Happy Labor Day

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Labor Day – why celebrate the work we do? While typically we think of Labor Day as a BBQ and picnic holiday, and as one of the last days holidays before the school year really gets into gear, the history behind Labor Day shines a rather somber light onto the history of work in our country. The first Labor Day occurred when a group of industrial workers marched for better… Read More »Happy Labor Day

Five+ Reasons to Break Out Your New Instant Pot (ie Don’t Be Afraid Of It!)

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Honesty check – does your Instant Pot shine just like it came out of the box, because, well, it’s still sitting in the box? Are you afraid to pull the trigger on trying your new appliance? My good friend, an excellent cook, received an Instant Pot as a gift six months ago. She’s a health nut, so I knew she’d love the variety of nutritious meals she could prepare. I asked her… Read More »Five+ Reasons to Break Out Your New Instant Pot (ie Don’t Be Afraid Of It!)

Chicken, Potato and Stuffed Pepper Dinner

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Chicken breast can be a little tricky in the Instant Pot – it can come out dry and tasteless. We’ve found using a high quality seasoning mix can help, and then of course cooking it correctly in the Instant Pot! Ingredients: 1 ½ cup chicken broth 1 lb chicken breast, cubed 2-3 tsp Penzey’s Northwood seasoning 6-10 mini sweet peppers 4 oz cream cheese 3 TB pimento or chopped jalapenos 1-2 dashes… Read More »Chicken, Potato and Stuffed Pepper Dinner

Garden Veggie Quiche

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This recipe was a success and failure all in one. Let me explain: I have never owned a springform pan. Scratch that, I’ve owned one for several years, but it’s never made it out of the nice Pampered Chef box that it came in. I don’t like cheesecake but bought the pan so I could make it for the hubby. Then we started a fitness program seven years ago, stuck… Read More »Garden Veggie Quiche

Tres‌ ‌Mariscos‌ ‌Mixtos‌ ‌(Seafood‌ ‌Trio)‌ ‌

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I love everything about water – swimming in it, floating, checking out the fishlife, and of course, eating fish and seafood! When we go on vacation, I take every opportunity I can to enjoy the local seafood. In fact, one vacation I ate seafood at almost every meal (including breakfast)! And if you’re thinking shrimp and eggs is kind of weird, trust me, when it’s fresh from the ocean – it’s… Read More »Tres‌ ‌Mariscos‌ ‌Mixtos‌ ‌(Seafood‌ ‌Trio)‌ ‌

Mustard-Sauced Pork Loin Dinner

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My husband just picked up half a hog for our freezer. Half a hog. 244 pounds of chops, roasts, loin, ham, bacon, sausage and ground. We are STOCKED for the winter for sure! First, we had to organize and make room in the freezer. Then, I immediately went to work dreaming up some Instant Pot recipes! Pork loin is super lean, and a very good choice for protein in a… Read More »Mustard-Sauced Pork Loin Dinner

Easy Beef and Veggie Meal

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When I first got the divided baskets from Kindsay, I knew the possibilities would be endless for developing recipes that would help you all spend less time in the kitchen! What a cool accessory, and now that I’ve had them for a while, I wasn’t wrong! It’s so easy to divide the food up, using it either to keep foods separate OR to help make different cooking times for different… Read More »Easy Beef and Veggie Meal

Hearty Iowa Breakfast, Instant Pot Style

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I think we’re all trying to figure out ways to make meal times easier – at our house, meal prep is a MUST, especially for weekday breakfasts. We wake up super early to go workout before our workday starts, so cooking in the morning just doesn’t happen Monday through Friday. We often make egg bites in the Instant Pot, and absolutely love how convenient they are (plus they are SO easy… Read More »Hearty Iowa Breakfast, Instant Pot Style

Deconstructed Shepherd’s Pie

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My family enjoys a variety of meals, but a hearty dish like this is always a favorite on a fall day. As I write this, the leaves are starting to fall to the ground, the air has a crisp chill in it, and we start using the Instant Pot even more than normal.  I can read your mind though…what’s the difference between this recipe and a beef stew in the crockpot? You could… Read More »Deconstructed Shepherd’s Pie