When wildlife threw a “let’s gnaw-the-drain-hoses under the dishwasher” party while we were away for two weeks on scuba adventure (see video below) – taking any last vestiges of ‘ease’ out of kitchen clean up – we had to scramble.
A scramble to not only keep ahead of the flood of water pouring out onto the kitchen floor, but to get creative about simplifying the dish washing process until the dishwasher gods – for truly the dishwasher is a divine invention – would once again bless our kitchen.
It took a full week between the call to appliance repair, damage assessment, getting parts ordered, and having them installed so that I was back in push-button clean dishes heaven again. Sounds small, I know, but for someone like me who loves to eat – but cooking and cleanup, not so much – this presented its own set of challenges.
Enter the Instant Pot
My Instant Pot, already a close buddy because it makes food preparation so quick and easy, became my new best friend. You already know I’m a big fan of this food-prep wonder, the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker. (See My new kitchen buddy: Instant Pot electric pressure cooker review). One of the reasons is that along with ease of food prep, it streamlines kitchen cleanup with a recipe such as ‘3 Minute Vegetable Soup’: 1 pot, a cutting board, and a sharp chopping knife are all I need. Add two bowls in which to serve the soup, two spoons for the obvious, and that’s all you need to clean up after.
If you have yet to discover the joys of the Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker, no time like the present when holiday rush can have you hopping with a pile of ‘urgent’ obligations! It’s typically a time when you can put yourself last, am I right? That means taking care of your health with good, nutritious food and daily exercise can be challenging.
3 Minute ‘Dishwashers Down!’ Vegetable Soup Recipe
- 1 head celery
- 1 head kale
- 1 cup dried mushrooms
- 4 large carrots
- 1 large onion
- 6 cloves garlic, pressed or shredded
- 2 quarts water
Additional seasoning suggestions added after cooking:
- 1/4 cup white miso paste mixed with 1/2 cup hot water from the soup pot (or substitute your favorite savory seasoning)
1. Put the water in the Instant Pot
2. Quickly chop the head of celery and carrots into bite-sized bits and add to the pot
3. Slice or tear the kale into edible mouthfuls and add to the pot
4. Toss in the cup of mushrooms.
5. Once you’ve got everything in the Instant Pot, set on ‘Manual’ mode for three minutes. When the timer goes off after the 3 minute countdown, release the steam valve on the lid to stop the cooking process.
6. Scoop 1 cup of the hot liquid out of the pot and mix the miso paste in. Return to the pot, stir, and serve.
Tips on how to make things even speedier:
- To really get things quickly underway, put a quart of water into the Instant Pot and set to ‘Saute’. This way the Instant Pot starts heating the water while you quickly chop and add the vegetables
- Instead of knife-chopping the vegetables, you could use a food processor which would hasten the chop segment yet expand the clean-up time needed. Remember, I was minimizing kitchen cleanup so I opted for the knife and board
- Get all the vegetables prepared over the weekend or when you have a little more time, and store in a container in the refrigerator. Then when it’s dinner time, simply assemble everything in the pot, push the button, and go
Easy add-to-the-pot tips
Sharon Klupt-McRae says,
I love to throw in spice blends for more flavor, too, and sometimes a bit of tomato paste. For a heartier meal, I’ll stir in some precooked beans or leftover grains and after the veggies are done. It’s amazing how much easier life is when you have the right tools in the kitchen!
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P.S. Check out the Potato Palooza Salad recipe here.
P.P.S. Here’s a short video of our scuba adventure, which Greg filmed while unbeknownst to us the critters were having a chew field day under the dishwasher in our kitchen back home: