instant pot peas

Peas in the instant pot

veggies are some of the easiest things to make in the Instant pot! And when you do them right, they come out fresh and delicious!

Making baby food has been a favorite thing for me to do in the Instant Pot. And David loves it!

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Peas in the instant pot
I'm enjoying using the Instant Pot for all of our baby food! Here's just a sample of what I've been doing for David's veggies. You could use this method for most veggies (add a minute to the IP if it's a tougher vegetable like broccoli)
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  1. Throw the peas into the Instant Pot I added half a cup of our home - made whey for added nutriton and digestive help. But you can use any kind of liquid you want ( bone broth would be great too!)
  2. Close lid, set valve to seal. Select Manual/Pressure Cook, adjust down to 0. Pot will come to pressure then shot off. Quick Release to stop cooking.
  3. I transfered all of this into my Ninja Blender and pureed it,Then put into ice cube trays for the freezer!
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For even more awesome veggies in the instant pot check out this post-- http://www.loveandscribbles.com/calling-veggies-instant-pot-recipes-brussels-corn-peas/

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Corn in the Instant pot

Corn on the cob – Instant pot version

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  1. Husk all the ears of corn.
  2. Add 1 cup of water and the trivet to the instant pot. Throw the corn on top of the trivet to keep out of the water.
  3. place lid on and set valve to seal. Select Manual and adjust to 2 minutes. Quick release when pot is done!
  4. smother with melted butter and any seasoning you like!
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Garlic Butter and Parmesan Brussel Sprouts Instant Pot Version

Garlic Butter and Parmesan Brussel Sprouts Instant Pot Version

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Calling all the Veggies, “get in my Instant Pot!!!” 🙂

Steaming veggies in our “magic” pot is super simple!


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Although it may be easy, I know all things Instant Pot were nerve-racking and intimidating for all of us at one time. So, I thought I would just quickly explain how I do it and of course you should try it and find exactly how you like it!

 

For most vegetables I would cook them in the Instant pot on the manual setting (high pressure) for 0 minutes! Yep! zero minutes! This means that it will come to pressure and then immediately be done. And always do a quick release to stop the cooking right away!  The only time I have it in the pot for any longer, is if it’s a little tougher veggie, but even then it’s usually just 1 or 2 minutes!

I’ll give a couple of examples:

First up let me show you these delicious, amazing brussels sprouts (No, I’m not even joking, they are my new favorite veggie)

Brussels sprouts

I adapted this to start in the Instant Pot and then finish in a pan (but actually you could saute in the pot, not sure why I didn’t think about that until now). The original recipe comes from my beautiful friend Tiffani Swain.

 

There are a few ways to put your veggies in the pot.

1. Straight in the pot with the water.

2. On the trivet or in a steamer basket .

3. In a bowl with the water on top of the trivet. This is called Pot in pot (pip) cooking. If you don’t have a steamer basket this is a great option to easily remove all the sprouts after cooking.

Whichever way you choose, you’ll just need a cup of water and the brussel sprouts.

Trim off the ends and if they are pretty big, cut them in half. Brussels in the IP

 

 

 

 

Close the lid and seal. Set for 1 minute and you’ll be ready in no time.

 

You’ll need Garlic, Butter, salt and pepper, and Parmesan cheese to finish these beautiful veggies.  Salt and pepper box

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Melt the butter and saute the garlic until fragrant. Add the steamed brussels to the pan and saute for several minutes, stirring frequently. Once done (I usually like a little crispy edges from the saute, but if in a hurry I just take them off after they are completely coated in the yummy butter. delish either way!) sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

 

we really do love these Garlic Butter and Parmesan Brussel Sprouts Instant Pot Version.

 

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Garlic Butter and Parmesan Brussel Sprouts - Instant Pot Version
Even if you think you don't love Brussel Sprouts give this recipe a chance and it might surprise you! Adapted from an original recipe from the kitchen of Tiffani Swain
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  1. Prep the Brussel Sprouts by simply chopping the root end off. Cut the bigger ones in half for more even cooking.
  2. Place 1 cup of water into bottom of IP. Put brussel sprouts in the Instant Pot , I like to use a steamer basket best. (see note above for a few other ideas of what to steam your sprouts in)
  3. Close lid, set valve to seal. Select Manual for 1 minutes. (quick release when finished)
  4. To make the garlic butter you can use a small frying pan on the stove or just use the saute' function on your instant pot once they are done cooking. just simply remove them, dump water out Melt the butter Saute the garlic until fragrant 1-2 minutes add the brussel sprouts, add a dash of salt and pepper Saute in the butter for a few minutes, tossing to coat them well! transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
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Easy Instant pot chicken for lunch

Easy Instant pot chicken for lunch

 

 

Instant pot for lunch?

