Quick Instant Pot Corn Chowder

Quick Instant Pot Corn Chowder

You know when you think you’re grabbing the paprika but you grab the cayenne by mistake, dump a whole spoonful into the pot, stir it up, and then read the label? Anyone? 

I didn’t think so. But, um, it totally happened when I was first testing this soup. Maybe you have had a similar experience, but if you haven’t, let me spell it out for you: 

S.P.I.C.Y. 

At least thats what happened with this particular mistake. HA! 

But, I made it through that bowl of extra spicy soup and thought, hey, when you taste past the cayenne this is pretty dang good. Once your mouth stops burning and all. (I love spicy food, but this just was a bit too much, something even a half cup of heavy cream stirred in didn’t calm). 

Quick Instant Pot Corn Chowder
Quick Instant Pot Corn Chowder

Assuming you can read the labels on your spice jars, this corn chowder is the stuff summer evenings are made of. At least it is for me, because it reminds me of sitting on the back patio at my mom’s house as a kid, slurping on corn chowder while the sun ducks down behind the mountains and the day’s heat finally gives way to a cool evening breeze. (Hi Mom, maybe you should send me that recipe?!) 

This version is lighter that the one of my childhood (and most chowders, really) — forgoing flour and bacon, it is full of fresh corn flavor and has creaminess from yukon gold potatoes and a splash of the good stuff (half and half). And really, when it’s this hot of a summer, light is what it’s alllll about. 

Quick Instant Pot Corn Chowder

Quick Instant Pot Corn Chowder

Published July 5, 2018 by
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Serves: 4   |    Active Time: 20 minutes



Ingredients:

  • 1/2 large white onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 2 medium yukon gold potatoes, diced
  • 16 ounces frozen corn kernels, thawed, reserve 2 tablespoons for topping
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, minced plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1-3 dashes of cayenne, to taste
  • Dash of paprika for garnish
  • Optional: shredded cheddar cheese for garnish

  • Directions:

    1. Heat coconut oil in the bottom of an Instant Pot (affiliate link!) on the sauté setting. Add the diced onion, minced garlic, carrot, and bell pepper until the onions are transparent.
    2. Add potatoes, corn kernels, 2 tablespoons minced parsley, salt, pepper, bay leaf, thyme, and broth. Place lid on Instant Pot and turn to the Soup setting, setting the timer to 4 minutes with the vent in the sealed position.
    3. After the timer goes off, release the pressure. Remove the thyme and bay leaf. Using an immersion blender (like this one (affiliate link!)) purée the soup, leaving a few chunks according to you preference. Stir in the half and half, and add cayenne to taste.
    4. Serve soup hot in bowls, topped with a fresh fresh corn kernels, a dash of paprika, minced parsley, and optionally, shredded cheddar.

    Instant Pot Coconut Rice

    Instant Pot Coconut Rice

    Soggy, strangely sweet, and topped with bland tofu, my first experience with coconut rice was terrible. It was also my first experience with tofu, and that probably didn’t help. Being seven years old didn’t really lean in my favor, either: I remember picking at my bowl and barely eating, even though the rule in our family was “you eat this now or you go hungry.” 

    I eventually learned to like tofu, but managed to steered clear of coconut rice for twenty years. 

    So, I’m not really sure what possessed me one day in February when I decided to make my own coconut rice. I shocked myself when, halfway through the first bowl I thought, needs more coconut, and served myself seconds. 

    Instant Pot Coconut Rice
    Instant Pot Coconut Rice

    It turns out, I love coconut rice. That first sample was far too long ago for me to remember what was wrong with it. But, now I find myself on quite the coconut rice kick — it’s the perfect side for Thai dishes. One key ingredient is a little dash of salt that keeps it savory rather than sweet. And of course, cooking it in an Instant Pot (affiliate link), which is the only way I cook rice. 

    I have a ground beef recipe coming next week that uses this coconut rice, and BOY is the combo delicious! 

    Instant Pot Coconut Rice

    Instant Pot Coconut Rice

    Published April 24, 2018 by
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    Serves: 6   |    Total Time: 20 minutes



    Ingredients:

    • 2 cups jasmine rice 
    • 1 13.5 ounce can coconut milk
    • 1 cup water
    • 1-2 pinches salt 
    • 1/4 cup toasted coconut
    • Minced cilantro or green onions for garnish

    Directions:

    1. Add rice, coconut milk, water, and salt to Instant Pot (affiliate link!) and set to Rice setting with the vent turned to the sealed position. Timer should be set for 12 minutes.
    2. When timer goes off, open vent to release pressure. Serve hot topped with minced cilantro/green onions and/or toasted coconut.

    Instant Pot Thai Coconut Chicken Curry

    Instant Pot Thai Coconut Chicken Curry

    “Something warm," Oliver answers, when I ask him what he wants to eat on our way back down the canyon from climbing. This time of year, we get sunny winter days that are cool but not cold enough to keep us locked up in the house. When we’re done adventuring, we want something warm to eat, and fast. This Instant Pot Thai Coconut Curry always hits the spot. It helps that once you put all the ingredients in the pressure cooker and lock the lid, you set the timer for just 4 minutes and then you can eat! 

    Instant Pot Thai Coconut Chicken Curry
    Instant Pot Thai Coconut Chicken Curry

    I don't know about you, but in this household curry is in our top ten favorite meals. Valentine's Day is just around the corner (um, tomorrow!!) and it's not a holiday we celebrate much, but making our favorite meal and sharing it together is something we might do. Curry isn't your typical Valentine's Day meal, but I find it's perfect: wholesome, spicy, red, and makes everyone in the house smile. ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ That's all the counts. 

    Instant Pot Thai Coconut Chicken Curry

    Other Valentine's Day dishes to try: 

    Instant Pot Thai Coconut Chicken Curry

    Published February 13, 2018 by
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    Serves: 4   |    Total Time: 15 minutes



    Ingredients:

    • 1 tablespoon coconut oil 
    • 1 pound chicken breast, cubed
    • 1/2 white onion, diced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 cup cauliflower, chopped into bite-sized florets
    • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
    • 1 orange bell pepper, sliced
    • 1 cup sugar snap peas
    • 1 cup zucchini, sliced
    • 2 tablespoons red curry paste (I used this brand (affiliate link!))
    • 1/2 cup broth
    • 1-1/2 can coconut milk 
    • For serving: rice/cauliflower rice, cilantro, minced Thai chiles or favorite hot sauce

    Directions:

    1. Heat coconut oil in the bottom of your Instant Pot (affiliate link!) on the Sauté setting. Once oil glistens, place the cubed chicken in the pot, browning on each side for about 3 minutes.
    2. Place onion and garlic in the pot, and sauté, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes.
    3. Add chopped cauliflower, sliced bell peppers, snap peas, zucchini to the pot along with the red curry paste, broth and coconut milk, and stir everything until incorporated.
    4. Close and lock lid on Instant Pot and change to “Soup” setting. Set timer for 4 minutes, with the vent in the sealed position.
    5. When the timer goes off, release the pressure and unlock the lid. Serve curry with your choice of rice or cauliflower rice, and garnish with cilantro. Top with minced Thai chiles or your favorite hot sauce for extra heat!

    Instant Pot Thai Coconut Chicken Curry