Thursday, January 14, 2016

Instant Pot Braised Kale & Carrots

I warned you about the Instant Pot recipes! I can't help it. I'm friggin obsessed with this thing. And then when paired with the crockpot, you have a whole meal in under 10 minutes....

Could it get any easier!?!?

It has snowed a bit in Ohio, and it's starting to look and feel more like winter. Cold and flu season is upon us in full force, and comfort food is a must. Especially comfort food that packs a punch of nutrients and antioxidants.

Say what you will about Kale, but there is no denying it's health benefits. Kale is high in vitamins A, K and C. It is also a great source of calcium, magnesium, iron & antioxidants. And then there's carrots with beta carotene and fiber.

Hello!? This side dish is a no-brainer. With this delicious recipe from Nom Nom Paleo, you will have no problem going back for seconds. Cooking the ingredients in the Instant Pot leaves the kale tender and flavorful. You could also try cooking it a little longer in the Dutch oven as well, if you don't have a pressure cooker.

Instant Pot Braised Kale & Carrots
from Nom Nom Paleo
serves 2-3 (I cut her recipe in half)


  • 5oz fresh kale, chopped
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled & chopped
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 c. bone broth (or broth of choice)
  • NNP's Magic Mushroom Powder (or just salt)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Balsamic vinegar
1.   Prepare your ingredients by chopping the vegetables. Preheat the Instant Pot by pressing the Saute button.

2.   Melt the ghee in the IP, and add the carrots and onions. Saute until soft (about 5-6 minutes). Add the garlic, and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds).

3.   Add the kale and the broth to the pot, along with some Magic Mushroom Powder or salt. Lock the lid. Hit the manual button, and adjust time to 8 minutes.

4.   When the timer goes off, switch the pot to off, and quick release the pressure. Open the pot and add some balsamic and more salt and pepper to taste. Use a slotted spoon to serve. 

I served mine with Kalua pork and the flavors complimented each other beautifully! Enjoy!

Until next time...

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