Instant Pot Poached Pears

Present this stunning dessert at your next dinner party. These Instant Pot Poached Pears are an elegant dessert that takes minimal prep work.
Instant Pot Poached Pears via Chef Julie Harrington, RD @ChefJulie_RD #pears #poachespears #dessert #lowcarb #fruitdessert #pistachio #redwine
I was recently gifted an Instant Pot! We’ve been using the Instant Pot at Living Plate for a lot of recipe development and testing at Living Plate and I became obsessed. My awesome boss and colleague bought me one to use at home.

 

The Instant Pot is a single appliance that does the job of seven (yes, seven!) different kitchen appliances. It can handle the tasks of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and a warming pot. Think of all those appliances taking up space in your kitchen that can be replaced by one. Want to learn more about the Instant Pot? I recently wrote an article of why myself and so many others are obsessed with it on Luvo’s Fresh Blog.
Instant Pot Poached Pears via Chef Julie Harrington, RD @ChefJulie_RD #pears #poachespears #dessert #lowcarb #fruitdessert #pistachio #redwineWhy use bosc pears?

The red wine and pomegranate juice naturally add a beautiful color.
I feel like pears are often forgotten to use for desserts. Bosc pears (the variety I used in this recipe) have a more firm, dense flesh than other pear varieties, so they are ideal for use in baking, broiling or poaching. They retain their shape and texture better than other varieties, and their flavor is less likely to be overwhelmed by the use of strong spices like cinnamon, clove or nutmeg.
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Instant Pot Poached Pears

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 16 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Instant Pot

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Present this stunning dessert at your next dinner party. These Instant Pot Poached Pears are an elegant dessert that takes minimal prep work.


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Ingredients

  • 4 Bartlett pears
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 1 ½ cup red wine
  • 1 cup 100% pomegranate juice
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 orange, juiced and zested
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1/3 cup pistachios, chopped

Instructions

  1. Peel pears. If needed, slice the bottom so pear is able to stand straight up. Using a melon baller, scoop out seeds and core from the bottom.
  2. Add water, red wine, pomegranate juice, sugar, orange juice, orange zest, balsamic vinegar, cinnamon sticks, and whole cloves in the instant pot. Set instant pot on the sauté setting until liquid mixture begins to slightly simmer.
  3. Once the liquid begins to simmer, add pears and switch instant pot to manual setting. Cover and lock the Instant Pot lid and set for 8 minutes.
  4. When finished, let steam release from Instant Pot. Remove the lid. Carefully remove pears and let cool.
  5. Place the lid back on the Instant Pot and set the manual setting for 10 minutes. When finished, let the steam release from the Instant Pot and liquid should be reduced by half. Let cool and strain out the cinnamon sticks, cloves, and orange zest.
  6. Plate poached pears, by adding a pear to a plate. Drizzle liquid to coat the pears and pool at the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios.
  7. Store extra pears the extra liquid in the refrigerator.

Keywords: #pears #poachespears #dessert #lowcarb #fruitdessert #pistachio #redwine

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Quinoa Oatmeal with Berries

Ever tried quinoa for breakfast? Adding quinoa to your oatmeal in the morning adds an extra protein and fiber punch. This Quinoa Oatmeal with Berries recipe will keep you full all morning.
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I’m sure everyone is back into their normal routines again. We’ve made it over the hump getting back into the groove after the fun summer months. I’ve never hit the snooze button so much in my life.

Celebrate Whole Grains Month:

The first couple weeks getting back into a solid routine are pretty tough, but the key was starting the day with a solid breakfast. September is back to school month, but did you know it is also Whole Grains Month! Are you a quinoa connoisseur or a fan of farro? Think you are savvy with whole grains? Test your skills on the Guess the Grains Quiz.
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With a slightly nutty flavor, quinoa is a complete protein, which means that it contains all the essential amino acids our bodies can’t make on their own.

Using the same quinoa oatmeal base, this recipe can be easily customized with any flavors you like. Aim for a mix of carbohydrates, fiber, and protein for a balanced breakfast. This will help maintain stable blood sugars to avoid the mid-morning crash.
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If you are used to the flavored sweetened packets and looking to transition to oatmeal with less added sugar, try using fruit and cinnamon to sweeten it up. My favorite trick is to heat frozen berries. They become all gooey and syrupy without adding added sugar.

