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Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup

Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup

It is cold here, really, really cold.  This tomato spinach soup made in the Instant Pot is a good way to help warm you up. I saw these little grilled cheese croutons on Food Network one day and decided I had to try that.  Just make a regular grilled cheese and cut into cute little cubes.  I love grilled cheese sandwiches, and I like to make lots of different variations, see my Pepper Jack Grilled Cheese recipe when you are in the mood to experiment.  To go with tomato soup, I stuck to the basic white bread and American cheese for this sandwich.

Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup

 

Saute the onions, then add everything except the milk and spinach. Set the cooking time for 15 minutes on high pressure.  When the pressure is reached and the 15 minutes of cooking time has elapsed, let the pressure release naturally for about 10 minutes.  Release any remaining pressure by turning the nozzle to release.

 

 

Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup

 

Add the 5 ounce can of evaporated milk to the tomatoes, then stir to incorporate. Gently stir in the spinach.  Make sure the soup is heated through before serving.

 

Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup

I enjoy eating comforting soup in the winter, but I am certainly ready for some spring weather!

Here’s a few items (or very similar) that were used in making this Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup:

 

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Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup
Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup
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6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 10 minutes
Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup
Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup
Grilled Cheese Croutons
Servings: servings
Instructions
Instant Pot Tomato Spinach Soup
  1. Gather and Prep all of your ingredients. Dice Onion and grate your carrot.
  2. Turn your Instant Pot on the Saute mode and add olive oil. When it is hot, add the onion and the carrot and saute for a couple of minutes or until softened, stirring often. Add garlic and saute for another minute or less.
  3. Add tomatoes, broth, basil, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes into the Instant Pot. Turn off Saute mode. Secure lid and turn the nozzle to Sealing, and set High Pressure Cooking to 15 minutes. After pressure is reached, the 15 minute cook time will begin to count down.
  4. Once 15 minute cooking time has elapsed, let pressure release naturally for about 10 minutes, then turn nozzle to Venting to release any additional pressure. (During the 10 minute time that the pressure is releasing, make your grilled cheese sandwiches)
  5. Remove lid after pressure has completely released. Carefully stir in the evaporated milk, then the spinach. Let soup completely heat thru on the warm setting before spooning into bowls.
Grilled Cheese Croutons
  1. Spread a thin layer of butter on each slice of bread. Place butter side of bread down in a large non-stick skillet. Add cheese on top of bread and cover with additional slice of bread, butter side up. Heat skillet to medium. Let grilled cheese cook slowly to achieve a golden brown color on each side. When both sides are cooked to perfection and cheese is melted, remove to let cool slightly.
  2. When cooled slightly, cut the grilled cheese sandwich into small cubes and serve on top of soup.
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Spinach Orzo Salad

Spinach Orzo Salad

Spinach Orzo Salad

What could possibly make a salad better than adding a little pasta??  If you love pasta and like salads, this recipe is for you. This salad is great just after you make it, the orzo will warm most of the ingredients up just a little.  It is also great as leftovers the next day, straight from the refrigerator.  I took my leftovers to work the next day for my lunch, and it was delicious!

Spinach Orzo Salad

Just layer all of the ingredients on top of the spinach and mix together.  The chickpeas and the chicken provides you with plenty of protein.  Feta cheese gives the salad lots of tang and the sun-dried tomatoes add some tang along with just the right amount of sweetness.  The dressing gives the salad plenty of acidity and takes the flavor level up a notch.  Spinach Orzo Salad

All of the ingredients of this salad mixed together will give you a mouth full of flavor in every bite. This salad is very easy to put together, any skill level of cook can do this, and I know you will be satisfied with these results!

Here’s a few items (or very similar) that were used in making this Spinach Orzo Salad:

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Spinach Orzo Salad
Spinach Orzo Salad
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2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 mintutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 mintutes
Spinach Orzo Salad
Spinach Orzo Salad
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Servings Prep Time
2 people 5 minutes
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8-10 mintutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Cook orzo pasta as directed on package.
  2. While orzo is cooking, mix the dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, garlic flakes, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes in a salad dressing shaker (or jar with lid) and shake until completely combined.
  3. Place spinach in a large bowl. Add sun-dried tomatoes, chickpeas, chicken, feta and cooked orzo on top of spinach. Drizzle the dressing over everything and toss just until mixed. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate and enjoy later.
Recipe Notes

**If you use sun-dried tomatoes that are not packed in oil, you might need to add a tablespoon of oil to the dressing, to obtain the same moisture level results.

** leftover chicken or turkey will work great for this recipe, or rotisserie chicken is always a great option.

**you can use fresh garlic or garlic powder if desired, just adjust a little more or less to account for the difference in potency of the garlic.

 

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Spicy Mango Spinach Salad

Spicy Mango Spinach Salad

Spicy Mango Spinach Salad

Are you ready for another great salad?  You really can’t have too many salad recipes since a variety of healthy salads will help to keep you eating better.  I like spicy and sweet together, so the sweetness of mango and the spiciness of harissa are a great match.  If you don’t have harissa, you can just use red pepper flakes or another pepper, or you can pick up some harissa online at Whole Spice.

As with a lot of my salads, they are easy to put together.  Just prepare your ingredients and put them all together for a quick and healthy lunch option.  I sprinkled the harissa on the mango and the avocado before adding them to the rest of the ingredients.

These ingredients all really balanced each other out well.  I had a mixture of sweet, tangy, tart and spicy – something for all of your taste buds!  Go ahead and put the ingredients for this Spicy Mango Spinach Salad on your grocery list for your next trip to the store.

Here’s a few items (or very similar) that were used in making this Spicy Mango Spinach Salad:

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Spicy Mango Spinach Salad
Spicy Mango Spinach Salad
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Servings Prep Time
1 person 10 minutes
Spicy Mango Spinach Salad
Spicy Mango Spinach Salad
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Servings Prep Time
1 person 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 person 10 minutes
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Servings: person
Instructions
  1. Peel and cut avocado and mango into cubes and sprinkle with the Harissa spice blend or another chili spice blend of your choice, or just red pepper flakes will work.
  2. Add olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt and pepper in a salad dressing mixer or a small jar with lid. Shake to combine.
  3. Add spinach, avocado, mango, dried cranberries and feta cheese to a large bowl. Drizzle with the olive oil and balsamic dressing. Enjoy your sweet and spicy, healthy lunch!!
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