Instant Pot Ropa Vieja

Instant Pot Ropa Vieja

I have kind of a thing for Ropa Vieja and if you’re here, maybe you do, too. I already have a recipe on my site for a long-simmered, Slow Cooker Classic Cuban Ropa Vieja, long a family fave, but these days, I’m all about the Instant Pot…and so I wondered if an Instant Pot Ropa Vieja would be just as good. Verdict: Yup, yup, yup! It’s fabulous.

Instant Pot Ropa Vieja

Instant Pot Ropa Vieja

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New York Chicken Spiedies

New York Chicken Spiedies

So raise your hand if you’d like a Spiedie, maybe my New York Chicken Spiedies. If these are new to you, Spiedies are chunks of highly marinated meat, in this case, chicken, skewered and grilled to perfection, then served on a fresh, soft roll; it has to be soft, nothing too fancy. And then drizzled with the same garlicky herby vinaigrette it was marinated in, not just because that gives it a double dose of flavor, but because it also kind of melds that gorgeous, juicy grilled chicken and the bun into one cohesive sandwich.

New York Chicken Spiedies

New York Chicken Spiedies

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Spicy Beef & Feta Skewers with Greek Brown Rice Salad (made with Instant Pot Brown Rice)

Greek Brown Rice Salad

I’ve been on a bit of a Meditteranean kick. I’m trying to health up the rest of the summer, at least until Labor Day comes. Besides it’s August and it’s hot and it’s humid (whine whine whine) and I want to eat (and cook) cool and light. And so I made Greek Brown Rice Salad to go with my soon to be posted Spicy Beef & Feta Skewers.

Spicy Beef & Feta Skewers with Greek Brown Rice Salad (made with Instant Pot Brown Rice)

Spicy Beef & Feta Skewers with Greek Brown Rice Salad (made with Instant Pot Brown Rice)

I just did a post for Horiatiki Greek Salad not too long ago. Gosh, that was good. And I wanted to carry some of those flavors forward with a little twist. Funny how I listed so many variations of our American Style Greek Salads, but I didn’t mention or think about combining it with rice, let alone brown rice.

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Salad with Smoky Sheet Tray Roasted Vegetables & Barley

Salad with Smoky Sheet Tray Roasted Vegetables & Barley

A bit of cooked Barley was the “by-product” of my Healthy Lemon Ginger Barley Water recipe awhile back. Well, if you know me, you know I try to waste nothing, and sure didn’t want to waste a morsel of wonderful, chewy, nutty Barley. (I love it, and so should you, btw! It’s really good for you!) And so I went on a quest and that quest ended in this Salad with Smoky Sheet Tray Roasted Vegetables & Barley. It’s a lot to use a cup of Barley, huh?!

Salad with Smoky Sheet Tray Roasted Vegetables & Barley

Salad with Smoky Sheet Tray Roasted Vegetables & Barley

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Greek Panzanella with Seasoned Oven Roasted Pita Triangles

Greek Panzanella

Greek Panzanella Salad: tomatoes & cucumber with easy home-made dressing and the best Pita Chip Triangles

It’s been about a year since I last posted a recipe for a Panzanella – that would have been during our last glut of tomatoes. This year I wanted to change things up a bit and go Greek style, so here is this utterly delicious Greek Panzanella.

Greek Panzanella with Seasoned Oven Roasted Pita Triangles

Greek Panzanella with Seasoned Oven Roasted Pita Triangles

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