Quarantine Cuisine Day #23 – Salmon Croquettes

I previously posted about salmon croquettes made from canned salmon. Today I took advantage of this pantry favorite and made enough patties for dinner today and again tomorrow (with different vegetables as sides).

Equipment used: While the croquettes browned in my large cast iron skillet, I steamed the squash and onions over low heat in my 1 quart stainless steel saucepan. The fresh green beans cooked in my pressure cooker for two minutes. Leftover salmon croquettes will be reheated a couple of minutes in my air fryer oven.

Salmon croquettes make a quick and satisfying meal. The salmon mixture can be prepared up to a day ahead. A 14 3/4 oz. can of salmon yields four servings.

Salmon croquettes

Revisit my original post Here.

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Quarantine Cuisine Day #20 – Baking Bread

QUARANTINE BREAD

We are out of bread. I’ve made bread in a bread machine for 30 years or so, but I never made it from scratch. Inspired by Becky Walker (Hillbilly Kitchen), I made my first loaf of her Quarantine Bread. Her very comprehensive tutorial is excellent if you’re interested.

How’s that for just loafing? 😉

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Quarantine Cuisine Day 15 – Vegetable Plates

I have stayed away from Supermarkets but not produce stores. I must have fresh produce. Today I stocked up and enjoyed my garden variety vegetable plate.

Check out my previous Post for ideas using fresh vegetables. Fresh produce offer quick meal opportunities. https://hastytasty.blog/2015/11/22/share-the-pot/

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Quarantine Cuisine Day #12 – White Chili

Today I shredded leftover turkey breast meat and used it in white bean Chili. I had just enough fresh cilantro left to garnish.

With the diminishing produce, I’m having to search my inventory for cans and frozen food for meals. Although I have vowed to avoid grocery stores, I may relent and visit a produce market. But not yet.

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Quarantine Cuisine Day #10 – Turkey Breast

Yesterday I ran out of produce except for onions, celery, and a few potatoes. I had to open a can of turnip greens, which aren’t bad. I’ve cooked greens from scratch that, frankly, weren’t worth the effort.

I pressure cooked a turkey breast, made gravy, and we had greens, turkey, and mashed potatoes yesterday and today.

The photo doesn’t do the meal justice. It tasted better than it looks. I have enough leftover turkey breast meat for tomorrow. Stay tuned for what I make with it.

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Quarantine Cuisine Day #7 – Meatloaf

I knew this meal would come in handy. It’s from Sam’s Club, a Members Mark Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes meal I had tucked away in the freezer. Although it serves two, we aren’t big eaters and this makes 4 servings for us. I will use the Reheat setting on my air fryer oven for half the (thawed) package, refrigerating the remaining half.

I plan to add a side vegetable (today it’s the last of the carrots) each day. Tomorrow I may add sliced tomatoes because they are ripe and I don’t want to lose them.

Leave a comment and share what you’re doing for quarantine cuisine. Stay safe!

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Quarantine Cuisine Day #5 – Kung Pao Chicken

I craved Asian cuisine today, so I made Kung Pao Chicken and brown rice in the Instant Pot. I didn’t have hot peppers, hoisin sauce, or chili purée. Without the typical red chili peppers, my dish was milder than take-out. As for the condiments, I found recipes online and made my own.

We were pleased with the results. I focused on ingredients I had (fresh ginger root and fresh cilantro) and followed a Betty Crocker (Cookbook) recipe for low fat Kung Pao Chicken. I used frozen chicken thighs and modified it for the Instant Pot or any brand multi cooker.

RECIPE—Instant Pot Kung Pao Chicken for Two

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch dissolved in 1 Tbsp cold water
  • 1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. Grated ginger root
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth (from cooking the chicken)
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp Chile purée
  • 2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
  • Pressure cook chicken thighs in 1/2 cup water ten minutes. Allow pressure to drop on its own.
  • Mix a slurry of all other ingredients except broth, onions, celery, and peanuts. Set aside.
  • Remove chicken from pot and cut into 1” cubes. Reserve broth.
  • Using sauté mode, sauté onions, peanuts, and celery in 1/2 cup of reserved broth for five minutes.
  • Add chicken and stir.
  • Add the slurry and turn off Instant Pot. Stir until sauce thickens.
  • Serve immediately over 1/2 cup cooked brown rice.
  • (optional) Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro.
Instant Pot Kung Pao Chicken

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