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Quinoa Oatmeal with Berries

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 7
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Breakfast

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds, chopped

Instructions

  1. Place oatmeal and milk in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Stir over low heat for 5-7 minutes, until oatmeal begins to thicken. Stir in the maple syrup and cooked quinoa.
  2. Add oatmeal quinoa mixture to a bowl. Top with strawberries, raspberries, and almonds.

Keywords: oatmeal, quinoa, whole grain, breakfast

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Balsamic Kale and Vegetable Saute

This one pan Balsamic Kale and Vegetable Saute recipe can help get a side dish or dinner on the table in minutes.
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This creation accidentally happened when I opened my refrigerator for dinner one night not knowing what I was going to have for dinner and just pulled out everything that I had.
I really liked how it turned out and now I purposely buy all these ingredients to make this recipe over and over again. Since my accidental recipe creation, I’ve made this recipe at least 3 more times already.
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I mean, how easy is it? Just simply throw everything into one pan. With minimal prep and clean up, this is the perfect solution for a quick and easy weeknight meal.
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Of course, you don’t have to create this exact combination. Use this recipe as a template and work with what vegetables you have. Any bean or other protein can be included as well.
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What vegetable combination would you create this dish with?

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Balsamic Kale and Vegetable Saute

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Yield: 4 1x

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1-pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 large bunch kale (~ 6 cups), chopped
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • (optional) parmesan cheese, to garnish

Instructions

  1. Add olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute the onions and peppers for about 1 minutes. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute, until garlic is fragrant.
  2. Add mushrooms and chickpeas. Cook until mushrooms are tender. (Use a lid to generate steam if the pan starts to become dry)
  3. Add kale, tomatoes, and balsamic vinegar. Toss vegetables to combine. Place a lid on top to allow kale to wilt. Remove lid and cook for an additional 2 minutes, removing excess liquid.
  4. Season with salt and pepper, as needed.
  5. Remove vegetable saute from the pan and garnish with parmesan cheese (if using).

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Cheesy Spinach Hummus Dip

May 13th is National Hummus Day! Celebrate with this Cheesy Spinach Hummus Dip.Cheesy Spinach Hummus Dip via RDelicious Kitchen @rd_kitchen
Disclosure: I received free samples of Sabra Hummus mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
While it is perfectly acceptable to simply open a container of Sabra hummus and dive right in, to celebrate National Hummus Day, did you know hummus is very versatile in the kitchen?

Hummus = Happiness

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I’ve recently been loving adding hummus to dressing and marinades. It adds great flavor and helps thicken it to create a creamy dressing. I recently made a lemon hummus tahini dressing for a grilled caesar salad recipe. So good!
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Hummus is also an interesting idea for a coating in place of your typical dredging mixture. Next time you bread chicken cutlets, skip the milk and egg mixture and roll in a thin layer of hummus, then coat in a crunchy topping.

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Don’t stop there! Hummus is also great in dip recipes to replace saturated fats with a heart-healthy plant-based protein hummus. A traditional warm spinach dip has at least one or a mixture of these calorically dense ingredients: cream cheese, mayonnaise, or sour cream. This Cheesy Hummus Spinach dip is just as creamy with swapping in hummus instead.
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What is your favorite Sabra hummus flavor? My top three favorites are the classic, roasted red pepper, and olive tapenade. I recently saw a lemon twist flavor that I definitely need to try.

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Cheesy Spinach Hummus Dip

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Yield: 8 1x

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Ingredients

  • 1 (12 oz.) container Sabra Classic Hummus
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups spinach, chopped
  • 3/4 cups white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasonings
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped + additional for garnish
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F.
  2. Combine Sabra Classis Hummus, garlic, spinach, cheddar cheese, Italian seasonings, and scallions. Spread into small casserole dish. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over the top.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes or until heated through and cheese on top is melted.
  4. Top with additional green onions and serve with pita crackers or vegetables.

