Instant Pot

March Goals

I did pretty well in February with the goals I set out for myself. I am going to continue the squats (modified) and organizing the house. I recently spent a few hours going through stuff in the garage and sorting stuff, getting rid of things, recycling a bunch of empty boxes we were hoarding for some reason…they weren’t even good boxes! So I am slowly and surely making my life at home a little more cleaner and simplified.

There’s a bunch of stuff I still need to go through to figure out if we are going to donate or sell it. For example, cleaning the garage I found two giant boxes of puppy pads from when we got Bella (ahem, a few years ago now) and never used because she was potty trained! Why do we still have these?!? So I sold them! I took an entire carload full of stuff to Goodwill to donate. Usually I give stuff to the Vietnam Veterans but I wanted the stuff gone asap so I just drove it to Goodwill. It felt so good to get rid of things!

We have other stuff to donate but I think we need to call Habitat for Humanity. We have an old medicine cabinet that is still pretty nice, some other house construction stuff…it seems better to donate that stuff there.

Now, on to March:

1 ) No Desserts Monday – Thursday Nights

This one is going to be HARD. I have such a sweet tooth. But I really need to reign it in. I was under so much stress with some stuff that’s been going lately that I was really out of control with eating chocolate at home. It was bad. I gained a few pounds in the last two months as a result (2 since December). DAMMIT.

So I am going to make a valiant effort to not eat sweets during the week. Wish me luck!

 

2) Register for a few 5k Races

There are two 5k races I want to sign up for with the Portland Parks & Rec $5 5K series.I want to register for those and I may look at some other races for this fall. I think it would be fun to do the Halloween Run Like Hell 5k. That was my first race ever (many years ago). It might be cool to do it again!

 

3) Drink 80 ounces of water every day.

I’m hoping this will help me with some of the issues I’ve been having: dry winter skin, feeling dehydrated, maybe it will help curb my appetite a bit.

I currently drink somewhere between 24 ounces and 40 ounces at work and I drink a sparkling water with lunch and dinner. But I can definitely be doing better.

 

4 ) Learn how to use my new Pressure Cooker!

I am SO excited about this. I have a bunch of recipes I’ve been saving to try once I got one. I am especially excited about making hard boiled eggs. I’m also curious about making soups and stews. If you have a favorite recipe, let me know!

 

QUESTION: What are your goals for this month?

I’m A Convert!

For my birthday I got a pressure cooker! I’ve wanted an Instant Pot for a few years now but was too nervous to bite the bullet and buy one for myself. I kept seeing everyone rave about it and almost bought one on Black Friday a few months ago…and then again chickened out. I am so excited that I got one for my birthday!

I was nervous about using it and read through the guide (it wasn’t 100% clear but I muddled my way through the instructions).

I used this recipe from the guide book because I was a little intimidated, honestly, and didn’t want to try something else for the first time.

I added the chopped onion, garlic, seasonings, etc. I used chicken tenderloins and they were frozen.

I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical about whether or not chicken could cook in 15 minutes from frozen…It took about 10 minutes or so for it to reach pressure. Michael made guacamole while it pressurized. It sounded like a plane gearing up for take-off. LOL Then all of a sudden it beeped and started counting down from 15 minutes. (I followed the instructions and used the “poultry button”).

After 15 minutes it beeped again. Michael unlocked the steam release valve (my one gripe with it was that the instructions weren’t very clear about the release valve) and then it was ready to open. I looked and the chicken looked done! I was SO shocked to see that chicken looked cooked (FROM FROZEN!) after 15 minutes. What kind of witchcraft is this?!?!?!

Like seriously, the chicken was cooked and easy to shred like it had been in the crockpot for 6 hours. I shredded the chicken and then put it back in the pot to soak up the fluids.

I topped the salads with the shredded chicken. Dinner was served! Michael was super impressed. I was super impressed. WOW! This is going to be a serious life saver for work nights when we don’t have a lot of time or forgot to defrost something for dinner.

I know I am super late to the game, but YAY! I am a total convert and will be using the crap out of this thing!! 😀

QUESTION: Tell me your favorite pressure cooker recipes!