Yummy Instant Pot Recipes for Busy Moms

18
Jan
2016

Yummy Instant Pot Recipes for Busy Moms

Yes, if you read my newsletter that week you know that I am part of the Instant Pot rage (this is the pot I got). It sat in the box for nearly 3 weeks from its delivery – I was nervous and scared to try it.

I joined a couple Facebook groups and saw how others were using their Instant Pot and decided to try a simple test – brown rice! It was super easy and quick, and I am happy to report I am giving away my rice cooker – one more appliance gone! The rice was perfect.

My second test was a chicken recipe. Then I also made hard cooked eggs, which also turned out great, and a quick bath of applesauce one morning with frozen apples. Two words – quick and easy – music to my ears!

My favorite part of using the Instant Pot is that I can cook FROZEN meat and it doesn’t take all day and it turns out great! There are some days where I forget to take my crock meal out of the freezer or even decide what’s for dinner, so with the Instant Pot on your side, you will still have success!

So here is a fun roundup of Instant Pot recipes that I have tried so far or will be trying in the next few weeks. You can also follow my Instant Pot Pinterest board too! If you have favorite slow cookers recipes, you can use this converter to make them into Instant Pot recipes too so they take less time.

Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken

Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken

Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham

Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham

I made a ham yesterday for Sunday dinner and this will be in the pot in the next few days!

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Mexican Pork Carnitas

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Mexican Pork Carnitas

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Chicken and Lentil Soup

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Chicken and Lentil Soup

Pressure Cooker Crispy Potatoes

Pressure Cooker Crispy Potatoes

Pressure Cooker Chicken: Fork-Tender Chicken in Just 30 Minutes!

Pressure Cooker Chicken: Fork-Tender Chicken in Just 30 Minutes!

I just picked up another free-range-organic chicken for 50% off at my grocery store – so good!

Sweet and Orangey Brussels Sprouts

Sweet and Orangey Brussels Sprouts

Pressure Cooked Refried Beans with Onion, Garlic and Green Chilies

Pressure Cooked Refried Beans with Onion, Garlic and Green Chilies

Instant Pot Mexican Casserole

Instant Pot Mexican Casserole

Paleo Instant Pot Mexi-Meatloaf

Paleo Instant Pot Mexi-Meatloaf

Chicken Chile Verde in Under 30 Minutes

Chicken Chile Verde in Under 30 Minutes

Are you excited? There are a few super time savers in this collection – I love homemade refried beans (so good and my family loves them).

Enjoy!

The Best Gluten Free Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe EVER!

21
Dec
2015

The Best Gluten Free Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe EVER!

We all have family favorite recipes. I shared one a few weeks ago and I am sharing another one with you, my wonderful community of moms!

I have been known for my famous Stuffed Mushrooms since I was in high school – and that is a long time! I can recall making this recipe in my Home Economics class for the first time and was so proud to make it for my parents for the first time, which…ahem…was about 28 years ago! My dad still talks about these mushrooms to this day – so, yes, they are that famous!

We will be making these for our Christmas Eve dinner and I thought it was the perfect time to share this recipe. I have altered the recipe a bit to make it Gluten Free and it is still just as good!

Even if you have family members who do not like mushrooms, try this one on for size. My six year old who won’t eat mushrooms in anything else will eat these!

I love and recommend using only Young Living Essential Oils in recipes – this one is perfect to try them in!

