Spicy Jan Cooks
When I'm not out food touring local communities, you will likely find me with my hair up and comfies on, creating new ideas in my kitchen.
I love slurping up a gorgeous rice noodle bowl with a broth that is simple, healthy and done in a snap! Ready for this quick & delicious 10 minute dinner you can make yourself. You got this, let's do it!
Soak a handful of rice noodles (purchase at your fave grocery store, I like sticks) in a bowl of boiling water. I literally place my noodle sticks in a tempered glass bowl, boil the kettle, then pour the water over the sticks to completely immerse. Now put this aside.
In a large wok or saute pan, quickly poach in boiling water with salt and garlic, 1 lb. of shrimp (I love Jiggs n Reels Market in Paris.) Once cooked 4 minutes in a boiling soak, then remove the shrimp from your saute pan and set aside.
Using your saute pan or wok again, leave a some of the shrimp water in the pan, keeping the heat to medium high, add 2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, 1 chopped onion, mushrooms (clean, don't cut), garlic (fresh or dried) a hit of salt and cover to simmer 4 minutes. This will stew down which is perfect and makes it own brothy sauce. Let it simmer covered, and only if needed add 1/2 cup of water to keep it simmering. After approx 4 minutes and cherries have burst, add 2 large handfuls of fresh spinach, a hit of your favourite seasoning (I love Rosemary) and a hit of sesame oil for good measure! :) Before you put the lid back on, place the shrimps back on top of the spinach and allow this mixture to simmer turning the heat down now for 4 minutes of a light bubbling simmer.
While that is creating a gorgeous savoury shrimp creation for your noodles, drain the noodles and place a handful in the bottom of your favourite deep bowl. I love my bowls from Pottery on Seven! Now scoop the broth and shrimp mixture over the noodles. Slurp, spoon and enjoy! A true 10 minute meal done delish from my kitchen to yours! Follow the fun in the moment, at Spicy Jan Cooks on Social!
I didn’t grow up eating ribs at home as they were costly plus used a ton of electricity having them cook in the oven all afternoon. Ribs were something foreign to me for cooking at home, I didn’t really know how to cook them.
All thanks to the Instant Pot and a brief broil in the oven, preparing Ribs at home can absolutely be a weekly meal for everyone to enjoy plus affordable and succulent. Whenever Ribs are on sale, I say why not stock up with a few racks. Whether beef or pork, side or back, this simple way of preparing Ribs might be your new go to.
Get your Instant Pot ready by placing the rack in the bottom of your pot with the handles up. Add 1 cup of water, ½ cup apple juice, 1 tbsp garlic (fresh or seasoning). On a plate, lay out one rack of ribs and season to your liking. I always love a Southwest Seasonings, Sunset Seasoned Salt and Sweet Basil Seasoning. Rub this along both sides of the Ribs creating a gorgeous dry rubbed rack. Next, roll the Ribs into itself and place the rolled up rib onto the rack inside the IP. Voila, you are ready! I love adding a sprig of Rosemary, not too much as it can overpower, yet the flavour of a short sprig is such a beautiful addition (grow this in your garden or patio planter in the summer).
Next, set the digital display on your IP. Manual, HP (high pressure), press the + button taking the timer to 30 minutes. That’s it for now, let the IP do its magic. I like to add an additional 5 minutes to tenderize the ribs to perfection. While the cooking is taking place, you can prepare an easy BBQ rub to slather over the ribs for a quick broil in the oven.
Once the IP makes the 5 beeps of cooking completed, you can let it sit for 5 – 10 minutes and perform a NR (natural release) or you can get the ribs ready for the oven right away by performing a QR (quick release) to release the pressure. Once the valve has gone down, you are safe to open the lid.
Remove the ribs with tongs, placing onto a baking mat or cooking sheet. Slather the ribs with your home creation Rib Sauce, top and bottom and cook for 10 minutes at 425 then a broil for 3 minutes to sear the top. You can turn them over if you wish for a broil on both side, but I typically don’t handle them too much once in the oven as they are now ‘fall off the bone’ and can start to break apart.
Remove from the oven once searing in the sauce is completed through the broiling step. Now you are ready to slather a bit more sauce right out of the oven, let sit for 5 minutes and get set to cut the Ribs in sections of three.
This is my very simple Instant Pot Rib recipe for simple ribs that don’t take a ton of time and are simply delicious. You can do this at home any time of the week with this simple new way of preparing ribs for all to enjoy any time of the year. Bon Appetite!
Has this ever happened to you ... you arrive home at the end of the day with nothing left out to prepare for dinner ... and, you're hungry! Or, have you ever said out loud, “I just went for groceries and there is nothing to eat for dinner.” Almost everyone can relate these daily statements!
In my experience since using the Instant Pot, I find that dinner is less stressful when the right ingredients are in the cupboard and freezer.
I’m going to share with you what I had for dinner last night. It's quick, delicious and simple! In my freezer I always have individually frozen chicken, as at my place some like white meat, some like dark meat, therefore I always have both on hand.
When I arrived home, I chopped two onions and placed them in the bottom of my Instant Pot adding one cup of water. I sliced open two packs of frozen chicken, one white and two dark, and placed them into the water onion mixture. I secured the lid with the top dial set on ‘sealing.’ Set digital display at 30 minutes HP and voila, the chicken is cooking with no fuss and nothing on the stove to burn or boil over.
My side was garlic rice with grated carrots and peas. All hail to the 4 cup rice cooker for this quick and simple meal. I just don’t have time to be standing over the stove, stirring a pot so I often call on my rice cooker for a little side of rice. Here is what I put in my RC. Half cup frozen peas, 2 grated carrots, 1 cup rice, 1 ½ cups water with 3 shakes of Oh So Vilaca Garlic, and my fave Sunset Seasoned Salt. I mix this together, placing the lid on and pressed the ON button! The best thing about a rice cooker is ... it clicks to off when it's done! Oh! and same with the Instant Pot ... Wohoo times two!
If you are thinking this all sounds simple, IT IS! Cooking with the right appliances and the right foods in your home, packaged well for ready to prepare cooking at home can be much better for you than grab and go on those busy nights with a million things to do.
And, guess what ... it actually tastes better, cuz you made it your way! A pinch of this, a pinch of that ... just the way you like it!