Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Dinner Tonight Beef Stew in the Instant Pot #Instantpot #dinner

Today the girl's schools were on a 3 hour delay due to some icy areas, so it set back my schedule of plans quite a bit. :-) However today was a blessing of slowing down a bit as I was able to spend quality time on the phone with my Aunt Nancy. We were able to talk for awhile and remember the good times with my uncle Steve (whom recently passed away around Christmas) and my mom and how much we missed them and how much they had enriched our lives. My aunt and uncle were married 63 wonderful years!

Then the day enhanced even more when my dad called to see if he could stop by for awhile as he had just dropped his dogs off to be groomed near where I live. I said of course and we spend several hours of quality time together. Going over Ancestry and working on our geneology together. I let him know I was making the beef stew for dinner and invited him to stay; so when the girls got home from school Hayley went with him to pick up the dogs and then he came back for awhile and had dinner with us. :-) So I wasn't able to get a video today, but still want to share the dinner we had. Girls should be back on a normal schedule tomorrow and I have lots more planned.

This was a hearty beef stew I made for Jerry, the girls and my dad and they really enjoyed it. I don't eat red meat so I had some leftover food I made from the other night. All ingredients are from Aldi and the spices and garlic I already had on hand. I found this recipe on the website Instantloss.com that I recently found after hearing how she had lost weight just by cooking healthy, clean recipes in her Instant Pot. :-)

Beef Stew:

1-2 pounds beef stew meat
1 large onion diced
1 large sweet potato or 2 cups red potatoes. (I used the red potatoes, they are one of Jerry's favorites)
2 cups carrots
2 cups celery
2 cups vegetable broth
2 teaspoons of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon parsley
2 teaspoon thyme
2 teaspoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat your Instant Pot using the saute button until it says hot.

Season your meat with the pepper and salt as you wait for the pot to warm up.

When the panel lights say hot, add 2 teaspoons of olive oil to the pot and saute the meat till brown on all sides.

Add the rest of the ingredients, put the lid on and lock into place and be sure the vent valve is in the sealing position.

On the display panel press cancel to stop the saute function. Next press MEAT/STEW button (should automatically come up set at 35 minutes) Step back and let it heat up to cook.

When the time is up, open the quick release tab to release the pressure and add some salt to taste.

Enjoy!!! :-)

Well they were all enjoying the aroma so much, that they were quick to scoop up their bowls and eat so I forgot to get a picture of how full their full bowls were, lol. However I did manage to scoop up some of the remainder of what was left to share with you all. ;-)

It was a big hit and they all said how much they enjoyed it. Super easy clean up too with only the pot to scrub and the bowls and cups went into the dishwasher.

Over the weekend we joined the YMCA again. It's been a few years since we were members due to all our moves. The girls were really happy and after we worked out Kathleen and Jerry enjoyed some swimming while Hayley and I hung out. The YMCA always has a lot to offer families and it's a nice facility. Getting back on track feels good! I think the smiles on their face say it all.

                                       If you missed my last post and recipe here's the link



Barb said...

Hi Jill!

I'm so sorry you guys are getting all the icy cold weather, I don't dare tell you how warm it was in Idaho today...38 or so, crazy for this time of year.

I'm glad you had a slow day to catch up with your aunt and your dad...precious moments.

The beef stew looks wonderful!! I love my pressure cooker, but I don't use it as often as I should, it's such a time saver. When I got married, I got a stove top pressure cooker and it was so wonderful to cook potatoes in - 10 minutes and done! The electric cookers are so much easier, aren't they?!

It's wonderful that you and Jerry are spending time with the girls at the YMCA. I feel like they are way overlooked in my city, as they are such a great resource for families to get involved with their children. Those smiles do say it all!!

Hugs and Love,

mamasmercantile said...

Looks delicious, a wonderful warming meal for this time of year. What a joy to have quality time chatting with family and recalling some wonderful memories.

Carol Slater said...

I received an Instapot for Christmas and the first thing I made in it was beef stew and I must say that it was delicious! My husband even enjoyed it and he is not a huge fan of stew. I am looking for more recipes and can't wait to use it for more.

Dianna said...

The beef stew sounds really good. Even though I don't have an Instant Pot I think I'll still copy the recipe and do it on the stove. Thank you for sharing.

I'm so glad to hear that you had that quality time with both your aunt and your dad yesterday. Those are moments to treasure.

Loved the smiling faces of your girls at the Y!

NanaDiana said...

I just made beef stew this week, too. I think it is one of those 'hearty' winter foods. Glad you were able to enjoy it with your dad and hubby and kids...even if you did eat leftovers. lol

The kids are really growing up! Wow--Kathleen especially has changed so much since you first started blogging---from little girl to young lady.

Have a blessed, wonderful Wednesday- xo Diana

cards4ubylouise and other treasures said...

That beef stew looks good. I have a Power Pressure Cooker XL and I love it. Monday I put a frozen pork roast with seasonings, pressure canned it for 20 minutes then put potatoes and carrots in and pressured it again. The meat was a little tough, so I turned the crock pot button on for 4 hours, the meat was soooo tender, man that was a good meal!!! I have canned in the cooker too, Ribs are out of this world wonderful....yep great appliance, does everything but wash the dishes....lol!

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Your beef stew looks wonderful, Jill. I have plans to make a beef stew over the next few weeks. Winter certainly calls for a good stew. I make mine in the oven.
I'm sure your family will enjoy the Y--it's a wonderful place that offers something for everyone. ♥

McVal said...

YUMMY!!!! Regarding Aldi, my SIL is a grocery snob. It HAS to be name brand and from HyVee (a midwest chain from a town she grew up in). So over Christmas, she'd say something was delish and we'd say, It's Aldi...

Angela said...

The Beef Stew looks delicious!