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RECIPE: Maple Mustard Instant Pot Chicken (Paleo + Freezer Meal!)

Looking for a sweet and savory dish? This Maple Mustard Chicken is a snap to make in the Instant Pot. Save even more time by turning it into a freezer meal!

Every kitchen needs some secret powerhouse combinations — but few are as pleasing as the combination of maple syrup and mustard. No, I’m not talking about that cheap imitation stuff. I mean real maple syrup. The combination of sweet and savory is just wonderful.

So it was only natural that I began to experiment with this combination in my kitchen. I also added some fresh herbs, because the Instant Pot has a way of preserving the natural aromatic oil and quality of herbs unlike baking/stovetop cooking. (If you don’t have fresh herbs on hand, don’t worry. You can still use dried herbs. But for full flavor, I definitely recommend fresh! You can freeze your extra fresh herbs, too.)

Overwhelmed by all the talk about Instant Pot accessories? Our comprehensive list tells you what you really need AND how to use them.

Instant Pot Accessories and How To Use Them

Begin by combining all the liquids together (I use a single measuring cup to save on dishes): mustard, maple syrup, water, broth.

Next, add your chicken to the IP. Even if you’re a dedicated boneless skinless breast fan, I highly recommend you give boneless thighs a try, too. Not only are they more budget friendly, but the Instant Pot turns them into fork tender awesomeness.

Lastly, add in your fresh herbs, salt, and pepper.

Then sit back and relax while the Instant Pot does its magic!

Making Maple Mustard Chicken into a Freezer Meal

As I sit here writing, I’m recovering from some intense surgery — which means I’m not able to do any meal prep. Because of our dietary restriction and Celiac disease, our options for eating out are very, very few. Which makes me super thankful that I can make Instant Pot meals up in advance and freeze them.

Turn this dinner into an Instant Pot Freezer Meal. No need to thaw before cooking — cook straight from frozen! Get step-by-step instructions here.

How To Make Instant Pot Freezer Meals

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Check out all our Instant Pot Recipes!

Don’t miss our popular Instant Pot Tip posts:

How to Unbox the Instant Pot in 10 Easy Steps

Instant Pot Accessories and How To Use Them

How To Make Instant Pot Freezer Meals

How to Travel with the Instant Pot

Looking for a sweet and savory dish? This Maple Mustard Chicken is a snap to make in the Instant Pot. Save even more time by turning it into a freezer meal!

RECIPE: Lemon Herb Instant Pot Chicken (Paleo + Freezer Meal)

Featuring the rich undertones of lemon and fresh herbs, this flavorful and super easy Paleo meal is ready in minutes thanks to the Instant Pot.

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love lemon. I love the flavor… the smell…the citrusy zest…

So it was only natural that I began playing around with the lemons and fresh herbs. I already knew from my whole chicken recipe that the IP turned lemons and fresh herbs into deliciousness. So it naturally followed to experiment with boneless meat as well. Continue reading

RECIPE: Paleo Asian Herb Instant Pot Chicken (Freezer Meal)

Need an easy-but-healthy meal? This Asian Herb Chicken recipe is the delicious answer you're looking for. Plus, turn this Paleo recipe into a freezer meal!

No thanks to our Celiac disease, getting tasty Asian food that won’t kill us is rather difficult. Traditionally prepared soy sauce contains wheat/gluten and the gums and starches to thicken restaurant sauces make our bellies grumble. The high sodium content and MSG makes us feel awful.

Oh — but how I STILL miss eating at the little Peking Garden at the end of my street…

Out of desperation inspiration, I began fooling around in the kitchen to make my own speedy version to rival take-out. It needed to be flavorful, economical (I use chicken thighs), easy to assemble, and QUICK to cook! Continue reading

RECIPE: Easy Instant Pot 4-Minute Simple Salmon (From Frozen!)

Who says you have to go to a fancy restaurant to get delicious salmon? Discover how easy it is to perfectly cook frozen salmon in your Instant Pot.

I really enjoy a quality-prepared salmon. Growing up, the only fish we ever ate was tuna fish straight from the can (with mayo, of course) or the random box of fish sticks once every 6-8 months. Fish just wasn’t part of my childhood.

As an adult, I began to discover that I really liked fish (especially salmon). But I tried to prepare it once at home. Yes, just once.

And it was awful. It was dry. Overdone. The house smelled all fishy the entire day (a smell my husband does NOT appreciate, lol).

So, sadly, I let this bad experience scare me off.

Until I got my Instant Pot.

Being Brave Enough To Try Again

I love participating in the Instant Pot Facebook Community group. I glean new recipes and learn all sorts of new ideas. One of the group members, Rich Lum, continuously posts amazing recipes of his salmon creations.

On a night when I was desperate for a fast dinner, I decided to shoulder my fear and give frozen salmon a try.

I intentionally did NOT marinate my salmon. I figured cooking it plain would be the ultimate test of how well the Instant Pot could do. When the pin dropped and my fish was ready, I had a pretty significant lump in my throat. My expectations were QUITE low — especially given my history with making fish before.

And you know what?

The salmon was CRAZY AMAZING.

Tender. Juicy. Perfect texture.

And more impressive? THE HOUSE DIDN’T SMELL LIKE FISH DEATH. 🙂

I took a picture of my triumph and immediately put it on the menu again for the next week. And by the way, don’t judge my photo (or my paper plate… or bagged salad…). Not every meal a food blogger makes looks like a cooking magazine, lol.