Yes! I can make chicken (from the freezer) in minutes and tada delicious lunch is happening for this momma!!


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Everyone knows by now how much I love the instant pot.

 

I really enjoy using the instant pot to help me stay on track at lunch time!

An easy way to make sure I get my protein in the middle of the day is by cooking chicken.

cooking in the Instant pot means you don’t have to thaw it!!!!!!

So, usually I just throw one frozen boneless chicken breast or boneless thigh in the pot and season it however I’m feeling that day.

 

My current Favorite seasonings are:

Cumin, chili powder, onion powder, and cyan pepper – if I want to make a something like a taco salad or just a little black beans.

Garlic, salt, pepper is my go to when I just want to have some veggies or a salad.

Celery Salt, olive oil and pepper is yummy too!

Really the options are endless

 

Cooking this in the instant pot couldn’t be easier!

Just grab some chicken out of the freezer and throw it in! I like to use the metal trivet that came with my pot. To me, it seems like the chicken is a better texture when it isn’t sitting in the water/juices. Also with just a little bit of chicken like this, I find it doesn’t need that much liquid to pressure cook. Chicken produces quite a bit of it’s of its own juices (yum chicken broth) and less water makes it come to pressure faster!! So I only put about 1/2 a cup into the bottom of the pot.

 

I set the pot for 15 minutes (high pressure) and make sure it is set to seal. And that’s all I have to do!!!!

Usually I set this and then start the boys lunches! By the time I’ve got them sitting and eating, my lunch is done and I get to eat too!!! yay!

 

 

Last week I had sweet potatoes! So, I seasoned my chicken as usual and threw the sweet potato in the pot along with it. I set it to the usual 15 minutes and it was seriously perfect!!!

 

Happy Instant Pot-ing to you all!

 

 

 

Check out these other instant pot related posts:

seriously easy instant pot yogurt

cook once for the whole month

Instant Pot craze

 

 


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Instant Pot Chicken

Perfect for a quick easy lunch for 1 or 2! Really you can serve this to the whole family if you want!

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  1. Place 1/2 cup of water in the bottom of the Instant pot. Place Trivet in the instant pot.

  2. Add chicken straight from the freezer. Set lid and check the valve is on seal.
    Set Instant pot to 15 minutes (high pressure) If you are doing more than one piece of chicken at a time or maybe a particularly big piece of chicken I would set it to 20 minutes.

  3. optional: You can toss a sweet potato in at the same time! Just pierce it a couple times with a fork and throw it on the trivet next to the chicken before starting it!
    easy chicken and sweet potato lunch


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family beach time

How our family vacations for less than $300.00

Family vacations for less and how our family of 5 ( two adults and three littles) vacationed at South Lake Tahoe for under $300.00 this summer.family vacations for less

 

We haven’t been on very many vacations as a family since we started having kids. In fact up until this trip the only ones we’ve gone on all together included extended family! So, for the first time just the 5 of us packed up and headed out of town! Living on a budget means we needed to figure out how to have a family vacation for less, so here’s what we did!

Sidenote: after this first experience as the mom on vacation I really think we should come up with a new word for it. Because the role of “vacationing mom” is a lot of work and certainly doesn’t have the same calm, relaxing feelings as vacation without the family!

Anyways, it is totally worth all the work and we made wonderful memories! And actually I can’t wait to go again!

 

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For this trip we went to Lake Tahoe! It was a nice break from the valley heat and I just love that beautiful lake surrounded by trees and mountains!

Forest hike with our boys

We started by searching for hotels. There are lots of travel sites that help you find a good deal. A few of our favorite to search through are…

 

 Airbnb is fun because you can rent a whole house (or even just a room if that’s all you need) watch out for added fees though.

Booking.com      Great Prices and NO booking fees!

Vacations Made Easy  is nice because you can build a whole vacation package while booking your rooms!

There are soooo many sites to help plan a budget friendly trip. Travel zoo, Groupon, Living social, home away, and so many more, are all great!

* When looking through these sites be sure to look for any added taxes or fees. Also, to get more of a value for your money look for deals that include meal coupons, drink coupons and other extras!!

