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Being Thrifty – Hearty Tomato Rice Soup

Since I made a bunch of brown rice a few nights ago to go with the Garlic-Lime Chicken, I had a container full of it in the fridge that I didn’t want to go to waste, and I knew I wanted to make a soup.  I found a recipe online for Stuffed Pepper Soup, but I added my own spin to it to come up with something on my own using up ingredients I had on hand that needed to be eaten.  The result was a excellent hearty soup, and the best part was that it didn’t require any trip to the grocery store!

Here’s my recipe for Hearty Tomato Rice Soup!

1 lb package of ground chicken

olive oil

1 chopped onion

1 diced green pepper

1 diced red pepper

2 roma tomatoes

2 stalks of celery, diced

2-3 garlic cloves, minced

1 14.5 oz can chicken broth

2 cups chicken boullion/stock

1 29 oz can diced tomatoes (don’t drain)

1 small can tomato sauce

1 small can tomato paste

Dried Basil

Dried Oregano

Dried Parsley

Salt and Pepper to taste

2 cups cooked brown rice

In a large stock pot, brown the  chicken until done.  Add all of the vegetables and cook for about 5 minutes.  Add the liquids, tomatoes, sauce, paste.  Add seasonings to your liking (I probably used about 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp of them).  Bring to a boil and let simmer for at least 15 minutes (I baked some biscuits during this time).  During the last 5 minutes, add the rice.  Heat through and serve.


Pressure Cooker Success – Brown Rice

For my birthday this year, my hubby gave me an electric pressure cooker.  It’s an Instant Pot.  We had a stove top pressure cooker but never quite mastered it.  I usually ended up spending hours trying to scrub charred bits of food off of the bottom of it, too, which made me really hate that thing.   So now we have the electric one, which actually can steam, slow cook, and do rapid pressure cooker cooking.  It’s definitely got a learning curve.  We needed to try it out once first, and successfully made 2 separate batches of brown rice.

If you have an electric pressure cooker and are making rice, especially multi-grain rice like brown rice, be sure to READ the directions.  I made the mistake of looking at the cooking chart, which said 10-15 minutes of cook time.  What it DOESN’T tell you is that there is 50 minutes of SOAKING TIME as well.  So this is something important to know when you’ve got a stir fry on the stove almost ready and your rice is going to cook for another hour.  That said, it did cook in less time than our previous rice cooker.  That was about 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 hrs.  The rice in the Instant Pot was done in about an hour.

The first time we did it we were kind of in a hurry to eat, since I had totally underestimated the cooking time of the rice.  So we used the quick release valve to release the pressure.  The rice had turned out find….although it wasn’t fluffy.  We had left over stir fry but needed more rice, so the hubby made a second batch.  Of course his turned out way better, considering he’s the better cook.  This time we let the pressure cooker release on its own.  And boy did that make a difference.  The consistency was better, and it was fluffy.  Oh, and I had been used to adding a little oil to the rice so it wouldn’t be sticky, which I had done in the first batch.  We left it out the second time as well, and it was perfect.

So – first use of the Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker making brown rice = SUCCESS!

My next attempt will be tomorrow…with an actual meal made solely in the pressure cooker….Beef Ragout.  Stay tuned…

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