Once again, 5pm came and I had nothing planned for dinner…what’s wrong with me? What kind of stay-at-home-Mom am I? We tend to eat dinner…oh you know…every night. I really should have this all figured out…have a system, a spreadsheet, something. It seems, my system is totally losing track of time. Sigh! Oh well…no time to beat myself up, it was dinner time. I was going to hear whining if I didn’t act quickly. Could this crazy electric pressure cooker deliver again? I’d said to my oldest son earlier in the day that beans and rice sounded good to me today. Sad Admission: I have a 5 gallon bucket full of dried red beans in my pantry. I’ve had it a few years (don’t worry it’s in a long term food storage bucket…and no, I’m not mormon), I’ve used them only once. That once they turned out awful. You know why? Because I underestimated how much time it would take. Hmmm….sensing a theme? I promise, that time though, I’d planned ahead and rinsed, soaked and cooked them for hours. Not enough hours though. They were still inedible come dinner time. So could this really REALLY be doable? Dinner on the table quickly starting with dried beans? Seems downright laughable.
I quickly googled recipes for red beans in the Instant Pot. Turns out most dried beans recipes still recommended to soak them overnight before pressure cooking. UGGHH!! But the black beans I put in the soup the other night worked, there was that. Why not these? I was going for it! I mean, for real, I had plenty of red beans to experiment with. If they failed….cereal night! We were already on track for that, nothing to lose at this point.
In the end, there was no need to pull out the cereal boxes! Instant Pot for the WIN!
Although I didn’t really have everything on hand I’d typically toss into red beans for a Louisiana style red beans and rice, they were a huge hit!! The 3 year old even asked for seconds. When he was too full to eat any more he said “Mommy, can you make that another night soon to eat again please?” They 15 yr old went back for more at 10:45pm for a late night snack. A definite WIN!
I’m not one for concise “recipes” though. I’m, what I refer to as, a “dumper” (got to be a better term then that, hmmm) Which is great when you are in a hurry and don’t want to fool with a recipe and you just dump stuff in. Plus it sounds so cool that you didn’t use a recipe. But when your dinner is a wild success and your family wants/expects a repeat performance….uhhh….I don’t always remember what I “dumped”in. Soooo, for my own sake I’m including a sort of “recipe card” to help me remember. If anyone ever really reads this (other then me) please remember “ish” is the key word when it comes to my style of cooking. I rarely measure. One day, maybe I will and come up with a true actual “recipe” maybe…probably not.