For this trip we chose Lakeside Inn and casino ( I liked that the rooms and the casino part were completely separate so our kids never even went through the gaming area!) It wasn’t fancy or anything but it was clean and we were able to get a room with two full size beds! family hotel vacation

 

 

 

This trip we were trying to not leave to big of a mark on our budget, and this is how we managed to keep the cost really low:

 

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pineapple ice cream

Sugar Free Snacks-Pineapple Whip

Sugar Free Snacks – Pineapple Whip

 


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One thing I’m pretty serious about along this nutrition journey is that I don’t want my kids to feel like they “miss out” because they can’t have the sugar and junk. So I am determined to find fun, exciting snacks and treats that are still healthy! This Pineapple Whip is super easy to make and absolutely refreshing and delicious

Note: technically these shouldn’t be considered “sugar-free” snacks since they have honey in them.. maybe more like refined sugar free? ?

 

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This recipe was quick and easy to make and the whole family LOVED it! Oh and we didn’t have coconut milk so I just used Almond Milk and it was still wonderful!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have started keeping pineapple in the freezer as often as possible so whenever we want to make this, it’s ready to go!

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Refreshing, naturally sweet, creamy like pineapple ice cream
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  • 1 Fresh Pineapple peeled, cored, cut into chunks and frozen (6.5-7 cups)
  • 1/2 cup Nut milk Almond, coconut, cashew.. really whatever you have (more may be needed to reach desired consistancy)
  • 1-3 TBsp Honey (optional)
Course Dessert
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 10-24 hours
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  • 1 Fresh Pineapple peeled, cored, cut into chunks and frozen (6.5-7 cups)
  • 1/2 cup Nut milk Almond, coconut, cashew.. really whatever you have (more may be needed to reach desired consistancy)
  • 1-3 TBsp Honey (optional)
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  1. peel, core, and cut pineapple. lay pieces out on parchment paper on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Place in freezer until frozen completely. (any where from 10-24 hours)
  2. Place frozen pineapple chunks in the food processor and blend with the milk. scrape down the sides and add more milk if it isn't creamy enough. Taste and add honey if the Pineapple isn't sweet enough on it's own! Enjoy!
  3. Serve and enjoy right away!
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Frozen Pineapple Whip -- my kids call it Pineapple ice cream! 🙂 

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Need a Ninja to whip this up?

 

We love the Ninja!

 

Next up, I wanted to replace the granola bars that my guys eat everyday! They have 8 grams of sugar in a tiny little bar and I’m not quite sure how the nutrition value really stacks up…..

You can see my recipe here.

 

A Journey Through Nutrition-Talking Kids & Nutrition

Let’s talk Nutrtion!

 

 

We are beginning a somewhat new journey in the nutrition we provide for our kids.
Before I start listing some of the things we are changing let me tell you the why.

Recently it has become very clear that we need to make some major changes in our kids diets.

 

Here’s a little intro video (Don’t be scared, it’s the real me, no makeup or filters at all) ?

Basically: For a while now we have known that especially our oldest son is very sensitive to sugar and the artificial dyes that are in a lot of foods. But this past couple of weeks has totally proven that these ingredients among other fake stuff really messes with our kid’s brains, bodies and the ability to focus, listen, and even just control themselves.

 

So we began by throwing out all the candy!! And I started searching Pinterest and all over the internet for recipes and blogs on the subject.

Our plan is to really focus on sugar and dyes.

Follow my board here for yummy sugar free recipes to try! I’ll try to update each pin as we try them, with what we think of them!  https://www.pinterest.com/loveandscrib

 

My Mom found this great blog with some ideas to help us detox from all the junk.. not just in the food we were eating but also in just the atmosphere around us.

Foodrenegade — How to detox kids daily in 5 easy steps!

Little by little we hope to make a difference with all of this! Summer is a great time to focus on nutrition since we have soooo many great ways to include fresh fruit and veggies in our meals and snacks every day! I have to admit that I get into a rut when it comes to what vegetable sides I serve with dinners… but THIS summer I plan on making sure we mix it up.. a lot! Already I’ve added roasted brussels sprouts, fresh green beans, and Grilled eggplant.

It’s tough to convince the boys at first look or bite but I am not giving up!! We do our best to have them take at least one bite of everything..  and given enough tries, in many cases they eventually decide that they enjoy the foods they were so sure they hated!

 

So here we go!

If you want to tag along for the ride you are always welcome or if you’ve already made steps to replace many of the foods your family enjoys please share what has worked for you!

 

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We have now welcomed our third baby boy into our home. He’s perfect!  We are working on the usual.. finding a schedule, balancing the new normal routines with everyone, housework, school work, this blog, church, etc.

There has definitely been a switch in my thinking and perspective this time around.

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