Polenta with Mushrooms

Polenta in the pressure cooker is a game changer – it comes out perfect! I sautéed some mushrooms added some air fried sage and served it with a salad – yummy! If you leave off the cheese this one is vegan.

Polenta:

  • 5 c chicken stock or veggie stock
  • 1 1/2 c polenta
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 tbsp butter or olive oil
  • Grated Parmesan

Stir all ingredients together in multicooker and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes. If it’s too thick stir in a little milk or water and cook on sauté for 5 minutes stirring a few times.

Mushrooms:

  • 1 lb of mixed mushrooms
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sage leaves

In a large skillet heat a little oil and add the mushrooms and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally – until they are crispy. Season with salt and pepper. Move the side, spray sage leaves with olive oil and cook sage leaves until crispy.

Spoon polenta onto a plate, top with mushrooms and a little grated Parmesan.

Serves 4.

Cuban Pork Tacos

I love the multicooker! It sautes, pressure cooks and reduces – all in one pot!

  • 8 cloves garlic
  • Juice and zest of one grapefruit
  • Juice and zest of one lime
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp oregano, chopped
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 2 – 3 lb pork shoulder, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Lime wedges
  • Tortillas
  • Romaine, chopped
  • Avocado, sliced thin
  • Tomato salsa

Combine juices, zest, garlic, olive oil, oregano, cumin and salt in a blender and purée till smooth. Pour over pork and let marinade for 4 – 6 hours, turning several times (I just used the pot for the multicooker).

Cook pork for 1 hour and 20 minutes on high pressure. Shred and cook on reduce until most of the juices are absorbed.

Serve with taco fixings.

Serves 6 – 8.

Pressure Cooker Black Bean Tacos

Leave out the cheese and this one is vegan friendly. Cooking black beans in the pressure cooker is genius!

  • 3 poblano chilies, roasted & chopped
  • 2 jalapeños, roasted & chopped
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp sage, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced, plus 1 whole
  • 2 tsp chili powder (or more)
  • 2 tsp cumin (add same amount as chili)
  • 1 lb dried black beans
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 1 jalapeño – not roasted
  • 1 bunch of scallions, sliced thin
  • 1 head romaine, sliced thin
  • 1 avocado, sliced thin
  • Taco shells or tortillas
  • Cheese of your choice

Add onion and oil to multipot and sauté on medium until soft, stir in garlic, sage, chili powder, cumin, chopped pepper and black beans, stir in 5 cups of water. Cover and cook on high pressure for 40 minutes.

In a blender combine tomato, cilantro, scallion whites, 1 clove of garlic, 2 tbsp oil, 1 jalapeno and a pinch of salt and purée till smooth.

When beans are done, stir in tomato purée then simmer on sauté for a few minute to thicken up.

Serve with taco shells and all the fixings!

Serves 6 – 8.

Pork Belly & Texas Toast

This is one of those meals that comes together when you don’t know what to make and it’s nearing the end of the week, a clean out the fridge bowl. We scarfed it down! I used Trader Joe’s pork belly, which just needs to be sliced and cooked crispy

  • 2 thick slices Texas toast or bread, toasted
  • 2 poached eggs
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 bag baby spinach
  • Truffle oil
  • Pork Belly or bacon, sliced into cubes or strips
  • 3 scallions, sliced thin

In a medium pan cook the pork belly or bacon until crisp.

As the pork starts to crisp up, add about 1/4 c water to a skillet or pan that has a lid, add the spinach and cook over medium heat until wilted and most of the water is evaporated. Drizzle with a little truffle oil, salt and pepper.

Divide toast, eggs, spinach, and avocado among plates and top with green onions.

Serves 2.