Saturday, June 22, 2019

Pressure Cooker Lasagna 5 Minutes Prep time!

This recipe is now on my new blog but I will share it here also. 
Instant Pot, Pressure Cooker, Quick Cooker..they are all the same thing.
This blog post is a long time coming!  Just get a 6-inch springform pan (Wilton makes one and you can use a coupon at Michaels), or use a pressure cooker safe casserole dish that fits your pressure cooker.
I have made this in my Wolfgang Puck pressure cooker, my instant pot, and my Pampered Chef Quick Cooker.  The Pampered Chef has a nice grey stoneware casserole that fits the quick cooker.  I stopped selling Pampered Chef after years of selling but I still love the products. I did not use no boil noodles, just basic dry lasagna noodles.
Pressure Cooker Lasagna

Note: I used a 6″ springform pan and all ingredients were raw. 

Ingredients:
Dry lasagna noodles
pasta sauce
Ricotta cheese
Shredded Mozzarella

parmesan cheese
optional:
Ground Italian sausage
Fresh mushrooms

Kale or collard greens or spinach

Prepare springform pan with olive oil spray or similar.

Break down lasagna noodles to fit bottom one layer. Add a layer of ricotta and couple of spoonfuls of pasta sauce.

Break down ground sausage into small pieces and add a layer. Add your mushrooms or spinach, etc. Top with shredded cheeses and sliced fresh mushrooms.

Top with lasagna noodles (broken to fit) and begin again, about 3 layers total depending on the depth of your pan. Top with sauce, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese.

Cover with aluminum foil. Place on trivet in IP with 1.5 cups water. Cook 20 mins on high pressure. Let the pressure come down on its own for 20 minutes'.

Let sit 10 mins before removing sides of pan and serving.


You can play with this and use more ingredients, such as eggs and pesto in your ricotta like in traditional recipes.  This is just a basic fast recipe...go ahead and run with it.  I make my own noodles and ricotta cheese  and lasagna noodles that my family loves but in a pinch, this is a quick meal that doesn't heat up the kitchen. Have yard work to do? Drop this in the pressure cooker and go get it done. 



Sunday, August 26, 2018

Bone Broth Avozpacho Soup


Its been awhile. and I haven't totally abandoned this blog, but I do have another blog going and I am busy with schooling and building a deck, ballroom dance lessons, family,  etc so I have been slacking in the blogging side of my life but here is a recipe I made last month and just adore.

I will be back to blog more. My www.shannonpickle.com blog is focusing on more healthy options for now. I have not given up on sweets totally and I will be back to post some recipes in a bit. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

White Light Meditation: A healing visualization


White Light
a healing visualization meditation


White light is considered a cleansing, healing light. Filling yourself with this light is a helpful way to access this healing energy. Using this visualization, you can direct your breath to the areas of the body that are in need of healing. Whether there is a specific spot in your body that is painful or whether you are healing from cancer, this is incredibly beneficial tool.  Cancer cells are specifically mentioned here, but feel free to use it anywhere, anytime you feel inclined.

1.       Lie down or come to a comfortable seated position either in a chair or on the floor. Feel free to use a blanket under your bottom for comfort and/or sit against the wall for back support.  One you are comfortable, close your eyes and direct your attention inward.
2.       Visualize where the cancer cells/pains are in your body
3.       See the white light enveloping the cancer cells/pains and eradicating any trace of them.
4.       Follow the white light as it travels around, eradicating any cancer cells/pains it finds, enveloping them with the light and moving on to the next spot.
5.       Continue to do this until you feel you have gotten to every possible cancer cell/pain that is in your body.
6.       Try to do this visualization technique for five minutes, and gradually build up to a half-an-hour. 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Salted Chocolate Brownie Treats....a 3 ingredient healthy brownie bite

These take about 20 mins to make and you only need 3 ingredients that you probably have on hand.
Bananas, Peanut Butter and Cocoa...oh and alittle sea salt.




Salted Chocolate Brownie Treats 

Makes about 16 treats

3 bananas
1/2 C peanut butter
1/2 C cocoa

Put it all in a bowl and mix with a hand mixer until smooth.
Drop onto baking stone with a  tablespoon or  cookie scoop.
Sprinkle on some sea salt,

Bake at 350° F for 8-10 minutes

Let cool 5 minutes on baking stone, then transfer to a plate to cool.




Sunday, December 4, 2016

Pineapple Pulled Chicken ~Pressure Cooker Recipe

My Pineapple Pulled Pork is a huge hit in my house but its not always convenient to get an organic pork butt.  You can use boneless chicken thighs and make this in no time.  It is just as good.
This is great to have in your pressure cooker on keep warm for your football, birthday and holiday parties.

Pineapple Pulled Chicken (pressure cooker version)

Toss this all in the pressure cooker

3 lbs Boneless Chicken Thighs
1 C ketsup
1/3 C cider vinegar
1/2 C packed brown sugar (more or less, I am a junkie)
a handful of paprika
1 T pepper flakes
4 T worcestershire sauce
4 T drived minced garlic
salt
pepper
1 C pineapple juice or pineapple necter (goya)
1 Can crushed pineapple (you can use fresh and hit it in the food processor)
1/2 C molasses

Pressure Cook on on high for 25 minutes
Open the pressure cooker and pull chicken apart

Serve on a roll with coleslaw or eat it as is.

Now go put your feet up and have some tea....your family will think you cooked all day.


My favorite Pressure Cooker, at the time of writing this post, is the Instant Pot. Its affordable and has a stainless pot instead of non-stick crap..which is very important to my family.

I started about about a decade ago when my friend Deb Murray who was working for Wolfgang Puck sent me one of his models to try out, because I ran a Rice Cooker Group for him.  I immediately started a pressure cooker group and had 7000 active members.  We all shared recipes and learned so much together over the years.
I make a quick lasagna from raw noodles in no time, make mashed potatoes in it, in 8 minutes and they stay hot in there for everyone to come back for seconds..and hard boiled eggs in 6 mins that even eggs laid that day will slip out of the shell (and don't tell me your tricks to get eggs to peel..I have chickens, this is the only thing that works).  I will post these recipes coming up.  I have really been slacking.  My husband asked me last night, if something was on my blog because someone requested a recipe..I hadn't blogged yet.
Sorry..I am gonna try to be better about blogging them.
Please take my recipes and run with them.  You can make buffalo chicken barbq in this..which is like a buffalo chicken wing on a bun...just subbing out and in ingredients in this recipe.  Use your imagination....that is when the best recipes are created!!



Sunday, November 13, 2016

Bujo~ Bullet Journaling: How to get started

Bullet Journaling aka BuJo

 For anyone interested in bullet journaling, here is a tutorial for beginners. You can get way more (or less) detailed than this, but its a starter for anyone who never heard of it.
Check out you tube and pinterest for ideas and lay outs.



What I like about bullet journaling is the commercial planners that I have purchased in the past, don't really cater to the subjects I would use and there are pages in commercials planners I never use. I have bought some really cool planners but still don't use 1/4 to 1/2 of the pages or scribble our their heading to make use of it.


You can make it as detailed as you like. If you enjoy it, and take your time, you can consider it a sort of meditation.




If you don't have time, you can buy one. There are many for sale made by some very creative people. Here is an inexpensive one and a great gift idea for the kids.


Unless your kid is creative (all kids are, aren't they). In this case, they have how to books.
Click to check out some great books.



I find making my own more fun, but to each, his own.