How To Make Salmon Using Frozen Fish

Begin by removing your frozen salmon from its packaging. There is no need to thaw overnight (which saves you time! YES!).

Place your salmon on a trivet. I was able to place two large salmon filets on one layer. Or you can get a second trivet to layer them.

Add 1 cup of water to your Instant Pot.

Check the sealing ring, close the lid, and select MANUAL for 4 minutes. Once the program is complete, you either do a quick release (which could risk drying out your salmon) or allow the pin to drop naturally (which usually takes mine 2-4 minutes… surprisingly fast for IP recipes).

Your sealing ring will retain the odor of fish. I recommend getting a spare sealing ring dedicated to more aromatic dishes.

DO NOT ALLOW YOUR SALMON TO HANG OUT ON KEEP WARM FOR LONG AFTER THE PIN DROPS. This will most certainly cause it to dry out.

Remove from the trivet and plate immediately.

If you’re looking for creative ways to serve your salmon, you can use mini loaf pans (stacking them) with a marinade (like 1/4 cup teriyaki or soy sauce or lemon slices). According to Rich Lum, you’ll need to up your time to 8 minutes.

Overwhelmed by all the talk about Instant Pot accessories? Our comprehensive list tells you what you really need AND how to use them.

Instant Pot Accessories and How To Use Them

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Check out all our Instant Pot Recipes!

Don’t miss our popular Instant Pot Tip posts:

How to Unbox the Instant Pot in 10 Easy Steps

Instant Pot Accessories and How To Use Them

How To Make Instant Pot Freezer Meals

How to Travel with the Instant Pot

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RECIPE: Budget-Friendly Pot Roast with the Instant Pot (Paleo/AIP)

Looking for a delicious pot roast recipe? Use the Instant Pot to turn stew meat into tender pot roast. You'll save money -- and no one will be the wiser!I have a secret. The Instant Pot can make pot roast magic.

My family loves the taste of pot roast, but for budget reasons we rarely purchase beef roast. It’s hard to swallow $5-8/lb meat for a family of voracious eaters. There’s nothing like spending $25 on ONE dinner with hardly any leftovers.

I guess I should pleased that everyone loved it enough to polish it off… but all I could see were dollar signs. Continue reading

RECIPE: Easy {One Hour} 3-Ingredient Instant Pot Bone Broth

Looking for an easy way to make bone broth in your Instant Pot? This one hour recipe yields nutritious bone broth (and doesn't make your house stink)!

There are approximately a gazillion recipes for bone broth on the internet (give or take) and a growing number for the Instant Pot. Most traditional methods involve simmering bones – typically chicken or beef – for 12-24 hours. While this yields a nutritious and inexpensive bone broth, this method does require planning ahead and some time management.   Continue reading

RECIPE: Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce (with Frozen Ground Beef)

Looking for a fast way to make meaty spaghetti sauce? Is your ground beef frozen? Let the Instant Pot do the work for you - no thawing or browning required!

Stemming back to my childhood, Wednesday night has always been spaghetti night in our house. My mom started this tradition as a way to survive the hectic, busy Wednesday rush between school and evening activities. And when you throw in my Italian heritage, a meaty marinara sauce over a steaming bowl of noodles was simply perfect.

But, believe it or not, spaghetti night needed an upgrade.

We buy our ground beef in bulk from a local farmer (or sometimes Costco) and store it in the freezer. While this saves us incredibly money, it does require remembering to thaw my meat.

Which is something I’m TERRIBLE at.

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RECIPE: Easy Instant Pot {Brined!} Whole Chicken with Lemon Au Jus

Don't settle for bland when cooking whole chicken. My two secrets -- brining and using the Instant Pot -- will create a moist and flavorful dinner!

I’m not sure what became the deciding factor for me to purchase the Instant Pot. It may have been the ability to cook frozen ground beef in 25 minutes. Or to hard boil eggs in just 2 minutes (with no ice bath necessary). But the deciding factor came when I realized I could make my own delicious, whole chicken with virtually NO MESS and super easy clean up.

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RECIPE: Candie’s Curry in a Hurry (Paleo! Instant Pot!)

Need a delicious Paleo curry that comes together in 15 minutes? Thanks to the Instant Pot, you now have all the time you need to enjoy a bowl of seconds.

There are few things I love more in this world than delicious flavor and things that excite the tastebuds.    In our area, there are so many restaurants that boast international flavors: Indian, Mexican, Italian, Chinese. I love cuisine with an exotic flair. And curries are amazing.

Unfortunately, with my family’s diagnosis of Celiac disease this past summer, eating out has become almost completely impossible. Continue reading

RECIPE: Instant Pot Autumn Squash Soup (Paleo, AIP, Dairy Free)

Thanks to the Instant Pot, this super easy, crowd-pleasing squash soup is ready to eat in just ten minutes. Warning: you may be fighting over seconds!

Without a doubt, fall is my most favorite season. I love it all: the cooler weather, the splash of color on the leaves, the coziness of being wrapped in sweaters, and the warmth from a bowl of delicious soup.

The first time I ate Panera’s Autumn Squash Soup, I’m pretty sure I died and went to heaven. The taste was equal parts savory and sweet; the texture was creamy and rich. Because I knew that Panera’s ingredients weren’t all that great (albeit, they have made a real effort in recent years), I knew that I absolutely had to start Continue reading

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