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If you’re thinking “small batch” in an Instant Pot, really? Yep, I thought that too, but, you can make smaller amounts of food as long as you use at least 1 cup of liquid. Don’t let your amazing Instant Pot sit in the corner collecting dust because you think it’s only for making large amounts of your beloved IP recipes like I did. Use it for making small batches effortlessly too. Sometimes I just want to make a smaller amount and this Small Batch Instant Pot Black Beans recipe is hands-down honestly, THE best black beans I’ve ever eaten, because of my secret ingredient. It’s simply magical!
Fajita Shrimp and Asparagus Tacos with Avocado Jalapeno Sauce is your Taco Tuesday recipe for next week! The shrimp is marinated in lime juice along with the most perfect fajita seasoning blend, then grilled to sizzling tastiness with beautiful seasonal asparagus. Combine them in a white corn tortilla with crunchy purple cabbage and a drizzle of avocado jalapeno sauce, and ohmygoodness, the textures and flavors you’ll experience!
For Taste Test Tuesday this week I’m featuring Indian Lentil Soup, an absolutely delicious recipe I discovered at Katie’s Runs For Cookies Recipes!! She has an amazing weight loss success story, as she’s lost 130+ pounds counting WW points and then calories, and now counting calories as she maintains, and she’s an avid runner. She’s a huge inspiration to me and others to get to their best self!! I run/walk her Runs For Cookies Virtual 5K which is on her birthday, annually! I don’t know Katie, but, I admire her determination and tenacity that helped her reach her weight loss and running goals!
Back to the recipe! I’m one of those soup lovers that enjoys a steaming bowl of soup even in the heat/humidity of our hot Texas summers, and being the soup snob that I am, I have to say this one has everything I love in a soup! The lentils and veggies make it hearty enough to be a filling, satisfying meal…the savory, luscious broth is spiced with cumin, ground coriander, turmeric and cayenne pepper, a beautiful combination! While we’re on the subject of ground coriander, let me just say that someone needs to create an air freshener that smells just like it! Go open your bottle of ground coriander and smell the heavenly, exotic aroma! It’s sweet, flowery, citrusy, earthy, with notes of thyme and even butter! The flavor is out of this world, but totally sparkles when it’s paired with vegetables and fruits, and it’s an important part of making homemade curry powders. Ground coriander and turmeric are common in Indian cooking among other wonderful spices. They give an amazing depth of flavor without a lot of cooking time required!