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Instant Pot Chicken & Vegetable Pad Thai is simple weeknight meal that is ready in no time!  It’s packed with tender chicken, lots of veggies, noodles, and a flavorful sauce.  Pad Thai sauce is a little salty, fairly nutty, and a little sweet in flavor.  I think it’s similar to peanut sauce, which tastes great on just about anything 😊 This is a one-pot meal your whole family will love! The recipe can be found here. Start by doing all your prep work.  Slice the chicken, zucchini, bell pepper, etc.  I like to buy matchstick carrots because they are already the needed size.  I also prefer to julienne (cut super thin) my zucchini but if you have a spiralizer, that also works well.  Set all the ingredients aside until ready to use. Next, make the Pad Thai sauce.  In a large bowl, whisk together all the sauce ingredients – brown sugar, chicken broth, rice vinegar, soy sauce, creamy peanut butter, … Continue reading

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Instant Pot meals are quickly becoming a favorite of mine on night we are busy and don’t have a lot of time to spend cooking but still want a nice meal.  We probably use our Instant Pot more in the fall and winter than we do in the spring and summer because it’s great for warm and hearty meals.  Recently we made Instant Pot Chicken Bruschetta Pasta.  It was delicious! The chicken was moist and tender, the noodles were al dente (I hate when they become too soft and mushy), and the bruschetta topping added some lovely color and a bit of freshness to the dish.  The flavors pair well together and left us feeling quite satisfied! The recipe can be found here. Start by preparing your ingredients – the ingredients you will be putting in the Instant Pot.  Slice the chicken, mince the garlic, etc.  Then, add the ingredients to the Instant Pot in the … Continue reading

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Instant Pot Bacon Gouda Mac & Cheese is a very simple yet delicious meal that is ready in no time!  The combination of ingredients is incredibly rich and flavorful.  The bacon is crispy, the onions are caramelized, the noodles are nice and tender (but not mushy), and the gouda adds a wonderful nutty and creamy taste and texture to the whole dish.  You cannot go wrong with this recipe! The recipe can be found here. Start by prepping your ingredients – chop the bacon, dice the onion, measure out your spices, and shred the cheddar and gouda.  Set all ingredients aside. Turn the Instant Pot to the sauté setting.  Once hot, add the bacon and cook until crispy.  Use a slotted spoon to remove the bacon to a paper towel lined plate.  Set the bacon aside but no not discard the bacon grease in the Instant Pot. Add the butter to the Instant Pot (with the bacon … Continue reading

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Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup is a wonderful meal that is made from scratch and is ready in a fraction of the time you would spend making this soup on the stove.  It’s hearty, spicy, and something the whole family will love.  You can even customize your toppings!  Add shredded cheese, cilantro, lemon wedges, tortilla chips – you name it! The recipe can be found here. Start by prepping your ingredients.  Mince the garlic, mince the onion, drain and rinse the black beans, drain the corn, slice the cilantro, and slice the lime.  Set everything aside and get your Instant Pot ready. Turn the Instant Pot on to the sauté setting and add the olive oil.  Once hot, add the onion and garlic.  It should start sizzling as soon as it hits the oil!  Sauté for 1-2 minutes or until translucent and fragrant.  Turn the Instant Pot off. Add the chicken stock and stir to combine.  Use a rubber spatula … Continue reading

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Instant Pot Chicken Pad Thai is better than takeout!  I never thought I would say that about a home cooked meal, but it really is.  It’s a one-pot dish that’s packed with chicken, veggies, noodles, and pad thai sauce.  It’s salty and nutty with just a hint of sweetness.  So, skip the takeout and give this a try! The recipe can be found here. As mentioned previously, this is a one-pot dish, so all you need is your Instant Pot, a cutting board, knife, and spoon. Start by slicing the chicken, bell peppers, and green onions.  I like to buy matchstick carrots because the work is already done for me.  If you can’t find matchstick carrots at the grocery store, you can slice your own.  You want them to be very thin…. julienne style.  Then, mince the garlic and chop the cilantro.  Set the prepared ingredients aside. Add olive oil to the bottom of the Instant Pot.  Add the … Continue reading

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Flavorful and creamy Instant Pot Garlic Chicken Pasta will make weeknight cooking a breeze!  It’s rich, without being too rich, easy to make, and delicious.  Plus, it’s a one-pot meal because it is entirely made in the Instant Pot.  That’s a win-win for dishes and cleanup if you ask me. The chicken is simmered in a rich and creamy sauce that envelopes the tender pasta noodles.  Each bite is filled with wonderful flavor.  It’s like eating an alfredo sauce that doesn’t actually taste like alfredo.  This is a meal the whole family will enjoy!  You can jazz it up with some spinach leaves for added color or substitute the chicken for ground beef.  If you are looking for a vegetarian option, skip the meat and add mushrooms instead. The recipe can be found here. Start by adding salt, Italian seasoning, paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper to a large Ziploc … Continue reading

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Looking for a quick and easy weeknight meal that tastes JUST like it came from a restaurant?  I have you covered!  I want to share my recipe for Instant Pot Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo that comes together in 30 minutes or less and is something the whole family will enjoy. The recipe can be found here. In the bowl of an Instant Pot, add chicken broth, heavy cream, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper. Break the noodles in half and place in the Instant Pot.  Use a spoon to gently push down the noodles to cover with the liquid.  You don’t want to press too hard or you’ll break the noodles and you also don’t need to stir the ingredients at this point. You want to use pre-cooked chicken for this recipe.  If you don’t have any pre-cooked chicken breasts, make sure to either bake them or fry them before starting … Continue reading

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Do you ever struggle to find a weeknight meal option that’s not only quick and easy to make but also something your whole family will enjoy?  I think that’s something we all go through but even more so now with spending more time at home.  How do you keep the meals exciting?  How do you add variety to your weekly menu?  It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and eat the same old meals week after week, and COVID hasn’t helped! The occasional takeout meal is fine, but I’ve definitely been getting good use out of my kitchen appliances.  Some of which I rarely use, but it’s been fun to find recipes to make in them and familiarize myself with the appliance so I can use it more often. My most recent recipe is for Simple Instant Pot Mac & Cheese.  Like the recipe name says, it’s simple 🙂 … Continue reading

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Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese is a great one-pot meal that will blow your mind!  It’s a twist on traditional mac & cheese that is easy to make and done in minutes.  It’s super cream, full of tender chicken, and has a great spicy and tangy flavor from the addition of buffalo sauce. The recipe can be found here. Start by slicing the chicken into bite sized pieces.  Add the chicken to a bowl and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  Toss to coat all pieces. Turn on the sauté function of the Instant Pot.  Add a small amount of oil.  I like to use avocado oil or coconut oil, but olive oil works just as well.  Add the chicken and cook until cooked through, about 5-7 minutes.  Make sure to stir the chicken while it cooks so it doesn’t stick to the bowl of the Instant … Continue reading

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Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip is the perfect recipe when you are looking for something quick and easy!  It’s cheesy, filled with tender chicken, has a bit of heat (hope you can handle it :)), and comes together in very little time.  It’s a great appetizer for game day or parties…or whenever you just need a little buffalo chicken kick! The recipe can be found here. Make sure the chicken is completely thawed and trim off any excess fat.  Place the chicken in the bottom of the Instant Pot.  Pour the hot sauce over the top.  I like to use Frank’s Xtra Red Hot Sauce for a little extra heat.  If you don’t want the added spice, use Frank’s Original Red Hot Sauce. Close the lid and make sure the valve is in the “sealed” position.  Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.  Let the pressure release naturally for about … Continue reading

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