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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: Instant Pot “Baked” Sweet Potatoes

No need to wait an hour for your oven to cook sweet potatoes. Thanks to the Instant Pot, you can now have sweet potatoes ready in a fraction of the time!

I have a confession. For as much as my family loves sweet potatoes, I hardly ever made them over the last four years. The main reason? The last four years have been very hard on our family and menu planning has been much more spur of the moment than strategic. So rather than doing the smart thing — planning ahead, remembering to put sweet potatoes in the oven an hour before we needed to eat — we ended up just not eating sweet potatoes. Sad, huh? Continue reading

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.

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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

RECIPE: Dairy Free Creamy Zuppa Toscana (Paleo)

Looking for a creamy, delicious, and filling soup? This vegetable-rich (and dairy-free!) Zuppa Toscana will have friends and family coming back for more.

If I had to pick ONE soup that is a hands-down favorite in our home, it has to be Zuppa Toscana. This recipe has morphed through the years as our own personal food journey has evolved (no more instant bouillon cubes or corn-syrup-sausage, thank you!).

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RECIPE: 4 Minute Instant Pot Apple Chutney (Paleo, AIP)

Looking for an easy Paleo recipe that will impress? Check out this Instant Pot Apple Raisin Chutney. And no one will guess this cooks in just 4 minutes.

Without question, the Instant Pot is my most favorite kitchen tool. It’s also super quick to make delicious Paleo-friendly desserts, like this Apple Chutney one.  And do you know what I love most about Paleo recipes? They are also healthy enough to enjoy for breakfast! Continue reading

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