Chickpeas with Rainbow Chard, Basmati Rice with Peas and Carrots (No Added Fat); notes on homemade applesauce and pressure-cooked oatmeal
My daughter had a bit of an upset stomach, so I wanted to maximize simple foods like white (not brown) rice, banana, applesauce, etc. We rarely eat white rice, but I bought white Basmati rice today. She wanted carrots in the rice, and I also wanted to add peas. Because the main course (I also served her tofu) wasn't going to be for her, I had the rare luxury of spicing it up and bought a jalapeno (yay!) today. Here is what I did:
- 1 1/4 cups chickpeas soaked overnight in ample water (say, 5 cups)
- Water to just cover the beans (maybe 1/2 cup?)
- 3 stalks chard sliced straight across into 1/4" strips (approx. 3 cups); bok choy could be substituted
- (optional) about a 3/4" length of a jalapeno diced into 1/4" cubes (maybe 2T - but, of course, this can be to taste)
- 1 T finely minced (approx. 1/8") ginger
- 1T tangelo juice (or lemon or lime juice)
- 1 cup 1/4" onion
- 1/4 t (or to taste) salt
- 1/4 t ground cumin
- I drained and rinsed the chickpeas, then, adding enough fresh water to barely cover them, cooked on high pressure for 22 minutes in my Instant Pot pressure cooker.
- When I was ready to proceed, I slowly let out remaining pressure and opened the pot.
- I mixed in the chard, jalapeno, and ginger, and cooked on high pressure for another minute.
- When I was ready to serve, I slowly released pressure, mixed in the juice, onion, salt, and cumin, and served.
The rice was good but not fluffy enough. It could have used more moisture. I think I'll up the ratio next time to 1:2.
Addendum on Applesauce and Oatmeal
By the way, I feel a bit embarrassed to admit this, but I had never made applesauce before. I rarely eat it but my Dad does, and he always likes to get one that just has organic apples and nothing else. With my daughter needing simple foods, yesterday I decided to try a simple homemade applesauce for her.
I cut the core out of an apple, put it in my Vitamix blender, added a little segment of peeled and seeded lime, and, using the food pusher, pushed the apple and lime into the blades running at medium high. I served with cinnamon on top. Wow - it was the best applesauce that I've ever had, and the red skin of the Pink Lady added a pretty color, showing up like confetti. I bought some organic Granny Smith apples and want to make apple sauce in this way with Granny Smith and Pink Lady apples - the green and red color will be appealing, no doubt.
I also recently started occasionally making oatmeal in my Instant Pot pressure cooker. It's simple; I put in a measure of rolled oats and twice the amount of liquid (water could do, I guess, but I use either soymilk or homemade unsweetened almond milk), add a handful of raisins and a little cinnamon, then press the "Porridge" button for a 20m high pressure cooking cycle. It gives the best oatmeal I've ever made - and the raisins bulge up and become particularly tasty.