Navy Beans with Beet Greens and Tomato, Brown Rice (experimenting with oil core rice cooking) (No Added Fat)
5-quart oil core roaster; it has oil sealed in it that quickly heats up and evenly warms the contents from bottom and sides.
I tried it out for the first time a few days ago and used it in a Food for Life class yesterday at a venue that doesn't have a kitchen. It heats up quickly and seems to be even in its heat distribution. I love being able to cook without a stove.
It seems so easy to make brown rice in the MP5 that I thought I'd give it a try - I just put in a cup of rinsed brown rice, two cups of water, and a vegan bouillon cube. I pressed a button twice to get into a "rice 2" program, then put the cover on. I didn't pay close attention to time, but it was only about a half hour by the time the MP5 finished. Here are details of the main dish of navy beans with beet greens and tomato, as well as more on the rice.
- 1 cup navy beans, rinsed and then soaked for about 10 hours, and then rinsed again
- Enough water to just cover the navy beans
- Greens (tops) from bunch of beets, cut into approximately 1" lengths (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 2 cloves garlic, finely (1/8" or so) diced
- 1/2 t diced (approx. 1/8" or smaller) ginger
- 1/4 t curry powder (or turmeric)
- (optional) 1/2 t black sesame seed
- Vegan bouillon cube
- 1 cup onion cut into approx. 1/4" cubes
- 1 cup tomato cut into approx. 1/2" cubes
- 1/2 t salt
- 2t lime (or lemon) juice
- I put the beans, rice, greens, ginger, garlic, curry powder, black sesame seed, and bouillon cube into my Instant Pot pressure cooker and cooked for 25m.
- After the cooking was done, I waited a few minutes and gently released pressure, then added salt, onion, tomato, and lime juice, and served.
I thought that the beans were a little firmer than they could have been, and could have benefited from another few minutes of cooking. The rice was really good! Initially, it had absorbed the water and was certainly edible, but could benefit from a bit more cooking, so I let it go for another 4 or 5 minutes with another 1/4 cup or so of water.