10 Recipes For The Intsant Pot You Got For Christmas

In case an Instant Pot is on your Wish List,  or if you are giving an Instant Pot as a gift, here is a list of 10 terrific Instant Pot recipes you can print out to use with your new device or add to the gift you give.  Continue reading

Paleo Instant Pot Cauliflower Fennel Soup

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After 2 days of turkey ( you know what I mean….leftovers?  Yum! ) we wanted something different for dinner.  It had to be delicious and comforting, and relatively easy to put together.  And fast.  Ok, it wasn’t THAT fast but it was only an hour or so.  But it was delicious, comforting and relatively easy. So we made Paleo Instant Pot Cauliflower Fennel Soup. A nice big fire out on the patio fireplace, a glass of wine and dinner al fresco made our Saturday night dinner special! Continue reading

Paleo Thanksgiving Nibbles

Aaaaand……here we go!  The official foodie holiday kickoff  is 10 days away!  Now, I am not going to give you recipes for the mains and the sides.  Can we all agree that each family has traditions and recipes already in mind, or has downloaded and printed a bunch of them?  You don’t need another platform for “the best turkey ever”, “brussels sprouts for a crowd”, “low-sugar cranberry sauce with brandy”, or “updated pumpkin chiffon pie”, now do you?  Today I would like to give you a few suggestions for “light” snacks to enjoy with the beverage of your choice while awaiting the BIG meal. No matter if it is just the two of you or a houseful of guests, a nice nibble helps get us through until dinner, whatever time that may be at your home. Continue reading

Instant Pot Paleo Vegetable Beef Soup

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This is a re-post from March of 2017.  That is just after I got my first Instant Pot.  That’s right….I have 2!  My first was the 6 quart but weeks later I decided to get the 8 quart, too.!

I wanted you to make this delcious “soup”.  It has the flavor of beef stew but the consistency of soup!  Since I first posted this back in March, I made a few changes to the recipe.  Namely, I use chicken broth instead of beef broth, plus I added more broth at the end!  The other chnage is that the pressure really softens the carrots and celery so the solution to that is to use carrots and celery, cut in half lengthwise while cooking the soup.  When the cooking is finished I remove the carrots and celery (they are very important to the flavor of the soup but we like firmer veggies!).  Then I add sliced carrots and celery plus the beans to the bubbling soup set on Sautee for 10 minutes.

As a reminder, this is paleo-friendly and clean eating friendly!  I made it for friends on Halloween and we all raved about it!

Instant Pot Paleo Vegetable Beef Soup

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Are you on the Instant Pot* band wagon yet?  I got on it by sheer accident.  My daughter, Allyson and her husband were in the middle of moving out of their house but the new house was not yet ready so everything was in storage.  Ally ordered an Instant Pot and had it delivered to my house.  So there it sat in the garage waiting to move to the new house.  As a favor to her, I decided to give it a trial run.  😉  Planning to make a beef stew, it actually became Paleo Vegetable Beef Soup.

You see, I can never leave well enough alone.  I take a perfectly good, tried and true recipe for beef stew and wonder, “This would be good with some mushrooms in it.”  Or, “If I add more broth to it, it will be a thinner gravy, more like a chowder or soup.”  This is how my recipes get started…and cleaned up, too. Continue reading

All Pumpkin Recipes, Paleo Style!

With the onset of Fall, I’d  like to go over a few recipes in which pumpkin is the star of the show!  These can range from breakfast to dessert!   Give these All Pumpkin Recipes, Paleo Style a try!

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Easy Fast End Of Summer Gazpacho

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Easy Fast End Of Summer Gazpacho is wonderful even on coolish evenings.  The last of the tomatoes from local farm stands is the impetus for this recipe.  My husband found the recipe in the Wall Street Journal and we made it that evening!  Most everything is on hand and it comes together in a snap.  Fresh and delicious, this is a KEEPER recipe you can make all year round, even though the farm stand tomatoes are gone after summer!  Luckily a variety of delicious tomatoes are available at most fine grocery stores.

In the recipe article, the WSJ adds home made croutons but I have omitted them. Instead, I garnish with chopped cooked bacon! 😉  I also slightly increased or decreased a few measured ingredients.  Follow my recipe below for an amazing gazpacho! Continue reading

Instant Pot Authentic Paleo Rich Chili For Cool Autumn Nights

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This is the real deal for chili lovers!  It is Instant Pot Authentic Paleo Rich Chili.  My husband, Joe,  is the chili chef at our house (like most men are it seems).  His chili simmers for several hours after browning the beef, onions, garlic and spices.  He is pretty proud of this chili and we have served it to guests on football game days to wonderful reviews.  This nearly all-day chili came to a screeching halt last night after making this new recipe in my Instant Pot.

Twenty Minute Chili

Joe said the wonderful consistency and richness of this chili far exceeds his AND from start to finish took just over an hour! Continue reading

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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Instant Pot Paleo White Bean Chicken Chili

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Instant Pot Paleo White Bean Chicken Chili

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The “Soup of the Moment” at Postino in Kierland (Scottsdale, AZ) is always delicious. But last week we had their White Bean Chicken Chili which was amazing.  It seemed like an easy one to knock off, so that I did.  I am pleased with the results and another way of using my amazing Instant Pot! Continue reading