Gluten Free Stuffed Mushrooms
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Ingredients
  1. 20 extra large White Mushrooms
  2. 5 T olive oil
  3. 1/4 cup red wine
  4. 3/4 pound sweet italian sausage
  5. 1/2 onion diced
  6. 2 clove garlic minced
  7. 2/3 cup gluten free bread crumbs
  8. 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  9. 2 T parsley
  10. 1 drop Taste of Italy Essential Oil (or 1 drop Oregano or Basil)
  11. 3 T melted butter
  12. salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Remove the stems from the mushrooms and chop them finely. Set aside. Place the mushroom caps in a shallow bowl and toss with 3 tablespoons of the olive oil and red wine. Set aside.
  3. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage, crumbling it. Cook the sausage for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until it's completely browned. Add the chopped mushroom stems and cook for 3 more minutes. Stir in the chopped onions and garlic and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the gluten free bread crumbs, stirring to combine evenly with all the other ingredients. Remove from the heat, stir in the Parmesan, parsley, and drop of Taste of Italy Essential Oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste, Cool slightly.
  4. Fill each mushroom generously with the sausage mixture. Arrange the mushrooms in a baking dish large enough to hold all the mushrooms in a snug single layer. Drizzle the melted butter over the tops of the mushrooms. Bake until the stuffing for 50 minutes, until the stuffing is browned and crusty.
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12 Simple Holiday Recipes with Essential Oils

14
Dec
2015

12 Simple Holiday Recipes with Essential Oils

We have been using Young Living Essential Oils now for almost THREE years! WOW! I had no idea that I could incorporate them in recipes until about two years ago. They are handy to have around the kitchen and can really bring out some fabulous flavor in our food.  

Here are some of my favorites that I’ve rounded up for you today – some of these would make simple and easy holiday gifts too!

Powdered Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix

Powdered Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix

Oh my word! We have been using this mix now for a couple weeks. It is so easy to make. I love that it uses coconut sugar and that I can adjust the amount of Peppermint essential oil I use. Grab some of these labels to make some easy Christmas gifts!  

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Spoons

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Spoons

These look amazing for a neighbor gift or for your favorite teacher!

Cinnamon Bark Popcorn

Cinnamon Bark Popcorn

Cranberry Orange Bread with an Extra Special "Flavor Enhancer"

Cranberry Orange Bread with an Extra Special “Flavor Enhancer”

Healthy Homemade Buttermints

Healthy Homemade Buttermints

Peppermint Brownie Bites

Peppermint Brownie Bites

Blueberry Cardamom Scones

Blueberry Cardamom Scones

Spinach Pesto

Spinach Pesto

Easy Peppermint Bark with Young Living Peppermint Oil

Easy Peppermint Bark with Young Living Peppermint Oil

DIY Herb-Infused Olive Oil

DIY Herb-Infused Olive Oil

Mulled Cider

Mulled Cider

Can you imagine this one on the stove Christmas Eve while your friends and family gather around?

Non-Dairy Pumpkin Spiced Creamer

Non-Dairy Pumpkin Spiced Creamer

I use to pour in tons of Coffee-mate creamer into my coffee – for years I did this. Have you ever looked at those ingredients? Please – please – look and decide to make better choices. This is a great alternative!

If you are interested in learning more about Young Living Essential Oils and want to grab some to use in these fabulous recipes, I’d love to share a bit more with you here. They are helpful for everyday wellness, but obviously have so many other uses in our everyday life – like recipes!

Simple Gluten Free Meal Plan

7
Dec
2015

Simple Gluten Free Meal Plan

I have been waiting to get this review out to you all to be sure this meal plan idea was as good as I had hoped – and it is!

Back in November I stumbled across the 21 Gluten Free Meals for $162 Plan from $5DollarDinners.com and wanted to give it a whirl. I was looking to really ease my shopping burden and also reduce the budget for our meals. I had also taken a great liking to freezer meals – spending a few hours on one day to prepare the meals and freeze them ahead of time so I really used my time wisely.

Here is my honest review of using the 5DollarDinners.com Gluten Free Plan from Costco.

First of all – the price for this meal plan is seriously the best ever – $2.49 for a complete list, shopping list, recipes, and preparation tips for creating and also freezing ahead the meals you can. I love the concept of getting nearly all the ingredients I needed from Costco because:

  1. They have great quality ingredients
  2. It’s one stop shopping
  3. They have a lot of organic items that you can easily use and not overspend!

