Saturday, February 10, 2018

Lentil Bean Soup With Spinach [Instant Pot]

Lentil Bean Soup With Baby Spinach in the Instant Pot

 Bean soups make a great addition to a health diet. This recipe contains no meat or daily so it's also a good choice for those who follow a Vegan or vegetarian diet.

Lentils cook quick with no soaking time required and, along with other beans, contain a good amount of dietary fiber (1g. per tablespoon). The American Heart Association says that Americans only consume about 15g. of the the 25-30g. recommended amount.

This is a great beginner recipe for those new to the Instant Pot. There's not a lot of ingredients and a short cook time. This isn't a large batch of soup but if there's leftovers you can store it in your fridge for a few days or freeze it in portion sized containers for a longer storage time.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry lentils, rinsed
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 6 cups baby spinach (about 8 ounces)
  • 2 tsp. vegetable or olive oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced (optional)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper


Instructions:

  1. Start by putting your Instant Pot in the "Saute" mode on medium heat (keep pressing Saute to choose the desired heat level). Once the Instant Pot reads "Hot" add the oil. When the oil is hot add the carrots, onion, and celery and stir occasionally until the vegetables are tender.
  2. Once the vegetables are cooked add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds. 
  3. Pour a 1/4 cup of broth in the pot and deglaze the bottom of the pot to ensure proper heating and preventing overheat errors on the Instant Pot. 
  4. Add the rest of the broth then stir in the cumin, turmeric, thyme, salt, and black pepper until mixed well.
  5. Add the lentil beans and stir to mix well.
  6. Press cancel on the Instant Pot and lock on the lid. Now select "Pressure Cook" and set the time for 15 minutes. Make sure the vent is in the "Sealing" position.
  7. After the cooking time has counted down you can do a "quick release" of the pressure. Always turn the relief valve slowly when first letting out steam. 
  8. Once the pressure has been released and pressure indicator has dropped remove the lid and add the spinach. It will look like a lot at first but will quickly wilt down as you stir it into the hot soup.
  9. Enjoy!

Notes:

  1. For newbies to the Instant Pot "quick release" means the pressure is released immediately after cooking vs. "natural release" which means to let the pressure release on its own after cooking.
  2. If there is resistance when trying to unlock the lid it could be from too much pressure in the Instant Pot verify that the pressure is completely released before unlocking the lid.
  3. Turmeric will stain things yellow, even wooden spoons. Be careful not to spill it. 


Sunday, February 4, 2018

Baby Back Ribs [Instant Pot]

Baby Back Ribs In The Instant Pot



Today, for the first time, I made Baby Back Ribs in the Instant Pot. I must say... they turned out perfect. The spice combination is delicious and so tender you can pull the bone right out of the meat.

I've been using the Instant Pot more and more lately but wanted to try putting it's meat tenderizing ability to the test which brought some Baby Back Ribs to mind. The process is quite simple really and the short amount of time required for such tender meat is another bonus.

You'll be starting out in the Instant Pot and finish browning them in the oven broiler for a few minutes.

Personally I think the spice rub mixture in this recipe is excellent. The full recipe is below but take a quick look at the video showing the basic steps of cooking the Baby Back Ribs in the Instant Pot.

Continue reading below for the recipe

Friday, October 21, 2016

Hiking Kalepa Ridge [Video]

My girlfriend and I recently returned home from our vacation in Kauai, my favorite of the Hawaiian Islands. While on Kauai we hiked the Kalalau Trail and did a few day hikes of which the most spectacular was hiking on the Kalepa Ridge. Watch the video and come along with us on a magical hike.


This video was taken with my, now returned, Samsung Note 7 mounted in my DJI Osmo Mobile to get the nice stable footage. Recorded in 4K and exported to 1080p.

Location

The Kalepa Ridge trail isn't hard to find but it's location is not well documented nor is it published in any of the trail maps you'll find on the island. To find the Kalepa Ridge

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

DJI Osmo Mobile with External Microphone

Recently I received my DJI Osmo Mobile and was anxious to see if I would be able to use my external microphone, the Rode VideoMic, with the device to record audio with my video on my Samsung Galaxy Note 7. The potential problem was that the 3.5mm jack on my Note 7 would be covered by the right side of the gimbal mount. It is in fact partially obscured and does not allow the the right angle microphone cord to be plugged in with the phone mounted on all three contact points of the gimbal.

The Solution
As a potential remedy I attempted to mount my Note 7 offset to the left in the gimbal mount to accommodate the microphone cord. Being that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is a large phone (phablet) my concern was

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Hiking The Kalalau Trail

This October I'll be returning to Kauai to hike the Kalalau Trail for the second time. I hiked the Kalalau Trail for the first time in 2014. For a sense of the wonder you'll experience on the hike check out my video.

The Kalalau Tail was a hike that I had wanted to do for a long time and I researched it heavily. With all my research I must say it was more than I had expected in the way of difficulty. Even in good physical condition this trail kicked my butt! Read on for info about the Kalalau Trail and my personal advice on how to make your journey less difficult and more enjoyable.

DANGER! Exercise Extreme Caution!
The first thing that should be stated is that the Kalalau Trail is very beautiful but it is also very dangerous. If fact it's rated at the 10th most dangerous hike in the America by Backpacker Magazine and one of the most dangerous hikes in the world. You'll be hiking in