This is not my idea, a friend from work told me about it and it's the only way I will make eggs now. It's about as easy as it gets, just put some oil in a cupcake pan and crack an egg in one of the cupcake holes, then season with some salt, pepper, Bragg Seasoning, green onion, bacon bits, cheese or whatever. Then air fry for about 7 minutes at 350°F... and that's it. I use about a teaspoon of olive oil or safflower oil per egg, and it ends up perfect.
This one is all chopping, otherwise it's easy. It makes enough for 3-4 people.
I used the following veggies:
1 Cucumber (didn't bother to remove the skin)
¼ Red Onion
3 Roma Tomatoes or 2 medium Tomatoes
¼ Red Bell Pepper
¼ Green Bell Pepper
You can use more or less of the bell pepper, I just used the trimmings from a bell pepper I used for Kabobs since I had some left over. If you don't like the seeds, remove those from the cucumber before cubing, then just cube everything.
For the cucumbers, I took a paper towel and draped that over a bowl, then put the cubed cucumbers on the paper towel, and sprinkled about a 1/4 teaspoon of salt over it. Then I left it in the fridge for about 30 minutes (according to this, doing this helps to remove excess water). Once the cucumbers are drained off, then add all the veggies to a bowl.
For the dressing, I modified this recipe for a smaller salad (enough for 3) and added some other seasonings:
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
½ Tablespoon dried oregano
1½ teaspoons of Badia Andrew Zimmern Mediterranean Magic All-Purpose Seasoning
Salt and Pepper to taste (I use at least ¼ teaspoon of salt and several grinds of pepper)
I mixed the dressing together in a separate bowl and let that sit in the fridge until everything was ready to serve (which helps the seasonings mix). Also easy to taste the dressing and see if it needs something. Then just before serving I mixed the dressing in and put some Feta Cheese on top.
These were damn good, but I did not write down the recipe as I was making it. This "recipe" is mostly a copy of Mike Hearne's "Mom's Beed Shish Kabobs", with a few minor changes to make it less salty and add some seasonings.
Also going by memory (since I did not write it down), but this is what I used for the marinade:
⅓ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup lemon juice (Or you can split it with 1/8 cup of Lemon Juice and 1/8 cup of Apple Cider vinegar)
¼ cup soy sauce (I would probably use a bit less next time)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon minced garlic
1 to 1½ pounds of Sirloin Steak (cubed)
1 tablespoon Badia Andrew Zimmern Mediterranean Magic All-Purpose Seasoning
Then I marinated the steak for a day in the fridge.
The veggies were one of each of these, chopped into kabob size chunks (if you are using bamboo skewers, you may want to start soaking them in water while you prep the veggies). I used the tops and bottom trimmings from the peppers to make a Cucumber Salad:
1 Red Onion
1 Green Bell Pepper
1 Red Bell Pepper
If you are trying to avoid gluten, then I would seer clear of adding mushrooms, since they are often grown in a bed of gluten containing grains. There are some which are labeled "Gluten Free" but usually those are smaller, canned mushrooms. Squash, pineapple and cherry tomatoes would be good with this though.
Next just put everything on skewers, drizzle the remaining marinade over the veggies, and stick 'em in the air fryer at 400°F for about 10 minutes, or until they are 140°F inside (thats the same as a medium steak). You can of course add a couple more minutes if you prefer them well done (I ran them for 12 minutes and they were well done).
Add some Tzatziki sauce, cucumber salad, and opa! you got dinner.
I am not a dietician and I don't know if this qualifies for "low sodium" or whatever. I'd estimate it to be about 230-250mg of sodium per serving on the chicken and the gravy (not including about 30-60mg for the green beans and mashed potatoes with butter) so it seems pretty low to me.
I make this one quite a bit since it is simple. It is also something I can mix up and change if I want to by adding more or less seasonings. Unfortunately I did not take the measure of the spices I used, since I for this one I just sprinkle them on (sorry but that's just fair warning). This is more a guideline than a recipe, take the measurements with a grain of salt (pardon the pun).
To make this I first butterfly and quarter three skinless and boneless chicken breasts, then I sprinkle them with a light to moderate coating of the following (note the values for teaspoons used is an estimate):
Granulated Garlic (light coating maybe 1-2 teaspoons)
Onion Powder (very light coating, about 1/2 teaspoon)
Bragg Sprinkle Seasoning (moderate coating about 1 - 2 teaspoons)
Weber Roasted Garlic and Herb Seasoning (about 1 and a half teaspoons, or just a bit more to cover)
Note that the Weber seasoning is not salt free, so that will add sodium (it has 90mg per 1/4 teaspoon). I estimate that I usually use less than 1 and a half teaspoons, with this chicken recipe (sometimes a bit more if needed to cover the chicken). This usually makes 4 servings so that should be low sodium, but you can adjust as needed for your diet requirement. Since there is only one seasoning in this recipe though (the Weber Garlic and Herb seasoning), it makes it a bit simper to control the total sodium. It does seem that a good deal of the sodium will end up in the sauce though, and I usually end up with extra sauce left over (so the sodium that is actually consumed will also depend on how much of the sauce is used per portion).
