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

Does your family like iced tea?

 

Probably the easiest recipe to share with you.

Instant pot iced tea

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 🙂

That’s all!

 

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.

This will take a while to heat up, since it’s a lot of water.. I would say about 20 minutes or so.

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

What ever container you wish to use is fine, your tea is now ready for the fridge!  It really is great tasting tea. If black tea isn’t your thing you can follow this same recipe for green tea.. really any kind you like! 🙂

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So refreshing, so easy!
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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
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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
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  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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Chicken, Rice and Broccoli – Instant Pot Conversion

One of my favorite oven dinners is Creamy  Chicken, Rice and Broccoli.

So, I set out to convert it to the IP. The Result was an amazing dinner done under 30 minutes (and that’s with frozen chicken)

creamy chicken, rice, and broccoli


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I used my 8 qrt DUO, and started out with 1 cup of water in the bottom of the pot, and then the trivet. ( I just happen to like chicken when it isn’t sitting in the liquid, but either way works.)

This particular day I used Bone-in chicken thighs. But you can use Chicken Breast too. And if you want to save yourself a step, just buy boneless.

Then I added a second trivet on top of the chicken. and the bowl of rice.  If you don’t have a second trivet you can put the bowl directly on top of the chicken.

In the bowl I put 1 cup of Uncle Ben’s brown rice. and 1 1/2 cups of chicken broth, Plus a slab of butter. Then placed the bowl on top of everything.  This method is called Pot in Pot cooking ( or PIP)

creamy chicken and rice in the instant pot

Set the lid, and make sure valve is set to seal. Then select Manual (or pressure cook) button and adjust to 23 minutes.

Make sure it is on high pressure.

creamy chicken in the instant pot

The Pot came up to pressure surprisingly quick. And then when the 23 minutes was done, I let it naturally pressure release (NPR) for 5-10 minutes.  While I waited, I cheated a little bit and steamed my broccoli in the microwave. I could have waited and removed the chicken and rice and stuck the broccoli in the IP (If you want to do this, just select 0 minutes on the manual setting)

After releasing the remaining pressure, I set the bowl of rice aside. and took out the chicken. reserved the liquid for anything I need chicken broth for this week, and took the chicken off the bones.

I dumped in two cans of Cream of Mushroom soup and a splash of milk and dumped everything back in the pot to stir.

Instant pot chicken and rice

A sprinkle of pepper and paprika and dinner is done! (You don’t need salt if you are using the canned cream of mushroom soup)

I really love brown rice cooked like this in IP. It comes out fluffy and soft every time!

instant pot chicken, rice

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This is a favorite meal of ours.. normally done in the oven. But I wanted to make a quick IP version. The result was delish!!!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes (including time to come to pressure
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Course Main Dish
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes (including time to come to pressure
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  1. Place 1 cup water in bottom of Instant Pot ( I'm using my 8 qrt DUO)
  2. Place chicken pieces on top of trivet.
  3. prepare pyrex bowl for rice. (or whatever oven safe bowl you have that fits) Add 1 cup rice, 1 1/2 cup chicken broth, slab of butter. Place bowl on top of chicken or if you have another trivet.
  4. Secure lid and check valve is set to seal. Select Pressure cook ( Manual) high pressure for 23 mimutes.
  5. Let Naturally Release Pressure (NPR) for 5-10 minutes. Release remaining pressure.
  6. Meanwhile, Steam broccoli in Microwave ( Or if you want to do everything in IP, Remove rice bowl, chicken and chicken and throw in the broccoli, set for 0 minutes)
  7. Reserve the chicken broth for another recipe.
  8. Mix in Cream of Mushroom soup and milk. stir in Rice, Chicken and Broccoli.
  9. Sprinkle with Pepper and Paprika. Serve!
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  Full blog instructions and pictures can be found here: http://www.loveandscribbles.com/chicken-rice-broccoli-instant-pot-conversion/

 

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Instant Pot Sausage and Ravioli

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pressure cooker ravioli
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes (plus time to come to pressure)
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes (plus time to come to pressure)
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  1. saute the sausage in the instant pot until brown.
  2. add the rest of the ingredients to the sausage. close lid, set valve to seal. select manual (high pressure) for 6 minutes
  3. ( This recipe does take a little while to come to pressure... i would say it was probably close to 20 minutes)
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Frozen Pineapple Whip

Frozen Pineapple Whip

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Refreshing, naturally sweet, creamy like pineapple ice cream
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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)
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!
Recipe Notes

Frozen Pineapple Whip -- my kids call it Pineapple ice cream! 🙂 

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Apple hill california instant pot applesauce

Instant Pot Applesauce, Easy and Delicious!

