission accomplished!

As soon as I arrived home from work, I started the sauce. It’s so easy with just 5 ingredients!

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As it simmered, I got started on the onions and peppers.

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Then I seared the sausage.

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Then everything went it and the pressure was on! Bill loved it just as I knew he would and I’m confident that this recipe is going to be repeated A LOT!

Enjoy!

 

Screen Shot 2018-10-27 at 11.56.47 AMClassic Sausage & Peppers
Serves 8

1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 garlic cloves, pressed
2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning Mix
4 bell peppers, sliced
1 medium white onion, sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
32 oz sweet Italian sausage

  1. In a heavy saucepan, combine the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, garlic and Italian Seasoning Mix. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low and let simmer until you’re reading to put it into the Quick Cooker.
  2. Using the Simple Slicer, slice the onion. Using the Quick Slice, slice the peppers. Set both aside.
  3. Set the Quick Cooker to Sear and add the oil. When it starts to shimmer, add half of the sausages and brown for 5 minutes without moving. Turn and brown an additional five minutes. Remove the sausages from the Quick Cooker to a plate. Repeat with the remaining sausage.
  4. Reset the Quick Cooker to Sear and add the onions and peppers. Sear, tossing occasionally for 3 minutes. Press Cancel.
  5. Return the sausages to the Quick Cooker and pour the simmering sauce over the top. Stir to combine.
  6. Cover and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to “sealing.” Press Custom and adjust the time to 8 minutes.  Press Start.
  7. When the timer beeps, you can manually release the steam or let it naturally release and keep warm until ready to serve.
  8. When ready to serve, remove the sausages and slice. Return the sausages to the Quick Cooker and stir to combine.

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