Once the raw chicken is seasoned, I add a tablespoon of oil (Safflower or any high temp cooking oil) to the instant pot, and put it on saute (high). When it heats up, I then just brown the chicken on each side (about 2 min per side). Next I remove the chicken, put the wire rack in the pot, and add about 1 and 1/2 cup of water, or (in my 3qt Instant Pot), enough to fill the bottom at least half way or more to the top of the wire rack. Note that when removing the chicken, the spices, especially the granulated garlic, can burn quickly when the pot is empty, so try and get the water in quickly. If it appears that there is a lot of burned stuff in the pot, just dump it out, rinse the pot to get the bulk of the burned stuff out and then refill it with water. If that occurs then I will usually add some of the weber seasoning back to the pot, either on top of the browned chicken or in the water (usually 1/4 teaspoon or so). Then, to the water, I add 1 packet of Herbox Sodium Free Chicken Bullion, and mix that up till it is dissolved. The chicken then goes back into the pot, and cooks on the "meat/stew" setting, at "normal" heat for 30 minutes with another 25-30 minutes to allow it to naturally release the pressure. When it's done, I remove the chicken (carefully since it will fall apart), and then I usually put it in the toaster on low to keep it warm while I make the sauce. The liquid left in the pot will be used as the base for the sauce.
To make the sauce, open one 4oz can of sliced mushrooms (about 400mg per can), drain it and dump it in the pot with the liquid left over from cooking the chicken. Then set the pot to saute (medium) to get it simmering. While waiting on that to happen, add 1 tablespoon of corn starch to a cup and mix it with a minimal amount of water and mix it. Once the liquid in the pot is simmering, add the cornstarch mix and stir it in. If it does not thicken enough, repeat with more cornstarch till it is the desired thickness. Now give it a taste, noting that is is a low sodium recipe. If it needs more salt just add some, or add some low sodium soy sauce to taste, and that's it The amount of salt added will of course change the amount of sodium in the dish.
Sorry no pics, but this is just a quick and easy cole slaw I have made a couple times, adjusting each time to the way I like it. It's more of a guideline of what worked since you can easily adjust this to be more sweet, salty or vinegar-ey?
This is also a small batch recipe since I don't like to make a ton of the stuff when it it never gets better with age. This is for about 2 cups which is just enough for 3 people with moderate appetites.
First slice off 2 cups of cabbage from a head of cabbage (or bag of slaw mix). I just leave it rough cut, no need to get fancy (unless that's how you roll). Then place the cut up cabbage in a container and sprinkle 1/8 teaspoon of celery salt over it, then mix it up a bit. Next put it in the fridge for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, drain any water off the cabbage (it may not have any, but if there is, drain it off).
Next assemble the following:
Now for the fun part, just mix the following into the container of cut up cabbage:
Now just mix, mix, mix or cover it and shake, shake, shake and taste it to see if it needs more sweetness or salt. If it needs more sweetness, just add some more relish (honey also works). If it needs more salt then add a bit of celery salt. Then put it in the fridge for 10 minutes or so before serving.
Sorry no pics, just made this tonight and it was enough just juggling the other 5 things cooking that I didn't think to grab some pics. This however did turn out really well and was the simplest thing I made for Thanksgiving this year (aside from the Turkey which was a Jenny-O ready to go Turkey Breast - which by the way took 2h 15m and not 3h like it suggested on the label).
Here is what I used:
3/4 to a full can of Great Value Gluten Free Cream of Chicken Condensed Soup, 10.5 oz
1 bag of Great Value Cut Green Beans, 12 oz
1 can of Giorgio Pieces & Stems Mushrooms 4 Oz Can
1/2 can of 365 by Whole Foods Market, Limited Edition Organic Shelf-Stable Crispy Onions (Salted Pieces), Gluten Free, 6 Ounce or Sprouts Organic Gluten Free French Fried Onions
I followed the outline of the recipe here, and did the following:
That was it. I did not add any salt or soy sauce since it did not need any, the condensed soup had the perfect flavor for this recipe.
This was pretty darn good and super easy, took about 30-40 minutes and I was not working in the kitchen the whole time. I started with the recipe for the butter sauce here, but found it too salty since I was already using salted butter. I also did not have any parsley so I used Bragg seasoning which is great for just about anything.
1lb or 3 to 4 Cod fillets (got these from WallyMart and they were great)
¼ Cup salted butter, softened in the microwave
1 Tablespoon lemon juice (I used just a pinch less than a full Tablespoon)
1 Tablespoon Bragg Seasoning
½ teaspoon dried granulated garlic (I would double that if using fresh garlic)
¼ teaspoon salt (adjust down if you are limiting salt and it will still be fine)
¼ teaspoon pepper (I used 4-6 grinds from my pepper mill but adjust for preference)
I also used 2 large table crackers (used these Gluten Free crackers) and crushed them with a tablespoon in a bowl to make the topping. Just use as many as it would take to about cover the fillets.