Applesauce in the Instant Pot!

Applesauce could not be easier using the Instant Pot and it is soooo delicious!


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First off we are blessed to live close to a lot of great Apple Orchards. The Apple Hill Growers are an annual family outing for us. And we always bring home our favorites, This year we grabbed Apple pie (to be baked later), Apple Cider, and a box of apples!

I started by peeling all of the apples.

If you don’t mind the skin you should totally skip this step!! This step was definitely the most work, but since my little guy will be eating it I decided it was necessary!

Then just a quick ruff chop and throw them in the pot! chopped apples

I had a lemon so I squeezed some juice to preserve color and brighten flavors..(this is especially helpful if you have to stop in the midst of making this, to attend to two hyper boys and a fussy babe)

Add 1/4 – 1/2 cup water

and your favorite seasonings.

Applesauce is awesome because you can really add any flavors, seasonings you want to.

Want to pack in as much health benefits as possible? Here’s some easy ideas.

Butter (healthy fats)

Pink Salt ( trace minerals)

Cinnamon

cloves

nutmeg

Local Honey (great for seasonal allergies) ** Not appropriate for little guys under a year though.

instant pot seasoned applesauce

place lid on and seal.

Set on Manual for 3 minutes!   The Pot will come to pressure then cook for 3 minutes. Let it natural release completely. Turn off the pot, so it doesn’t stay on keep warm.  (depending on how many apples you do at a time, this will take about 15-20 minutes) Walk away and let it cool off.

Then my other favorite kitchen appliance comes in super handy. If you have an immersion blender you can blend the apples up right in the pot!

immersion blender in the instant pot

They aren’t very expensive so grab one on amazon before you make your first batch of applesauce.

You can store your applesauce however you want. Usually I put some in a mason jar for my bigger guys. home made applesauce

And my awesome squeeze station pouches for the baby ( I freeze most of these)

And there’s always the old standby ice-cube trays for the freezer, This is perfect for applesauce because I love to add applesauce to baby’s meal if what I have fresh for him needs a little more! 🙂

Either way, it is yummy and just wonderful! I have discovered I enjoy applesauce best when it’s still warm so don’t forget to pour yourself a nice helping while you put the rest away! 🙂

Happy Instant Pot to you all!

Deanna Grace

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Applesauce in the Instant Pot
My favorite fall home made snack or side! Applesauce is just a cozy delicious treat and it's easier than ever in the Instant Pot.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Passive Time 20 minutes
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  1. Peal apples (if desired) and chop.
  2. Place apples, water, and seasoning in the Instant pot.
  3. Seal lid and set on Manual (High Pressure) 3 minutes. And that's it!
  4. Once it's done cooking, turn the IP off and let it natural realease until the pin drops and you can open the lid. ( Or whenever you get back to it. )
  5. Blend until as smooth as you like it. The immersion blender is awesome for this. But if you don't have one you can transfer the apples to a blender and blend that way. Be careful if the apples are still hot.
  6. You can add so many things to applesauce. try: Nutmeg or cloves Butter (for healthy fats) Local Honey (great for seasonal allergies) Not appropriate for babies less than a year though. a pinch of Pink Salt ( for minerals)
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Applesauce in the instant pot ~ Loveandscribbles.com

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instant pot peas

Peas in the instant pot

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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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Corn on the cob - Instant pot version
Corn in the Instant pot
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Cook Time 1 minute (plus time to come to pressure)
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute (plus time to come to pressure)
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Corn in the Instant pot
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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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