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The 30-Minute Instant Pot Curry a Nutritionist Makes Every Week

Once a week, I make a large batch of healthy, vegetable- and protein-filled curry in my Instant Pot. It’s a top pick in my house and feeds us for lunch a few days after it’s made. Cozy, adaptable to any dietary preference and made in about 30 minutes (give or take five to 10 minutes for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure and the steam to release), it’s a staple in our weekly rotation. And clean up is a breeze!

Along with the chicken curry recipe below, you’ll find ways to switch it up, which I often do, whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian or omnivore. I also have a few suggestions for my personal favourite part of the curry: the toppings.   

Instant Pot Chicken and Sweet Potato Curry (Adaptable)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4 to 6 

Ingredients: 

Curry
6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, left whole (scroll to bottom for plant-based and pescatarian options)
1 white or yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
1 large or 2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 medium red new potatoes or 2 Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp kosher salt
1 (14 oz) can full-fat coconut milk
1 (5.5 fl oz) can tomato paste
⅓ cup water or broth
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, ghee or coconut oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice, plus more for serving

Toppings and Serving Suggestions
Naan or roti
Cooked white or brown basmati rice
Plain yogurt, raita or cottage cheese
Lime or lemon juice
Fresh cilantro or mint
Mango chutney or sweet chili jam
Raisins
Ghee or butter
Nigella seeds
Toasted chopped cashews
Diced fresh chili or red pepper flakes

Directions: 

1. In your Instant Pot, stir to combine chicken, onion, garlic, ginger, potatoes, garam masala or curry powder, cumin, turmeric, salt, pepper, coconut milk, tomato paste and water.

2. Seal the lid and sealing switch on top. Cook on High Pressure for 15 minutes (Manual). After the time is up, turn the sealing switch to release the pressure, and then open the lid.

3. Remove chicken, shred or chop and add back to the pot with butter, ghee or coconut oil and lemon juice. Stir everything to combine and serve with any of the suggested toppings and accompaniments.

Tips for Modifying the Recipe:

1. Add more vegetables
Replace the new or Yukon gold potatoes with ½ head cauliflower cut into florets and stir in ½ cup frozen peas or a few handfuls of spinach right before serving (press Sauté to warm through if the frozen peas cool the curry down too much).

2. Make it vegan
Replace the chicken with 1 (19 oz) can drained and rinsed chickpeas, 1 block extra-firm tofu, or ½ large head cauliflower cut into florets.    

3. Make it vegetarian
Replace the chicken with with 1 (19 oz) can drained and rinsed chickpeas and top with a poached or soft-boiled egg. 

4. Make it pescatarian
Replace the chicken with peeled and deveined shrimp, adding only after cooking the curry base and vegetables. Once the pressure is released, press Sauté, add shrimp and cook, stirring often until cooked through, about 2 minutes.  

You’ll want to add this recipe to your roster of healthy Instant Pot meal ideas. And if you’re on a belly-warming recipe kick, try these slow-cooker curries along with The Pioneer Woman’s best soups and stews.

Food Network Canada Fall Schedule

Fall Lineup 2019: These Are the Shows You Can’t Miss

If the colder weather has you feeling peckish for some classic comfort foods, Food Network Canada has you covered with an array of delicious new and returning programming this fall.

What would the end of the summer be without new installments of our very own homegrown competition, Iron Chef Canada? The masterful culinary series returns for the second half of its first-season on Aug. 28, with plenty of respected chefs ready to tackle new ingredients in a Kitchen Stadium battle against Iron Chefs Hugh Acheson, Amanda Cohen, Lynn Crawford, Rob Feenie and Susur Lee.


Iron Chef Susur Lee and the Chairman Jai West on the set of Iron Chef Canada

That show isn’t the only one evoking nostalgic kitchen memories, though. Back following a seven-year hiatus is Alton Brown’s long-running series Good Eats. On Aug. 31 he’s back for an impressive 15th season that digs deep into the history of food and cooking with informative bits and sketches that we’ve definitely been craving. You could say Good Eats: The Return promises to be all that and a bag of chips.

Speaking of cravings, we’re also riding the end-of-summer sugar high with the introduction of Kardea Brown’s four-part Cupcake Championship on Sept 2. The series is guaranteed to hit plenty of sweet notes thanks to its jaw-dropping challenges and three-dimensional cupcake tableaus, which don’t just look good enough to eat but are… Or so we hear.


