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

Paleo Instant Pot Bone Broth

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Paleo Instant Pot Bone Broth

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If you are new to the “clean” or “paleo” way of eating, this recipe for Paleo Instant Pot Bone Broth is my gift to you.  If you already follow one of these plans and are new to pressure cooking,  my recipe for making bone broth in an Instant Pot is also my gift to you.  For those of you who just love delicious chicken broth no matter what eating habits you have, this is your gift, too. 😉

The first time I made bone broth 2 1/2 years ago, it took 2 days in my slow cooker.  It was delicious. I used it in so many recipes and on cold mornings I would heat a little cup of it and sip it!

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Now since the Instant Pot revolution, this same recipe takes 2 hours!  It makes 3-4 quarts and freezes beautifully! 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

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

Instant Pot Paleo Vegetable Beef Soup

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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

Easy Paleo Greek Shrimp

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Easy Paleo Greek Shrimp

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The Once Upon a Chef email came through for me again!  I was asked to bring an appetizer to a family get together where the main course was going to be Chicken Marbella.  I decided since that is a Mediterranean dish, a shrimp starter from the same region would be a nice addition.  Just that day this email came through with what I renamed to Easy Paleo Greek Shrimp. The only change I made to the original recipe was that I eliminated the feta cheese. This was a really big hit at the party and you will never miss the feta cheese because it was so good without it! Continue reading

One Hour Rotisserie Chicken Soup

One Hour Rotisserie Chicken Soup

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This is the ideal last minute meal for the family on the go!  On your way home from work, practice, shopping, school…whatever keeps you busy, stop at the grocery and get a rotisserie chicken and if you don’t have broth, carrots, celery and onions, get those too.  If you’d like, you could also add other veggies:  bell pepper strips, broccoli, whatever you like!  Once home, put this together and an hour later you’ll be sitting at the table enjoying a wonderful soup for dinner!  One Hour Rotisserie Chicken Soup is wonderful!

For a really intense chicken flavor, I also added 2 teaspoons of chicken bouillion base.  It REALLY made a difference.  Buy this at Costco and it keeps in the refrigerator for a long time.

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