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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! 

Snow & A Recipe

We had some snow last week! And lucked out having some extra time off from work because of the snow. So that was nice. Bella LOVES the snow. Logan likes it but is a little more cautious. He’s not quite sure what to make of it. LOL

The first photo was the night before (last Tuesday) when the snow first started) and the other one was the next morning!

Even though it was nice to get some nice winter wonderland for a bit, I am kind of ready for spring.

So this recipe popped up in my Feedly list somehow and I wanted to try it. It says it’s “Paleo, Low Carb and Whole30”. I liked that it was a low carb meal made with stuff we usually already have on hand in the house. And what better night to do it then a cold, snowy, icy night when we don’t have a ton of time to cook?

Pork Egg Roll in a Bowl

Prep Time: 20 hours, 25 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4

Calories per serving: 255

Fat per serving: 18.7g

Carbs per serving: 8g

Protein per serving: 14.8g

Fiber per serving: 3.8g

From: https://peaceloveandlowcarb.com/pork-egg-roll-in-a-bowl-crack-slaw-paleo-low-carb-whole30/

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp sesame oil (get it here)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 5 green onions, sliced on a bias (white and green parts)
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger (get it here)
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha or garlic chili sauce, more to taste (omit for Whole30)
  • 14 oz bag coleslaw
  • 3 tbsp Coconut Aminos or soy sauce(get it here)
  • 1 tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar (get it here)
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Heat sesame oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add the garlic, onion, and white portion of the green onions. Sauté until the onions are translucent and the garlic is fragrant.
  3. Add the ground pork, ground ginger, sea salt, black pepper and Sriracha. Sauté until the pork is cooked through.
  4. Add the coleslaw mix, coconut aminos, and rice wine vinegar. Sauté until the coleslaw is tender.
  5. Top with green onions and sesame seeds before serving.
http://www.110pounds.com/?p=54264

This would be a good recipe to do on a work night when you don’t have a ton of time. It’s even easier if you can get the prep done earlier.

I gave Logan a bath and got him ready for bed while Michael made dinner. He toasted the sesame seeds, which was a nice addition. The only thing we didn’t have for the recipe was the green onion. I’m sure it would have been better with it, but the recipe was still good omitting it.

I’d gotten a bag of coleslaw mix so that made it even easier–just throw the bag in the skillet!

We both liked the dinner. I think it would have been better with something crunchy on top–like maybe some crunchy Chinese noodles as a garnish? Other than that, dinner was great! I loved that it was low carb and low in calories.

YUM!

QUESTION: What’s your favorite super fast work night recipe for dinner?