I have always loved to cook but I am the kind that once I find something that I really like I will cook it over and over again until everyone is sick of it. Since getting my Instant Pot and now starting Whole30 it has pushed me out of my box and has me testing out new recipes and even creating some of my own. To me, that has been one of the best things about all of it, being able to create new, tasty and healthy meals for my family. So on my meal planning calendar I planned to make Jambalaya for dinner this week but I couldn’t find a recipe that I really loved. I thought one of the points of Jambalaya was a delicious meal with lots of spices and flavor but for the most part you could make it the way you want. So thats exactly what I did, last night we had homemade Chicken Jambalaya and boy was it good!
Chicken Jambalaya Prep Time: 7 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes
INGREDIENTS 2 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, diced 4 Chicken Sausages 2 tbsp. Coconut Oil Salt Pepper 1 cup chopped onion 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 cans diced tomatoes; 1 can diced tomatoes, 1 can fire roasted tomatoes 15 oz can tomato sauce 3 cups chicken stock 2 tsp paprika 2 tsp thyme 2 tsp oregano 2 tsp garlic powder 2 tsp onion powder Cauliflower Rice or Spaghetti Squash
INSTRUCTIONS 1. Dice Chicken breast and chicken sausage, chop onion and mince garlic. 2. Turn InstantPot to sauté and add above ingredients, until lightly cooked. 3. Turn off Sauté. 4. Add additional ingredient, stir. 5.Cook on Manual High pressure for 15 minutes 6. Serve with Cauliflower rice or Speghetti squash
Every time I use my Instant Pot to cook something new, I love it even more than when I first got it. What could you not love about a Pot that does EVERYTHING. You can read why I love it so much here. But I am going to show you 2 things that I cook regularly that the Instant Pot has made that much easier for me.
Titus and I both love sweet potatoes, we could both share one every night. So Instead of spending the time prepping them for the oven or having to cook them for an hour, I can put them in my Instant Pot.
- Clean Sweet Potatoes
- Place 1 cup of water into your Instant Pot
- You can either put sweet potatoes on Instant Pot Trivet or if you have a steam basket you can use that
- Set for manual high pressure for 15 minutes
- Slow Release for 20 minutes once it’s finished cooking
I’ve always loved to make recipes with spaghetti squash. I love the taste and it does make me feel like I am eating spaghetti. Nathan on the other hand hates it. But I’ve always looked for easier ways to cook a spaghetti squash. Most recipes tell you to cut it in half and bake, or poke holes in it and bake/microwave. I don’t know if you have ever tried to do either of these, but it is not easy to cut or poke holes in a whole spaghetti squash. So the Instant Pot has made it even easier for you. Doing this you can literally peel the skin off, cut it in half, and then remove the seeds. I am loving this new way to prepare mine!
- Place 1 cup of water into your Instant Pot
- Place trivet in pot and place spaghetti squash onto trivet
- Set for manual high pressure for 30 minutes
- Quick release once its done cooking
- Your spaghetti squash should be ready to peel off the skin; cut in half and remove seeds
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How do you feel about new years resolutions? Do you make resolutions at the beginning of the year? Do you find yourself just a few months into it and you didn’t stick to anything?
That’s me! I can’t tell you how many years I’ve said “New year, new me!”, “I’m going to start working out and keep it up”, or “I’m going to eat better this year.” I can honestly say that I have never made a new years resolution that has stuck throughout the entire year. I read an article that said 8% of people actually keep their New Years Resolution. That should tell you something about resolutions. So this year I decided to set realistic goals for the year and write them down. But then I decided to take the rest, what would normally be considered a new years resolution and take it month by month.
For example, instead of saying in January I’m going to have me time, I sit down at the beginning of the month to decide what I want for my me time to look like, and schedule it right then or mark it in the calendar to happen. Another thing I want to do is slowly continue to do little updates on our house. So for the month of January I wrote down 1 thing that I want to do in the house that month. Small or big, but only 1 thing. Then I thought about where Nathan and I dream to be financially, So I have it set on a monthly plan; how much we want to put into savings in the month of January.
I want this to be a great, healthy and successful year for me individually and for my family. So I want to be realistic in setting these plans and goals for myself. I want to not only make big plans for the first of the year but things that will stick for the entire year.
Something that has been helpful with this is my 2018 planner. At the beginning of every month there is a spot for your monthly mission board.
