I’m always in the hunt for easy, delicious, and healthy treats (like Paleo fudge). I’ve seen videos pop up on social media of making yummy, quick, and personalized mug cakes that you can throw together in a microwave. Continue reading
If you’re a fan of the Instant Pot, you know just how versatile this kitchen tool can be:
But did you know you can make fully-assembled freezer meals… and cook them directly from frozen??
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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!).
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