Feb 28

Whole Chicken in the Air Fryer

How great is this?! Anytime I can cut back my cooking time more than half the amount makes me happy…especially when the same results are achieved. Easy, delicious, crispy skin and tender meat.

Use whatever seasonings or spices you like. I used a poultry seasoning I found in my spice cabinet, and rubbed the entire bird with just a tiny bit of extra virgin olive oil first (you could also use butter).

I didn’t stuff it with anything but you certainly could…next time I will probably throw a lemon and onion inside.

Can’t wait to make this again!

Whole Chicken in the Air Fryer

One whole roasting chicken (approx. 5 lbs)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
whatever seasonings you like

Rub chicken with oil, then add seasoning. Place in air fryer basket. Set temp for 350 degrees and cook for 40 minutes on each side, flipping once. (If you have a smaller air fryer, you may have to cut the backbone of your chicken out to flatten it first…I have the Power XL 5.3 so mine fit very well)

Remove from basket. Let rest for 10 minutes before cutting.

Serves many! Makes lots of leftovers too.

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Oct 13

Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Gravy

This dish is definitely a keeper! Quick and easy…and the meat was so tender. I served it with cheesy cauliflower and sauteed spinach for the perfect low carb meal!

Next time I’ll definitely throw an onion in there – can’t believe I forgot to do that!

Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Gravy

3 lb frozen turkey breast (defrosted, leave netting on)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
salt, pepper, garlic powder
1 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon xantham gum

Season turkey with spices. Set Instant Pot to saute function. Add oil and turkey. Saute turkey breast on all sides, then add chicken broth. Set on manual setting for 30 minutes. Allow pressure to release naturally, or release after 15 minutes.

Take a 1/2 cup of liquid out of the pot and place in a bowl. Add xantham gum and stir. Mix into pot until liquid thickens. Add more xantham gum if necessary.

Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Serves 4.

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Jul 14

Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Carnitas

Talk about a delicious and EASY meal! Our friends loved this one! Healthy, too!

Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Carnitas
adapted from PaleOMG

2 pounds pork shoulder/butt, cubed
2 teaspoons canola oil
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon pepper
1 large onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeño pepper, diced
2 bay leaves
juice of 2 limes
1½ cup orange juice
limes, cilantro and chopped radishes for garnish

Press sauté function on Instant Pot. Add oil, then pork butt, and brown on all sides for 5-10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and mix well to combine.

Press cancel, secure lid, close off pressure valve then press manual to high pressure and press the up button until the time hits 30 minutes. Once time is up, let the pressure release naturally for 20 minutes, then remove lid. Meanwhile, turn oven broiler on high.

Remove meat and onions and place on a baking sheet or oven roasting pan. Pull apart meat slightly using two forks. Squeeze fresh lime juice on top and place under broiler for a few minutes or until pork begins to brown and crisp.

Garnish with lime wedges, cilantro and radishes.

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Jan 20

Instant Pot Beef Stew

Yep, another recipe using my IP! I can’t help it – it’s just too easy.

Biscuit recipe coming soon! And yes, those were made in the oven 😉

Instant Pot Beef Stew
adapted from Imperfectly Happy

2 pounds stew meat
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
4 cups beef broth
2/3 cup red wine
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 pound potatoes, cut into chunks
1 pound baby carrots
2-3 stalks of celery, chopped
frozen peas, thawed and barely cooked (optional)

Set your Instant Pot to saute mode. Add oil, beef, salt and pepper. Cook until just browned. Add onion and garlic and continue to sauté until softened. Add remaining ingredients (except peas) and stir.

Switch Instant Pot to Meat/Stew and set for 18 minutes then use NPR (natural pressure release). **I waited 20 minutes then flipped the valve myself and it was fine!

Spoon into bowls and add peas, if desired.

Serves 4-6.

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Jan 9

Pressure Cooker Sausage, Peppers & Onions

Yep, another Instant Pot post…get used to it because I’ve been experimenting a lot! How great does this look!?! And you won’t believe how easy it is.

Pressure Cooker Sausage, Peppers & Onions
adapted from Pressure Cooking Today

Approximately 3 pounds Italian sausage (or whatever sausage you like)
4 large peppers, cut into strips
2 large onions, sliced
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 cup water
1 tablespoon basil
1 teaspoon oregano
salt and pepper

Combine tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, basil, oregano, salt and pepper in pressure cooker pot. Add sausages to the sauce. Place peppers, onions and garlic on top of the sausage. Do not mix.

Lock lid in place and select high pressure. Set timer for 25 minutes and press start. When beep sounds turn off pressure cooker and use a quick pressure release. Carefully remove lid. Serve over pasta or on bread for sandwiches.

Serves 4-6.

Posted in Instant Pot, Italian, peppers, pork, QuickAndEasy, tomatoes | 3 Comments
Jan 6

Minestrone in the Instant Pot

Happy New Year! 2017 is going to be a great year, I just know it! Especially when it comes to easy meals…and I have my Instant Pot to thank for that.


