Homemade Chicken Soup-Instant Pot

Homemade Chicken Soup-Instant Pot.  This is basically a vegan and vegetarian blog, but on a rare occasion, I prepare meals for family or friends who are not vegan or vegetarian. That is not exactly what happened here–what happened here is–the worst flu in the history of the world.

Soup is a comfort food when anyone is sick, and so, it is appropriate that I make it at this time of year as the flu strikes.  I was the oldest of six kids, so I had a lot of chores that related to the kitchen…cooking and dishes.  I hated kitchen chores, but learned so much about cooking from my mother. Like many, I still make our family favorites whenever possible and chicken soup was a definite favorite.  I clearly remember my mother preparing this soup, and the smell of that deliciousness wafting through the house.

Making this soup today allowed me to revel in those memories of life then, more than twenty years after she is gone.    Who knows whether it has any medicinal power, but it is delicious and serves up loving memories.  Although our family soup took hours to make, the Instant Pot makes it possible to prepare this soup in one hour.  Enjoy.  Gluten free and dairy free.

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Lemon Pepper Broccoli Risotto

Lemon Pepper Broccoli Risotto.  If you are short on time and looking for some quick flavor, this yummy dish is ready in 15 minutes when you prepare it in the Instant Pot.  Toss rice, water, vegetable broth, baby broccoli, onion, lemon and spices, and in 4 minutes, yes, four minutes, you are spooning this.  Perfect as a main course or side dish.  Vegan, gluten free and dairy free.

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Zucchini Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Zucchini Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms With Avocado Pesto.   Salads are really my favorite foods, but sometimes it is fun to get creative with the ingredients that you would typically find in a salad. These portobello mushrooms are stuffed with a simple combination of zucchini, artichokes and bruschetta and baked with herbs and spices. The flavor secret to this healthy and creative dish however, is the yummy avocado pesto which tops the zucchini mixture.  These mushrooms are perfect as a main dish, side dish or appetizer and are vegan, gluten free and dairy free.

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