- Me time
- Be Social
- Dream Big
- Blank: God Time
- Blank: Volunteering
So at the beginning of every month I am filling in those spots with my monthly goals. I have chosen to use my blank spaces for God time and Volunteering. This mission board is really going to help me think through what I want to do each month, to be more intentional and hopefully help me grow every year. Not a goal planned out for the entire year that I more than likely wont stick to. If you feel like a monthly mission board would also be helpful for you, I’ve created a print out that you can print, fill out and look at every month. There is power in writing it down and looking at it every day!
Your Own Monthly Mission Board or if you want to pick up your own monthly planner you get can it here.
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I hope you enjoyed ringing in the new year as much as I did. Titus had his first sleepover at my sister’s house, so Nathan and I went out and had a great time with some awesome friends. We stayed out way to late, ate lots of tasty food and didn’t really get to sleep in. That’s why we decided to start Whole 30 on Tuesday instead. My plan was to get all of my groceries in the morning, cook and let you all know how wonderful my food turned out. BUT life with a kid changes plans sometimes. He decided that he wanted to be grumpy, clingy and needy. Anytime I tried to get some cooking done he wanted to go through cabinets and took out every ziplock bag out of the box and throw them on the floor. Then decided to spike a temperature, very relaxing night.
Thankfully though I was able to get a big chunk of my cooking for the week done. I have our dinners and breakfast for the entire week prepared, Whole30 approved and ready to be eaten.
- Breakfast muffins: I didn’t follow a recipe which is probably why I didn’t work the way I had planned. I wanted to cook them in my awesome “egg bit cups” but after talking to a friend and doing some research if you use too much almond milk in the egg bites they won’t congeal when you cook them. So I will attempt this recipe again. After I tried in my instant pot twice I just put them in the oven. So they are still super tasty, but I don’t want to write a recipe up until I tweak them to be cooked easy and perfectly in my Instant pot. That’s the great thing about this blog, I’m learning new things everyday and hopefully you get to learn from the things I mess up.
- Chicken Enchilada Soup: This recipe was super easy, to the point and tasty. I put all of the ingredients in the Instant Pot and cooked it on Manuel high for 20 minutes, quick release and then I shred my chicken in my new KitchenAid. Then it was ready to eat. You can add Avocado, put it over cauliflower rice, or eat it as is, delicious soup.
If you started Whole30 with me, good luck! Remember the first week is the hardest… it can only go up from there!
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If you follow this blog you have probably already learned that I love my Instant Pot, I love food and I love any new way that will help me save time and spend more of it with my family. So as the Holidays are about to be here I thought I would give you another favorite recipe. This is the quickest, easiest and taste as homemade as it gets Mac and Cheese. I am a lover of most mac and cheese, my mom makes a delicious homemade recipe and I also love Velveeta. But as good as Velveeta is, it never taste homemade. And as good as my moms recipe is I don’t like the amount of time it takes to boil the noodles, make the sauce and then bake it. This recipe takes 6 minutes!
Now, I can’t take credit for this recipe. My sister introduced me to it and she found it from another awesome blogger who makes tons of delicious recipes. Check out their blog here. This is now my staple go to for parties. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
Watch this video to see how easy this is to make:
Recipe for Mac and Cheese
It’s just been one of those weeks in our house. Over the weekend we lost power for a bit because of a 3 inches of snow, Titus has been fighting colds on and off for a while now and then my husband came down with a stomach bug. Yep, one of those weeks and its cold here in Virginia. It may not be cold for some of y’all but anything below 40 is just to cold for me and I usually don’t want to even get out of my pjs on those days, I know I’ve got a long winter ahead of me. But when it’s really cold out I love soup. So I figured why not make homemade chicken noodle soup in my instant pot.
Below is the recipe in printable/PDF form and a video on how quick, easy and delicious the chicken noodle soup ended up being. One of the things I love about making my own food is I can make it however I want. You will see that I don’t have celery in my recipe, I just don’t like it. So again the great thing about homemade you can have it however you want!
Chicken Noodle Soup- Instant Pot
It’s Monday again and that means meals to plan and prepare for the week. Well, here I am back again to show you how much easier life is with an Instant Pot. This recipe is delicious and quick. No prep time other to poor all of the ingredients into the Pot.
This week I decided to make Salsa Verde Chicken Lettuce wraps for dinner. You can eat this shredded chicken in taco form, in lettuce wraps on in a burrito bowl. We are trying to be a little bit more healthy in our house so we are doing Lettuce Wraps this week. Below I’ll include the recipe, Ingredients and a video on how easy it was to prepare!
Printable: Salsa Verde Honey Lime Chicken
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does. Don’t forget to like and subscribe to Family.Life.Organized.
Look out for Fridays blog on how I stay organized in the kitchen!