As part of my amazing-women-with-kickass-careers-in-LA-who-like-to-cook series, I bring you Broadcast Meteorologist Amber Lee from CBS/KCAL-TV!
Today, Amber is sharing with us one of her favorite Instant Pot recipes. It’s one she found on Green Healthy Cooking (https://greenhealthycooking.com/instant-pot-chicken-and-rice/), and her husband loves it—Instant Pot Chicken and Rice!
A little about Amber Lee—Amber was born and raised in LA and has been at CBS/KCAL-TV for 6 years now. She said she fell into meteorology when a San Luis Obispo, CA, station for which she was working asked her to be their weekend weather anchor.
“I knew nothing about meteorology!” she said. “After dabbling in it for a year, I decided it was time to take it to the next level so I enrolled into the online meteorology program through Mississippi State University.”
The 3-year part time, online program had weekly quizzes and tests every three weeks. After three years, she earned her meteorology certificate. And LA is lucky to have her!
“I really enjoy being able to show my personality as I deliver the forecast and give you some of the science behind why our weather conditions change,” she said.
So, I made Amber’s fave Instant Pot recipe over the weekend and have to say...once you chop up the veggies, the whole thing only takes about 10 minutes to cook! Love that.
I actually don’t have an Instant Pot (for shame!), but it worked pretty well in my Italian Lagostina pressure cooker. (Ok, the bottom burned a little...oopsy...so next time I’ll turn down the heat a bit.)
Bonus: This recipe taught me a new trick for chopping fresh herbs—so, thank you Amber and Lorena (food blogger of Green Healthy Cooking)! When a recipe calls for liquid—in this case, one cup of water—just throw the herbs into a blender with the liquid and whir it up. I used my NutriBullet and it worked great.
Once blended, just swish the water around to collect all the bits of herb from the sides, and pour it into your pot. No mess, no waste!
(Note: Amber left out the cilantro because her husband doesn’t care for it. I substituted the cilantro with some fresh basil from my aunt’s garden—pretty good.)
Amber leaves us with one final thought: “I am inspired by nature, the arts and our unique Southern California environment. There is so much to see and do in our community. I actually love to cook for my husband and I’m always trying out new recipes.”
Please share your recipes with Amber on Twitter @AmberLeeNews.