If you do not need a gluten free plan there are two other menu plan options from Costco on her site. One is an Organic plan too.

Here are the recipes in the Gluten Free Plan:

  • (2) Chicken Enchilada Casserole with corn *
  • (2) Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup *
  • (2) Orange Glazed Pork Chops with mashed potatoes and veggies * (will make potatoes day of)
  • (2) Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Chicken Curry *
  • (2) Shepherd’s Pie *
  • (2) Beef Tamale Skillet Dinner with veggies
  • (2) Southwest Rice Pilaf
  • (2) Ranch Chicken and Potato Casserole with veggies *
  • (2) BBQ Chicken Street Tacos with rice and corn *
  • (2) Basil Balsamic Chicken with rice & veggies *
  • (1) Sloppy Joe Bowls (cooked and froze)*

Out of this list I was able to make-ahead and freeze in either Ziploc bags or casserole containers all the meals with an asterisk (*). I did end up preparing the Ranch Chicken Casserole dish and placing all the ingredients together in a Ziploc and then placing in a casserole dish the day I cooked for our family, but it did not turn out as well as if I had made in a casserole dish and froze. So will do that next time.

So far our favorites are the Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Chicken Curry (this is so good!), the Shepherds Pie (super easy and really yummy – my five year old had three servings!), and the Chicken Enchilada Casserole.

Here are a portion of my meals before they were popped into the freezer!

gluten free meals

My Cost Breakdown:

I totaled up what I spent for the items I needed from Costco for these meals. I added a large bag of onions from Costco, which were not on the list and spent $204 total, instead of the $162 that is advertised. Obviously that was close enough in my book, as every Costco is not going to have the exact same prices. 

I would estimate the cost of the additional ingredients needed from the grocery store or what you already may have in your pantry to be around $20.

I actually was able to get two more meals made with the items that I purchased – so instead of 21 meals I got 23 meals, plus I had leftover sweet potatoes, rice, corn tortillas, tomato sauce, chicken broth, potatoes, and frozen veggies to use elsewhere with my family. So I estimate that for 23 meals I spent $224, so that broke it down to $9.40 per meal, which feeds a family of four.

Can You Even Imagine?

Will I be doing this again? You bet! I can re-use this $2.49 meal plan over and over again – I love that it’s simple recipes, easy shopping, and I can now tweak the recipes just a bit to exactly how my family loves them – more garlic and onions!  :-)

Don’t forget to grab your 2016 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner and Supplemental Pack which comes with a great weekly menu planner page too!

 

Here is a video where I share a bit more on my thougths

Family Favorite Recipe: Pineapple Pretzel Fluff

23
Nov
2015

Family Favorite Recipe: Pineapple Pretzel Fluff

Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving at our house without this amazing recipe floating around the table. I discovered it several years ago on Taste of Home and made it on a whim for an Easter dinner. It was by far one of the greatest successes in our family history!

Anytime we have a family celebration or holiday dinner it is a must have. So today I wanted to share it with you in hopes you find it just as treasured around your family table. I serve it as a “side” to a meal – but you could easily use it as a dessert too. 

It is NOT low-fat, nor can it be categorized in any way as healthy, but sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do! You can easily substitute gluten-free pretzels to make it a gluten-free dish.

Here’s how to make Pineapple Pretzel Fluff.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coarsely crushed pretzels
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 20 ounces crushed pineapple, drained well
  • 12 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the pretzels, butter, and ½ cup sugar. Press into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
  2. Bake at 400° for 7 minutes. Cool. I tend to make this the day before and store it in an air-tight container.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining sugar until creamy. Fold in pineapple and whipped topping; chill until serving.
  4. Break pretzel mixture into small pieces; stir into pineapple mixture right before serving.

You can make everything the night before. It holds up well. Just don’t add the pretzels until right before serving it!

Do not worry about how you will store any leftovers, because there will not be any leftovers – take it from me and personal experience! I imagine one of my kids will request this at their wedding – it is that popular in our home.

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