Sometimes it's a struggle fixing dinner when you get home from work. If I don't have an idea ahead of time, we might end up getting drive thru. But there are some instances that I get home, look in my fridge and create something with whatever I have. Last Friday night was that night.
How easy is this recipe? So easy that I didn't have time to photograph the items or the steps!
I have the Bella brand pressure cooker. I know it is different from the Instant Pot and other pressure cooking settings, so choose your preference. I've seen many recipes use the manual setting instead of the presets.
- (1) lb stew meat - Or you could keep this recipe meatless.
- (1/2) bag of potatoes - I had this half bag of potatoes from possibly a couple of months ago. They were already "growing" roots. I pulled the roots off and peeled the skin before adding them in.
- (2) bags of frozen vegetables - I used a stir fry and a california style vegetables. Since I did not have my usual seasoning blend of veggies (onions, red peppers, green peppers, etc), I cooked the onions, carrots and red pepper with the meat as it was searing. The california style veggies are broccoli, cauliflowers and carrots.
- (1) small can of cream of mushroom soup
- (1) can of diced tomatoes - I used the canned tomatoes with chilies
- (1) can of water (after I added the tomatoes in the pot)
- seasonings: smashed garlic, garlic powder, onion powder, pinch of paprika, McCormick grill mates in flavor Montreal Steak (contained salt), and salt and pepper to taste.
- Turn on pressure cooker and set to SAUTE. Cook meat, onions, peppers and garlic until the meat is almost fully cooked.
- Add the diced tomatoes and cream of mushroom soup. I did not have any chicken or beef stock, so I added a can full of water. Make sure the soup and water are incorporated.
- add the sliced and cut potatoes on top of the meat and diced tomatoes.
- Add the frozen vegetables on the top, and add more water until the veggies are covered.
- Change setting on pressure cooker to STEW or SOUP and cook for 15-20 min. Since the meat is already cooked, you want to make sure the potatoes cook. I left the cooker for 20 minutes and my potatoes were soft.
- Quick release the pressure, and your stew is complete.
There has been a couple times when I cook the vegetables a little too much. In this case, the peas came out of their pods, the potatoes were a little over cooked, and my cauliflower melted into the soup. I also wish I had some corn to add in. But I used what I had in my kitchen and saved these items from being wasted.
Do you have some quick go-to dinner recipes? Let me know!