Dinner help for back to school

Help With Dinner Time For Back To School Days!

Summer went by soooo quickly this year! It’s so crazy that it’s September already!
I know a lot of kids are back to school already, I’m avoiding it a little bit longer over here. 😉 But, the schedules are already filling up for fall time!

Most of us are looking for help with dinner time for these back to school days.

And these are the crazy days I’m so thankful to have dinner packed away in the freezer. I mean seriously, with piano lessons and Lego class (my guy is super excited about that one), homeschooling, and chasing around our 1-year-old.  Rushing us all off to Awana classes and MomStrong Bible Study… The last thing I can do is spend loads of time prepping and cooking dinner every single night!!!

So, in case dinner time is crazy for you too, I thought I’d share how we use our membership with Once A Month Meals to help!

 

I love love love using my Instant Pot with my freezer meals.. guys, you don’t even have to remember to thaw your dinner!!!!! If you use your crock pot as much as I use to, you know that it’s a super bummer when you forget to get out your meat or whatever for your crock pot to be able to cook it all day long for you…. so in comes the joy of the Instant pot! Seriously, from the freezer.. some of my meals are as quick as 20 minutes from freezer to table! I’m not even kidding! This has been a game. changer. over. here. 🙂

 

So, Here’s what I do.

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Strawberry Chicken Salad

Strawberry Chicken Salad

We love eating this Strawberry Chicken Salad all summer long! A little crusty bread is all you need for a complete, refreshing meal!

 

Strawberry Chicken Salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are anything like us, you have been filling these “last days of summer” with as much sun and fun as you possibly can. Or perhaps you are amoung the many who have already started school and all sorts of busy activities. Either way, You should add this refreshing salad to your regular menu, especially while the days are still so warm!

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Instant pot Iced tea

Instant Pot Iced Tea

Probably the easiest recipe to share with you. I make this Instant Pot Iced Tea about once a week, especially in the summer. The whole family loves it!

 

Here’s what I do:

5 bags – we like just plain old black tea.. usually grab the Organic Black Tea at walmart!

A whole lot of water

Sweetener of choice – or two 🙂

 

 

Fill up your instant pot with cold or room temperature filtered water. I usually fill up to the Max line.  Plop those tea bags in (removing the paper tags)

instant pot iced tea

 

 

 

 

 

Close lid and seal. Set to 3 minutes.

Once the 3 minutes are up, Manually Release the Pressure.

Fish out the tea bags. Here’s a time saving tip: Tie the tea bags all together and then they are easier to spoon out of the tea.

I let it just set there for awhile to cool a bit.

Now you can sweeten it. If you sweeten it while it is still a bit warm the sugar will dissolve really easily.

I usually take half of it out and then put regular sugar in Mr. Love’s half and our Sugar free natural Sweetener in the other half.

I found these super cute glass jars at Walmart for 3 whole bucks 🙂 and they fit perfectly in the fridge!

Instant pot Iced tea

 

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Instant Pot Iced Tea
So refreshing, so easy!
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Course Instant Pot
Cuisine Instant pot
Keyword recipe, sugar free, thm
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
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  • 5 tea bags our favorite is Organic Black Tea
  • 1/2 - 1 cup sugar plus my natural sweetener for mine!
  • water
Course Instant Pot
Cuisine Instant pot
Keyword recipe, sugar free, thm
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
  • 5 tea bags our favorite is Organic Black Tea
  • 1/2 - 1 cup sugar plus my natural sweetener for mine!
  • water
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Instructions
  1. Fill up the IP liner to the max line with water
  2. Add the tea bags. Place lid and set for 3 minutes (making sure valve is set to seal)
  3. When it's come to pressure and cooked for the 3 minutes you can manually release the pressure. fish out the tea bags and discard. I usually leave the lid off and allow it to start to cool.
  4. After it has cooled a little, I take out a portion of the tea out and add my own sweetener to this pitcher (usually about a 4 of a cup of my home made sweet blend) I mix in the cup of regular sugar to the tea remaining in the IP.
  5. allow this to continue to cool. Then I transfer the rest into a bottle or pitcher. Store in the fridge and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

You can change the strength of your tea by adding less or more tea bags.

Make whatever kind of tea you'd like by choosing different flavors of tea bags.

And of course customize your desired level of sweetness.

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instant pot cheesecake

Sugar Free Cheesecake Recipe

Are you ready? We are going to make Sugar Free Cheesecake, in our Instant Pot! Oh yeah!


