Last night’s supper consisted of Bourbon Salmon from Fresh Market and mixed vegetables on the grill, watermelon and blackberries, and my favorite squash recipe.
To get the squishy consistency I like in my squash, I usually cook it for hours in a frying pan. To see if I could speed up the process and retain the flavor, I tried the pressure cooker. It worked – delicious squishy squash in less than an hour!
Pressure Cooker Squash
Start cooking the bacon in the bottom of the pressure cooker with the lid off while chopping the vegetables.
Add squash, onion, salt and pepper to the pot.
Cover, bring to pressure and cook 15 minutes.
Stir and serve immediately, or transfer to a stovetop pan and continue cooking until juices are reduced.
My not-so-little girl is home sick, today. I wanted her to have some chicken soup but not the nasty canned stuff. Pressure cooker to the rescue, again! This took about an hour, and it’s far superior to processed. Plus, it was cheap and there’s lots. She likes noodles, so I’m cooking those separately just for her.
Pressure Cooker Chicken Soup
Place the vegetables, bay leaf and parsley in the bottom of the pot. Then add chicken, salt and pepper.
Bring to pressure over high heat. Cook for 15 minutes. Let cool naturally for 5 minutes, then cool with water until pressure releases and remove lid. Let cool for 20 minutes.
Pour off broth. Remove chicken and set aside. Remove bay leaf. Cut vegetables, if desired. Return broth to vegetables. After chicken is completely cooled, pull apart into chunks and add to soup. Reheat and serve.