Kardea Brown on the set of Cupcake Championship

Cupcakes are just the beginning of the competition. Alex Guarnaschelli’s latest series, Supermarket Stakeout is as fierce as it gets. The Chopped judge steps out from behind the judges’ table to host the ruthless new series, in which chefs raid shoppers’ grocery bags in hopes of cooking their way to a $10,000 grand prize. The series kicks off Sept. 1, the same night we welcome longtime Food Network Canada personality Bobby Flay back on air.

BBQ Brawl: Flay VS Symon features the chef going head-to head with fellow Iron Chef Michael Symon in a four-episode competition that’s all about mentoring some of North America’s most respected barbecue challengers. The show isn’t Flay’s only new fall entry though—he’s sharing his taste buds with a culinary adventure series as well.

The Flay List hits closer to home as Flay welcomes his daughter Sophie along for the ride. The series, which kicks off Oct. 3, follows the duo as they introduce each other to some of their favourite places to eat classic dishes; it’s an exploration that is sure to make all of our tummies rumble.

The smorgasbord that is Food Network Canada’s fall programming doesn’t stop there. Come for the new (and new-ish) series, but stay for all of your returning faves. Your favourite in-the-kitchen shows are back with new, bold seasons featuring big flavours and the personalities you love.

Saturday, Sept. 7 is a big day thanks to the return of fan-favourites like Rachael Ray and 30 Minute Meals, Ina Garten and the 16th season debut of Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics, and Ree Drummond and her The Pioneer Woman creations. That date also marks the 17th season return of The Kitchen, which kicks things off with a Brady Bunch-themed episode.


Rachael Ray is back with 30 Minute Meals

Then, on Sunday, Sept. 8, the meal continues with new seasons of Mollie Yeh’s Girl Meets Farm, Valerie Bertinelli’s Valerie’s Home Cooking, Giada DiLaurentiis’ Giada in Italy. The fourth-season debut of her other series on October 20th,  Giada Entertains.

It’ enough great shows to keep you full and satiated all fall season long, so you’d better come hungry.

Find all our show websites here.

30-Minute Pasta with Green Garlic Pesto and Roasted Tomatoes

It’s always exciting when the farmers’ market stands start to show signs of spring and summer. Often, though, this produce doesn’t stick around for very long, so you need to take advantage when it’s available. One way of making spring last a little longer is to make pesto from some of the best seasonal offerings – in this case, green garlic (also known as young garlic that boasts a milder, more delicate flavour) but you can easily substitute for garlic scapes or ramps – then freeze to relish the flavours even when they’ve disappeared from the market.

The best thing about this recipe? Even though it features a few different components, if you multitask, it’s ready in about 30 minutes – leaving you more time to enjoy those lovely longer daylight hours we’re all so grateful for this time of year.

Spring Pasta with Green Garlic Pesto and Roasted Tomatoes

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients: 

Pasta
250g dried bucatini pasta

Roasted Tomatoes
3 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
Olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Pesto
6-8 green garlic shoots
1 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated (approx.)
⅓ cup toasted pumpkin seeds
½ – ¾ cup olive oil
½ tsp salt

Assembly
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Fresh basil leaves

Directions:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 400˚F.
2. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and lay the tomatoes in a single layer on the tray.
3. Drizzle with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
4. Roast the tomatoes for 15 minutes, remove from the oven and set aside.
5. While the tomatoes are roasting, prepare the pasta. Cook according to the directions on the package. Drain and set aside.
6. Make the pesto: Clean and trim the green garlic, and roughly chop.
7. Place the green garlic in a food processor with the Parmesan and the pumpkin seeds.
8. Start processing the mixture, slowly pouring in the oil until you reach your preferred consistency. Season to taste with salt.
9. Add approximately ½ cup of pesto to the pasta, using tongs to toss so the pasta is completely coated. Season with flaky sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
10. Divide the pasta between four bowls, and top with the roasted tomatoes. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan and fresh basil leaves.

Notes:
● This makes approximately 1 cup of pesto, which is more than you’ll need for this recipe.
● If you won’t use the pesto immediately, place it in the fridge with a piece of plastic wrap touching the surface. You can also freeze the pesto for up to 2 months (in ice cube trays for convenient portioning!)

Looking for more easy and ultra-satisfying pasta recipes for spring? This 15-minute three-cheese pasta with peas is a seasonal must-make. We’ve also rounded up 25 spring dinners ready in 30 minutes or less.