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Instant Pot Quinoa

Today was an instant pot day. I made perfect garbanzo beans in 30 minutes. Since they came out so good I decided to make quinoa in the instant pot. This is another quick, easy and flavorful meal.

Like the garbanzo beans there are only a few ingredients.

Combine all ingredients into instant pot.

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Cook according to your instant pot directions. Mine cooked in only 6 minutes.

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Make a batch of quinoa to use in salads, bowls or as a filling. The possibilities are endless.

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Instant Pot Garbanzo Beans

This is probably the easiest and quickest way to make garbanzo beans, or any type of beans. It only has two ingredients. How easy is that?

I made this small batch because it was just me and I wanted a neutral flavor so I could add the garbanzo beans to any flavor profile.

  • 1 c dried garbanzo beans
  • 2 1/2 c vegetable broth

I first soaked the garbanzo beans overnight, almost 24 hours. To soak them I start them in hot water.  I learned the hard way that starting the soak with hot water helps to tenderize them.

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Rinse beans.

Add beans and vegetable broth to instant pot. Cook according to your instant pot directions. I cooked mine for 30 minutes. They came out perfect with just the right bite to them, and in only 30 minutes.

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Instant Pot Shredded Beef

Instant Pots (Electric Pressure Cookers) have been rising in popularity. I have an old fashioned pressure cooker, but to be honest I did not use it too much. Frankly, it kind of scared me. I had heard some horrific stories, plus I had a hard time calculating length of cooking time.

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Now it is a breeze with the new and improved electric version. I like that mine has a slow cooker capability. I am enthralled. I made ribs on Memorial Day last year using the pressure cooker setting and the ribs only took 30 minutes to cook. They came out tender and perfect. I was overjoyed.

So today I thought I would make some shredded beef sandwiches for lunch. Something warm and comforting for this cold wave that has hit Florida. Can you believe it, possibly snow ( well, not where I live).

There are very few ingredients needed to make the shredded beef.

  • 1 1/2 lbs beef coulette (sirloin roast), chunks
  • all-purpose seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 c beef bone broth


Generously season meat. Add garlic and bone broth.

Put lid on and set according to your manufacturers directions. My manufacturer directions say 25 minutes, and it is done. Which is a good thing because I am hungry.

When your beef is done shred with two forks.

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Serve on your favorite bread, hoagie buns or rolls. I used my GF sandwich bread.

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Eat. Enjoy.

Note: I melted some cheese on the shredded meat. It helps keep the shreds in place and it tastes good.

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