Wild mushroom pate

Smitten kitten has a great wild mushroom pate recipe:

wild mushroom pâté

We modified it due to my food issues, and it turned out great. We left out the onions and the wine. Also, we used oil in place of the butter.

We’ve mixed it with wild rice and served it as a side dish. We’ve also had it on toast w/ chicken breast. And we’ve also stirred it into potato soup.

And we had it with crackers. Super yummy.


Butternut squash and other veggie leftover soup

10 oz. of butternut squash

~ one pound of greens (spinach, swiss chard, etc.)

1-3 red peppers

Cook the squash for 20 minutes in the oven at 350. Saute the red peppers until soft, then add greens and butternut squash. Serve half of this as a side dish with dinner.

The next day, put some vegetable or chicken broth in a blender (about 1/2 of a container), add the leftover veggies and puree. Repeat until all the veggies are pureed and pour into a pot. Add broth to make it thinner (if necessary) and heat until warm.

Eat as is, or add some cheese, maybe even some bacon. Season to taste.

Chicken soup of joy and goodness

I love soup and stews, and had to give up some of my favorites after the diagnosis of IC (the one I miss the most is pozole verde). At first I found that I didn’t enjoy soups without onions, but after some adjustments to how I cook I found myself enjoying a lot of soups again. While I doubt I’ll be having pozole verde ever, as that would be too hard on my IC, I’ve found some modifications for a standard chicken soup recipe that I am pleased with. Using the instant pot makes it fast and easy, which is why I call it the chicken soup of joy and goodness.

1 chicken breast

3 carrots, chopped

3 celery stalks, chopped

1/2 bulb of fennel, chopped

2 large red potatoes, chopped

32 ounces of chicken broth

1 Tbsp. sage

1 Tbsp. thyme

1 teaspoon marjoram

Salt & pepper to taste

Put all of the ingredients in the instant pot. Close and seal lid. Turn instant pot on for 20 minutes. Let depressurize for 15 minutes, and enjoy!



Make your life easier

During times of stress, most people have a harder time keeping up with healthy eating habits. For me, though, I don’t really have much choice but to try and keep up with my meal plans because my body suffers too much if I don’t. It used to be that if I forgot my lunch, I’d be able to grab something to eat on campus, and I could generally find something that was relatively healthy and tasty.

Life is different now, so I am always planning ahead and obsessing about meals. If we forget to pull something out to defrost, it generally results in a meal with eggs and potatoes (because we never seem to be out of either of those items). My partner works full time and is working on her doctorate. I’m an assistant professor on the tenure track. Our schedules are insanely busy and I frequently wish there was someone who could cook for us. Or that I didn’t have food restrictions.

My best pal told me about the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker and said it was a life changer. I wasn’t convinced. I asked if it was going to make my life easier than a crock pot. She assured me that it would, and said that she found her food more flavorful than when she used a crock pot. I became a little more interested. Then she told me it cooks frozen chicken in fifteen minutes. Hallelujah! So we caved and bought one.

I am in love with it.

The first thing I made with it was chicken, and I used frozen chicken breasts. A quick internet search turned up this video:

I followed her instructions (thank you, Busyzgirl), added a little broth, some roasted red pepper sauce and a bit of broth, and some basil.

In just a few minutes I had a yummy dinner. I used the leftover liquid to make a yummy sauce for the chicken. It was super delicious.

Make life easier for yourself. Buy an Instant Pot. Or ask someone to buy it for you.