Instant Pot ABC Soup: Asparagus Bacon and Cilantro Soup

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This is a new take on one of my favorite soups!  Asparagus, fresh or frozen, is the base of this soup, but a few other ingredients not usually found in many Asparagus Soup recipes sets this one off.  Some chopped celery and a few small gold potatoes are part of this base along with the normal things you’d expect to find in Asparagus Soup:  thyme, onions, chicken stock.  Top it all off with a few unusual garnishes for a blast of flavor: cilantro pesto, crisp bacon and arugula micro greens!  Did I mention this is paleo friendly? Continue reading

Instant Pot Paleo Mexican Chicken Soup

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Last night, after a Loooooong day, I needed to get a quick meal on the table and had no time to stop at the grocery store.  So, while brainstorming and checking refrigerator inventory, I saw in the freezer an almost whole rotisserie chicken I bought last week.  (I decided to freeze it before we left town!)  I grabbed the chicken, some fresh carrots, celery, onions, a few tomatoes and cilantro and came up with a quick Paleo Mexican Soup using the Instant Pot!!  Boxes of chicken broth, always on hand, and some cumin, salt and pepper rounded out all the ingredients needed to make this flavorful soup…..in 30 minutes!!  That’s right, using a FROZEN  rotisserie chicken still took only 30 minutes!!

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Ally’s Paleo Chopped Salad With Avocado and Dill Dressing

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Summertime means fresh veggies and salads galore!  Once in a while, I get a little bored with tossed greens, although I LOVE them.  But this is a nice change….Ally’s Paleo Chopped Salad With Avocado Cucumber and Dill Dressing bursts with the flavors and textures of summer’s bounty!

My daughter Allyson put this salad together and invited us to have dinner with them.  We were crazy about it and decided to make it for our guests the next week.  The paleo mayo is for clean eaters. Costco sells a very nice avocado mayo that would be good in this too. If you don’t follow that kind of eating plan regular mayonnaise can be used instead.

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Seared Honey Dijon Mustard Chicken On Green Salad

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Seared Honey Mustard Chicken On Green Salad

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This recipe was posted a while back but I decided to run it again because it is so good and didn’t get the views it deserved!  Give this a try and get me some feed back.

I admit it:  I got this marinade recipe from another website.  As always, I give credit where credit is due.  This lovely marinade/dressing recipe comes from Cafe Delites.  I first saw it on Facebook a few days after a similar post for Mediterranean Chicken caught my eye!  I was going to make it first, but I did not have enough lemons to make the marinade/dressing.  I rather like the idea of using leftover marinade for the salad dressing!  Thanks Cafe Delites!

This marinade seemed a bit sweet to me, so I altered the amounts a little of the honey and the mustard.  The recipe calls for half of the mixture be used as a marinade and the other half is used for the salad dressing, by whisking in 2 tablespoons of water.  I changed that up a bit, too.

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Baja Style Roasted Halibut

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Baja Style Roasted Halibut

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Halibut is a wonderful fish that is mild-tasting and goes so well with all sorts of herbs and sauces. Tonight we made it with a Mexican flair and it was a huge hit!  This Baja Style Roasted Halibut may be your next “wow” dish for company.  It is simple to prepare, and most ingredients are on hand. Continue reading

Easy Paleo Chicken Salad

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Easy Paleo Chicken Salad

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What could be easier…..rotisserie chicken, celery, onion, avocado mayo, almonds, salt and pepper, mixed up and piled onto chopped butter lettuce?!  That is it, fast and satisfying for lunch or dinner! Continue reading

Paleo Girls Night In Menu!

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Paleo Girls Night In Menu!

My sister Kathleen is having a party tonight with some girl friends.  One of the gals has a line of “shape wear” and she will bring her samples for everyone to see and try on, then hopefully order.  Kathleen is hosting with some wine and snacks, snacks right from Shutterbug Chef!  This got me to thinking, why not do this for Book Club, Kitchen and Chef parties, travel planning groups, what ever the reason to get the girls together is a good reason to host a Paleo Girls Night In Menu!

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Instant Pot Velvet Tomato Bacon Soup

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Instant Pot Velvet Tomato Bacon Soup

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I’ve become a junkie….an Instant Pot Junkie.  I cannot live without it.  I really use it almost daily.  I have been taking my go-to recipes and trying them in the Instant Pot.  Obviously the goal with the Instant pot is FAST, FAST, FAST…but hold on a sec…not everything needs to be served this way.  But, it is really fast, tender, flavorful, juicy…you name it.  I am promising in the weeks to come I will be sharing lots of recipes that streamline the point of preparation to the point of sitting down and enjoying a FAMILY meal!  Here is an amazing soup that can be served as an appetizer, a soup shot course or a lovely dinner with a salad.  Let’s start with this:  Instant Pot Velvet Tomato Bacon Soup. Continue reading

The Big Salad

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The Big Salad

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Remember the Seinfeld episode when Elaine asked George to bring her a “Big Salad”?  George asked her what was in the Big Salad, and Jerry replied, “Big lettuce, big carrots, big tomatoes!”.  It was hilarious!  But this recipe for The Big Salad is very serious!  In fact this salad has fewer greens and more big stuff than traditional salads. Continue reading

Super Simple Instant Pot Asparagus Soup

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Super Simple Instant Pot Asparagus Soup

The Instant Pot Asparagus Soup is a great way to use that glorious green Spring veggie, the Asparagus!  The recipe is my old stand by one but this time I made it in my new Instant Pot.  

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In the Instant Pot, I sauteed the onion and the asparagus, added the broth, seasonings and let her rip.  I started this process at 5:00 but did not plan to eat until around 7:00.  Once the initial cooking was complete, I let it stay in the “Keep Warm” cycle for an hour.  Then, I transferred this to my high speed blender and let it blend for about 30-40 seconds.

Wiping out the IP inner pot just to get out any remaining small bits, I poured the pureed soup back into the Instant Pot and set the “Soup” setting for 4 minutes.  When it was finished, it had a nice soft bubble going on and was the perfect “hot soup” temperature! Continue reading