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Instant Loss Cookbook: The Recipes and Meal Plans I Used to Lose over 100 Pounds Pressure Cooker, and More Paperback – Illustrated, 18 October 2018
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Light and fresh mediterranean bowl, serves 2
1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained.
1 cup chicken broth, homemade (page 220) or store-bought; or water.
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder.
1/4 teaspoon dried minced onion.
1/4 teaspoon sea salt.
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper.
1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives, diced.
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley.
3 tablespoons chopped green onions.
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice.
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar.
1 tablespoon olive oil.
With the right blend of vegetables, herbs, and spices, this fresh Mediterranean dish is the perfect balance of delicious and light. This meal can be made in under 20 minutes.
Place the quinoa in a pressure cooker. Add the broth, garlic powder, onion, and salt.
Place the lid on the cooker and make sure the pressure knob is in the Sealing position. Using the display panel, select the Manual/Pressure Cook function, high pressure, and use the +/- buttons until the display reads 1 minute.
When the cooker beeps to let you know it’s finished, let it naturally come down from pressure until the display reads LO:10. Switch the pressure knob from the Sealing to the Venting position. Use caution while the steam escapes-it’s hot.
- Publisher : Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed; Illustrated edition (18 October 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0525577238
- ISBN-13 : 978-0525577232
- Dimensions : 18.85 x 1.7 x 23.14 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 131,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Here is my take on this recipe book, that I erroneously thought was for Instant Pot recipes only (it isn't, it has salads and some recipes for the oven, too):
- The book was an immediate disappointment, before I even read 1 recipe. Like serious, I opened it up to the chapter "kitchen aids and pantry" and sighed. She wants you to have a kitchen FULL of expensive gadgets: high powered blender, immersion blender, food processor, citrus juicer and spiralizer. My kitchen is small. Plus, I thought one of the purposes of the instant pot was to reduce how much time and cleaning I did.
- You will not have the same results as the author. The author lost that much weight because she found out she had hypothyroid disease and then she found out she had a gene mutation, MTHFR. She treated it; and changed her entire diet from top to bottom to avoid folic acid. Her getting treatments for her thyroid and avoiding foods that her body can't handle because of the mutation is a BIG part of her weight loss. She lost 10 lbs in her first week alone of avoiding folic acid.
- Her child has health issues so she HAD to make drastic changes. That's a motivation you and I aren't going to have (hopefully!). And how many of you have a family ready to make a drastic change with you if what you are cooking isn't delicious? Her husband already ate healthy, so she was never doing this alone uphill. My husband is a sugar junkie that will ask me 10 times to try his candy.
- She wants us to do as she does and she has a very restricted diet. She avoids sugar (yes, no chocolate at all), gluten, dairy, artificial sweeteners, food dyes, soy and certain food preservatives. She limits grains and fruit. She has one dessert a week, that she makes (with alternative flours and fruit). She eats organic and a ton of veggies. She drinks the recommended amount of water every day. She gets 8 hours of sleep every night. That isn't realistic for most of us. If we could do HALF of that we'd probably be able to control what and how much we eat.
- Her ingredients lists are full of ingredients you won't have in your pantry if you are an average American. Very frequently it calls for alternative flours and stuff like "almond pulp, leftover from homemade almond milk" and "grass-fed beef unflavored gelatin". So either I'm going to the store or skipping a lot of recipes (cause I aint making almond milk anytime soon). I don't even know what beef gelatin is OR where to get it! Nor have I ever heard of "unfortified nutritional yeast."
- the book does not list nutritional value and many of the recipes call for high in fat ingredients like coconut milk, coconut oil and ghee. (You'd think they would add flavor but somehow they don't!) I know coconut oil was advertised as good for you, but that was MARKETING done right (for the coconut industry, not you). The nutritional and other miraculous claims are not fact. Do this Google Search: "is coconut oil bad for you". Read the NY Times article that quotes a HARVARD professor saying it is like poison to your body.
- there aren't that many recipes that sound good to me. Who wants spinach in their banana or peanut butter muffins (made from alternative flours with dairy free chocolate chips)? Not me.
- the main dishes I made in an Instant Pot were not good (disclaimer: that is all I've made, I have not tried the salads or desserts). At best the dishes I tried were BORING and at worst they were BORING and SLIMY. It is boring because she doesn't put many different seasonings into one dish; it is mostly salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, a LOT of onion and garlic. I'm southern and we like Flavor. Quinoa is in way too many recipes and quinoa in an instant pot is disgusting for the most part. It is what makes the dish slimy.
I have returned the book.
Highly recommend reading both books and then joining the Facebook group, checking out her blog and Instagram page too for further inspiration.