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Thanks for visiting Kayla K's Thrifty Ways! My pressure cooker recipes and free patterns are still here for you, but I will no longer be posting or regulating comments on a regular basis. I have simplified to a personal blogger blog and you're welcome to join me at http://kaylarevae.blogspot.com.

scrap happyYikes! I’m a published author in Primitive Quilts and Projects Magazine! I have yet to get my hands on a copy, but Mom (Jo Kramer of Jo’s Country Junction) posted the above picture on Facebook.  I’m so happy with the picture of my afghan!

“Scrap Happy” was inspired by an antique blanket of scrap wool and yarn.  My version is made with Moda wool fat quarters.  The variety of colors and patterns keeps the antique look.  As far as afghans go this was a quick project and it is so comfy! I’m antsy to get it sent back.

Welcome if you are a new reader!  I have been one busy girl since I submitted this project way back in March! I am a newlywed! We purchased a home at the end of April and have been busy with updates and improvements.  I made the travelling squad for my roller derby team and have been travelling all over Illinois and Wisconsin. I also work full time as a high school Family and Consumer Sciences teacher.

I just don’t have the time to commit to blogging that I used to!

I’ve simplified down to a blog hosted by Blogger. You can read my occasional posts at Kayla La-La Land.  My daily food posts are at What the Bleep Do Vegans Eat? and my classroom happenings are kept at Mz. K. Pinz.

I squeeze in knit and crochet projects when I can.  You can find all of my free patterns on Ravelry.

Thanks so much for visiting me!

 

 

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wpid-IMG_20130517_190350_595.jpg Today I thought I’d be a little adventureous and try something new. Steamed Chicken and Veggie Potsticker Dumplings from Sandra’s Easy Cooking sounded interesting… and they were. They were very tedious to make and they melted into a gooey lump in the pressure cooker. But they were also delicious! I will give these another try, but just for reference sake I steamed these for 10 minutes.  In the future I will cook them a little less and roll the wrappers thinner.

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On November 17, 2012 I married the love of my life and met a new love: My pressure cooker!

To spread the love I’m using my pressure cooker every day and sharing the recipes on my blog.

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This 15 Bean and Barley Stew was an excellent meal for Derby Thursday. I used a packaged 15-bean mix, diced tomatoes with green chilis, and jarred minced garlic for convenience. I dumped everything in my pressure cooker, ran around like a mad woman getting ready for practice, and pulled the pressure cooker off the burner on my way out the door.  I was welcomed home from practice with this hearty stew waiting.

I hesitate to call it a stew because it is so thick. You could add more broth or water if you choose.

Pressure Cooker 15 Bean and Barley Stew

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 32 minutes

Pressure Cooker 15 Bean and Barley Stew

This stew recipe is perfect for a busy night with whole food convenience ingredients and minimal cleanup. Your pressure cooker has it ready in just 30 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 C 15-bean soup mix
  • 1/2 C pearled barley
  • 4 C water
  • 1 15-oz can diced tomatoes with chilis
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 t each salt, pepper, dried cilantro, and cumin

Instructions

  1. Pour all ingredients in pressure cooker.
  2. Cook at full pressure (15 lbs) for 25 minutes. Allow the pressure cooker to cool naturally.

Notes

This makes a very thick stew. Add more liquid if desired, but do not fill the pressure cooker more than half full.

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wpid-IMG_20130515_184020_570.jpgOh. My. Goodness.  My husband has never inhaled vegetarian food so fast as when I served these lentil enchiladas tonight. And then he went back for seconds. He didn’t even have time to wonder if they had hamburger or not.

Pressure Cooker Lentil Enchiladas

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 16 minutes

Total Time: 36 minutes

Pressure Cooker Lentil Enchiladas

Use your pressure cooker to prepare these delicious, mild, vegetarian enchiladas with homemade sauce and whole food ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 C brown lentils
  • 1/2 C brown rice
  • 2 C water
  • 1/2 t each: Cumin, chili powder, cilantro, oregano, and salt
  • 2 T oil
  • 2 T flour
  • 2 T chili powder
  • 1/2 t each: cumin and salt
  • 2 C vegetable broth
  • 6 flour tortillas

Instructions

  1. Saute garlic and onion in pressure cooker with lid off over medium-high heat.
  2. Stir in lentils, rice, water, and the first grouping of spices.
  3. Lock lid in place. Cook at full pressure (15 lbs) for eight minutes. Cool pressure cooker immediately.
  4. Remove rice and lentils from the cooker. Wipe out pressure cooker and return to heat.
  5. Heat oil over medium heat. Whisk in flour until absorbed. Whisk in vegetable broth. Add seasonings. Cook until sauce has thickened slightly, about 5 minutes. Reserve 1 C sauce.
  6. Wrap the tortillas in a damp flour towel and microwave for 90 seconds.
  7. Place about 1/3 C of rice and lentil mixture on each tortilla and roll. Arrange in sauce in pressure cooker. Pour reserved sauce over top.
  8. Lock lid in place. Cook at full pressure (15 lbs) for 8 minutes. Cool pressure cooker immediately.
  9. Arrange enchiladas on plates and spoon sauce over top. Serve with cheese and sour cream.

Notes

The enchilada sauce was inspired by this recipe from Gimme Some Oven.

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imageMy sister Kelli doesn’t know it yet, but these are her favorite beans. The beans tasted like they have simmered all day with a ham bone, but they are vegetarian. And therefore less expensive.

I followed the recipe from FatFree Vegan Kitchen and used their quick-soak method.  I will continue to do that in my future bean dishes because the resulting beans have a much better texture.

