Sweet, Healthy Purple Stew….??

Yes, you read that correctly! I am about to teach you how to make PURPLE STEW using your Versonel Pressure cooker (buy one HERE).

 

Purple, you ask? Yes, purple. Purple veggies are like the superhero cousins of their normal, bland versions. Since they are so dark and rich with color, they are loaded with nutrients and anti-oxidants. And, they tend to be a bit sweeter than their original versions. All in all, I think I will have you addicted to purple veggies by the end of this blog!

 

In addition to being healthy, this will be the best tasting beef stew you have ever had. The veggies were perfect. The meat was like butter – it just fell apart in my mouth. I ended up eating half of it in one sitting, it was so amazing!

 

What you need:

Purple Carrots – 3 medium carrots, diced into half inch pieces

Purple Potatoes – 3 medium/small potatoes, diced into half inch pieces

Turnips – 3 or 4 baby turnips, diced into half inch pieces

1 small sweet onion – chopped AND leave some larger pieces per taste

1 small roast – i used an eye round roast, just over 1lb, diced into half in pieces

1 cup of broth, 1/2 cup of water

 

What you do:

Combine your chopped veggies – so pretty!

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Plug in your pressure cooker, and push the keep warm button. This will allow you to get a good sear on your meat before adding everything else in. YES you can use your pressure cooker to cook the mean first! 🙂

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So, throw in some oil, and sear your meat!

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Once you get it as dark as you want, toss in your veggies, broth and water.

Close your cooker, push the Stew button,and walk away.

40 minutes later, your cooker will beep. Carefully release the steam, open your cooker and Voila! Purple Stew to feed 4. Enjoy!

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Air Fryer Pizza Bites

Hello. My Name Is Tracy. And I’m Addicted to Cheese. And Bread.

 

When I was a child, I always despised birthday cake. Yes, I know, I’m weird. But my amazing mother always respected my weirdness, and made me a dish called bubble bread  for my birthday instead. Bubble bread was taking dough, wrapping it around cubes of cheese, dipping it in butter, letting it rise, pouring on more butter and baking. Trust me, it is even more amazing that you can even imagine.

 

Fast forward to me being a grown-up (which I am still in denial), and I still crave this dish. Yes, mom still makes it on my birthday, because she is awesome, but there are times throughout the year that I want it, crave it, need it again. But who has all that time, other than my almost perfect mother?

 

Enter the Versonel Air Fryer – you know the drill, get yours HERE!

 

What you need:

A roll of pre-made crescent roll dough

Cheese – I am a bit in love with cheddar, but mozzarella works perfectly well also

Your favorite pizza toppings. Personally,  I like just plain cheese, but these would be bangin’ with pepperoni, sausage, veggies – anything!

 

What you do:

Spray your air fryer with cooking oil

Roll each crescent dough slice around a 1″ block of cheese, and the toppings you want, like a single slice of pepperoni, or a few small diced veggies. Make sure to roll it in your hands to seal it.

Plop it in your air fryer.

10 minutes. That’s all.

 

You can pour out some pizza sauce on the side for dipping, like I did.

So. *word I can’t say because this is for work*. Good

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Simple Spaghetti… In a pressure cooker?!

Monday night. Dreary. Cold. And my picky eating 3 year old. Refusing to make him yet another peanut butter and jelly sandwich, I look around my kitchen to see what I can make that may possible appeal to this child. I stare longingly at the whole wheat spaghetti and sauce that I canned earlier this year, but sigh when I realize that in my resent move to my first house, I somehow lost my pots.

But wait… I have a Versonel Pressure Cooker! I think I can make this work…And guess what… I did!!

 

Here is what you need:

Pasta of your choice. I used 1 box of whole wheat spaghetti, broken in half. Yes, ok, you can chastise me all you want for breaking the spaghetti, I get it, it’s not the Italian way… But I would like to keep some of my kids face, outfit and dinning room table in tact and not covered in sauce, so smaller pasta is necessary.

Sauce. Make sure you have a quart size jar. And here is a fun tip – Spaghetti sauce is about the easiest thing in the world to hide vegetables in. Little does my son know that every time he eats my sauce, he is getting a metric ton of pureed spinach, squash and of course, organic locally grown tomatoes. 🙂

 

Here is what you do:

Throw the DRY pasta in the pressure cooker. Dump in the sauce. Dump in enough water to just cover the pasta, like this:

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Use the RICE setting. Stir once halfway through, making sure sauce is around and in between ALL pasta.

25 minutes later:

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BOOM! There is it! Sprinkle that awesomeness with some Parmesan, and you got a tasty, kinda healthy meal.

 

So buy your Pressure Cooker HERE!