Mini-Instant Pots


I was doing an in-depth reading of my latest cookbook and got this idea for a nouveau meal prep for lunch or dinner. This is a healthy, low-cal Asian-style soup that is pre-made, adding boiling water just before serving.  It includes chicken and veggies and many more flavors.  You can adjust this recipe to fit your tastes and needs.  I have made this one gluten-free as well as dairy-free.

I hope you give this a try.  It is so easy, fun and tasty!!

fullsizeoutput_336f.jpegStart with 3 clean 1 quart-sized jars.   fullsizeoutput_3370.jpegAdd 4 tsp. chicken bouillon powder to each jar.fullsizeoutput_3371.jpegfullsizeoutput_3372.jpegfullsizeoutput_3373.jpegTo this I added 1/2 cup of cooked chicken to each jar.  I used chicken I cooked previously for the week in my Instantpot or you could use rotisserie chicken from the local grocer.  fullsizeoutput_3374

Next I added 1 teaspoon chopped baby shiitake mushrooms to each jar.fullsizeoutput_3375.jpegfullsizeoutput_3376.jpegNext I added 1/8 tsp. grated fresh ginger and 1/2 cup chopped bok choy to each jar.fullsizeoutput_3377.jpegfullsizeoutput_3379.jpegfullsizeoutput_3378.jpegfullsizeoutput_337a.jpegI then added 1 tablespoon of soy sauce to each jar.fullsizeoutput_337bAnd a handful of dried rice noodles to each jar.  (fyi…this is messy. If you have a neat way to deal with these, please share??!!)fullsizeoutput_337c.jpegfullsizeoutput_337d.jpegI topped it with 1 teaspoon of chopped green onions in each jar.fullsizeoutput_337eAnd I added an optional sprinkle of red-pepper flakes and 1 teaspoon chopped cilantro for each jar.fullsizeoutput_337ffullsizeoutput_3380.jpegTo use:  top with lids.  Take one to work or school.  When ready to eat, pour 4 cups of boiling water into the jar and let sit for 5 minutes.  Shake well and serve.  Voila!fullsizeoutput_3381fullsizeoutput_3382.jpegfullsizeoutput_3383.jpegfullsizeoutput_3384


3 cleaned quart glass jars

12 tsp. chicken bouillon base

1 1/2 cups cooked chicken

3 handfuls of rice noodles

3/8 tsp. grated fresh ginger

3 tsp. chopped green onions

3 tsp. baby shiitake mushrooms, chopped

3 tablespoons lite soy sauce

1 cup bok choy chopped

1/2 tsp. chopped fresh cilantro, optional

1/8 tsp. chili flakes, optional


Evenly distribute ingredients between 3 quart-size jars.  Right before serving:  top each jar with 4 cups of boiling water.  Put lid on and let sit for 5 minutes.  Shake well and  serve immediately.

Bon appetit!




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