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.

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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