This minestrone was delicious and of course, super quick and easy to make. Give it a try…you won’t be disappointed!

Minestrone in the Instant Pot
slightly adapted from Don’t Mess with Mama

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 stalks celery, diced
1 large onion, diced
1 large carrot, diced
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
Sea salt and pepper, to taste
1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
1 can (15 oz) cannellini beans
4 cups chicken broth
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup fresh spinach or kale, torn into shreds
1 cup elbow pasta
1/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1-2 teaspoons fresh pesto (optional)

Set Instant Pot to saute mode. Add olive oil, onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Mix until softened. Add basil, oregano, salt and pepper.

Add tomatoes, bone broth, spinach or kale, bay leaf, and pasta. Close lid and set to manual high pressure (HP) for 6 minutes.
When timer goes off, remove lid and add cannellini beans.

Serve in bowls and garnish with cheese and pesto.

Serves 4-6.

Posted in Instant Pot, Italian, main dishes, make ahead, pasta, QuickAndEasy, soup | 3 Comments
Sep 14

Pressure Cooker Salsa Chicken Burrito Bowls

I love simple and easy meals that are also healthy.  This delicious dish took just minutes to make and is perfect for those living a low carb lifestyle.  Or, use tortillas and wrap away!


Add your favorite toppings, and you’ve got the perfect burrito bowl!


Pressure Cooker Salsa Chicken Burrito Bowls
adapted from Nom Nom Paleo

2 pounds boneless chicken breasts
chili powder, salt and pepper
1 cup salsa – any kind of salsa you like
your favorite toppings (sour cream, scallions, cheese, etc)

Arrange chicken on bottom of pressure cooker. Season both sides with chili powder, salt and pepper. Pour salsa evenly over chicken. Lock lid, press manual and set for 7 minutes.

Once chicken is done cooking, do a quick pressure release and once steam is finished, remove chicken from pot. Shred chicken and top with cooking liquid. Stir until evenly distributed, then place in individual serving bowls. Top with your favorite ingredients.

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Sep 14

Quick Pressure Cooker Potato Salad

I’ve been having so much fun with my new Instant Pot! I can’t believe how much easier it’s made my life, which has become quite hectic. Doesn’t this look delicious? And it only takes 4 minutes to cook!


This was a huge hit recently with friends, and I plan on making it again this weekend to bring to a BBQ. Oh, and I didn’t have a steamer basket, so I placed tin foil balls around the rack that comes with the IP, and cut the potatoes in larger cubes so they didn’t fall underneath. Simple and delicious!

Quick Pressure Cooker Potato Salad
from Pressure Cooking Today

6 russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 1/2 cups water
4 eggs
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon dill pickle juice
1 tablespoon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste

Put the steamer basket in the pressure cooker pot. Add the water, potatoes, and the eggs. Lock lid in place, select High Pressure, 4 minutes cook time and press start.
When timer beeps, turn off pressure cooker and do a quick pressure release. When pressure is released, carefully remove the lid. Remove the steamer basket and put eggs into ice cold water to cool.
In a bowl, combine onion, mayo, parsley, pickle juice, and mustard. Add cooled potatoes and gently mix the mayonnaise mixture into the potatoes. Peel and dice the cooled eggs and stir into potato salad. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add more mayo if necessary.
Chill at least one hour before serving.

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Jan 25

Hot Pizza Dip

Well, now that we know who’s playing in the Super Bowl, it’s time to figure out what’s on the menu!  And this dip is the perfect addition…


It should be called “Addictive Dip”.  Because it is.

Hot Pizza Dip
adapted from Allrecipes

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 cup marinara sauce
1/4 cup chopped onion
sliced pepperoni

In a small bowl, mix together cream cheese and Italian seasoning. Spread mixture on the bottom of a 9 inch pie plate, or a shallow microwave-safe dish.

Sprinkle 1/2 cup of mozzarella and 1/2 cup of parmesan over cream cheese mixture. Spread sauce on top. Sprinkle with remaining cheese, then top with onion and pepperoni.

Cover and microwave for 5 minutes. Serve hot with baguette slices or bagel chips.

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Jan 20

Hamilton Beach Stand AND Hand Mixer Giveaways!!

Well, isn’t this exciting!  Two giveaways rolled into one!  Thanks to Hamilton Beach, I’m giving away this great stand mixer (see pic!) AND this awesome hand mixer!


I love both of these products so much!  They’re easy to use and get the job done better than ever!  The stand mixer is SO light, and the hand mixer is speedy and easy to store.

You will automatically be entered to win either prize.  All you have to do is comment below, telling me what you’ll make with either mixer.  To earn an additional entry, share this giveaway on Facebook and leave the link to it in a separate comment.  Giveaway ends on Friday, January 29th at 5pm EST.  US residents only.

Thanks again, Hamilton Beach, and good luck to all!

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