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This cheesecake is so creamy and even Mr. Love said he wouldn’t have known it was sugar-free if I hadn’t told him! 🙂

And this guy LOVES it too… we may or may not have had this for breakfast a couple times this week 🙂

For this recipe you’ll need:

the “magic” Instant Pot ( I have a 6 qrt and 8 qrt DUO)

a 7 ” spring form pan

mixing bowl with hand mixer or a stand mixer. Of course if you want a workout you could just use a mixing bowl and whisk/spoon and get to stirring 🙂

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No Bake Pecan Crust

want a crust for your Instant Pot cheesecake that doesn’t need an oven? During the summer we try really hard to NEVER turn on the oven.. and that’s where this No Bake Pecan Crust shines!

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Chicken Parmesan – Instant pot conversion

Chicken Parmesan Instant Pot Conversion Recipe


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Chicken Parmesan - Instant Pot Conversion
In our continued effort to convert all of our favorite recipes to be made in our magic Instant Pot we have Chicken Parmesan Instant pot version
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Passive Time 15 minutes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Passive Time 15 minutes
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  1. Set IP to saute Throw in chopped onion and mushrooms. Saute until onions are translucent and mushrooms are tender.
  2. Meanwhile take flour, garlic powder, basil, oregano, and parsley and mix in a gallon size baggie! ( can you tell I hate dishes? but you can always do this in a shallow dish too.)
  3. place the chicken into the baggie and gently shake until chicken is coated.
  4. Now here is where I would like to tell you to just brown the chicken in the Instant Pot.. however when I try to do this, it never ends well.. the coating sticks to the bottom and then begins to burn... I find it's just easier to get a frying pan out and brown the chicken a couple minutes each side.
  5. While chicken is browning on the stove you can start adding the parmesan cheese, crushed garlic, marinara sauce, chicken broth, and red wine to the IP. Mix it up and add just a pinch of pepper and salt, remember you can always add more later.
  6. transfer the chicken to the IP and cover it with the sauce.
  7. secure the lid and make sure the valve is set to seal. Set to manual for 11 minutes. While this comes to pressure (took about 10 minutes) and cooks, you can prepare some noodles and bread.. or whatever you want to serve with it.
  8. When cooking is done, let it Naturally Pressure Release (NPR) for 5 - 10 minutes. Smother it in mozzarella cheese and more Parmesan before serving. Serve with Pasta and bread!
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smothered beef burritos

Smothered Beef Burritos – Instant Pot Conversion

Today I am excited to share with you another family favorite recipe!

Smothered Beef Burritos now converted to the Instant Pot!

instant pot burritos

I’ve been really trying to convert some of our old  crock pot recipes to be prepared in the Instant Pot. We have a lot of crock pot recipes, I use to grab my crock pot 2-3 times a week. and Now thanks to the Instant Pot I haven’t touched a crock pot in about a year and a half!

 

So, we have really been missing this Smothered Beef burritos recipe and I’m so excited that it is now ready in under 30 minutes instead of 4-6 hours!!!

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throw away my instant pot

Should I Throw away my Instant Pot?

Perhaps you have heard the news and now you are asking yourself,

” Should I throw away my Instant Pot?”

Recently it became big news that some products from Instant Pot have been recalled. There has been a lot of confusion surrounding this recall and I’ve even heard of some people suggesting that everyone should throw their pot away!

Please DONT! 🙂 The recall is real, but most likely does not affect you at all. And here’s why:

Instant Pot (the company that makes the very popular pressure cookers) has quite a few different products under their brand name. The product that was recalled was NOT any of their pressure cooker models.

It was a mulit cooker called the Gem and it is only sold at walmart stores. It’s sort of like Instant pots version of a fancy crock pot, if you will. With the Gem you can do things like steam rice, roast, and slow cook but does not pressure cook! Anyways, I don’t know a lot about it… mostly because with the many pressure cooker options offered by Instant pot, I don’t see a need to have one.

But, if you happen to have the Gem Mulit cooker.. then yes it was recalled ( you still shouldn’t throw it away, you can take it back to walmart)
You can see the official recall notice from consumer reports here.


Instant Pot Gem Recall Details
The recall: 104,000 Gem 65 8-in-1 Multicookers. Affected batch codes include 1728, 1730, 1731, 1734, and 1746. The batch code is printed on a silver label on the bottom of the multi-cooker.

If you own an Instant Pot pressure cooker like many of us do…. please please keep cooking!!! Of course, if you really don’t want it, you can send it to me…but there isn’t any reason why you shouldn’t use it and LOVE it!

If you are one of the many that owns a instant pot but don’t know what to do with it.. you can check out some of my posts and recipes here:

 

I’d love to help you fall in love with this “magic” appliance like I have ( I have 2 now!) What have you tried in your Instant Pot pressure cooker lately?