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Smoked Salmon and Dill Sheet Pan Frittata

Serve eggs family-style with this Smoked Salmon and Dill Sheet Pan Frittata that will kick your breakfast or brunch up a notch.
Smoked Salmon and Dill Sheet Pan Frittata via Chef Julie Harrington, RD @ChefJulie_RD #smokedsalmon #salmon #breakfast #frittata #eggs #sheetpan #seafoodWay back when one of my first jobs was at a bagel shop. It was one of my favorite jobs. I worked with my friends and got to enjoy endless bagels and coffee. The only downside was getting to work at 5:00 am on a weekend.
Smoked Salmon and Dill Sheet Pan Frittata via Chef Julie Harrington, RD @ChefJulie_RD #smokedsalmon #salmon #breakfast #frittata #eggs #sheetpan #seafoodNow, I love enjoying a leisurely brunch on the weekend. One thing the bagel shop introduced me to was smoked salmon or also known as lox. I still remember this one customer who always ordered – an everything bagel with cream cheese, lox, tomato, red onion, and capers. Of course, I had to try it.

Smoked Salmon and Dill Sheet Pan Frittata via Chef Julie Harrington, RD @ChefJulie_RD #smokedsalmon #salmon #breakfast #frittata #eggs #sheetpan #seafoodThat’s when my smoked salmon love affair began. It is now a staple at my brunches. I love the addition of the smoked salmon in this frittata. Plus, baking it in the sheet pan makes it so easy to serve! Smoked Salmon and Dill Sheet Pan Frittata via Chef Julie Harrington, RD @ChefJulie_RD #smokedsalmon #salmon #breakfast #frittata #eggs #sheetpan #seafoodOften times the term lox and smoked salmon are used interchangeably, but there is a difference. Lox was traditionally only made from the belly of salmon. The salmon is salt-cured or brined but never cooked or even smoked. It has a very smooth silky texture. Smoked salmon is a much more generic term than lox. Smoked salmon can be made from any part of the fish, and it starts with salt curing or brining, just as in lox.

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Smoked Salmon and Dill Sheet Pan Frittata

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Oven-Baked

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Ingredients

  • 12 eggs
  • 5 ounces smoked salmon (lox), chopped
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dill, roughly chopped
  • 1-pint grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Prep:
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13×9 inch deep baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. Whisk eggs in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Spread smoked salmon, scallions, dill, and grape tomatoes evenly in the bottom of the baking dish.
  5. Gently pour eggs over the smoked salmon mixture.
  6. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, until eggs are cooked through and top begins to brown.

Keywords: #smokedsalmon #salmon #breakfast #frittata #eggs #sheetpan #seafood

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Lemon Parsley Chickpeas

Adding more plant-based proteins into a healthy diet, like chickpeas, can reduce the risk of heart disease. Chickpeas are a versatile legume in the kitchen and with a few simple ingredients, you’ll get hooked on these Lemon Parsley Chickpeas!
Lemon Parsley Chickpeas via RDelicious Kitchen @rdkitchenI’m on a total chickpea kick lately. These lemon parsley chickpeas, hummus, and Banza pasta.. I can’t get enough.
Did you know.. Chickpeas, also called Garbanzo Beans, are the most widely consumed legume in the world?Lemon Parsley Chickpeas via RDelicious Kitchen @rdkitchenChickpeas are a great balance of carbohydrates, protein, and fiber. With the new USDA guidelines, along with many other beneficial improvements now encourages healthy eating patterns to include:

A variety of protein foods, including seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes such as beans and peas, soy products, and nuts and seeds.

The typical American diet is so “meat-based” when it comes to the protein food group. Adding variety of plant-based protein is beneficial for many reasons including it’s high fiber content, providing adequate protein for growth and repair, and low in saturated fat which can reduce the risk of heart disease.
Chickpeas are a great plant-based protein to start incorporating into a healthy diet!
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Lemon Parsley Chickpeas

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen

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Ingredients

  • 2 (15 oz.) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Add olive oil to a large saute pan over medium heat.
  2. Add garlic, saute for 1 minute, until it begins to become fragrant. Add chickpeas and toss with garlic and olive oil until evenly coated.
  3. Stir in lemon juice and simmer until reduced by half, tossing chickpeas occasionally.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in chopped parsley.

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