Nothing fancy for dinner tonight, but simple and easy, thanks to the Instant Pot!
August 16, 2022 7:55pm CST
As most of you know, I usually cook from scratch, paying attention to the flavors and ungredients. Sometimes, like tonight, I don't really want to cook, so I do things that are easy for me. Tonight is one of those nights. I suppose this is a version of what some people get when they buy a product called, Hamburger Helper. Still, I tend to cook primarily using fresh ingredients or dried things from my pantry, and very few things that are pre-made. Tonight, I used my instant pot, electric pressure cooker, to assist me in a quick meal. I used mostly fresh ingredients, that didn't cost me a whole lot. I used half of package of 93% ground beef that I got on sale. My cost for the half package: $2.60. I sliced crimini mushrooms in it, have a cost of $0.75. Instead of using fresh onions and garlic and fresh herbs, I used dried minced onions, garlic powder, and dried oregano and basil and other herbs that I had in my cupboard, some of which I grew myself. Of course, there is salt and pepper. As well, I used homemade chicken stock, made from the bones of the chicken I bought 2 weeks ago. The cost of all of this is negligible. I had a half package of shell pasta and a half jar of tomato sauce. Total cost: $2.00 Total cost for the meal is approximately $6, considering I also had a small salad. I'm sure that this will be at least for servings for me, so about $1.35 per serving of the pasta dish. Once the meat and mushrooms were browned, I added the chicken broth and the pasta, making sure that it was covered with liquid. Then, I place the tomato sauce over the top, as the instructions called for, and I set my instant pot for 5 minutes pressure cook on high. Once it is complete, it will be 2 minutes on natural release. We will have to see how this turns out. It's certainly not italian, and I'm sure that Anna will cringe when she reads this! However, it's a quick easy dish that I hope doesn't turn out like mush. I'm thinking it will be more like some of what we ate when we were kids with the casserole dishes in the United States! I just finished my salad, and I heard the 5 minutes beeper go off, so I'm going to make my way to the kitchen. Photo is my own
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• Los Angeles, California
@TheSojourner I bet I could still eat it with rice. My mom used to put out boxed mac and cheese or hamburger helper (along with other miscellanous leftovers) all on the table - and always served the mish mosh of things with rice. Rice seemed to always be the base for everything .
• United States
Nice, dinner! Sometimes you just want comfort food! I cooked up my hamburger wontons, froze some for later. Been munching on my wontons today. Just polished off, 2 frozen waffles with strawberry jam and blueberry jam. Full now.