Crispy Polenta Bites + Polenta in the Instant Pot

Crispy Baked Polenta Bites
Polenta takes 5 minutes in the instant pot – five! With no stirring – that’s right no standing over a pot at the stove. This is NOT the way I was raised making polenta. I remember standing at the stove stirring the big pot of polenta with my great-grandmother. With it popping and hot splatters on my skin. Continue reading →

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Pressure Cooker Cinnamon Wheat Berry Salad

Cinnamon Carrot Wheat Berry Salad
I love having easy salads in my refrigerator during the summer. They are perfect to add to anything grilled or packed up to take on a picnic. I made this salad several times last year and a few times this year already. I really like taking this salad to a potluck or to a friend’s house for dinner. Continue reading →

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Vegan Pressure Cooker Baked Beans

Vegan Pressure Cooker Baked Beans
Summer time is almost here for us! We have just a few days remaining in the school year. That means lots of barbecuing and cooking outside for us. Eating out on the patio is probably one of our favorite things. There is something about sitting in the sun and fresh air that makes us relax and eat a little slower. Continue reading →

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Three Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

Three Cheese Macaroni and Cheese in the Pressure Cooker
My oldest LOVES macaroni and cheese so as you can imagine I have made a ton of recipes over the years. I am constantly trying out new ones because you can never have too many, right?! Some are never made again and some like this one end up in the rotation along with this healthier version. Continue reading →

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Cheesy Hatch Chile Rice

Cheesy Hatch Chile Rice
I am sure that the internet has many versions of hatch chile rice. This is the version that I grew up eating. It is by no means a healthy side dish it is however one that I love. I try to make this rice every other month, I would love to have it more frequently but I would have to do a lot more cardio. Continue reading →

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Pressure Cooker Sweet Potato Risotto

Sweet potato mushroom risotto made in the instantpot
This risotto came about when I had extra baked sweet potatoes sitting in the refrigerator. I didn’t feel like eating them as potatoes and I really wanted risotto so I thought it would be a perfect marriage. It was! Continue reading →

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Ancho Chile Lentils

Ancho Chile Lentils made in the instantpot
We eat a lot of Mexican food. This is one type of food that my entire family loves (meaning no complaining) and we never get tired of eating. I do like to change up the type of fillings that we have and these lentils have been a favorite since the first time that I made them. My husband prefers them to beans so I generally try to alternate lentils and beans when we have Mexican food. These lentils are so versatile Continue reading →

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Quinoa Pilaf with Cranberry and Cashew

Quinoa pilaf with cranberry and cashew
I love quinoa and make it often. Thankfully my family enjoys it also. It took forever for our dog to like it. When you have young children food invariably ends up on the floor. Rice and quinoa were always the two that were spilled the most in our house, and no matter how it was seasoned the dog turned her nose up at it. When it is wet it isn’t exactly easy to sweep up, so I dreaded picking it up. Continue reading →

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A Bright Winter Appetizer

Burrata with Blood Orange
I have been a HUGE fan of Yotam Ottolenghi since I first picked up his book Plenty. I have a shelf solely for Ottolenghi books in my bookcase, the books themselves are works of art. If you have never had the pleasure of looking through his books – Stop reading this and go to the library or bookstore and read one. Continue reading →

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Creamy Healthy 4 Minute Macaroni & Cheese

Macaroni & Cheese

My family loves macaroni and cheese it is a dish that is requested at least once a month. I am always trying new recipes but I always come back to this one. I made the ultra creamy stove top Macaroni and cheese from this book the last time I made Macaroni and Cheese, and while it was delicious it was insanely rich and made a ton. Continue reading →

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