I first thawed the fillets in a cast iron skillet which I use for pretty much everything these days, filled it with warm tap water, put the fillets in a ziplock back and let them thaw in the skillet, it took about 10-15minutes. While I was waiting for that to happen I made some yellow rice in the instant pot and rinsed some green beans.
When the Cod seemed about thawed (it was squishy and still a bit frozen), I heated the 1/4 cup of butter in a coffee mug for 30 seconds the microwave. Then added the rest of the seasonings (except for the salt) in the mug and stirred them up and gave it a taste before adding the salt. Since the butter I used was salted it did not need much so adjust the salt accordingly.
Then I took some foil and folded up the edges to catch the butter and coated it with a couple of spoonfuls of the butter sauce and put the fillets on top of that. The rest of the butter sauce went on top of the fillets followed by the cracker crumbs. Then it was cooked for about 15-20 minutes at 400°F and I checked that the internal temp was 145°F before taking them out.
While the fish was cooking, the rice was also going, and about 5-10 minutes before the fish was done I heated the green beans in the microwave with some butter (about 2 Tbsp) and sprinkled some granulated garlic, onion powder, Bragg Sprinkle and a dash or two of salt on it. Everything was done about the same time and it took about 30 to 40 minutes total
This is how I make BBQ beef in the instant pot (it may not be the best way, but it is easy and seems to work)
1. Cut up about 1 lb of Beef Chuck Roast, trim as needed.
2. Season the beef with Southwest Seasoning and then refrigerate for 1 hour if possible.
3. Set the Instant Pot to Saute (high) and add a small amount of oil just to coat the bottom of the pot (I use Safflower Oil). When it heats up add the beef and allow the cubes to brown on each side (about 1-2min per side). Try to keep the entire bottom of the pot covered so things don't burn.
4. Remove the beef from the pot and insert the steamer rack, add about 1 cup of beef broth or water. I also use BBQ sauce sometimes, which is either thin or has been thinned using water. But note that anything used now will probably get removed later and does not add much to the final flavor since the beef sits above the broth in the pot.
5. Put the beef into the pot (on the wire rack) and cover with some BBQ sauce (put it on top).
6. Cook for 1 hour on the medium (normal) heat setting and then allow 30 minutes for the "natural" pressure release.
7. Remove the beef from the pot and set it aside for a minute, remove the steamer rack also.
8. Shred the beef with 2 forks.
9. This is where I usually will remove the broth since it is often not as good as the BBQ sauce. I suppose I could try to add stuff to the broth and make it taste better, and have done that, but it does not taste as good as most sauces. If the meat needs some extra moisture though, I will add a bit of the broth back though, so keep some of it aside.
10. I then add the now shredded beef back to the (empty) pot with some BBQ sauce and set it on simmer to warm the sauce up. This takes only a couple minutes and when it's hot it's ready to go. Then put the Instapot on "Keep Warm".
I usually make this with KC Masterpiece, but want to try it with Sweet Baby Rays which is my favorite BBQ sauce (but just a bit spicier). I've made this three times now and each one is getting better.
That's it, then it's time to eat.
This recipe also works for chicken, the only change is that I cook it for 30 minutes on "normal" and allow it to do the natural pressure release (usually 25 minutes).
Pics below of the chicken version:
I had about a pound of beef chuck roast in the freezer which I wanted to do something different with so I looked up recipes for Barbacoa Beef and found this one. That looked like a winner but I wanted to make it a bit simpler so I used a packet of taco seasoning instead of all the spices (which was mentioned in the link) and cut out the soy sauce (well gave it a few shakes but less than a half teaspoon). I was also making half the beef that they suggested in their recipe. Below is what I ended up using:
Making it was pretty simple but it is easier to break it down into 3 parts:
Part 1 - Brown the Beef
Part 2 - Pressure Cooking
Part 3 - Shredding and Sauce
That's it, super simple and minimal cleanup. I thought it was at least as good as Chipolte but I have not had that in a while. I was also able to trim it myself, so there were no surprise chunks of fat like they sometimes have there.
I served it over rice and some canned corn which I pan fried with a tiny bit of salt. You can see the link this recipe was derived from for some good ideas on how to make a Chipolte Copycat rice bowl.
I used the directions here to make the filling:
Only changes were that I used a bit less sugar (about 1/2 cup vs 2/3 cup) and I used three 10oz bags of frozen cherries. I also pre-mixed 1 cup of water with the corn starch to make a slurry which avoids the lumps. If the corn starch is added slowly and stirred in with a fork, a whisk is not needed.
For the pie crust, I used some "Wholly Wholesome Gluten Free Pie shells" (14 0z) which has 2 shells. I just cut up one shell to make the lattice which did not come out well but it all tastes the same.
I baked it at 375F for about 20 minutes in my Instant Omni Air Fryer oven on the bake setting (rack in the baking position) and covered the edges with foil (which is important to keep them from burning). Time will of course vary depending on the oven.
Just some Stoopid Recipes
Adding some recipes I have made (and like), since I usually don't write them down and end up forgetting (and later rediscovering) them. Everything here will be gluten free unless specified.