I’m always so impressed at how much food two cups of beans makes! I will be enjoying this dish for a few days.

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On November 17, 2012 I married the love of my life and met a new love: My pressure cooker!

To spread the love I’m using my pressure cooker every day and sharing the recipes on my blog.

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wpid-IMG_20130513_220139_632.jpgThese cabbage rolls were FANTASTIC although much too time-consuming for a derby practice night.  I got to bed late after snapping a quick picture and tossing the rolls in the fridge but enjoyed them immensely for breakfast.

You can find the recipe I followed at Fast Cooking. The only change I made was substituting ground turkey for the pork, beef, and veal.  I also used my own sauerkraut, of course. :)

I will definitely make more cabbage rolls in the future.  I read somewhere that freezing and thawing cabbage softens the leaves for rolling.  Hmmm…

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On November 17, 2012 I married the love of my life and met a new love: My pressure cooker!

To spread the love I’m using my pressure cooker every day and sharing the recipes on my blog.

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pressure-cooker-apple-cakeToday’s recipe comes courtesy of Hip Pressure Cooking. As always the recipe was fantastic with detailed instructions and step-by-step pictures. The only change I made was substituting cream cheese for the ricotta. I had to cook the cake for 5 extra minutes for a total of 25 minutes.

The cake was delicious, as promised. Although at 25 minutes it was not more efficient than just baking a cake. In the future I think this recipe would be great to try with peaches.

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On November 17, 2012 I married the love of my life and met a new love: My pressure cooker!

To spread the love I’m using my pressure cooker every day and sharing the recipes on my blog.

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pressure-cooker-german-potato-saladYou may have noticed an influx of potato recipes on the blog. That may have something to do with the five-pound bags of potatoes on sale for $.75 this week. :) This morning I made German Potato Salad with a fried egg.

I followed the recipe almost exactly except that I fried the bacon in a cast iron skillet.  I am convinced that the spouts on either side of my skillet are specifically made for saving bacon grease. Am I the only person in the world who still saves bacon grease? I used a tablespoon for the dressing and poured the rest in my jar. The shine left in the skillet was just enough to cook my eggs.

farm-fresh-egg-yolk-bright-orangeAren’t they beautiful? My mom brought me three dozen eggs when she visited me two weeks ago and they still look this fresh. Eggs from her hens taste so much better than anything I can buy in a store. I’m really excited for the new Co-op in Dubuque to open so I can source more local fresh foods like this.

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On November 17, 2012 I married the love of my life and met a new love: My pressure cooker!

To spread the love I’m using my pressure cooker every day and sharing the recipes on my blog.

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Spencer and I are still catching up on leftovers so I took some time tonight to prep my breakfasts for next week.  I am imitating Trader Joe’s frozen steel cut oatmeal pucks.  They are single-serve packages of oatmeal that you microwave for just three minutes.  Even a pressure cooker can’t make steel cut oats that quickly.

Do not do what I did.  My standard oatmeal recipe is 1 C oats to 3 C water for 6 minutes with natural release.  I thought I would just double the recipe because I wanted five servings… right? Wrong! After using my pressure cooker at least 81 times, this is the closest it came to exploding.  Be sure to never fill your cooker more than 1/3 of the way full when making foam-producing foods like steel cut oats and pasta. I have learned my lesson.

So after my pressure cooker overflowed into a sticky oatmeal-y mess, I just simmered what was remaining until the oats were cooked.  It took nearly 15 minutes! I forget how awesome my pressure cooker is sometimes. :)

When the oatmeal was done I portioned it into 5 servings.  A giant muffin pan would be nice for this but my sturdy drinking glasses did just fine.

pressure-cooker-steel-cut-oatmeal-pucksI added a dollop each of peanut butter and jam with a pinch of salt.  I was so surprised to find a jar of Triple Berry in my cupboard.  I had so much fun making that jam.  It’s delicious and now I’m sad all over again that it’s gone.

triple-berry-jamAfter all of the “pucks” have frozen I will put them in a freezer container. Then I will have the slow cooked goodness of steel cut oats in the convenience of a single serve packet.

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On November 17, 2012 I married the love of my life and met a new love: My pressure cooker!

To spread the love I’m using my pressure cooker every day and sharing the recipes on my blog.

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Spencer and I have not done a good job at eating up all of our pressure cooker recipes.  I have implemented a few strategies to counteract this.  First, Spencer has started to take leftovers for work instead of his usual ham sandwich. I started eating leftovers for breakfast at home. Then, instead of leaving leftovers in the refrigerator to rot, I have started freezing them.  But with a new recipe being prepared every day my freezer is filling up.

pressure-cooker-frozen-lentil-chiliLast night I took a frozen quart of lentil chili from my freezer and plunked it in my my pressure cooker.  I scrubbed 4 potatoes, poked a few holes in them, and dropped them in the pressure cooker. I locked the lid in place, brought it to full pressure, and cooked it for 12 minutes before letting the pressure drop naturally.

pressure-cooker-leftover-chili-baked-potatoesTwelve minutes in the pressure cooker was enough time to melt and heat the lentil chili.  The melted chili provided enough liquid to “bake” the potatoes.

pressure-cooker-leftover-lentil-chili-baked-potato-sour-creamI love chili and baked potatoes! Remember back in the day when I made them in the microwave with canned chili and Velveeta cheese? This homemade version is sooooo much better.

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On November 17, 2012 I married the love of my life and met a new love: My pressure cooker!

To spread the love I’m using my pressure cooker every day and sharing the recipes on my blog.

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