Wow, I’m fast approaching a whole year since I started Weight Watchers! In fact I think I’ll be on my cruise when it happens! I can’t believe how far I’ve managed to come since last February. I’ve been lucky so far, that I haven’t had any major setbacks. I knew it would happen sooner or later, especially now that I’m getting closer to my goal, and it finally has.
Today I had a small gain of .3 lbs, bringing me back up to 198.2. It was to be expected at some point, although it was a little surprising because I haven’t been overindulging. Still, I have felt bloated the past few days, so I should have expected it. At any rate, it was a tiny gain in the long run, and one I’m sure I’ll recover from quickly.
prior to my little gain this week, I was doing so well, I decided to treat myself to a little Christmas gift over my vacation. I bought two (yes two) Instant Pots. A 3 qt. Duo, and a 6 qt. Ultra. The 3 qt. arrived on December 28th, and it’s been getting quite the workout! I’ve used it every day (sometimes multiple times per day) since the day it arrived. I’m really loving it, so you’re going to see quite a few posts over the next little while featuring recipes I’ve tried in it.
The 6 qt. only arrived on Thursday, and sadly it has not had as much use yet. I did complete a water test in it to make sure it worked, and I plan to put it to use making homemade Greek yogurt, but first I need the ingredients, and second, I need space in my fridge for the bowl while it sets.
Today I’m going to share the very first recipe I tried in my Instant Pot (aside from hard boiled eggs). In fact, I may have to start doing more recipe posts for a while until the excitement dies down.
3/4 cup dried red lentils
1 red onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped
1 tsp chili powder
900 ml chicken broth
Place all of the ingredients into the pressure cooker.
Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes. Allow to release pressure naturally (NPR). Once pressure pin has dropped, open the pressure cooker, and use an immersion blender to blend the soup until it’s smooth. Makes 2-3 servings
I served this with grilled cheese on flatbread, and some fruit.
This soup was a delicious first attempt, and was just enough for 3 meals for me. A win in my book, and a great introduction to my new kitchen gadget!