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Quick and Easy Allergy Free Trail Mix Recipe

Trail mix is a fantastic portable - and if you skip the kind made with candy and chocolate - reasonably healthy snack. That is nearly impossible to find. It's not that I don't like chocolate (I do,) but can't eat a trail mix containing milk chocolate. If a store bought trail mix doesn't have milk ingredients, it usually has a surgery cereal or some other junk food type ingredient which makes it the nutritional equivalent to diving face first in a bowl of Jelly Bellies and not coming up for air until you've finished the entire thing. Not that I have any experience doing that, ahem. Basic mixed nuts would be a simple switch if only the folks I'd be around didn't have nut and peanut allergies. I think it is totally rude to send your friends into an anaphylactic reaction. A real jerk move. Enjoy Life has a trail mix free of the 8 major food allergens (you can learn more about the allergy free Enjoy Life Seed and Fruit Mix here )

How Not to Use a Pressure Cooker

Dried beans are one of our pantry staples. They are a good source of protein (especially when paired with rice,) cheap, and crockpot friendly. I pop them in the slow cooker with a bit of extra water and the rest of the recipe's ingredients - poof! - 8 hours later we have lazy budget (and gasless) dinner.

I keep a couple of cans of backup beans in the pantry, just in case Husband or I are Iron Chefing dinner and didn't think about starting a slow cooker full of beans that morning. This happens quite a bit, especially when you find way too many unopened packages of beans in what you thought was an organized kitchen. Cough.





So when foodie friends were raving up and down about quickly they could cook an entire roast, mashed potatoes, and such in 15 minutes in their pressure cooker I totally pulled a Jr. high school if-my-friends-have-it-I-need-it-too. Fair's fair. They have a DIY soda maker because we raved about ours.

I think this is some sort of sign that we are turning into our parents and their friends. Um, is it?

I'll make an appointment with a shrink about that later. Long story short, Husband and I bought a stainless steel pressure cooker from Amazon as one of our family Christmas gifts. It sat for a bit in the cupboard because I while I wanted those 20 minute chicken meals, I was leery of the whole 'spodey thing that could happen if (when) I messed up.

There is nothing like Cabin Fever as incentive to try not only a new recipe, but making it in the new pressure cooker.

The first night, I filled the pressure cooker with the dried beans and ingredients, locked the top, and put it on the stove. What I didn't realize until afterward (and reading the directions more carefully) that the reason the food didn't cook because I didn't turn the burner up high enough to build pressure in the pot.

We had Leftover Smoregesboard for dinner that night.

The following night, I was determined to try again. I cranked the burner as high as it was go per the instructions and saw the indicators I didn't know my pressure cooker had to tell me yes, it was working as it should.

Then I forgot the crucial step of turning the burner down while the food cooks. 15 minutes later, I opened the pot to find this:



High speed pressure formerly dried beans turned charcoal stuck to the bottom of the pot hot mess.

We had pizza for dinner that night.

It took several days to soak and scrub the burn bean carnage from the bottom of the pot. I am willing to try using it again. Do you have any pressure cooking tips for me?

Other than have the pizza guy on speed dial just in case. I have that one covered.

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Comments

Cynthia said…
Buy an electric pressure cooker! Breville makes one that is pricey but worth it!