By Kelly Bogard
It’s hard to believe we’re almost into February. This year is flying by just as quickly as the others!
Some days I find it tough to keep it all together. Get everyone out the door in the morning. Go to work. Run errands. Pick up my daughter from school. Make supper. Clean the house. Volunteer. You name it, we’re doing it!
That’s why I appreciate my pressure cooker. It’s a life saver most days. And I really appreciate a meal that saves me time. Like this week’s recipe.
Pinto beans are loaded with fiber and low in calories. They’re also packed with protein to keep us going strong, all while balancing blood sugar. I don’t know about you, but those are reason enough to have a bowl.
For Pressure Cooker Brown Beans, you will need…
1 lb. pinto beans, dry
4-5 slices bacon
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
4 c. chicken broth
4 c. water
1 c. onion, chopped
1/2 c. cilantro, chopped
2 tbsp. coarse salt
1 tbsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. pepper
Now, you can make these beans the way I grew up making them in a traditional pot on the stove cooking all day or you can make them a bit faster with a pressure cooker. You’ve probably heard of the electric pressure cookers or Instant Pots that are all the rage right now. They cook foods in minutes rather than hours. And you get the same wonderful flavors. That’s how we are cooking today.
Once the beans are done soaking, strain the water off and place the beans in the pressure cooker. Add in the chicken broth and water. I use an eight-quart pressure cooker, but you can adjust the liquid based on the size of your cooker. For cookers smaller than four-quarts, remove one cup of each liquid to fit.
Set your pressure cooker for 40 minutes and let them cook. Once the cooking is complete, let the pressure release slowly so the beans continue to cook. DO NOT try to open the cooker while it is still under pressure. This is how accidents happen.
Once all of the pressure is released, serve up some nice big bowls of beans to your family. And it didn’t take you all day to do it. From all of us at Texas Table Top, enjoy!